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CIF state basketball championships to be televised

All 12 CIF state basketball title games scheduled for this weekend will be televised live by Comcast SportsNet.

The Salesian girls (Open Division), Bishop O’Dowd boys (Open Division), Monte Vista boys (Division I), Moreau Catholic boys (Division IV) and St. Joseph Notre Dame boys (Division V) all will be playing for state titles at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. The television schedule for those games is as follows. The games will also be streamed on the CIF website.

Friday, March 28

DIVISION V BOYS: St. Joseph Notre Dame vs. Renaissance Academy-La Canada, noon, CSNCA. (Broadcast team: Play-by-play – Steve Quis, Analyst – Jon Crispin, Sideline – Rosalyn Gold-Onwude) 

DIVISION I BOYS: Monte Vista vs. Centennial-Corona, 8 p.m., CSN-Plus (Broadcast team: Play-by-Play – Barry Tompkins, Analyst – Jon Crispin, Sideline – Kelli Tennant)

Saturday, March 29

DIVISION IV BOYS: Moreau Catholic vs. Bishop Montgomery-Torrance, 12 p.m., CSN-Plus (Broadcast team: Play-by-play – Steve Quis, Analyst – Jon Crispin, Sideline – Rosalyn Gold-Onwude) 

OPEN DIVISION GIRLS: Salesian vs. Long Beach Poly, 6 p.m., CSNBA (Broadcast team: Play-by-Play – Barry Tompkins, Analyst – Mary Murphy, Sideline – Kelli Tennant.

OPEN DIVISION BOYS: Bishop O’Dowd vs. Mater Dei-Santa Ana, 8 p.m., CSNBA (Broadcast team: Play-by-Play – Barry Tompkins, Analyst – Drew Schiller, Sideline – Kelli Tennant)

Posted on Monday, March 24th, 2014
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Monte Vista boys will compete in Division I in NorCals

The Monte Vista High boys basketball team has decided to stay in Division I for the upcoming Northern California regional playoffs rather than opt up to the Open Division.

The Mustangs, who played in and won their first NCS title since 2009 Friday night, didn’t meet the qualifying criteria that would have automatically put them in the running for a spot in the Open Division. But as one of the top squads in Northern California, Monte Vista had the opportunity to opt up to the premier division and hope to be selected. After the NCS championship win over Freedom, head coach Nick Jones said that he would let the players make the decision.

The team met Saturday morning, and the Mustangs announced their decision on their Twitter account, posting “Monte Vista will not petition to join the open division of NorCal’s. They will instead pursue a D1 state title.”

Posted on Saturday, March 8th, 2014
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De La Salle vs. Monte Vista basketball game sold out

Just a reminder: If you don’t already have a ticket to tonight’s Monte Vista vs. De La Salle basketball game, you’re not getting in. The 7 p.m. game between the two teams tied for first place in the East Bay Athletic League sold out yesterday. But you’re not completely out of luck. The game will be streamed live by delasalletv.com.

Posted on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
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East Bay boys baketball poll — 1/14

 

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Bishop O’Dowd (5) 7-4 75 1
2. Monte Vista 14-0 70 3
3. Campolindo 11-4 64 6
4. De La Salle 9-3 61 7
5. Freedom 11-4 50 8
t6. St. Joseph Notre Dame 13-3 49 10
t6. El Cerrito 15-1 49 2
8. San Ramon Valley 12-2 40 4
9. Castro Valley 9-4 37 9
10. Berkeley 11-0 28 11
11. Salesian 9-6 27 5
12. Amador Valley 12-2 19 13
13. Dougherty Valley 11-4 15 12
14. College Park 9-3 11 15
15. Newark Memorial 7-7 5 NR

Also receiving votes: None. Records are through Jan. 11. The East Bay Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

Posted on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
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MLK Classic at Haas Pavilion

The annual MLK Classic at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley is less than two weeks away, and features a great lineup, as usual.

10:30 a.m.: Castro Valley vs. St.Mary’s -Berkeley

12:15 p.m.: El Cerrito vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral-S.F.

2 p.m.:  Newark Memorial vs. Jesuit

3:45 p.m.: Capital Christian vs. Bishop O’Dowd

5:45 p.m.: Long Beach Poly vs. De La Salle

7:30 p.m.: Salesian vs. Sacramento

The marquee matchup is looking like the late afternoon game between Bishop O’Dowd and Capital Christian. O’Dowd is No. 5 in Cal-Hi Sports’ latest state rankings and Capital Christian is No. 9, making them the two highest ranked NorCal squads. The Dragons feature 6-foot-10 Ivan Rabb, one of the hottest junior prospects in the country. Capital Christian is 14-2 and led by Michigan-bound D.J. Wilson.

Presale tickets are available at the De La Salle bookstore from Jan. 13-17 and at the following website: https://prepmo.com/events/5

General Admission (bleacher seating) is $10 for adults ($7 presale), $5 for students, seniors, children. Reserved chair back seating is $20 ($15 presale)  and includes all day in and out access.

Courtside seats are $30 per game (but include all day in and out access).

All six games will be streamed live on www.delasalletv.com. A $9.95 fee applies.

 

Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2014
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Holy Names hoops adds Perry

The Holy Names men’s basketball team has signed 6-foot-6 forward Harold Perry Jr., a former Pinole Valley High and College of Alameda standout.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
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Bird named Div. IV POY, Rabb is top sophomore; plus All-East Bay boys basketball teams

Salesian High’s Jabari Bird, a finalist for Cal-Hi Sports’ Mr. California award that went to Archbishop Mitty’s Aaron Gordon, was named the Division IV player of the year.  That’s in addition to Bird being named the Bay Area News Group East Bay Player of the Year last week. (Sorry for not posting that here, I was on vacation when it ran). Also, Bishop O’Dowd’s Ivan Rabb was named Cal-Hi Sports’ sophomore of the year. Pretty easy choice if you ask me for a guy who averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Dragons. He was the unofficial runner-up to Bird for our East Bay player of the year and will enter his junior season as the preseason favorite for the award. Rabb was a first-team All-East Bay pick.

It’s a few days late, but for those who missed it in print or online, here’s our complete All-East Bay team.

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Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2013
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The All-East Bay Girls Basketball teams

Here are capsules for our all-East Bay girls basketball first, second and third teams:

First team

ODERAH CHIDOM, Bishop O’Dowd, forward, Sr. — The McDonald’s All-American averaged a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, providing a big challenge for opponents from her small forward position as the Dragons marched to a California Interscholastic Federation Open Division state championship. The Duke-bound Chidom was also a wall defensively, averaging three blocks and two steals a game.

ARIELL BOSTICK, Bishop O’Dowd, guard, Sr. — Bostick was the motor for a Dragons squad that finished its season with 24 straight wins, including 22 by double digits. The San Diego State-bound Bostick passed for 5.7 assists per game this season to go along with nine points, four rebounds and three steals a game. She scored a team-high 17 points in the Dragons’ CIF Open Division state championship win over Windward-Los Angeles.

GABBY GREEN, St. Mary’s, guard, Jr. — The 6-foot-1 Green could hurt an opposing team in many ways. She averaged 16.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.2 steals, 3.9 assists and 1.4 blocks a game for the Panthers, who won the North Coast Section Division IV title and played Open Division state champion Bishop O’Dowd tough before falling 50-40 in a Northern California regional semifinal game. Green scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the NCS championship game.

MARIYA MOORE, Salesian, guard/forward, Jr. — Moore led the Pride to their second consecutive CIF Division IV state championship game, and set a record there for most free throws made (17) and attempted (20) in any California high school state championship game as part of an outstanding 35-point performance. Salesian fell by only two points, 62-60, to Serra-Gardena in that game. Moore averaged 18.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 4.0 steals a game this season.

NATALIE ROMEO, Carondelet, guard, Jr. — Romeo exploded for more than 30 points twice in the postseason, including a 34-point performance in an 89-69 victory over Archbishop Mitty-San Jose in a first-round Northern California Open Division game. She averaged 21.3 points per game this season along with 6.5 assists, 6.2 steals and 5.6 rebounds for the NCS Division II champions.

K.C. WATERS, Bishop O’Dowd, forward, Sr. — The Cal-bound Waters averaged 11 points, 13.7 rebounds and three blocks per game for the Open Division state champions. Against Windward in the state championship game, Waters scored 12 points and pulled down 20 rebounds, the most rebounds by an individual in a California girls state championship game since 1997.

Second team

ASHLEY ALLEN, Clayton Valley Charter, guard, Sr. — Allen, who scored 25 points in the North Coast Section Division II championship game against Carondelet, has a complete game that is hard to stop.

MARIE BERTHOLDT, Alameda, forward, Sr. — The Santa Clara-bound Bertholdt averaged 18.9 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.4 steals per game.

MIKAYLA COWLING, St. Mary’s, forward, Jr. — The Cal commit averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.9 steals per game.

RACHEL HOWARD, Berkeley, forward, Sr. — The University of San Francisco-bound Howard led a young Yellowjackets team to the CIF Division I state championship game.

SABRINA IONESCU, Miramonte, guard, Fr. — Ionescu led an impressive Miramonte team in scoring (13.8 points per game) and also averaged 4.0 steals and 3.9 assists per game.

Third team

BREANNA BROWN, Bishop O’Dowd, forward, Sr. — The Virginia Tech-bound Brown grabbed 9.4 rebounds per game and scored nine points a game for Open Division state champs, including a double-double in the state championship game (10 points, 14 rebounds).

SABRINA ENGELSTAD, Heritage, center, Sr. — The Saint Mary’s College signee averaged 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocks a game for the Bay Valley Athletic League champs.

LONDON ROBINSON, Oakland Tech, guard/forward, Sr. — The Oakland Athletic League Most Valuable Player averaged 13 points, eight rebounds a game.

LAUREN SEYRANIAN, Piedmont, guard, Jr. — Seyranian was another player who was very hard to stop, averaging 20.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.

ASHA THOMAS, Bishop O’Dowd, guard, So. — Thomas, who averaged nine points and five assists this season, was a major factor in the Dragons’ championship run — she scored a game-high 21 points in the NCS Division III championship game, 16 points in the Open Division Northern California regional championship game and 10 points in the state championship game.

Posted on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
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O’Dowd’s Rabb selected to USA Developmental team

Bishop O’Dowd High sophomore Ivan Rabb has been selected to 2013-14 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team. The team is made up of 23 of the nation’s top under-16 players. The team members will train May 30-June 7 in Colorado Springs, Colo., and a 12-member team will be selected to travel to Maldonado, Uruguay, for the FIBA Americas under-16 championships, which are held June 11-15. That tournament serves as a qualifier to the 2014 FIBA under-17 World Championships.

Posted on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
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Final 2013 East Bay boys basketball poll

Here’s the final poll of the 2012-13 season. The All-East Bay teams will be published next week. The process of selecting them in ongoing this week, so if you want to throw a nomination of a player out there to be considered, feel free. I can’t guarantee anything, but they’ll be given a look.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Salesian (4) 30-4 60 1
2. Bishop O’Dowd 26-4 56 2
3. Deer Valley 26-6 52 4
4. Newark Memorial 23-8 48 6
5. De La Salle 27-5 44 3
6. San Leandro 27-7 40 8
7. College Park 27-6 36 13
8. Dublin 27-7 31 7
9. McClymonds 22-8 29 9
10. Campolindo 22-9 22 14
11. Freedom 20-10 18 11
12. El Cerrito 22-12 17 5
13. St. Joseph Notre Dame 24-12 13 NR
14. Heritage 20-10 10 12
15. Monte Vista 20-7 4 10

Also receiving votes: None.  Records are final. The East Bay Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2013
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