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January 20, 2010 > Prep boys basketball roundup

Prep boys basketball roundup

By Biff Jones
Photos By William Mancebo

California School for the Deaf (CSD) Eagles of the Bay Counties League (BCL) started out a busy week with two BCL road victories on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 11-12. This was followed by three games, Jan.14-16, in the Clerc Classic of which they were the host.

Monday's game was a hard-fought battle against Chinese Christian High School, a game where the lead changed hands several times before the Eagles prevailed, 56-52. Leading CSD were sophomores Conrad Baer and Antoine Nathinel, along with senior Austin Miller, all with 10 points.

Controlling the paint was Nathinel who had 11 rebounds and four blocks. Sophomore point guard Steven La was the floor leader for the Eagles, coming up with seven steals to go with three assists. Coach Oskar Schugg said, "Overall this was a team effort and everyone played due to the fact that we are having five games this week."

Game two of the week also had all 10 players see action as CSD cruised, 58-33, over Contra Costa Christian High School. Sophomore Adam Escamilla led the Eagles with 12 points and junior Romel Thurman had 11. Again, Nathinel was the "Big Horse" in the middle with 13 boards and two blocks. Freshman Jacy Pedersen-Dike also had a nice game (6 pts., 4 steals, 4 rebounds and 2 assists). CSD is now 5-1 in league play and 8-6 for the season

Fremont Christian High School Warriors, also of the BCL, traveled to Antioch last Tuesday where they thumped Cornerstone Christian High School, 76-29. On Friday, Jan. 15 they played at BCL first-place Emery High School. This time, the outcome was a little different as the Warriors were defeated, 47-38, to fall to 2-1 in the BCL and 8-8 overall.

Three games took place in Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) play on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

First-place Newark Memorial High School Cougars hosted last place Irvington High School Vikings with the Cougars prevailing, 61-45; second-place Washington High School Huskies traveled to Mission San Jose High School Warriors with the Huskies winning handily, 65-37; and the final game of the day saw James Logan High School Colts play at John F. Kennedy High School Titans with the Colts triumphing, 73-57.

For Logan, Terrell Gates had 19 points, Hulen Johnson, 12 points, and Jonathan Masulit, 10. Malik Livingston cleaned the glass by pulling down 13 rebounds for the victors.

One game on Wednesday, Jan. 13, saw JFK host Albany High School in a nonleague affair with the Titans falling in a close one, 52-50. MVAL had three more games on Thursday, Jan. 14.

Logan hosted and won over American High School, 54-35, while Irvington fell at Kennedy, 73-66. Leading Coach Dave Domelle's Titans were D'vaughn Mann with 31 points; Chris Murry 12 points; and Tim Edwards' 10. For Tim Gerber Jr.'s Vikings, Shaun Ho had 24 points; Dante Smith 14 points; and Anthony Dugger 10.

In the big game of the week, two unbeaten teams in league play faced off with Newark winning at Washington, 54-50.

Newark is now 15-2 overall and 4-0 in the MVAL; Washington 12-5 (2-1); Logan 9-8 (3-1); JFK 8-10 (2-1); MSJ 8-8 (1-2); American 4-13 (0-3); and Irvington 3-12 (0-4).

Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) played their games Wednesday through Friday. Wednesday saw Bishop O'Dowd High School host and hammer Tennyson High School, 81-42, while Mt. Eden High School Monarchs saw San Lorenzo High School come into their gym and hand them a 66-52 defeat. For the Monarchs, Antoine McKinzie had 24 points including two, 3-point field goals; and Nomso Nwachukwu 11 points with three, 3-pointers.

Also on Wednesday, Moreau Catholic High School Mariners dropped a nail biter at home to Arroyo High School, 63-62. Leading the Mariners were Joe Calub, 16 points with two from behind the arc; TJ Booker 12 points; and Jonte Grant 11. Thursday's game saw Arroyo win another road game, this time at Hayward High School, 54-50.

On Friday in HAAL action, Mt. Eden lost at San Leandro, 58-48, Hayward lost at home again, this time to Castro Valley High School, 71-52, and Moreau hosted and defeated Tennyson, 50-44. Mariners had nine players in the scoring column but none in double figures. However, Joe Coleman pulled down 11 rebounds; and Grant, seven. Joaquin Rabelo and Kris Okialda both had four assists with Okialda also coming-up with four steals.

Mt. Eden is 9-7 for the year and 3-3 in the HAAL; Hayward 6-7 (2-3), Moreau Catholic 5-11 (1-5); and Tennyson 3-9 (0-6).

In the El Camino Division of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL), Milpitas High School split a pair of games. Wednesday, saw Coach Champ Wrencher's Trojans defeat Saratoga High School at home, 49-41, then lose a low-scoring affair on the road, Friday, Jan. 15, to Cupertino High School, 35-32.

Said Coach Wrencher of the Saratoga game, "We struggled with another sluggish start offensively, but managed to rally with another fourth quarter run (24 points). Buddy Ames had 16 points, Terrance Hartley came through with 14 points and several key steals. Maki Musika had four blocks. It was a very good defensive performance."

In the Cupertino game, Derek Fox had 14 points and Ames dropped in 10. Milpitas is now 1-3 in the El Camino and 6-10 overall.

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