O’Dowd edges Fairfax in NorCal Tip-Off thriller

NEWARK, Ca. – Some of the better teams from Northern and Southern California hooked up in the final two clashes of the seven-game 11th Nor Cal Tip-Off Classic Saturday at Newark Memorial High.

The SoCal rep (Temecula Rancho Christian) turned in a superb second half to prevail over Sacramento Capital Christian, 84-61, in Game 6 in the Gerry Freitas-fronted event.

And then it was the team that could prove to be NorCal’s best, Oakland Bishop O’Dowd, coming away with the W when it edged L.A.

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NorCal Tip-Off with elite showdowns Saturday

NEWARK, Ca. – The 11th NorCal Tip-Off Classic has seven games Saturday at Newark Memorial High featuring several squads that could be competing for California state championships in March.

The most notable of those come in the final two games, with Sacramento Capital Christian takes on Temecula Rancho Christian at 7 and then Oakland Bishop O’Dowd and L.A. Fairfax wrapping up things at 8:30.

Action begins at 11 a.m. Admission is $13 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and $5 or those 5 or younger.

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Friday title semis set for Ryse Williams tourney

REDONDO BEACH, Ca. – Four competitive Ryse Williams/Pac Shores Tournament quarterfinals on Tuesday set the stage for a couple of intriguing championship semifinals on Friday night.

L.A. City Section squads Westchester (over Dominguez) and Narbonne (over Oak Park) collected victories against strong Southern Section teams to set up an “L.A. City Open Division playoff preview game” of sorts at 8 o’clock Friday night.

And host Redondo Union got a 29-point effort from senior guard Zekiah LoVett to hold off Mayfair and gifted sophomores Josh Christopher (31 points) to earn its spot in a 6:30 Friday semifinal against Santa Margarita, which held off a scrap St.

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Ryse Williams memorial tourney tips at Redondo

REDONDO BEACH, Ca. – The 2017-18 Southern California boys’ basketball season gets off to what should be a rousing beginning Monday afternoon at Redondo Union High.

The 66th Ryse Williams Pac Shores Tournament – with a title revised to honor the former Redondo standout who passed away last June after a bout with cancer – will feature eight games today in the school’s main and auxiliary gymnasiums.

Six programs that participated in the Southern Section or L.A. City Section Open Division playoffs are among those in what will be one of the strongest fields of any pre-Christmas event in California.

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Alexander, Dockery share Pangos East F/S honor

WEST DEPTFORD, NJ – The Dinos Trigonis-fronted Pangos All-Frosh/Soph Camp fall tour came to another conclusion Sunday afternoon at the River Winds Center with its fourth stop that lured many of the very best players from among the sophomore (2020) and freshmen (’21) classes in the east.

The camp, and the Top 30 All-Star game, was highlighted by the presence of two of the best sophomore guards in the east – and beyond – in Posh Alexander and Marcus Dockery, based in the Bronx and Washington, DC, respectively.

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Pangos Camp a tale of Dockery jump shots Saturday

WEST DEPTFORD, NJ – Marcus Dockery got in front of the storm (due to hit the region Sunday) by about 24 hours Saturday afternoon and evening in the River Winds Community Center.

The 6-foot-1, left-handed sophomore from Roosevelt High in Washington, DC was raining jump shots on anyone and everyone who tried to check him during the first day’s action of the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph Camp.

Dockery was assigned to the “North Carolina” squad (one of 20 for the approximate 190 or so players in attendance) but wasted little time springing into action with the “Virginia Commonwealth” team, scheduled on Court 1 just before UNC’s game.

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Baldwin, Jackson share Pangos Midwest Camp honors

LA GRANGE, IL – Eleven athletes from in and around Chicago are among my choices for the Top 25 players in attendance at the Pangos All-Midwest Frosh/Soph Camp that wrapped up early Sunday afternoon at the Park District sports facility in this suburb of the city.

Among those are sophomores from long-time Public League powers Whitney Young (guard Tyler Beard), Simeon (forward Sincere Callwood) and Morgan Park (guard Adam Miller), along with a Simeon freshman (guard Ahmad Bynum).

But the other 14 were scattered from among seven other states: Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

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Patrick Baldwin impresses in Pangos Midwest return

LA GRANGE, IL – Saturday’s Day I of the “Midwest” stop on the Pangos All-Frosh/Soph Camp circuit put a nifty bunch of sophomores and freshmen – as well as one eighth-grader who quickly demonstrated he was worthy of his pre-camp hype – on display at the Park District Sports facility in this Chicago suburb.

Where to begin?

OK, let’s go with Patrick Baldwin Jr. (Milwaukee Hamilton), a who made a strong impressive on those who watched him at the same event a year ago when he was a 6-foot-5 freshman.

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Top BB teams clash at Cerritos College Saturday

NORWALK, Ca. – Nine boys’ basketball programs that played in either the CIF Southern or Los Angeles Sections’ Open Division playoffs last season highlight the eight-game field for the Rolling Hills Prep Fall Classic Saturday at Cerritos Community College.

Defending State Open Division-champion Bishop Montgomery – led by three returning starters in seniors David Singleton (committed to UCLA) and Fletcher Tynen (Boston University) and junior Gianni Hunt – faces Temecula Rancho Christian in the 8 p.m. event final.

Rancho Christian is led by the Brothers Mobley, junior Isaiah and sophomore Evan.

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Cade Cunningham gets nod as best at Pangos South

LEWISVILLE, TX – The Sunday afternoon wrap-up of the 12th Pangos All-South Frosh/Soph Camp delivered a delightful – and oh-so-competitive – Top 30 all-star game at the MAC Sports Center.

When the 30 players were selected (caveat: I was one of those helping with the selections) from the 220 or so athletes in attendance at the two-day event in this Dallas suburb, it was discovered that half of those attended high school in Texas.

So, sure, why not have a “Texas vs. the USA” format for the game?

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