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February 4, 2009 > CSD keeps rolling

CSD keeps rolling

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

California School for the Deaf (CSD) boys and girls basketball each took the court four times last week, combining for a 7-1 record, and a great showing at the Western States Basketball Classic tournament at CSD-Riverside from Thursday, Jan. 29, through Saturday, Jan. 31.

Both teams took on Chinese Christian High on Tuesday, Jan. 27: the boys at home; the girls on the road. At the CSD campus, the boys used the home-court advantage to a 14-point win, 43-29. Meanwhile, the girls traveled to Chinese Christian and silenced the home crowd, beating CCHS, 53-29.

After the Tuesday-night victories, both teams had a day off from games before traveling to CSD-Riverside to take part in the Western States Basketball Classic on January 29.

Arizona School for the Deaf was the boys opening round match up. CSD jumped out to a 32-17 halftime lead and didn't look back. They more than doubled their halftime lead en route to a 60-27 drubbing.

Meanwhile, the girls took on Utah School for the Deaf in their opening round, January 29 game. After one quarter, CSD had themselves a 29-7 lead; halftime saw the score inflate to 41-9. When it was all said and done, CSD advanced with a 63-19 victory.

In the second day of the tournament, CSD boys took on Oregon School for the Deaf, while the girls matched up against Phoenix School for the Deaf.

The boys got out to another sizeable halftime lead, this time at 18 points, 35-17. They extended their lead in the second half by outscoring Oregon School for the Deaf in both the third and fourth quarters. In the end, CSD won by 30, 64-34, sending them to the championship game versus the host team, CSD-Riverside.

Phoenix School for the Deaf was a tougher challenge for the girls in Round 2 of the WSBC. CSD outscored Phoenix 14-12 in the first quarter; 14-4 in the second. Their 28-16 halftime lead was slowly chiseled away by Phoenix School for the Deaf in the second half. PSD outscored CSD in the third, 14-9, and then 18-9 in the fourth. The final score was 48-46, sending CSD girls to the consolation game.

In the consolation game for the girls on Saturday, Jan. 31, they took out their frustration from the previous day's loss on their opponent, Washington School for the Deaf. Their first-quarter output was enough to win them the game. They tallied 20 in the first, 38 more in quarters two, three and four, and eventually took third place with a 58-13 win over WSD.

CSD-Riverside proved to be the toughest match for CSD-Fremont. After three quarters, the game was tied at 37. The fourth quarter went back and forth between both sides before CSD-Fremont took a slim lead. They were able to hold on to that slim lead, and win their sixth consecutive WSBC, with a final of 52-48.

Both the boys and girls teams received accolades for their fine play throughout the tournament. Brandon Dean and Romel Thurman were named to the All-Tournament First Team; Ronnie Cuartero was named to the Second Team. Arica Jones and Alicia Johnson were named to the First Team for the girls; and Alexandria Brinkley made Second Team.

Both the boys and girls will take on Oakland Military Institute on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 5:30 p.m.: boys at OMI; girls at the CSD campus. The girls then travel to Emery High on Saturday, Feb. 7, for a 1:30 p.m. game time. To end their week of play, both boys and girls will match up against Cornerstone Christian on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the CSD court: girls tip off at 5:30 p.m.; the boys game to follow.

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