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April 15, 2009 > Hayward all-stars sweep East Bay Classic

Hayward all-stars sweep East Bay Classic

By Gary van den Heuvel

Both the boys and girls Hayward Area all-star basketball teams had reason to celebrate last Saturday (April 11) - each team had swept through their opponents to win the 16th Annual East Bay All-Star Basketball Classic at Chabot College in Hayward.

The Hayward Area All-Star boys team took the floor in the final game of Saturday's event to meet the Tri-Valley Area All-Stars, who'd beaten Oakland Area on Friday night. Hayward, who'd beaten Fremont Area on Friday to advance to the finals, trailed just once against Tri-Valley, when De La Salle's Jordan Estrada hit a 3-pointer early in the game to put Tri-Valley in front, 5-4. From there, Hayward Area went on their first of many runs, a 12-3 stretch to put them ahead, 16-8.

The first half continued in much the same way - Hayward building a sizable lead, and Tri-Valley coming back to make it close. Hayward Area's 14-4 run in the last three minutes sent them into halftime ahead, 43-30.

That pattern continued in the second half, with Tri-Valley making it a two-point game early in the second half, but Hayward never let them get over the hump, maintaining a lead of around 10 points for the final 10 minutes for an 82-73 final tally.

Hayward Area was led by Domico Jackson's 16 points, Justin Brue (Bishop O'Dowd)'s 12, and 10 each by Travis Sims (San Leandro) and Shaheed Young (San Leandro), who was named MVP for the tournament. Hayward High School's Davion Berry (9 points) was named to the All-Tournament team. Hayward high schools were also represented by Qadir Ali (Tennyson), Jabreel Nasir and Keith Martin (both from Hayward High School).

The Hayward Area girls all-star teams, coming off a Thursday semifinal win over Oakland Area, played a schizophrenic final against Tri-Valley Area (who'd advanced by beating Fremont). Hayward Area roared out to an 11-0 lead, but Tri-Valley kept chipping away and took a 29-28 lead with under three minutes to go in the first half. After coming out of halftime tied, 35-35, Hayward Area crushed Tri-Valley in the second half, winning by a score of 82-59.

San Lorenzo's TJ Johnson, who was named tournament MVP, led Hayward Area with 17 points and Arroyo's Brittney Potestio scored 16, including three 3-pointers. Moreau Catholic High School's Kayla Griffin was named to the All-Tournament team. Stephanie Carnes (Moreau), Linda Huynh (Tennyson), Jazmine Duenas and Vanessa Washington (both from Hayward High School) were also representing the city of Hayward's high schools.

The festivities had begun earlier in the afternoon with the girls third place game between Fremont Area and Oakland Area. Fremont unfortunately didn't have anyone to contest the low-post dominance of 6-foot-3 center Felicia Walker (McClymonds High School), who scored 18 points and snatched eight rebounds in leading Oakland Area to a 55-40 win. Michaela Booker (James Logan High School) led Fremont Area with 15 points. Fremont Christian's Katie Hayes contributed eight points and seven rebounds; and Newark Memorial's Lauren Ortiz scored five and rebounded six.

The boys third place game, also between Fremont and Oakland areas, had a similar result, with Oakland setting a breakneck pace with their full-court running game, winning 108-98. Fremont led just once - 3-0 after a Salaimon Siddiq (Logan High School) 3-pointer to start the scoring. From there, Oakland dominated the rest of the half, and went to the locker room ahead, 61-48. In the second half, when it seemed all hope was lost, Fremont went on a 19-2 scoring run to close to within six points with under five minutes left. But, at that point, Fremont ran out of gas.

Siddiq led Fremont with 25 points; Rabbie Mojadeddi (American) scored 20 with seven rebounds; Dwight Abad (Logan) scored 14; and John Lang (Irvington) scored eight for Fremont Area. Oakland's 6-foot-5 Greg Brown (Skyline) was a dominant force for Oakland Area, scoring 23 points, including six slam dunks.

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