St. John Bosco (7-0) has basketball aspirations of challenging Santa Ana Mater Dei in the Trinity League this season, and the Braves continued their winning ways on Friday, defeating Archbishop Mitty 61-54 in Northern California.
Chris James finished with 20 points and Josh Camper and Jonathan Salazar added 14 points apiece. St. John Bosco will face Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in Saturday’s championship game.
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 84, Jesuit 61: Ziaire Williams scored 29 points, Julian Rishwain 27 and Ben Shtolzberg 13 for the Knights.
These are hard times for the Fremont basketball program, but it’s nothing compared to what the Pathfinders’ interim coach, Danny Williams, went through.
In 2005, after being a three-time All-City basketball player, two-time All-City football player and going 7 feet in the high jump for the Pathfinders, Williams was critically injured in an automobile accident. It’s taken him years of hard work to recover.
Now he has moved from coaching the girls’ team to coaching the boys’ team after George McLin was suspended pending the outcome of a district investigation. Last month, a Fremont player was involved in an incident during a game against Salesian. A Salesian player was injured. Paramedics were called. Police were called. The game was stopped.
Taft coach Derrick Taylor has worked with his share of outstanding point guards through the years, from Jordan Farmar to Spencer Dinwiddie to Larry Drew Jr. to Tyler Dorsey.
He understands his job is to give them structure and freedom. His latest point guard, Dominique Winbush, took on the freedom in the fourth quarter on Thursday night to lift the Toreadors past Washington Prep 60-59 in a key City Section non-league game that will have repercussions come playoff seeding time.
Winbush had six of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and made two free throws with 22.1 seconds left for a three-point lead. Washington (6-4) never was able to get off a three-point attempt, settling for a late basket.
Mason Hooks, Harvard-Westlake's powerful 6-foot-10 junior center, missed the team’s first four games recovering from a back injury. He was cleared to play all-out on Wednesday in the Beverly Hills tournament and delivered in a big way.
Hooks scored 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the Wolverines’ 65-45 win over View Park Prep. Harvard-Westlake advances to the semifinals.
Beverly Hills 67, Oaks Christian 54: Marcel Stevens scored 34 points and Ben Ramirez 15 to move the Normans into the semifinals of their own tournament.
Cassius Stanley ignited a third-quarter surge for No. 1 Sierra Canyon that propelled the Trailblazers (7-0) to an 83-67 win over Corona Centennial on Tuesday night at Sierra Canyon.
Centennial had lost to No. 2 Rancho Christian 56-54 on Saturday night. The Huskies trailed by four points at halftime but Sierra Canyon was able to pull away. Stanley finished with 24 points. Scotty Pippen Jr. had 21 points and KJ Martin 17.
DJ Davis finished with 22 points for Centennial (5-2). Jaylen Clark had 16 points after picking up three fouls in the first quarter.
As the oldest of six children, freshman Skyy Clark of Oaks Christian is already setting a high standard of excellence for his siblings. He’s averaging 26 points, which is the exact total he scored on Monday night to help the Lions defeat Brentwood 69-63 in overtime in an opening game of the Beverly Hills tournament.
“He’s very mature for his age,” Oaks Christian coach Jordan Wild said.
Clark’s father is former Minnesota Vikings receiver Kenny Clark.