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February 10, 2010 > Prep hoopsters play for league playoff seeds

Prep hoopsters play for league playoff seeds

By Biff Jones
Photos By William Mancebo

With just over a week to go in the high school boys basketball regular season, teams in the hunt for league and section - North Coast (NCS) and Central Coast (CCS) sections - playoffs are jockeying for position in the standings.

In the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL), Newark Memorial High School captured the number-one seed as they are now 10-0 in league play (21-3 overall) with two MVAL games left. Remaining three teams will likely be James Logan High School (13-11, 7-3); John F. Kennedy High School (12-13, 6-3); and Washington High School (15-8, 5-4). On the outside looking in are American High School (7-16, 3-6); Mission San Jose High School (10-13, 2-7); and Irvington High School (3-16, 0-11). MVAL Shaughnessy playoffs is scheduled for Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 18-20.

Last week's MVAL action on Tuesday, Feb. 2, saw Newark win 54-44 at Irvington; MSJ lose at Washington, 61-43; and JFK with an upset road win at Logan, 65-60.

Casey Norris led the Cougars with 14 points while Khion Sankey added 10. For Irvington, Dante Smith had 22 points and Anthony Dugger netted 11.

In Washington's win, Jack Veronin had 15 points and Mikhael McKinney dropped 10 points. Sandhu's nine points and Rupani's eight led Mission San Jose.

Tim Edwards led Kennedy's upset win with 21 points including three, 3-pointers and six rebounds; Chris Murry had 18 points and nine assists; D'vaughn Mann added 11 points; and Jeff Lucero pulled down seven boards. For Logan, Malcolm Lewis had 18 points and 18 rebounds; Larry Jones scored 14 points; and Terrell Gates contributed 11 points and three steals.

Wednesday, Feb. 3, saw JFK host and lose a nonconference game to St. Patrick/St. Vincent High School of Vallejo, 69-57.

MVAL games on Thursday, Feb. 4, saw Kennedy play its third game in three nights as they hosted and defeated Irvington, 68-46. Logan traveled to American and won, 67-53, while the Cougars and Huskies hooked up in Newark with the league leaders remaining undefeated after a 58-54 win.

Cougars-Huskies game was basically won in the first quarter as Newark jumped out to a 14-7 lead after one. Each team then played each other even the rest of the way as the point differential for quarters two, three and four were, zero, one and two, respectively. Newark was led by Kendall Andrews' 14 points, Jisuan Randle's 12 points and Norris' 11. For Washington, Veronin had 15 points and McKinney, 14.

Logan's win over American had15 points each from Jones and Gates while Jonathan Masulit added 11. Jones and Masulit both had three baskets from behind the arc and Gates knocked down two of his own. Malik Livingston pulled down seven boards and Joshua Seki grabbed six.

Bay Counties League (BCL) will have their Shaughnessy playoff hosted by the Fremont Christian High School Warriors. Semifinals will be on Wednesday, Feb. 17 with the finals on Friday, Feb. 19. Emery High School leads the BCL at 10-0 (15-6 overall) and two league games to play. Fremont is second, 8-1 (17-8) and three to play with California School for the Deaf Eagles third at 7-3 (14-8) and two left in the BCL. Fourth team could be one of four teams, all with losing BCL and overall records.

On Monday, Feb. 1, CSD hosted nonconference foe St. Elizabeth High School of Oakland and came away with a well-played and hard-fought 70-64 win.

"What a great birthday gift the team gave me," said Eagles coach Oskar Schugg. "They played an awesome game against St. Elizabeth with a very strong lead and continued to the end."

CSD was led by its two seniors, Austin Miller (career high 25 points) and Odun Akintomide (15 points).

On Thursday, Feb. 4, CSD hosted BCL leaders Emery. After the Eagles took a 33-32 lead at the end of the third quarter, CSD ran out of gas in the fourth, according to Coach Schugg, and fell, 46-41.

Meanwhile the Warriors would win three BCL contests last week. They defeated Contra Costa Christian High School at home on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 71-31; won at Chinese Christian High School on Thursday, Feb. 4, 78-56; and capped the week with a 63-36 road victory on Friday, Feb. 5, against Cornerstone Christian High School.

Milpitas High School of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) El Camino Division lost two division games last week. They fell at Saratoga High School, 58-46, on Wednesday and again at home on Friday to Cupertino High School, 46-32.

Milpitas is now 3-6 (8-13 overall) and in sixth place in league play. They are in danger of missing the post season with just three games remaining.

Hayward Athletic Area League (HAAL) teams from Hayward are also struggling this year. Hayward High School at 6-5 (11-9 overall) is in fourth place and Mt. Eden High School, 5-7 (11-11) stands in fifth place. Moreau Catholic High School Mariners, 1-10 (5-16) and Tennyson High School, 0-10 (3-15) are the two last-place teams.

In HAAL action last week, Wednesday, Feb. 3, saw Mt. Eden win at Tennyson, 56-42, while Hayward lost at San Leandro High School, 68-47. Moreau lost at home to Castro Valley High School on Thursday, Feb. 4, 72-54. Then on Friday, Feb. 5, Hayward won at Mt. Eden, 49-39, while Moreau hosted and lost to San Lorenzo High School, 66-46.

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