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December 23, 2009 > Prep boys basketball recap

Prep boys basketball recap

By Biff Jones

In Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) El Camino Division action, Milpitas High School won its first games of the 2009-2010 boys basketball season.

First they traveled to San Jose Academy on Tuesday, Dec. 15, and came away with a 55-50 victory after being tied at halftime. Sophomore Buddy Ames led the Trojans with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Junior TJ Hartley added 18 points to go along with two steals.

Then on Thursday, Dec. 17, Milpitas improved its record to 2-5 on the year with another road victory when they defeated Balboa High School of San Francisco, 52-44.

For Head Coach Oskar Schugg's Warriors of California School for the Deaf (CSD), they improved their season record to 4-3. Tuesday, Dec. 15, saw them win their second Bay Counties League (BCL) game when they defeated Oakland Military Institute (OMI), 67-29.

Leading scorers were Romel Thurman and Adam Escamilla each with 12 points and Odun Akintomide with 10 points including two 3-pointers. Antoine Nathaniel pulled down seven rebounds and had two blocks, while Steven La was the assist leader with seven.

CSD closed out 2009 on Thursday, Dec. 17, with a 50-31 victory over Leadership High School of Richmond. Akintomide had 10 points, four steals and four rebounds; La also added 10 points with two steals. Ritchie Dunn had six rebounds to lead that category while Nathaniel controlled the paint with seven blocked shots and five rebounds.

Fremont Christian High School traveled to Athenian High School on Tuesday, Dec. 15, and lost 59-50. They then played a homecoming game on Thursday, Dec. 17, and defeated Mountain View Academy 62-45 to end 2009 at 4-7. Jeremiah Herzog led with 29 points and five 3-pointers while Jericho Herzog had 19 points.

Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) action saw Moreau Catholic High School lose a conference game to Castro Valley High School, 72-49, on Tuesday, Dec. 15. MC then rebounded with nonconference road win against El Molino High School 65-57 on Friday, Dec. 18; and 54-51 on Saturday, Dec. 19, vs. Sonoma Valley High School to improve to 3-7 overall.

Andy Mitchell had 13 points and seven rebounds, TJ Booker 12 points and Chris Baca also pulled down seven boards to lead the way in the Castro Valley loss. Mitchell put up 21 points and Joe Calub had five steals to lead the way in the win over El Molino. Jonte Grant and Calub each led MC with nine points against Sonoma Valley.

Other HAAL teams saw Hayward High School edge league rival Arroyo High School 64-62 to improve to 3-2 on the year; Tennyson High School dropped to 2-5 with a 70-61 road decision to HAAL foe San Leandro High School; and Mt. Eden High School is now 5-3 overall as they defeated Irvington High School 61-53, Redwood Christian High School 59-34; and Foothill High School 67-56.

In the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) this past week, Irvington also lost games to Foothill 50-41 and to College Park High School 58-46. They are now 2-6 for 2009. Mission San Jose High School lost their only game of the week last Thursday, Dec. 17, 42-22, to California High School. They are now 5-3 overall.

American High School started their week with a 52-41 defeat to El Cerrito High School then lost again last Saturday, Dec. 19, 61-40, to Antioch High School and dropped to 2-6 this season. John F. Kennedy High School defeated Alameda High School, 84-29, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, and Alhambra High School 67-64 on Wednesday, Dec. 16. James Logan High School was handily defeated by San Ramon Valley High School 63-37 and is now 4-4 overall.

Washington High School started the week with a 74-43 win on Tuesday, Dec. 15, against Granada High School. They then participated in the Newark Memorial Shootout and opened against Fremont High School of Oakland on Friday, Dec. 18.

With the score tied at 55, Washington's Jack Veronin blocked a shot with no time remaining but was called for a foul. Fremont converted one of two free throws for the 56-55 win. Washington's, Mikhael McKinney led all scorers with 23 points while the Huskies Mark Wic scored 19 points.

In game two of the Shootout on Saturday, Dec. 19, the Huskies fell to Archbishop Mitty High School, 54-39. McKinney again led Washington with 20 points with Veronin and John Songponnoppachon adding 11 points.

Newark Memorial High School won their Shootout to improve to 6-1 on the year. On Friday, Dec. 18, they defeated Cardinal Newman High School, 68-38, and then added Fremont to their list of victims with a 70-50 win on Saturday, Dec. 19.

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