HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP : El Camino Basketball Team Keeps Up Winning Theme
While El Camino’s football team captured its third consecutive San Diego Section football championship Saturday, its No. 1-ranked boys’ basketball team won its third straight game, captured a tournament championship and appeared to have started on its own quest.
The Wildcats routed host Apple Valley, 85-65, in front of a large crowd in the Apple Valley Tournament final. El Camino got a game-high 20 points from point guard Chris Dade and 19 from Sky Harrison. Coach Ray Johnson said the Wildcats took the court inspired after they listed to a radio broadcast of their football team’s 29-7 victory over La Jolla.
“We did an outstanding job jumping out in front early and we took their big crowd out of the game,” said Johnson, referring to his team’s 23-12 first quarter run. “We also did a great job defensively. (Apple Valley) has great three-point shooters.”
Apple Valley (3-2) converted 18 three-point shots in a 92-50 blowout against Yucaipa Friday. El Camino’s man-to-man defense allowed just seven of 35 three-point attempts in the final. The Wildcats (3-0) got 17 points from Damien Wade and 15 from Tyrone Butler. Butler, Russell White and Dade were named to the all-tournament team. Dade of named most valuable player.
Apple Valley was led by Jeff Osborne with 19 points.
Carlsbad 67, El Modena 62--Playing its eighth game in 12 days, Carlsbad (5-3) led for all but one minute near the end of the first quarter, and outscored El Modena (2-2) 15-8 in the third quarter to take third place. Kewan Shariff scored 19 for the Lancers, and teammates Chad Nelson and Andy Reed added 15 and 10 points. Reed was named to the all-tournament team.
Fallbrook 50, Rancho Bernardo 46--The Warriors improved to 3-1 with a victory in the fifth-place game. They outscored the Broncos, 14-10, in the final quarter. Brandon Phillips had 23 and Chris Miller 15 for Fallbrook. Rancho Bernardo (2-2) was led by Bill McMahon, who had 16.
San Marcos 65, Southwest 41--Horace Corey, averaging 28 points per game, injured an ankle in the first quarter and left with 12 points and eight rebounds for San Marcos (2-2). Tony Diaz led Southwest with 16 points.
Kearny 58, Rancho Buena Vista 50--Kearny used full-court pressure from the outset and eventually wore down RBV (3-2) to win the tournament championship.
“Both teams appeared very tired,” said Kearny Coach Bill Peterson. “We played a lot of games in not very many days. I told John (RBV Coach John O’Neill), ‘You got beat by a bus ride.’ ”
It’s a 55-minute drive from RBV to Hilltop and the Longhorns made the trip five times in the past eight days. A sign of the fatigue was free-throw accuracy. Kearny hit 13 of 21 and RBV 6 of 15. Damion Victor and Ali Nayeb led Kearny (5-0) with 15 points each. Evan Osmundson had 10 for RBV.
Helix 62, El Cajon Valley 54--Lloyd Lake scored 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Helix (3-0). Bobby Miller added 14 points. Mike Stadler led El Cajon Valley with 15.
Poway 44, Mt. Carmel 30--Top-ranked Poway (3-0) survived 24 fouls and saw tournament most valuable player Allison Brady (16 points) foul out, but they forced 14 Sundevil turnovers to win the championship game at Rancho Bernardo. The Titans, who led by nine at halftime, buried Mt. Carmel (2-1) in a 10-3 third quarter. Poway’s Jamie Shadian joined Brady on the all-tournament team, as did Sundevils Jennifer Alley (12 points) and Tammy Brokaw.