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January 27, 2010 > MLK Classics headline week of high school boy's basketball

MLK Classics headline week of high school boy's basketball

By Biff Jones

For teams from the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) and Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL), Monday, January 18, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, was filled with boys high school basketball teams playing non-conference games at neutral sites.

Top game of the day saw Bay Area #2 ranked Newark Memorial High School Cougars play #1 ranked Salesian High School of Richmond at Haas Pavilion on the campus of U.C. Berkeley with the Cougars falling 47-37. Also at Haas, Hayward High School defeated Northgate High School 56-46.

On the same day, James Logan High School Colts fell to Skyline High School of Oakland, 57-52 in a game played at Cal State East Bay while the Bay Counties League (BCL) saw Fremont Christian High School Warriors travel to St. Elizabeth High School where they defeated Bentley High School 70-44 in the MLK Jamboree.

Leading Logan was Terrell Gates with 21 points including 5, 3-point field goals plus 5 steals and 3 rebounds. Malik Livingston added 7 rebounds and Hulen Johnson 5. Larry Jones and Joshua Seki each had 4 assists.

In other BCL games of the week, Fremont Christian hosted league rival California School for the Deaf Eagles on Tuesday with the FC Warriors coming out on top, 57-47 as CSD had a short bench with only seven players suited-up. Fremont was led by Jeremiah Herzog with 31 points and 4, 3-pointers while his twin brother, Jericho had 10 points. For CSD, Antoine Nathaniel had 13 points and 6 rebounds. Warriors improved to 3-1 in the BCL and 11-8 overall.

Wednesday, January 20 saw the Eagles host Chinese Christian of the BCL where they came on top 52-42 despite dressing only six players. CSD was led by Conrad Baer with 15 points and 4 baskets made from behind the arc. Nathaniel poured in 14 points and had 12 boards with Austin Miller contributing 11 points and 11 rebounds. CSD is now 6-2 in league play and 9-7 overall.

HAAL action Wednesday, January 20 saw Hayward host and defeat Mt. Eden High School 43-34 while Moreau Catholic High School Mariners fell at San Lorenzo High School 50-41. For the Mariners, Andy Mitchell and Joe Calub each had 10 points while Joe Coleman led with 7 rebounds and TJ Booker came-up with 4 steals.

Tennyson High School lost twice; at home to Arroyo High School 58-46 on Wednesday, January 20 then on the road Thursday to Castro Valley High School 68-40.

Friday, January 22 saw Mt. Eden lose at home to Castro Valley 72-46 while the Mariners lost at San Leandro 73-64. Booker led Moreau with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots. Jonte Grant had 11 points and Coleman cleaned 8 balls off the glass.

For the year, Hayward is 8-7 and 3-3 in the HAAL; Mt. Eden 9-9 (3-5); Moreau Catholic 5-13 (1-7); and Tennyson 3-12 (0-7).

Milpitas High School Trojans of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) El Camino Division won its only game of the week, a home contest to Mountain View High School, 44-33. The game was tied 33-33 with less than two minutes to play in the fourth quarter. However, the fourth quarter saw Antonio Douglas and Buddy Ames combine for 13 points to give the Trojans the victory and improve their record to 7-10 overall and 2-3 in the El Camino.

Other MVAL games on Tuesday, January 19 saw Mission San Jose High School lose to host Newark Memorial 72-35; American High School host and defeat Irvington High School 58-45; and Washington High School Huskies lose a close game at John F. Kennedy High School 59-58, as the Huskies star guard, Mikhael McKinney, averaging over 22 points per game, was out sick.

Thursday, January 21, Washington rebounded with a 61-56 home win over American and JFK won for the second time in the week, 74-59, at MSJ. Also on Thursday, Irvington was beaten at home by Logan, 86-57. Leading the Colts were Gates with 34 points and Johnson 13. Irvington was led by Shaun Ho and Jon Wright each with 14 points while Anthony Johnson added 12 points.

Friday, January 22, Kennedy hosted and dropped a close 67-65 decision to St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda. Then on Saturday, the Huskies and Colts hooked-up at Logan with James Logan prevailing, 66-64. Gates led the Colts with 14 points including 3 baskets from behind the arc and Jones added 11 points.

MVAL continues to be led by Newark Memorial 16-3 overall and 5-0 in the league;
James Logan is second 11-9 (5-1); John F. Kennedy 10-11 (4-1); Washington 13-7 (3-3); Mission San Jose 9-10 (1-4); American 5-14 (1-4); and Irvington 3-14 (0-6).

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