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LIVE BOYS HOOPS: De La Salle vs. Monte Vista II

It’s 5:30 p.m. and I’ve already secured my perch in the upper corner of the bleachers at Monte Vista HS. The freshman game is in OT, and the gym is already near capacity. In a little more than an hour or so, we’ll be going live here to bring you all the action in what is essentially the EBAL championship game. Oh, and it also happens to be a matchup between the No. 2 and No. 17 teams in the state. Kind of a big deal.  So make sure you’re here at or around 6:45 and we’ll get rolling.

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Diante Jackson to Oregon

Flip, flop and fly. Las Lomas four-star wide receiver recruit Diante Jackson has chosen Oregon, the original school he orally committed to in October. The Ducks’ official Web site lists letters of intent in the order they were received, and Jackson is listed as submitting his at 7:59 this morning. Ben Enos, who has been on this story since Jackson scored his first TD this season, will add more later.

9:30 update: Ben Enos here. And so begins letter of intent day eh? We’ll have to wait until the noon press conference at Las Lomas but in the end DIante went with the school he originally chose, Oregon. It’s turning out to be a huge year for Oregon in terms of getting East Bay athletes. You can add Diante to a list that includes Nick Cole, Avery Patterson, Keaton Arden and Jackson Rice. I’ll have more for you as the day goes, including quotes from Diante himself early this afternoon.

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MLK lineup/tickets

Because a few people have inquired, here’s the full lineup for the MLK Classic showcase at Haas Pavilion on Monday. Tickets are available for presale through 3 p.m. Friday at the De La Salle bookstore ($7 for adults, $5 students/seniors/children), or they will also be available at the door on Monday ($10 for adults, $5 students/seniors/childen).

GIRLS BASKETBALL
11:15 a.m. — Pinole Valley vs. Alhambra
12:45 p.m. –  Berkeley vs. Carondelet

BOYS BASKETBALL
2:15 p.m. –  Skyline vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral
4 p.m. –  Salesian vs. Newark Memorial
5:45 p.m. –  Monte Vista vs. St. Mary’s-Berkeley
7:30 p.m. –  McClymonds vs. De La Salle

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Two Geeks Live Chat, 4 p.m.

The turnout was minimal last week, but the Geeks will give the topic of winter sports another go.

Join them at 4 p.m. Thursday (TODAY!) for a live chat that should include some advance analysis on the Martin Luther King Jr. basketball showcase happening Jan. 19, as well as the latest on the wrestling front. Heck, we’ll even try our hand at soccer if we need to.

Come by, bring friends, ask questions.