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December 21, 2010 > HAAL hoops review

HAAL hoops review

By Kevin Yin

The week of Monday, Dec. 13, through Saturday, Dec. 18, was another action packed one, as conference play got into full swing for teams of the Hayward Area Athletic League.

Castro Valley's league leading boys squad enjoyed yet another triumphant week, first blasting conference foe Moreau Catholic 77-47 on Tuesday, before beating Oakland by the score of 75-68 on Thursday. Senior guard Andrew Thompson led the Trojans against Moreau, scoring 22 points. Senior guard Roderick Bobbitt managed to top that mark against Oakland, throwing in 30 points in the win.

The two victories improve Castro Valley's season record to 7-0. Castro Valley faced one of their most daunting opponents of the season to date in Berkeley High on Saturday, Dec. 18 -- results of that game were not known at the time this article was written.

San Leandro's boys team performed admirably as well, picking up a pair of wins over conference opponents. The Pirates beat San Lorenzo on Tuesday, 67-60, thanks to a monster performance by forward Jermaine Gaines, who posted 23 points and 11 rebounds on 11 of 14 shooting. The next night, San Leandro dispatched Tennyson, 69-54, with Gaines again leading the way with 16 points and eight rebounds.

After a promising 4-0 start to Mt. Eden's boys season, results took a disappointing turn, as Mt. Eden absorbed a close loss to Washington, 56-55, before suffering a grind-out 45-32 defeat at the hands of Foothill. Mt. Eden has a week off to recover before they face Clayton Valley in a non-conference date on Dec. 23.

Hayward's girls squad used the week to improve their overall season record to league best 6-2 while defeating HAAL schools Arroyo (66-46) and Tennyson (57-37). Junior forward Brandi Gardere powered Hayward past Arroyo with 17 points, while fellow junior forward Erin Muhammad had an outstanding game against Tennyson, scoring 16 points and nabbing nine rebounds.

Moreau currently shares the top spot of the HAAL girls standings with Hayward, as both have 2-0 records in league play. Moreau had only one game this past week, but took care of business, besting Castro Valley 60-52 on Tuesday. Moreau was led by senior forward Danielle Gaumer, who had a game high 15 points.

Tennyson's girls had a rough week, losing the first two games of the conference season, after performing well in non-conference play. Tennyson was beaten by San Leandro, 51-39, despite a season best performance by junior shooting guard Myesha Landry, who had 15 points, and a typically strong outing by sophomore shooting guard Keanya Ousley, who recorded a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Tennyson was then crushed by Hayward, 57-37, in a game where the Lancers were badly outrebounded. Ousley led Tennyson against Hayward with 12 points, but collected only two rebounds.

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