High School Basketball Roundup : Sweetwater 11-0 After Winning Title
The Sweetwater boys’ basketball team Thursday added to one of its finest starts, improving to 11-0 with a 63-58 victory over Granite Hills in the championship game of the Sweetwater tournament.
Sweetwater led, 8-0, at the start, then used a man-to-man defense in the second quarter to take a 36-26 lead. Cortez Rice scored 9 of his 13 points in the second quarter, and Joe McDowell added seven as Sweetwater outscored Granite Hills, 23-12.
Granite Hills (4-3) trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half but pulled within five with 5:26 remaining. Granite Hills had a chance to cut the margin but missed four consecutive free throws.
McDowell, the tournament’s most valuable player, finished with 15 points, and Jesse Campbell add 12 for Sweetwater. John Russell scored 25 points and Mark Phillips 15 for Granite Hills.
In other Sweetwater tournament games:
Mapleridge, BC 47, Coronado 46--Dean Adaoms hit two free throws with 3 seconds remaining to lead Mapleridge of British Columbia in the third-place game. Coronado led, 27-19, at the half, but Mapleridge (15-2) rallied by outscoring the Islanders, 18-9, in the third quarter.
Burnaby Central, BC 56, Mar Vista 24--Mar Vista did not score in the first quarter and trailed, 28-8, at the half as Burnaby Central cruised to the consolation championship. The Canadian team led, 18-0, after the first period. David Chavarria had 18 points to lead Burnaby (8-6), and Tim O’Neil had 10 for Mar Vista (1-8).
Patrick Henry 68, Serra 56--Patrick Henry used a 7-0 spurt midway through the second half to take control of the third-place game at Serra. Terrence Hamilton scored 23 points, Ken Caesar 17 and Bart Brandenburg 15 for Patrick Henry. Jermaine Jordan led Serra (7-5) with 20 points.
San Diego 71, Mt. Carmel 69 (OT)--Clark James (34 points) and Reynard Wells (26) combined for 60 of San Diego’s 71 points in the fifth-place game at Patrick Henry. Mt. Carmel (6-3) lost despite shooting 57%. Jeff Hensley scored 18 points and Jason Mann added 14 for Mt. Carmel.
Los Alamitos 61, Helix 60--Mike Wilson hit two jumpers in the final minute with Los Alamitos trailing, 58-57 in the consolation final at Serra. John Pressler led all scorers with 25 points, and Rich Haar added 14 for Helix. Todd Chesebro scored 13 to lead Los Alamitos (3-7).
Rancho Buena Vista 83, Chino 69--Todd Fellars scored 40 points, including 25 in the second half, as Rancho Buena Vista won the third-place game in the consolation bracket. Sophomore Darryl Parker had 16 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks for RBV (4-7).
Southwest 68, Fallbrook 55--Southwest’s Adalberto Silva scored 22 points as the Raiders finished fifth in the consolation bracket at Patrick Henry. Will Tate added 16 points. Keith Elston scored 17 points for Fallbrook (4-7).
Valhalla 64, Kearny 62 (OT)--Tony Clark scored 30 points, Jon Scurlock had 18 and Rafid Kiti added 14 to lead Valhalla (7-5) in the third-place game at Serra.
Madison 74, University City 64--Robby Robinson scored 42 points, 30 in the second half, as Madison rallied from a 35-29 halftime deficit to take fifth place at Hoover. Madison put the game away in the final period by outscoring University City, 20-9. Brad Eaddy had 11 points and 19 rebounds for Madison (6-5). Anthony Hill led University City with 17 points.
Crawford 75, Hilltop 38--Chris Johnson led Crawford (8-1) with 27 points and totaled 97 points in four tournament games. Tracy Halton added 22 points for Crawford and Jay Gordon had 9 assists as Crawford won the consolation title at Serra. Donal Hardin had 10 points for Hilltop.
Mission Bay 65, St. Augustine 49--Brett Grebing scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds for Mission Bay (6-4) in the third-place game of the consolation bracket at Hoover. Keith Berkley scored 14 points for Mission Bay and Brian Cantwell had 13 for St. Augustine.
Clairemont 69, Castle Park 52--Sophomore Alex Love, making only his second start of the season, scored 15 points and had 13 rebounds as Clairemont (6-5) finished fifth in the consolation bracket at Hoover. Teammate Ray McDavid had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Point Loma 59, Poway 19--Tyeast Brown scored 22 points and for the second consecutive game added 25 rebounds to lead Point Loma to its third title in three years at Point Loma. Chris Drumm scored 16 and Monica Filer added 15 as Point Loma (8-0) won its 138th consecutive game at home. Point Loma led, 30-10, at the half.
Fallbrook 48, Mt. Carmel 33--Fallbrook had a 5-point lead at the half and then outscored Mt. Carmel, 21-11, in the second half to finish third. Vicki deJesus had 11 points for Mt. Carmel (5-4).
San Diego 35, University City 21--Melanie Covey (13) and NeNe Hilbert (9) combined for 22 of San Diego’s points in the consolation championship at Point Loma. Hilbert added 20 rebounds for San Diego (3-8).