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O’Dowd in Holiday Classic championship game

The Bishop O’Dowd boys basketball team continued its terrific run down south at the Holiday Classic at Torrey Pines on Wednesday when it beat St. Edward-Ohio to advance to the championship game of the top-flight National Division. The tournament at Torrey Pines is basically the boys equivalent of the West Coast Jamboree and the National Division is the equivalent of the Platinum Division.

O’Dowd will take on undefeated state power Long Beach Poly in tonight’s 8:15 p.m. championship game. Click here for a link to all the scores from the tournament as well as game casts from each game as it happens, including tonight’s championship game. Also, be sure to check online tonight and in tomorrow’s paper for coverage of the game, which will be brought to us by former BANG-East Bay sports writer and the originator of the Prep Corner blog Michael Bower. He’s in San Diego and will be covering the game for us.

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West Coast Jamboree: Platinum semifinals

Due to a severe space crunch in the paper, I had to keep my story on Carondelet’s thrilling 64-62 win over Berkeley in the Platinum semifinals of the West Coast Jamboree short and sweet. Here’s a little more on what happened tonight in the semifinal between arguably the two best girls basketball teams in the East Bay, as well as the other semifinal between Long Beach Poly and Georgetown-Texas.

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Juco hoops heaven at Chabot

The Chabot College Classic men’s basketball tournament begins today (Dec. 28). There are seven Bay Area teams competing and four teams ranked in the top 20 in state, led by Chabot, No. 2 NorCal, No. 7 State.  Also, Chabot’s 7-foot center Kyle Luckett is attracting NBA scouts. The Portland Trail Blazers are scheduled to watch him on Wednesday, and the Chicago Bulls attended Chabot’s last game against Modesto JC.
 Here is today’s first-round schedule:  Las Positas vs. Contra Costa, 1 p.m.; Merritt vs Cabrillo, 3 p.m.; Alameda vs. Redwoods, 5 p.m., and Chabot vs. Napa Valley, 7 p.m.
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Mighty McGovern

Congratulations to Monte Vista football star Bryce McGovern for receiving the Danville Rotary’s 14th annual Pete Villa award. The award, named after the founder of the San Ramon Valley Thunderbirds youth football program, recognizes the top high school players in the San Ramon Valley area. McGovern was selected as a first-team wide receiver and second-team defensive back on the 2010 Bay Area News Group-East Bay team. He had 71 receptions for 1,200 yards last season, giving him a remarkable 177 receptions for 3,263 yards in two seasonsThe other nominees for the Pete Villa award were Joseph Pearson, Trevor Taft and Rich Garwood from California; Zac Walsh, Lucas Raventos and Michael Spivey from Dougherty Valley; Dane Turner and Mike Sullas from Monte Vista; and Kaulin Blair, Kyle Egan and Ben Teichman from San Ramon Valley.