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February 22, 2011 > CSD, Fremont Christian win BCL tourneys

CSD, Fremont Christian win BCL tourneys

By Gary van den Heuvel
Photo by Mike Heightchew

California School for the Deaf boys basketball celebrated their first Bay Counties League championship title since 1986 with a 55-48 victory over defending league champion Oakland Military Institute in the BCL tournament final on Feb. 19.

"The players demonstrated a great deal of desire to win," said CSD head coach Oskar Schugg after the win.

Second-seeded CSD advanced to the final by beating No. 3 seed Fremont Christian 49-40 on Feb. 17 in the semifinal. Senior Romel Thurman and sophomore Carlos Lopez lit up the scoreboard for CSD with 18 and 17 points respectively. Steven La and Antoine Nathaniel (who was 4-4 from the free throw line) contributed six points each in the win.

Thurman earned the playoff MVP award with a 16-point performance in the final against OMI. Lopez, who was named to the all-tournament team, scored 14, and Nathaniel added 11.

"This is school history, for entering NCS for three consecutive years," said Schugg. Last year, the Eagles made it to the Division VI tournament; this year, they'll go to Division V.

"It's an honor for the school to make it this far," Schugg said. Schugg also announced that Lopez and Nathaniel made the BCL All-League first team, Thurman was named to the second team, and Conrad Baer received an honorable mention.

CSD's girls team nearly duplicated the boys success, getting to the final of their tournament before falling 58-44 to Fremont Christian. Priscilla Castaneda (17 points) and Kelsey Slocum (16 points) provided the offensive punch for the Eagles, who were seeded third in the tournament. Coach Deb Ayres' squad advanced the final by beating No. 2 seed Emery 42-30 in the semis (Feb. 17).

Log onto the TCV Sports website, to view the pairings for both CSD and Fremont Christian boys and girls basketball in their NCS brackets.

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