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Basketball: Solomon’s big day keys easy win

Junior forward Richard Solomon scored a career-high 18 points to go with nine rebounds and the Bears (8-3) routed Prairie View A&M 85-53 at Haas Pavilion.

Solomon’s former Price HS-Los Angeles teammate Allen Crabbe led the Bears with 23 points, also contributing seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. It was the sixth 20-point game of the season for the junior guard.

Crabbe, 10 for 36 from the field in his previous two games, hit 8 of 11 against the Panthers (5-7) of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Point guard Justin Cobbs added 14 points, five rebounds and three steals.

Freshman guard Tyrone Wallace got some second-half time at the point and responded with five assists. But he shot just 1 for 7 and is 7 for 27 in three games since becoming a starter.

Jeff Powers came off the bench to score his first nine points of the season. Sophomore Ricky Kreklow, who has been in and out of the lineup with a foot problem, was held out of the game.

Jourdan DeMuynck, a Castro Valley HS product, led Prairie View with 11 points.

Cal closes its nonconferene schedule next Saturday at home against Harvard.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    I took the basball team i coach out to the basketball game. And as a dessert course we went to cal state east bay to watch the salesian vs mitty game.

    Jabari bird is the real deal. Salesian blew them out. They could have won by 40 butthey essentially played backups all the third quarter.

    I cannot wait to see jabari play at cal. Mike montgomery was at the game. A couple of my kids talked to him and they said he was very friendly. So kudos to him.

    Maybe aaron gordon has the flu thats going around. Because he definitely didnt live up to the billing tonight. But to his defense mitty is essentially gordon and some other bodies. Salesian was stacked.

  • Juancho

    Forgot one thing. Before the game i met a parent of one of the prairie view players. The dad turned out to be involved with chaminade. So i brought up terrell newby. He apparently knows the kid. I mentioned how he would be great for Cal. And the guy gave me a ghastly look. So i asked him where he thought hed end up. He said he thinks hes going to oregon.

  • SteveNTexas

    At this point in the season we are ranked 41 snd 44 in CBS and Sagarin – the only services I know that go beyond the top 30 or so.

    Our SOS hasn’t been great but many other major conference teams have played a weaker one.

    This isnt too bad

    We next play Harvard #143 who is king of Boston beating Boston College and Boston Univ but they did lose to U Mass, Vermont and Connecticut.

    Outside of Arizona there is a lot of parity in the Pac12 USC is another exception as they basically suck at 4-7. Colorado might be slight favorite to finish 2nd.

    I judge this season by whether we make the NCAAs. Monty has had time to develop a program and the past few seasons we seem to have gone in the opposite direction. We are helped by the Pac12 being weak again.

  • wehofx

    Juancho, what you do for those kids is great. I hope you’re wrong about newby. He is/was one of the 4/5 stars that I think we have a legitimate shot at flipping.

    Great to see Solomon finally show up. Now gotta get Kravish going.

    Based on yesterday’s minutes Powers passed B Smith in the rotation. I think/guess that Monty is going to use Cobbs, Kreklow and Wallace at the 1. Powers has – by far the better shot – so he goes in at 2 after c,k,w and Crabbe.

    Latest Twitter Rumor on O Line Coach:

    >>>@ChrisLevel: Looks like Sonny Dykes might add #TexasTech’s interim HC Chris Thomsen to be his OL coach at Cal. Would be a great fit>>>

    If true, sounds like a great fit.

  • Juancho

    I thank you wehofx. I remember being a kid and how much cal meant for me. And were lucky to be able to pass that on to the next generation.

    One of kids got jabari bird to autograph his new cal sweater. Same kid got tony renda to sign a sweater last year.

    In bad news looks like newby named his top 3. Nebraska oregon and ucla. I think its too late to flip him now. Not impossible though.

  • gobears91

    Juancho – the czar of the information pipeline: not the end of the world if we don’t land Newby. Lots of other solid recruits out there. Much respect for what you are doing with the kids on your team. To JF and all the regular contributors: Happy Holidays to you and your families, and here’s hoping for a steller 2013 for Hoops, Baseball and Football.