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December 7, 2010 > MVAL basketball roundup

MVAL basketball roundup

By Kevin Yin

This past week in the prep boys basketball scene, American High School opened the season with a busy week of action, playing three games in four days. On Tuesday, Nov. 30, American was defeated by Amador Valley, 56-49. The Eagles rebounded, however, with a pair of victories. On Dec. 1, American clobbered Fremont Christian, 78-47, then, on Dec. 3, American pulled out a 61-60 overtime win over Clayton Valley. American's next game will be on Dec. 7 against Rowland.

John F. Kennedy High School started the season off strong, defeating blowing out Dougherty Valley, 62-38, in the season opener on Nov. 30. Senior guard Chris Murry led Kennedy with 16 points. Kennedy followed up with another win, this time against Dublin on Dec. 3. Kennedy fell behind in the first quarter, 21-14, but rallied for a 67-62 final. Murry again led Kennedy's effort, this time with 20 points, while senior forward D'vaughn Mann backed him up with 17 points.

James Logan High picked up a close win over California, 52-49, on Nov. 30. Logan fell behind early in that game, 16-9, but was able to come back thanks to 22 points from senior guard Larry Jones. Logan then faced Servite on Dec. 2, but was defeated 65-50. Sophomore guard Clarence Kaye paced Logan with 17 points. Logan then faced MVAL foe Washington, beating the Huskies 46-32. Jones again led Logan in scoring, with 16 points.

Newark Memorial lost a close one to Oakland 59-58 on Nov. 27. Junior guard Yusuf Faroqui was on fire, scoring 22 points including seven three pointers. Newark rebounded from the disappointment to thrash San Leandro 68-46 on Nov. 30. Thirteen different Newark players scored in that game, including Faroqui, who again led his team, this time with 12 points.

Washington was forced to endure a tough week. The Huskies dropped a 71-69 overtime decision to Livermore on Dec. 2 before being thumped by Logan, 46-32. Junior guard Matt Songponnopachon almost pulled the Huskies through against Livermore, with 18 points. No Washington player managed to score double figures against Logan; senior forward Zuri Chu-Hall led the Huskies in that game with nine points. Washington's next game is on Dec. 7 against Granada.

Mission San Jose also experienced a painful week of action, losing three games-two of them by a combined total of five points. On Nov. 27, Mission lost to Livermore 89-86. Three days later, Mission lost to El Camino, 50-48. Then, on Dec. 4, the Spartans were crushed by Mt. Eden 64-48.

On the girls basketball court, Mission is having more success than the boys side, putting together quite an early season start, picking up three victories this week. First, Mission defeated Fremont High of Sunnyvale by the staggering final score of 61-14 on Nov. 30. Mission's team effort was reflected in the final stats, which showed that 12 different players scored. Mission gave the same rough treatment to Saratoga the next night, posting a 54-23 win in which Mission led 28-6 at halftime. Maya Ramachandran scored a game high 19 points. The following night, Dec. 2, Mission picked up its third blowout victory in as many nights, beating Wilcox 54-26. Jessica Woo scored 16, while Ramachandran added eight points and 11 rebounds.

Logan's season is also off to a fast start. The Colts wiped out Foothill on Nov. 27 by the score of 54-37. Senior guard Chelsea Salom led Logan with 13 points, while junior guard Nikki Icban contributed 12 points. Logan then beat Monte Vista 41-25 on Dec. 1. Salom again led Logan in scoring, this time with nine points. Logan followed the blowout wins with a one-point win over Santa Rosa, 42-41, on Dec. 4.

Newark Memorial picked up a big 56-52 victory over Skyline on Dec. 2. Sophomore forward Taylor Norman led Newark with 23 points, while senior forward Kelsey Pease added 18 points.

Kennedy faced a team from an exotic locale this week, losing to Box Hill of Melbourne, Australia by the final score of 60-37. Sophomore forward Becca Jacobson led Kennedy in a losing effort with 12 points. Kennedy recovered to post consecutive wins, first over Urban, 41-36, then over University, 88-81. Jacobsen again led Kennedy against Urban with 12 points, while junior guard Haley McDaniel exploded against University with 31 points.

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