I know football is the talk of the night with De La Salle falling in the CIF Division I State Champioinship Bowl Game, but I wanted to throw out a little hoops talk.
I was filling in for Michael Bower and covering a little HAAL tonight and was out at the Castro Valley-San Leandro game. It was a pretty good atmosphere out there. It’s tough to beat the atmosphere of an OAL game, but this one was close. Some good chants from the Castro Valley Sixth Man crew, although a few were borderline (be careful with the BS chants). A great performance on the court by the Trojans to earn a 73-69 win on the road. Rashad Parker was clutch with 22 points, including a big 3-pointer after San Leandro had taken some momentum with a put back dunk by Jared Cunningham (22 points). Shaheed Young also had a great game for the Pirates with 23 points. It was fun to be out checking out some HAAL action again. It’s been three years since I regularly covered the league.
The big news of the night from the hardwood was Oakland Tech’s stunning 54-50 victory on the road over De La Salle. From what I got after talking to Tech coach Michael Quinney, the Bulldogs got three free-throws down the stretch from Devin Crear to help seal the victory and a standout performance from Richard Boston (22 points). For those unaware, the Spartans came into that game ranked No. 6 in the nation by the USA Today. DLS was probably rated too high and their strong preseason ranking was based heavily on the addition of Georgetown recruit Hollis Thompson, who left the program without ever taking the court. But regardless, the Spartans were many people’s favorite to represent Northern California in the state finals (although my pick would’ve still been McClymonds). This loss will certainly knock DLS down (or more than likely out) of the rankings and makes Tech a sleeper pick to pull off some upsets in the OAL. Maybe McClymonds is next?