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January 6, 2013
By Leroy White of West Coast Hoops

Drew Gooden Invitational Showcase At El Cerrito High Recap

Game 1: Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 57, Pacific Hills (Los Angeles) 53

The Bishop O’Dowd Dragons started the game with an 8-0 run that ultimately proved to be the difference in defeating the Pacific Hills Bruins. Pacific Hills (who played Friday evening in Santa Maria and arrived in the Bay Area at 2:30 am Saturday) came back strong and lead 40-29 at halftime despite the sizzling performance of O’Dowd’s all-everything sophomore Ivan Rabb who torched the nets for 18 points before the break.


The Dragons closed the gap to 47-44 after three quarters as others besides Rabb stepped up. O’Dowd came up with a solid defensive effort in the fourth quarter in holding the Bruins to just 6 points to earn the victory.


 Rabb lead O’Dowd and all scorers with 22 points and senior Michael Perri added 8. Pacific Hills was paced by senior Jahmel Taylor with 17 (all in the first half) while junior Namon Wright had 13. O’Dowd moves to 3-0 on the season while Pacific Hills falls to 6-2.


Game 2: Palma (Salinas) 66, El Cerrito 63


The Palma Chieftans lead most of the way in a very impressive coaching effort to secure the win over the host El Cerrito Gauchos. Palma coach Paul Alioto changed defenses regularly to help keep the highly athletic Gauchos off balance. The game was tied 29-29 at halftime as UCLA-bound Noah Allen lead the Chieftans with 12 points and senior Rae Jackson netted 14 for El Cerrito.


Palma used efficient offense in the third quarter to get open shots and pulled into a 49-40 lead at quarter’s end. The Chieftans would go on a 9-4 run to start the fourth quarter and move ahead 58-44 with 5:01 remaining. But El Cerrito went on an 11-0 run to close it to 58-55 with 2:30 left in the game. Palma held on down the stretch by hitting enough free throws and survived as the Gaucho’s Tyrell Alcorn missed a potential game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer.


 Palma was leading in scoring by Allen with 24 points (12 in the fourth quarter) while junior Jacob Regester chipped in with 13. El Cerrito was lead by Alcorn and Jackson who each had 18. Palma upped its’ record to 4-1 while El Cerrito suffered its’ first defeat in falling to 7-1.


Game 3: Inglewood 65, Newark Memorial (Newark) 55


The Inglewood Sentinels win the true grit of the month award. After an emotional , hard-fought 63-62 win over highly-regarded St. John Bosco in Southern California Friday evening the Sentinels got a little sleep, as in very little. They left Saturday morning at 5:00 am to drive north for their encounter with the Newark Memorial Cougars, one of the top teams in the Bay Area, and they came away with another impressive victory.


 Inglewood started a bit slowly and trailed 14-11 after one quarter. But the Sentinels got their transition game going in the second quarter and pulled ahead 28-27 at intermission. Newark went to a 1-3-1 zone defense in the third quarter to slow Inglewood down with limited success. The Sentinels Randy Onwuasor hit a three-pointer at the third quarter buzzer to give Inglewood a 43-29 lead. Inglewood withstood a barrage by Newark senior Jo Jo Zamora, who had 11 fourth quarter points. The Sentinels rebounded the ball and made their foul shots down the stretch to seal the win.


Senior Mikey Garcia paced Inglewood with 10 points while Onwuasor and Xavier-bound Brandon Randolph each had 9. Zamora lead Newark and all scorers in the game with 21 points and junior Damien Banford added 14 for the Cougars. Inglewood rises to 5-2 on the year and Newark drops to 3-2.


Game 4: Salesian (Richmond) 60, Serra (Gardena) 47


The highly-ranked Salesian Pride came away with an impressive win over the Serra Cavaliers by leading wire to wire in a game when everything seemed to go their way, solidifying their status as one of Nor Cal’s (and the state’s) elite teams.


Saleisan raced out to a 17-10 lead after one quarter and never looked back. The Pride was up 35-22 at the half and in complete control. The Cavaliers had no answers and were completely frustrated. Things did not get any better for Serra as the Pride built the margin to 50-32 after three quarters. Serra did go on a 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter and trailed just 50-41 with 3:30 remaining. But Salesian responded with a 5-0 run of their own in the next two minutes to effectively put the game on ice.


California-bound Jabari Bird topped the Pride with 16 points and senior Jermaine Edmonds had 12 in a fine all-around performance. Junior Ajon Efferson lead the Cavaliers with 20 points while sophomore Ellis Salahuddin, junior Tavrion Dawson and senior Jeremy Wright each had 5. Salesian runs its’ record to 5-1 on the season while Serra is now 6-3.


Game 5: Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 71, Lincoln (San Diego) 60


The Archbishop Mitty Monarchs had a different challenge on their hands in this one. They suffered a 56-53 overtime loss to nationally-ranked Travis High of Fort Bend, Texas in Richmond, Texas Thursday evening and flew home to the Bay Area Friday, arriving mid-afternoon with only a shoot-around to prepare for this game with the Lincoln Hornets. Further complicating matters was their star player and future pro, senior Aaron Gordon, spraining an ankle in the Travis game.


But he Monarchs showed what they are made of and came out ready to go in this one and jumped out to a 20-11 lead over Lincoln after one quarter. Gordon, who did not start because of the injury, entered the game at the 4:06 mark of the first quarter and Lincoln leading 9-7. The Monarchs proceeded to go an 11-0 run to go ahead 18-9 with 1:58 left in the quarter. They would never trail again. Gordon had 8 points in that first quarter (and would have 12 in the first half).


Mitty lead 38-26 at the half based on high-level execution offensively and getting and hitting open shots consistently, and also containing Lincoln’s dangerous transition game. It was more of the same after the break. The Monarchs were up 51-36 after three quarters and nothing went the Hornets’ way. Lincoln never seriously threatened in the final period, as the final score was the closest margin of the second half.


Gordon lead Mitty with 19 points and added 13 rebounds and 3 assists in just 19 minutes of action (because of the injury) while junior Connor Peterson chipped in with 11 points. Junior point guard Matt McAndrews had 9 assists for Mitty. The Hornets were lead by Oregon-bound Tyree Robinson with 20 points and junior Marquel Jones added 19 with a solid perimeter shooting performance. Mitty moves to 3-1 while Lincoln falls to 3-2.















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