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February 3, 2010 > CSD wins WSBC


By Biff Jones
Photos By Mike Heightchew

California School for the Deaf, Fremont Eagles boys basketball opened with a convincing 69-34 home victory against Bay Counties League (BCL) foe, Oakland Military Institute, on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Leading Coach Oskar Schugg's Eagles were Adam Escamilla with 17 points including three, 3-point field goals and eight rebounds, Conrad Baer, 11 points and three, 3-pointers and Antoine Nathaniel with 11 boards.

End of the week saw the Eagles travel to Tucson, Ariz., to participate in the 34th Annual Western States Basketball Classic for deaf schools. Seven deaf schools from Arizona, California, Utah and Washington competed.

Game one saw CSDF play an out-manned Washington SD on Thursday, Jan. 27, and win big, 68-8.

"We tried to play zone defense without any pressure on their offense so they can make some baskets," said Schugg. "Unfortunately, WSD is a very young team." CSDF was led by Carlos Lopez, 15 points, and Nathaniel, 13 points and eight rebounds.

In game two and the semifinals on Friday, Jan. 29, the Eagles defeated Marlton Charter SD of Los Angeles, 49-18. Again, Lopez led with 15 points while Nathaniel had 14 points, nine boards and six blocked shots.

Final on Saturday, Jan. 30, saw CSDF face their sister school CSD, Riverside with the Nor Cal school bringing home the Championship Trophy, 58-41. Odun Akintomide led CSDF with 17 points and three, 3-pointers while Lopez added 10 points, including two from 3-point range. Nathaniel had eight rebounds and Austin Miller grabbed six.

Seniors Akintomide and Miller, along with freshman Lopez, were named to the All-Tourney Team. This is the seventh straight WSBC Championship for Coach Schugg and the second time CSDF has swept WSBC; winning both the boys and girls tournaments and the cheerleading contest. Eagles are now 13-7 overall and 7-2 in BCL play.

Fremont Christian High School Warriors of the BCL hosted and defeated Chinese Christian High School in a league game last Tuesday, Jan. 28, 58-41. Friday, Jan. 29, saw the Warriors host another BCL team, Oakland Military Institute, and win, 67-36. Then on Saturday, Jan. 30, Fremont played a nonconference game against Redwood Christian High School of San Lorenzo at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley. Score was unavailable at press time. Fremont was 13-8 overall and 5-1 in the league after Friday's game.

Milpitas High School Trojans split two Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) games in the El Camino Division last week.

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, they lost at Monta Vista High School of Cupertino, 65-50, and then rebounded with a 60-36 home victory on Friday, Jan. 29, over Santa Clara High School. Milpitas is now 8-11 overall and 3-4 in the El Camino division standings.

In the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) on Tuesday, Jan. 26, Washington High School beat Irvington High School on the road, 72-42; Newark Memorial High School traveled to American High School and won 66-47; and James Logan High School hosted Mission San Jose High School, winning 60-33.

Top performers for Washington were Mikhael McKinney with 22 points and Jack Vernon (TCV February 2010 Male Athlete of the Month) with 20 points. Irvington was led by Anthony Dugger's 10 points and Shaun Ho's nine points. For Logan, Jonathan Masulit had 15 points, including three from behind the arc, while both Malcolm Lewis and Inderpreet Dhahan pulled down eight rebounds each.

On Wednesday, Jan. 27, John F. Kennedy High School fell at home in a nonleague match to St. Mary's High School of Albany, 72-54.

Then on Thursday, Jan. 28, American won at JFK, 58-52; MSJ hosted Irvington and won, 58-43; and Logan lost a close game at Newark, 57-53. Leading Logan was Terrell Gates' 22 points, five of the baskets being of the 3-point variety.

Newark still leads the MVAL with an overall record of 19-3 and 8-0 in league play;
Logan is 12-10 (6-2); Washington 14-7 (4-3); JFK 10-12 (4-3); American 7-15 (3-5); MSJ 10-12 (2-6); and Irvington 3-16 (0-8).

Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) action last week saw both Tennyson and Moreau Catholic high schools lose at home on Wednesday, Jan. 27: Tennyson to San Lorenzo High School, 67-29; and the Mariners to Hayward High School, 59-53. Moreau was led by Joe Calub with 12 points and five steals and Andy Mitchell's 11 points. Joe Coleman pulled five balls off the glass.

Thursday, Jan. 28, Mt. Eden High School Monarchs traveled to league leaders Bishop O'Dowd High School and lost 69-48. For the Monarchs, Paolo Viale had 19 points, including three, 3-pointers; Kevin Clerkley dropped 11 points with two being long range bombs.

On Friday, Jan. 29, Mt. Eden hosted Moreau and won 80-60 while Hayward was victorious at Tennyson, 58-35. Again, the Monarchs were led by Viale and his 20 points, Antoine McKinzie had 18 points and Clerkley 13 points and three more 3-pointers.

Mariners top scorers were Mitchell and Jonte Grant, each with 13 points while Kris Okialda added 11 points. Grant also led the team in rebounding with six boards.
Hayward is now 9-8 on the season and 4-4 in HAAL play; Mt. Eden is 10-10 (4-6); Moreau Catholic 5-15 (1-9); and Tennyson 3-14 (0-9).

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