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January 6, 2010 > Prep boys basketball recap

Prep boys basketball recap

By Biff Jones
Photos By William Mancebo

Torrey Pines High School in San Diego was one of the sites for the 2009 Maxpreps Holiday Classic. It was held over four days beginning Saturday, Dec. 26, and ending Wednesday, Dec. 30, and involved 77 high school teams playing in five different tournaments. Two local teams - Newark Memorial High School Cougars and James Logan High School Colts - participated.

Logan, playing in the American Division, won their second game played when they beat Cienega High School of Vail, Ariz., 71-69, on Monday, Dec. 28. That was followed by a 58-55 defeat the next day to Campbell Hall High School of North Hollywood. On Wednesday, the Colts defeated Huntington Beach High School, 60-51.

Against Cienega, Logan was led by Jonathan Masulit, who dropped 19 points; Clarence Kaye added 15 points; and Malcolm Lewis put in 10. In the Campbell Hall game, Lewis led the Colts with 13 points; while Terrell Gates had 10.

Leading Logan against Huntington Beach was Gates with 20 points; Lewis and Hulen Johnson each scored 10 points. Logan is now 6-7 overall. Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) play begins this week.

Newark Memorial, looking for its second win of the holiday classic in the National Division, faced the number-34 ranked team in the country, Price High School of Los Angles, on Monday. After falling behind 16-5 after one quarter, the Cougars fought their way back for a 43-42 upset victory. Khion Sankey led Newark with 20 points and Gavin Presley made the Cougars only basket from behind the arc.

Tuesday saw Newark step up in competition when the played 14th-ranked Taft High School of Woodland Hills. Again, the Cougars fell behind, 13-8, after quarter number one and 36-31 going into the fourth quarter. This time, the scrappy team from Newark outscored Taft, 17-5, in the final quarter for another upset win, 48-41. Leading the Cougars again was Sankey with 22 points and Kendall Andrews, with 14.

Wednesday, Dec. 30, saw the upstart Cougars play for the National Division Championship and their opponent was the number-one ranked team in the country, St. Patrick High School Celtics from Elizabeth, N.J. This time, Newark jumped out to the early lead, 9-4, and led 11-10 after a quarter. However, midnight would strike on Cinderella when the small (no player over 6-3) but tenacious Cougars were unable to keep up with the bigger and faster Celtics, as they were handily defeated 66-43.

Newark was led by Sankey's 15 points; Andrews' 14; and Casey Norris with 10 points including two, 3-point shots. Sankey and Andrews were named to the 13-member All-Tournament Team.

Newark stayed in So Cal over the New Year and played Campbell Hall on Saturday, Jan. 2, with the Cougars coming away with a 58-52 victory. Newark is now 10-2 for the 2009-2010 season.

Other MVAL teams in tournament action were Washington High School and American High School playing in the Tim Cole Memorial Tournament at American, and John F. Kennedy High School at the Hornet Classic in Enterprise.

Washington won all three of its games, 60-46 over Las Lomas High School; 58-37 vs. San Lorenzo High School; and 61-55 against Antioch High School to improve to 10-4.

American defeated El Camino High School of South San Francisco, 41-40, and lost to both Antioch, 51-31, and to San Lorenzo, 47-43. American then traveled to Petaluma High School last Saturday, Jan. 2, and fell by one point, 48-47. They are now 4-10 on the season.

JFK won 72-46 vs. West Valley High School of Cottonwood before losing its next two games, 72-65 against host Enterprise High School; and 99-55 to Yuba City High School to drop to 6-8 on the year.

MVAL teams not playing in holiday tournaments saw Mission San Jose High School host both Westmoor High School of Daly City, winning 67-46, and Mt. Eden High School of the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL), losing 45-32, and are now 6-6 for the year. Irvington High School played Alameda High School at home on January 2 and lost 61-45 to fall to 3-8.

In other HAAL play, Hayward High School won over Vanden High School of Fairfield, 71-57; lost to Castlemont High School of Oakland, 61-55; and defeated Las Lomas, 59-43, last Saturday, Jan. 2, after losing to them in the first game of the season. Hayward is now 5-3 overall and 1-0 in league while Mt. Eden is 7-4 and also 1-0 in the HAAL.

Fremont Christian High School Warriors of the Bay Counties League (BCL) traveled to Redding to play in the Liberty Christian Classic. They were defeated by Hamilton High School, 62-48; beat Los Molinas High School, 77-58; and won against Maxwell High School, 66-57. Warriors are now 6-8.

In the Cain Classic, named after former Trojan coach Steve Cain, played at Milpitas High School of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League's El Camino Division, the host Trojans beat James Lick High School of San Jose, 58-54, on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

Milpitas jumped out to an early 9-0 lead only to see Lick come back and out score the Trojans, 13-2. Milpitas would not regain the lead until there was just over a minute left in the fourth quarter. Trojans would not fall behind again and hung on for the victory.

Leading the Trojans was a pair of sophomore forwards: Buddy Ames with 24 points; and Derek Fox had 15 points. Senior guard Jerrell Dela Cruz had nine points, all coming on 3-pointers.

In the Cain Classic Championship game on Wednesday, Milpitas was defeated by George Washington High School of San Francisco, 44-37. Trojans then played a nonconference road game on Saturday, Jan. 2, against Del Mar High School of San Jose and won, 38-29, to start 2010 at 5-7.

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