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December 16, 2009 > Tourney time in high school basketball

Tourney time in high school basketball

By Biff Jones
Photos By Mike Heightchew

December is tournament time in high school boys basketball which means some teams may play as many as three games in three days. In addition, the teams may have played shorthanded as they had players missing for academic reasons (not for low grades but for college testing such as the ACTs).

California School for the Deaf (CSD), Fremont split two games last week. Coach Oskar Schugg's squad was tied, 50-50, after regulation on Monday, Dec. 7, against San Francisco Waldorf High School. However, Waldorf outscored CSD 8-2 in OT to win 58-52.

"We are still a young team with plenty of room for improvement," said Schugg. "What I like about my team are the refuse to give up attitudes and their desire to learn in becoming better players."

Leading CSD were Romel Thurman (12 points), Carlos Lopez (8 rebounds, 3 steals) and Conrad Baer (5 assists). Thursday, Dec. 9, CSD defeated Athenian High School, 70-57, to improve their overall record to 2-3.

Bay Counties League (BCL) rival Fremont Christian High School won their first game of the year, defeating Valley Christian High School of Dublin, 64-61, and are now 1-6 overall. Also during the week they were defeated by Mission San Jose High School, 54-37, and Rincon Christian High School, 49-42. They were able to defeat Leadership High School-Hayward twice - 56-40 on Friday, Dec. 11; and 58-36 on Saturday, Dec. 12 - and Point Arena High School, 68-54, on Friday, after the win over Leadership.

In the Redwood Invitation Basketball Tournament held in Healdsburg, December 10-12, Moreau Catholic High School of the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) went 1-2. They defeated Middletown High School, 67-36, before falling 75-63 to Ukiah High School and 51-45 to host Healdsburg High School.

"We were missing 6'3" Joe Coleman and 6'4" TJ Booker for academic commitments but were able to still stay competitive," said Mariners Coach Vince Encelan. "Jonte Grant and Joe Calub made the All-Tournament Team."

Moreau also lost to Elsie Allen High School, 52-44, earlier in the week and finished fourth in the tournament. They are now 1-6 overall for the year.

Other HAAL games saw Mt. Eden High School defeat California High School, 44-39, while Tennyson High School lost to both Clayton Valley High School, 48-32, and Oakland Tech, 67-59.

Irvington High School of the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) played in the Amador Basketball Classic (ABC) at Amador Valley High School, December 8-12.

For the Vikings of Coach Tim Gerber Jr. they started out the ABC with a 72-44 loss to San Leandro High School before handily defeating Galileo High School, 75-30. Leading the Vikings against Galileo were Shaun Ho, 13 points and seven assists, and Scott Seymour, with 12 points.

"Its unfortunate guys played so well late in the game, and not early when it mattered," said Gerber after the San Leandro defeat. "We outscored San Leandro in the second half, but too little too late.

"Guys came out timid and soft, and that led to bad play."

In the consolation final, the Vikings lost a tough one to Dublin, 60-59. Ho had 18 points, seven assists and made the All-Tournament Team. Daunte Smith added 14 points.

James Logan High School, also of the MVAL, had a hard-fought win on Wednesday, Dec. 9, as they defeated Castlemont High School, 58-57. Leading Coach Chris Fortenberry's Colts were Jonathan Masulit (17 points), Terrell Gates (10 points) and Joshua Seki (10 points).

Logan then participated in the De La Salle Tournament, December 10-12. Colts lost their first two games, 63-45 to Buchanan High School and 51-46 to Fairfield High School before defeating Acalanes High School, 60-55.

Newark Memorial High School played in the Gridley Invitational Tournament and opened with a 56-46 loss to Jesuit High School of Carmichael before defeating both Bishop Manogue High School of Reno, 60-40, and Clovis East High School, 73-59.

At the Carl "Red" Brown Tournament at Sir Francis Drake High School, John F. Kennedy High School lost to Albany High School, 72-59, followed by beating Leadership High School of Richmond, 76-34, and then concluding with a loss to El Cerrito High School, 70-47.

Washington High School played in the Pleasant Valley-Butte Tourney and took the championship. They defeated Oroville High School, 68-20; Chico High School, 73-69; and Rocklin (score unavailable) in the process to claim the top spot.

American High School traveled to So Cal to participate in the Tribe Classic. They opened with losses to La Serna High School of Whittier, 65-48, and Magnolia High School of Anaheim, 60-49. In the Fifth Place Game, American fell to Fullerton High School, 37-33.

After defeating FC, Mission beat John Swett High School, 64-29, then lost to Valley Christian High School of Dublin, 64-61.

Santa Clara Valley Athletic League, El Camino Division saw Milpitas High School lose its only game of the week to Santa Teresa High School, 61-27.

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