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Basketball: Crabbe, Solomon entertain Monty

Cal signees Allen Crabbe and Richard Solomon combined for 36 points, leading Price High to a 79-45 victory over Lutheran of LaVerne, with Bears coach Mike Montgomery and his wife, along with assistant Travis DeCuire among the crowd.

Crabbe had 23 points, including four 3-pointers, grabbed seven rebounds and had two assists, while Solomon had 13 points, four rebounds and five blocked shots. Price improved to 22-2 on the season.

On Senior Night, Montgomery visited with two of his four incoming freshmen and their parents after the game. Solomon said he attended the Bears’ Thursday night game at USC, and Crabbe indicated he plans to watch Cal play at UCLA on Saturday.

It was my first glimpse of the two, and both are quick and athletic. Crabbe, listed at 6-foot-6, isn’t much shorter than that — at least 6-5. He has a nice stroke, is fast up and down the floor with the ball and seemed unselfish. Of the two, Crabbe comes off as a more polished and confident player at this point.

Solomon was announced as 6-9, but is probably no more than 6-8. He’s very thin and will benefit from time in the weight room. He opened the game by sinking a pair of 3-pointers and made a couple of impressive blocks, but was not an aggressive rebounder in this game.

AROUND THE PAC-10

Here’s Saturday’s schedule . . .

– Cal at UCLA, 1 p.m.: The Bears (14-8, 6-4) need a win to halt a two-game losing streak and emerge from this two-weekend road swing at 2-2. They have lost six straight to the Bruins (11-11, 6-4), who have climbed into a four-way tie for first place.

– Stanford at USC, 4:30 p.m.: Can the Cardinal (10-12, 4-6) win a road game? Not so far after nine tries this season. A loss here, coupled with an Oregon State win over Oregon would leave Stanford in last place. USC (13-9, 5-5) would like to avenge a 54-53 loss at Maples Pavilion last month.

– Oregon at Oregon State, 3 p.m.: The Ducks (12-9, 4-5) arrive in Corvallis riding a two-game win streak, but they had won six in a row when they lost to the Beavers (9-12, 3-6) at Mac Court last month.

– Arizona at Washington State, 5:30 p.m.: The Wildcats (12-10, 6-4) had won four straight before falling Thursday at Washington. The Cougars 14-8, 4-6) have dropped three in a row, but beat UA in Tucson last month.

– Arizona State at Washington, 7:30 p.m.: The Sun Devils (16-7, 6-4), also tied for first place, blasted the Huskies (15-7, 5-5) 68-51 in Tempe last month, but UW is 15-1 at home.

– Pac-10 standings: Cal 6-4, Arizona 6-4, Arizona State 6-4, UCLA 6-4, USC 5-5, Washington 5-5, Oregon 4-5, Stanford 4-6, Washington State 4-6, Oregon State 3-6.

LOCAL HEROES

In a duel of former Oakland Athletic League standouts, Will Cherry (Oakland-McClymonds) scored 14 points to help Montana to a 75-61 win over Weber State, which got 24 points from Damian Lillard (Oakland HS). It was the 12th game of at least 20 points this season for Lillard.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    I’m hoping after a few winning years we can upgrade our big men from the “thing and will need work in the weight room” type. It seems all we get as far as big men is projects.

  • uh oh.

    Thanks, JF, for your assessment of our Price boys.

  • uh oh.

    Great article on Price.

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-sondheimer8-2010feb08,0,371350.column

    Didn’t know his grandfather founded the school. How cool is that!
    Road trip to Bakersfield???