East County Sports

ROUNDUP: Five squads get tourney dubs

KALE BALDADO slams home a basket for Foothills Christian on Wednesday night.



By Bill Dickens
© East County Sports.com


PHOENIX (12-29-16) — NASHOM CARTER scored 36 points to help Christian High sweep a doubleheader in the Rancho Solano (Arizona) Tournament held in Phoenix.

The Patriots won the first game in overtime, with the Patriots coming out ahead 52-47 against Valley Lutheran and followed that up with a 65-51 victory over Gilbert (Ariz.) Classical.

The Valley Lutheran Spartans scored 7 in OT.

“We were in the lead but they pushed us into overtime,” Patriots assistant coach TIM BROWN said. “We put up 12 points in the four-minute overtime.”

“JACK MASON hit a big and-one from JAKE SCARBROUGH that gave us the lead for good in overtime,” Brown added.

JACKSON LARSEN scored 21 points in the first game and Carter scored 16. DOMENIC SAFARTA pitched in 11 points in the opener.

Carter poured in 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Classical and JACKSON LARSEN scored 35 points in the two game stand hauled down 14 rebounds.

Christian vs. Valley Lutheran:  Jackson Larsen 21 (5 reb, 3 ast), Nashom Carter 16 (6 reb, 6 ast, 1 blk, 1 stl), Domenic Safarta 11 (4 reb, 3 ast), Patrick Roberts 9 (7 reb, 1 blk, 1 stl), Donte Bristol 4 (1 reb), Jake Scarbrough 2 (2 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl), Razooky 2 (2 reb), Jack Mason (1 reb, 1 stl).

Christian vs. Gilbert Classical:  Nashom Carter 20 (11 reb, 6 ast, 2 blk, 2 stl), Jackson Larsen 14 (9 reb, 1 blk), Jack Mason 5 (2 reb, 1 ast), Donte Bristol 5 (1 reb, 1 stl), Patrick Roberts 4 (8 reb, 1 blk), Jake Scarbrough (5 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl).

VALHALLA 60, MONTGOMERY 58 – Valhalla met rival Montgomery Wednesday night (Dec. 28) in the Aztec Holiday Classic, and came away the winner thanks to 5 three-pointers by EVAN O’NEILL, who finished with 19 points and 3 rebounds in the contest.

“This is the second time we’ve played them. We beat them 63-62 the first game of the season, and they really wanted to beat us,” said Norsemen assistant coach SCOTT STURGEON. “It was an intense game tonight. We didn’t play well but we still managed to win.”

KAI KOMAKI pitched in 13 points while MALIQUE SHAW rolled a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds.

RAMZI SULTAN had 8 rebounds.

Valhalla:  Evan O’Neil 19 (3 reb, 1 stl), Kai Komaki 13 (3 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl), Malique Shaw 10 (12 reb, 2 blk, 1 stl), Jonah Howard 9 (2 reb, 1 ast, 1 blk, 1 stl), Ramzi Sultan 6 (8 reb, 1 blk), Austin Pola 3 (4 reb, 3 ast), Micah Campos (1 reb).

GROSSMONT 62, HUNTINGTON PARK 50 – The Grossmont Foothillers keep building offensive momentum as they toppled Huntington Park in Wednesday’s (Dec. 28) Spartan Tournament in Chula Vista.

Once again the Foothillers showed balance.

HUNTER GAINES led the scoring parade with 14 points including a trio of treys, as did AUSTIN ODOM who finished with 13.

DAMAGEAE GANT had 13 points and pulled down 6 rebounds, while JAMIE ODOM also finished with 13 points.

Grossmont will meet Bonita Vista on Thursday (Dec. 29) at Chula Vista at 4:30.

Grossmont:  Hunter Gaines 14 (4 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl), Damageae Gant 13 (6 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl), Austin Odom 13 (2 reb), Jamie Odom 13 (4 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl), Hunter Mulder 4 (3 reb, 1 stl), Morgan Stidum 2 (2 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl), Mykol Rodriguez 2 (2 reb), Desain Crawford 1 (1 reb).


MONTE VISTA 54, SAN DIEGO JEWISH ACADEMY 44 – If there’s one sure thing in the Monte Vista basketball camp, it’s the complete performance of junior DEONDRE McHAYLE.

Once again McHayle produced 24 points as the Monarchs knocked off the San Diego Jewish Academy on Thursday (Dec. 28) in the Spartan Tournament in Chula Vista.

DAVID GARCIA and DERRICK WILEY each scored 12 points for the Monarchs.

Monte Vista:  Deondre McHayle 24, David Garcia 12, Derrick Wiley 14, Amir Conley 2, Gabrial Galvez 2.


RANCHO BERNARDO 64, HELIX 59 – Helix had one major problem in Wednesday’s (Dec. 28) Mt. Carmel Tournament action. The Highlanders couldn’t solve the serves of Rancho Bernardo’s 6-foot-5 JJ Overton, who is headed for Weber State.

“They had one dominant player and he dominated the game,” said Helix coach JOHN SINGER. “Overton scored 37 points – 23 in the first half and 14 in the second.”

Overton hit buzzer beaters at the end of the first half and at the end of the third quarter.

DYLAN LEE pitched in 21 points for Helix, CARSON BAKER added 15 and JUMAR WYNN tossed in 13.

The Highlanders will play Burbank Burroughs on Thursday (Dec. 29) at 12:30 in Chula Vista.

Helix:  Dylan Lee 21, Carson Baker 15, Jumar Wynn 13, Amari Green 5, Jaylen Arnold 4, Jaylen Hinson 1.

MT. CARMEL 50, STEELE CANYON 49 – NICK BARNS nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game at 49-all in Wednesday’s (Dec. 28) Mt. Carmel Tournament game. The Cougars had other chances to put the game away, including THOMAS FISHBURNE, who failed to turn a rebound into a bucket with 20 seconds left.

“He had a clear look,” said Cougars coach DEREK STEPHENS, “but he just couldn’t get anything to fall.”

Fishburne led Steele Canyon with 12 markers. He had a clear look and a second shot with 3 seconds left.

Mt. Carmel got the rebound with 0.7 seconds left and the ball under the basket. They could have had a Hail Mary shot but they didn’t have to.

Steele Canyon will play Mission Vista on Thursday (Dec. 29) at 11 a.m. at Mt. Carmel.

Steele Canyon:  Thomas Fishburne 12, Nick Barns 8, Gage Sanders 8, De’Angelo Lewis 7, Tyler Smith 7, Jalen Sayles 4, Kobe Sanders 3.

EASTLAKE 57, MOUNT MIGUEL 44 – DARIAN NORWOOD spun a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds but other than that the Matadors’ offense stalled against Eastlake in Wednesday’s (Dec. 28) Montgomery Tournament contest.

The Matadors were 13-for-20 at the free throw line.

“We have to find guys we can win with,” said Mount Miguel coach JAY ROWLETT. “We can’t have one guy that scores and one that plays defense. We need complete players. We’ll get it right.”

Mount Miguel:  Darian Norwood 18 (11 reb, 2 ast), James Allen 8 (4 reb, 5 ast, 1 stl), Devon Brown 6 (3 reb, 2 ast), Mikeece Dunbar 5 (1 stl), Ricky Harvey 3 (1 stl), Marquise Edwards 2 (3 reb, 1 stl), Justice Chima 1 (3 reb), Marquis Neal 1 (1 reb), Mugabe Miller (3 reb, 1 ast).


BUCKLEY (Sherman Oaks) 52, GRANITE HILLS 43 – The Eagles got a good solid 16 point scoring punch from JORDEN ROGERS and a solid job on the boards by MOSES SMITH, who collected 10 rebounds.

But it wasn’t enough to upend Buckley of Sherman Oaks in Wednesday’s (Dec. 28) Las Vegas Mtn. View Christian Tournament.

“Buckley is a pretty quick team,” said Granite Hills coach RANDY ANDERSON. “They have Shawn Wayans (son of actor Marlon Wayans) at the point. He can move the ball.”

Granite Hills:  Jorden Rogers 16 (1 reb, 3 ast, 1 stl), Moses Smith 8 (10 reb, 3 ast, 2 blk), Ryan Kelly 8 (3 reb, 1 ast), Cameron Spitzer 7 (8 reb, 3 ast, 1 blk), Aaron Cobb (1 blk), Cody Cox 1 (3 reb, 1 stl, 1 blk).

DANA HILLS 65, EL CAPITAN 28 – No further information provided for this SoCal Holiday Prep Classic Prep Division game.


FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 82, ORANGE LUTHERAN 59 – The Knights JAYLEN HANDS led all scorers with 34 points, as Foothills rolled despite trailing out of the gate.

The Knights put an 11-0 run together in the first quarter to move out to a 13-9 lead.

KALEB LOWERY scored six-straight points during the second quarter, as the freshman helped propel FCHS to a 21-15 lead.

The Knights led 56-46 after three in a wild quarter that saw both teams score 24 points each.

JORDAN VAN OMMERING totaled 15 points for Foothills Christian, while teammate KALE BALDADO added 11.

Foothills Christian moved to the semifinals of the UA Classic National Division and will face St. Edwards (Ohio) at 7 p.m. at Torrey Pines High.


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