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December 14, 2010 > A busy week of HAAL basketball

A busy week of HAAL basketball

By Kevin Yin
Photo by Mike Heightchew

In Hayward Area Athletic League basketball action over the week of Monday, Dec. 6, through Saturday, Dec. 11, there was a lot going on. On the boys side, league-leading Castro Valley High added another victim to its list, improving to 5-0 while crushing conference foe Arroyo High, 87-43, in the league opener for both teams.

Castro Valley senior forward Juan Anderson scored 31 points, including seven 3-pointers, while senior guard James Davis led Arroyo with 18 points. Anderson is now averaging 19 points per game.

The rest of Arroyo's week was much brighter. After losing to Castro Valley, Arroyo picked up wins over Campolindo (64-61), Hogan (52-46) and Tracy high schools (48-47). Arroyo's winning streak was powered by Davis, who averaged 21.7 points per game in the three wins.

Mt. Eden High also opened the conference season with a win, routing Moreau Catholic High 75-51. Senior forward Nomso Nwachuku scored a team high 21 points. Then, Mt. Eden squeaked out a 62-61 win over Alameda High, with junior guard Kevin Clerkley leading the way with 17 points, while Moreau bounced back from their loss to Mt. Eden by defeating Elsie Allen High, 55-31.

Led by senior guard Hameed Ali's 20 points, San Leandro High beat Antioch High 73-62. Ali then poured in a game-high 26 points in a hotly contested 79-71 loss to one of the most talented teams in the Bay Area, Archbishop Mitty High School.

Hayward High experienced both sides of blowouts, by first getting whipped by Newark Memorial High, 71-55, before giving the same treatment to Alameda, 53-37. Tennyson High had a turbulent week as well, as they beat Ygnacio Valley High, 45-41; lost to Richmond High, 70-65; and finished the week with a 75-50 beating at the hands of Clayton Valley High.

On the girls side of the action, Hayward had a remarkably hectic week, playing five games in six days, with generally positive results. Hayward lost a tough one to Castlemont High, 39-43, but rallied to post wins over Concord (62-28), Richmond (43-6), Alameda (56-54) and San Ramon Valley high schools (47-45). Senior guard Briyana Clark shone offensively all week, averaging a team high 13.6 points during the five-game span.

Moreau's girls kept busy as well. First, they opened conference play with a 66-42 win over Mt. Eden. Then, Moreau picked up two nonconference wins against Mountain View (50-33) and Monte Vista high schools (44-42) before losing to Terra Nova High, 45-41.

After getting trounced by Moreau, Mt. Eden rebounded with a 48-38 win over El Camino High, but was unable to build any momentum off of the win, as they then lost back-to-back games against Drake, 45-39, and Mercy high schools, 58-30.

Arroyo enjoyed an undefeated week, first beating Pinole Valley High, 65-36, thanks in large part to 17 points by sophomore point guard Luisa Delos Reyes. Delos Reyes would also lead Arroyo's much more modest scoring efforts with six points in their 26-25 win over Sequoia High.

Castro Valley, San Leandro and San Lorenzo all unfortunately had the opposite experience this week, with each losing both of their games. Castro Valley first suffered a 58-50 reverse against James Logan High, followed by a 50-48 loss to Mission San Jose High. San Leandro lost to McClymonds High, 46-43, despite 16 points by senior guard Miranda Wan, and then was beaten by Logan, 50-32. San Lorenzo dropped a close game to Alhambra High, 50-55, before losing to Millennium High, 46-37.

Tennyson's week was neither all good, nor all bad. Tennyson beat John F. Kennedy High, 59-51 on Thursday, Dec. 9, but lost on Saturday to Pitman High, 40-23. Tennyson will open the conference season against San Leandro on Dec. 15.

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