Saturday, March 7, 2015

Section Basketball Championship Recaps for SATURDAY (3/7)

At Sleep Train Arena

Division I boys
The most fireworks came at the end of the night, as the #1-seeded Bulldogs and #2-seeded Huskies battled back and forth in a down-to-the-wire game that ended in exciting fashion. Junior point guard Jordan Ford scored 18 points, including the eventual gamewinner in the final moments, to lead Folsom. The Bulldogs had two fouls to give in the final seconds, and used them to bleed away precious seconds as Sheldon tried to set up for the last shot. The Huskies mishandled an inbounds pass as the clock hit zero, setting off a wild celebration. The Bulldogs got eight points from Jared Wall and seven points apiece from Tre Finch and Josiah Deguara.
Sheldon was led by Matthew Manning's 14 points, eight points from Devin Greene and seven from Isaiah Brooks and Anthony Cook.

Division I girls
The juggernaut that is the St. Mary's girls basketball team won yet another Section championship in impressive fashion, this time sprinting past the McClatchy Lions. The Rams were led by fab freshman Aquira DeCosta, who scored 24 points while grabbing 13 rebounds to go with three blocks and three steals. Teammates Naje Murray (14 points, seven rebounds) and Kat Tudor (13 points) also chipped in.
Gigi Garcia led McClatchy with 11 points and 13 rebounds, while teammate Jordan Cruz added 14 points.
St. Mary's won its 16th Section championship in school history, and eighth title in a row.

Division II boys
In a thrilling game where the final outcome was in doubt until the last shot, the #2-seed Crusaders held off the top-seeded Dragons for Modesto Christian's 17th Section championship. All of those Section crowns have been won since 1997. UOP-bound post player Anthony Townes scored 13 points while grabbing seven rebounds and Christian Ellis had a game-high 13 rebounds for Modesto Christian. Teammates Jeff Wu and Jordan Hollins-Buckner each added 10 points.
Sayvon Hines scored 12 points to lead Sacramento, while Stephen Matthews and Christian Terrell each added 10 points.
With the victory, Modesto Christian now has won Section titles in Divisions 1-5 and will almost certainly be chosen to play in the prestigious Open Division in the CIF NorCal Championships.

Division IV boys
The top-seeded Cougars won their fourth consecutive Section championships thanks to a well-balanced attack and a very fast start. Capital Christian scored the game's first nine points and led 13-4 after the first quarter. After that, the Cougars dialed up the defense and cruised to victory against the scrappy #2-seed Hawks. Capital Christian was led by Justice Shelton-Mosely (13 points, five rebounds), Edward Ware (12 points), Zachary Chappell (12 points, eight rebounds) and Tiegen Jones (11 points, 12 rebounds).
Isaiah Halsey led Liberty Ranch with 19 points, while DeAndre Stallings added 15 points and eight rebounds.
By virtue of this win, Capital Christian will compete at Division III next year.

Division II girls
The defending D3 state champion and top-seeded Crusaders took charge early and never let up in a dominant win over the #3-seed - and previously undefeated - Jaguars. This game was a contrast in histories. Modesto Christian won it all in 2014 and was going for its seventh Section championship in 12 appearances. Kimball, a relatively new school out of Tracy, was in its first championship game and only its eighth playoff game overall. Candice White scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Crusaders, which also got strong contributions from Natalie LaTour (12 points), Lailoni Gaines (11 points, five rebounds) and Meagen Warwick (nine points, 10 rebounds).
Kimball was led by freshman Raziya Potter, who had eight points and two steals before fouling out.

Division IV girls
One of the guarantees in the Sac-Joaquin Section postseason has been the Bradshaw Christian girls basketball team. The Pride have yet to lose in a Section championship game, and this win over top-seeded Brookside Christian might be their best. Bradshaw leaned on point guard Erika Bean (29 points, three assists, three steals) and post player Jordyn Bell (16 points, 14 rebounds) to upset the Knights. 
Brookside Christian was led by junior point guard Aarion McDonald, who set a D5 record with 38 points. She also had 16 rebounds and four steals. Her teammate Ry'kyra Gabriel chipped in with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Bradshaw Christian's career playoff record is no 28-2, with a perfect 7-0 in championship games.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Section Championship Basketball Recaps for FRIDAY (3/6)

At Sleep Train Arena

Division III boys
Senior center Joshua Patton controlled the inside of the key with 24 points, 12 rebounds and nine blocked shots as the Timberwolves beat their Valley Oak League rivals for the school's first boys basketball title in its short history. Head coach Scott Thomason, who has coached at Sierra for 15 years, saw his first blue banner and his 301st career victory.
Daniel Wyatt scored 18 points for Sierra, and teammate Hunter Johnson added 11 points and 14 rebounds. Weston Ranch, in its second Section championship game in school history, was led by Jaelen Ragsdale and Fred Lavender, who each scored 17 points.

Division III girls
Julia Blackshell-Fair scored 27 points and grabbed 21 rebounds - both game-highs - as the top-seeded Vikings rolled to victory over the #3-seed Knights. It was the first girls basketball Section championship in school history for Vanden; Rio Linda was also gunning for its first Section crown. The game was tight after the halftime buzzer - Vanden led 31-26 - but the Vikings opened the second half with a 9-0 and were off to the races from there.
Chantelle Greer scored 15 points and Kiana Moore added 11 for Vanden. Makaila Sanders led Rio Linda with 16 points, and her teammate Brandy Huffhines chipped in with 14.

Division V boys
Kenyon Williams scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the #2-seed Knights to their first Section boys basketball championship since 1998. They beat Central California Athletic Association rival Elliot Christian, the #4 seed, in their third matchup this year. Brookside won all three of those games.
Kameron Vales scored 20 points, while Derek Burgess added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Knights. David Lerma scored a game-high 31 points for the Eagles, including an 11-for-13 performance form the free-throw line.

Division V girls
Nicole Colbert scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed a team-high five rebounds as the #3-seeded Cougars held off the #4 seed Knights. It was the first girls basketball Section championship in Capital Christian school history; it lost in the finals in 2007, 2013 and 2014.
Cierra McClain added 12 points, while Alanah McClain and Michaela Mahnke each had three steals for the Cougars.
Pamela Radach led Ripon Christian with 12 points, while teammate Elisabeth Regusci added 11. Carly Tillema pulled down 16 rebounds for the Knights, which we searching for their 12th Section title but only their first since 2002.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Section playoff basketball results for FRIDAY (2/27)

Division I
Folsom 61, Granite Bay 54
Pleasant Grove 76, Kennedy 63
Woodcreek 64, River City 56
Sheldon 63, Oak Ridge 47
Semifinals/Wednesday at Sleep Train Arena (Times TBA)
#4 Pleasant Grove vs. #1 Folsom
#3 Woodcreek vs. #2 Sheldon

Division II
Sacramento 79, Rocklin 64
Cosumnes Oaks 85, Beyer 82 (2OT)
St. Mary's 68, Antelope 62
Modesto Christian 79, Elk Grove 47
Semifinals/Wednesday at Sleep Train Arena (Times TBA)
#4 Cosumnes Oaks vs. #1 Sacramento
#3 St. Mary's vs. #2 Modesto Christian

Division III
Weston Ranch 63, Christian Brothers 52
Manteca 64, Rio Americano 58
Sierra 82, Vallejo 78
Vanden 77, Vista del Lago 47
Semifinals/Tuesday at Cosumnes River College (Times TBA)
#9 Weston Ranch vs. #5 Manteca
#3 Sierra vs. #2 Vanden

Division IV
Capital Christian 67, Sonora 39
Mesa Verde 50, Marysville 49
West Campus 56, Foothill 54
Liberty Ranch 73, Central Catholic 66
Semifinals/Wednesday at Tokay High (Times TBA)
#12 Mesa Verde vs. #1 Capital Christian
F6 West Campus vs. #2 Liberty Ranch

Division V
Forest Lake Christian 56, Ripon Christian 54
Eliot Christian 79, Argonaut 63
Mariposa 85, Delta Charter 55
Brookside Christian 76, Bradshaw Christian 35
Semifinals/Wednesday at Galt High (Times TBA)
#8 Forest Lake Christian vs. #4 Elliot Christian
#3 Mariposa vs. #2 Brookside Christian

Division VI
Sacramento Country Day 85, Victory Christian 71
Valley Christian 96, New Life Christian 77
Championship/Thursday at Galt High, 8 p.m.
#2 Valley Christian vs. #1 Sacramento Country Day