Honoring Rodney Frazier at the Vontoure Spartan Classic

The local basketball community continues to make sure that Rodney Frazier, the slain Richmond High point guard,  is not forgotten. Last week, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and some of his players attended the Oilers’ home opener and offered encouraging words to Rodney’s teammates beforehand.

On Thursday, there will be a brief ceremony to honor Rodney and show support for the Richmond team and coaches before a game with Fairfield at the Vontoure Spartan Classic at De La Salle. “We can’t let Rodney become ‘just another statistic.’ We truly are all in this together,” wrote De La Salle coach Frank Allocco in an email. Allocco was a speaker at a peace rally  in Richmond  to honor Frazier last month. Several local basketball teams showed attended the rally.


MaxPreps MLK Classic lineup announced

High school basketball returns to Cal’s Haas Pavilion on Jan. 19 for another year of the MLK Day Classic, hosted by De La Salle.

Here’s the schedule for the 18th year of the event.

Berkeley vs. El Cerrito, 10:30 a.m.
Franklin-Elk Grove vs. Newark Memorial, 12:15 p.m.
Salesian vs. St. Mary’s-Stockton, 2 p.m.
Sacramento vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral-S.F., 3:45 p.m.
Chaminade-West Hills vs. De La Salle, 5:45 p.m.
Archbishop Mitty-S.J. vs. Moreau Catholic, 7:30 p.m.



Elite matchups headline NorCal Tip Off, Winter Classic basketball tournaments

BISHOP O'DOWD BASKETBALL/SPORTSWith basketball season only a couple months away, tournaments are beginning to announce their schedules. Two big ones came in today.

The NorCal Tip Off Classic, now in its eighth year, has a great slate of games all day and a particularly intriguing headliner. Bishop O’Dowd, led by Ivan Rabb, will face Bishop Gorman-Las Vegas (Nev.) and the frontcourt combo of 7-foot Stephen Zimmerman and 6-foot-9 Chase Jeter. Rabb, Zimmerman and Jeter are considered top 10 national prospects in the class of 2015.

The tournament includes five finalists from last year’s CIF state championships: Bishop O’Dowd (Open Division), Folsom (Division II), Drake (Division III), Moreau Catholic (Division IV) and St. Joseph’s-Notre Dame (Division V).

Here’s the full schedule for the NorCal Tip Off Classic, which is Nov. 29 at Newark Memorial High School.

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Ivan Rabb named to U17 national team

Bishop O’Dowd High’s Ivan Rabb has made his second USA men’s basketball squad in as many years.

Rabb was named to the U17 national team on Tuesday and will compete at the FIBA World Championships in Dubai from Aug. 8-16. He is one of nine players on the 12-man roster that also made last year’s U16 squad. That team captured the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship.



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)


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.”


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.


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.