February 22, 2011 > HAAL regular season concludes
HAAL regular season concludes
By Kevin Yin
Hayward Area Athletic League's 2010-11 basketball regular season drew to a close last week, Feb. 14 to Feb. 20, as teams looked to end their schedules on a high note in preparation for next week's North Coast Section playoffs.
Highlighting the boys action last week was the anticipated rematch between the HAAL's two top teams: No.1 ranked Castro Valley and No.2 ranked Bishop O'Dowd. In the two schools' previous meeting, Castro Valley had prevailed in an affair where the Trojans led almost the entire game and fended off a late Dragons surge to secure the win. The rematch produced the same result-another Trojans' triumph-but arrived there in a very different fashion.
This match was close from the outset, with O'Dowd holding a 23-22 halftime lead. Castro Valley, however, opened the second half with a dominating period, outscoring O'Dowd 16-7 while firmly taking control of the game. Senior point guard Roderick Bobbitt led the way with 26 points including four 3's for Castro Valley with fellow senior guard Juan Anderson putting in 17 points.
Much like in the first match between these schools, O'Dowd's powerful forward tandem of junior Brandon Ashley and senior Richard Longrus was held in check; Ashley finished with 13 points while Longrus scored 11 points.
San Lorenzo continued its surprising play, winning its final two games over Arroyo, 54-48, and Tennyson, 66-33, to end the season on a five-game winning streak. Ali Faruqbey powered the Rebels' offense against Arroyo with a game-high 19 points, while against Tennyson five Rebels managed to reach double figures. The five-game winning streak represents a tremendous turnaround for San Lorenzo, as the Rebels began the season 0-4 in HAAL play, but finish with an 8-8 conference record, good for a tie for fourth place.
The team San Lorenzo is tied with, Moreau Catholic, also enjoyed a fine week winning its final two games to close the season on a three-game winning streak. On Feb. 16, Moreau beat Tennyson, 73-61, with senior guard Kacey Holt inflicting the most damage with 20 points. Then on Feb. 18, Moreau edged Hayward, 76-71, closing the Farmers' season with a fourth consecutive defeat.
Bishop O'Dowd's girls squad experienced a happier end to the regular season than their boys counterparts did, blasting Hayward 63-23 on Feb. 16, and then thumping Castro Valley 50-32 in the season finale. O'Dowd finished the season 16-0 in HAAL play-the third consecutive season that the Dragons have gone undefeated in league play.
Moreau Catholic, the second place girls team, also closed the season out strongly, routing Tennyson, 67-27, on Feb. 16 before crushing Hayward, 55-33. Senior forward Megan Scully led the Mariners against Tennyson with 16 points, and followed it up with a game-high 17 points against Hayward.
Hayward entered the final week of play tied with Castro Valley for third place in the league, but the Farmers fell victim to an imposing schedule and with the losses to O'Dowd and Moreau, Hayward finished in fourth place.
Boys final standings: 1. Castro Valley, 2. Bishop O'Dowd, 3. San Leandro, 4. Moreau, 5. San Lorenzo, 6. Hayward, 7. Arroyo, 8. Mt. Eden, 9. Tennyson.
Girls final standings: 1. Bishop O'Dowd, 2. Moreau, 3. Castro Valley, 4. Hayward, 5. Arroyo, 6. Mt. Eden, 7. San Leandro, 8. San Lorenzo, 9. Tennyson.
North Coast Section playoffs will begin this week. First round action will tip-off on Feb. 22 and 23. Log onto the TCV Sports website (http://sports.tricityvoice.com) to find out all the pairings of teams within the readership area; for the complete bracket, log onto the NCS website at www.cifncs.org.