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January 25, 2011 > Bizarre week for HAAL boys hoops

Bizarre week for HAAL boys hoops

By Kevin Yin

The week of Monday, Jan. 17, to Sunday, Jan. 23, saw two very unusual events occur in the world of Hayward Area Athletic League boys basketball. The first of those events was seeing the league's two top teams, Castro Valley and Bishop O'Dowd, both find themselves on the short end of a final score. The second of those events was that Castro Valley still managed not to lose.

On Jan. 17, Castro Valley faced Salesian in a nonconference match-up of two of Northern California's best teams. Castro Valley lost 63-61, despite 25 points by senior guard Roderick Bobbitt. However, Salesian star forward Jabari Bird-who scored 21 points and nabbed 10 rebounds against Castro Valley-was subsequently ruled ineligible to participate due to a procedural violation of the California Interscholastic Federation's transfer rules. Salesian was forced to forfeit 16 wins, including its victory over Castro Valley.

Castro Valley spent the remainder of the week picking up wins against Tennyson and Mt. Eden. The Trojans blasted Tennyson on Jan. 20, 77-32, behind 26 points by Bobbitt, and then mauled Mt. Eden on Jan. 21, 78-43, with Bobbitt again leading the scoring with 22 points. Thanks to the Salesian forfeit, Castro Valley's win streak remains alive, and has now reached 10 games. Castro Valley's record now stands at 17-1 overall, 8-0 in HAAL play.

Bishop O'Dowd suffered a surprising 86-85 double overtime upset to nonleague foe Sacramento on Jan. 17, despite Sacramento being without the services of its star player, guard Josiah Turner, who had been officially removed from the team two days earlier due to unspecified violations of team rules. Senior guard Anders Haas led O'Dowd with 23 points, while senior forward Richard Longrus added 15 points and 11 rebounds.

O'Dowd bounced back, however, with two wins over HAAL opponents. On Jan. 19, the Dragons torched San Leandro, 71-48, in a contest that clearly illustrated the gulf between the HAAL's two top teams and the rest of the league. San Leandro, currently third in the HAAL standings, was overwhelmed by O'Dowd almost immediately after tip-off, trailing by 11 points after one quarter and by 21 points at halftime. O'Dowd star forward Brandon Ashley bounced back from a rough outing against Sacramento with a massive effort against San Leandro, totaling 28 points, 14 rebounds, seven blocks and three steals. San Leandro was led in scoring by senior guard Hameed Ali, who finished with 13 points.

The Dragons capped the week with a surprisingly close 54-53 win against Hayward. Longrus scored a team-high 13 points, while Ashley again had difficult night, finishing with just seven points before fouling out. Bishop O'Dowd is now 15-3 on the season, and is tied with Castro Valley for first place in the HAAL, with an 8-0 record in league play. O'Dowd and Castro Valley will showdown next week in the first of two meetings between the schools this season. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Jan. 26 at Chabot College.

O'Dowd girls hoops remain unbeaten
Bishop O' Dowd High (10-7) continued their bid for perfection in league play by obliterating San Leandro High (5-11) with a 66-15 win on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Bishop O' Dowd then beat Hayward 73-44 primarily because they held the Farmers to merely 24% shooting. The final game of the week had No. 29 (in the nation) Berkeley High topped Bishop O' Dowd 65-44.

Also on Jan. 19, Moreau Catholic High (11-6) kept San Lorenzo (0-12) winless as they posted a commanding 59-21 victory. Later that night, Tennyson High (4-14) took on Arroyo High (11-7) yet lost 65-56 despite 18 points from Lancers Luisa Delos Reyes. They lost on the following day as well, falling 49-33 to Castro Valley High (12-6).

Mt. Eden High (8-10) kicked off the week on Jan. 17 as they beat Oceana High 49-20. On the other hand, they lost 57-27 to Hayward High (11-5) a couple days later.

Castro Valley fought Mt. Eden in a tightly-contested match-up on Jan. 21 and they were able to extend their win streak to eight games after edging the Monarchs 61-59.

That same night, Arroyo utilized their Big Three of Bridget Brewer, Marvjo Sampang, and Delos Reyes who combined to score 47 points in their 79-70 victory over San Lorenzo.

Mihir Bhagat contributed to this article.

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