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December 31, 2010 > HAAL hoops update

HAAL hoops update

By Kevin Yin

The week of Monday, Dec. 20 to Sunday, Dec. 26 was a light one by Hayward Area Athletic League basketball standards, with some Hayward schools experiencing a lightened load around the Christmas holiday. The predominant trend within the league was to utilize the winter break to get a couple of final nonconference tune-ups before conference play fully takes over in January.

Castro Valley's boys team restored some verve to their superb season last week. After losing a close one on Dec. 18 to Oakland-Castro Valley's first loss of the season-the Trojans beat McClymonds on Dec. 22, 53-39. It wasn't the easiest win imaginable; led by senior guard Roderick Bobbitt's 16 points, Castro Valley needed a big fourth quarter surge to put away an overmatched McClymonds team.

They followed up the next night with another win, 72-62 over Logan. Senior forward Juan Anderson led Castro Valley against Logan with 24 points. Castro Valley, now standing at 9-1 on the season, is idle until Jan. 5 when they host HAAL compatriot Tennyson.

Moreau Catholic's boys put together an excellent week of play, with three decisive wins over nonconference foes.

On Dec. 20, Moreau traveled to face Benicia and overwhelmed their hosts, 79-58. Moreau was powered by a pair of terrific scoring performances by senior guards Kacey Holt and Andy Mitchell. Holt poured in 28 points-including six 3's-while Mitchell added 22 points. Then, on Dec. 22, Moreau bested Alhambra, 71-59. Holt was again prolific, with 20 points; he was matched by 20 points from junior forward Terry Booker. The next night, Dec. 23, Moreau dominated John F. Kennedy, 73-42. Mitchell stepped up with a team high 23 points in the Mariners lopsided win.

Meanwhile, Moreau's girls continued the strong play they have exhibited over the past couple of weeks, beating Logan in overtime, 55-48, thanks to a superb performance by senior forward Megan Scully who threw in 23 points. The Mariners are now 6-3, and have won five of their last six games. They are idle until Jan. 5 when they play on the road at Bishop O'Dowd.

Although Bishop O'Dowd's boys team only had one game last week, they made the most of it, destroying a solid Berkeley team 67-35. Junior guard Brandon Ashley led the Dragons with 14 points, including going 10 of 11 at the free throw line, while junior forward Richard Longrus posted a double-double, with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Bishop O'Dowd is now 5-1 on the season, with their sole loss coming at the hands of Archbishop Mitty, one of the best teams in the Bay Area.

After beating Washington, 52-49, on Dec. 20, Hayward's girls team suffered a setback in a 49-35 loss the next night at Dublin. Junior forward Erin Muhammad led Hayward against Washington with 14 points and seven rebounds, while senior guard Briyana Clark paced the Farmers vs. Dublin with 15 points. Hayward currently stands at 7-3; their next game is Jan. 5 in a conference match with ailing San Lorenzo.

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