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January 4, 2011 > Logan boys hoops drops seventh in a row

Logan boys hoops drops seventh in a row

By Jeff Weisinger

With the beginning of conference play about a day away from now, the James Logan High School boys basketball team enters the Mission Valley Athletic League portion of their schedule on the complete opposite foot than they would have liked to be on.

The Colts dropped their seventh straight game on Dec. 30 to Madison Ridgeland Academy of Madison, Miss., 52-48. Colts senior Larry Jones' 16 points on the night was not enough to push a Colts team that trailed all game. After Logan trailed by just four after the first quarter, the Madison Ridgeland scored 16 points in the second quarter to take a 28-16 halftime lead, and they never looked back.

The loss to Madison Ridgeland comes two days after Logan loss by five, 82-77 to Lake Washington of Kirkland, Wash. Logan (5-11) opens MVAL play against Washington High on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

Washington 40, American 46
In what may have been a preview of their upcoming MVAL matchup on Jan. 12, the American Eagles defeated the Washington Huskies 46-40 on Dec. 30 in the Tim Cole Memorial Tournament.

The Eagles had to fight back from tight, 22-20 halftime deficit, but back-to-back 13-point quarters in the third and fourth helped American seal the win. Washington will open conference play at Logan on Wednesday, while the Eagles will take their 8-6 record to Newark Memorial on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Newark Memorial 69, Curtis (University Place, Wash.) 59
One team that will enter MVAL play on a strong note is the Cougars of Newark Memorial High, who will begin MVAL play against American on Wednesday night riding a two-game win streak.

The Cougars defeated Curtis High of University Place, Wash., 69-59, on Dec. 30. The Cougars open conference play at home against American Wednesday night before going on the road for two-games against Mission San Jose and Irvington High respectively.

John F. Kennedy 75, Del Norte 74 (OT)
The best game of the Christmas/New Year holiday went to the Kennedy Titans, who look prime to take the MVAL Championship this season, entering conference play with a 12-2 record after their thrilling 75-74 overtime win against Del Norte in the consolation round of the Jamie Angley Memorial tournament.

The Titans had to fight back from a 33-24 halftime deficit, which took all the way until the fourth quarter. But in overtime, both teams defenses stepped up and Kennedy's two-points over Del Norte's one led to the outcome. Kennedy's Chris Murry's 19-points and D'Vaughn Mann's 29 sparked the Titans rally. The Titans open conference play against Mission San Jose on Wednesday, Jan. 5.

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