OF THE WEEK
(GAMES OF FEB. 17-23)
Curtis Allen (Rolling Hills Prep, Paso Verdes Estates) -- Perhaps the best soph in SoCal scored 33 points and hauled in 13 rebounds, while teammate Jason Daley chipped in 32 points with 10 rebounds, as Rolling Hills Prep defeated Grace Brethren 99-56. Allen also had 30 points last week in a 92-63 playoff win over La Sierra Academy.
Adrian Aye-Darko (Chaminade, West Hills) -- Adrian had a fantastic evening in leading Chaminade past St. Joseph of Santa Maria in the CIFSS Div. IV playoffs. Aye-Darko scored 29 points, including five three-pointers, pulled down 10 rebounds, and added four steals.
Gio St. Amant (St. John Bosco, Bellflower) -- In a exciting 73-69 overtime victory over El Dorado of Placentia, Gio scored 35 points, including six in the deciding overtime period. Later in the week, he led St. John Bosco over Corona, scoring 28 points, with 15 rebounds.
Ruben Boykin (University, Los Angeles) -- Senior Aaron Brown's put back at the buzzer won the game, but it was Ruben's 26 points and 13 rebounds that helped propel University to an exciting 95-93 win over Banning. In Friday night's 80-74 semifinal win over Grant, Boykin scored a game-high 29 points and added 17 rebounds.
Brandon Cole (Denair) -- Led the Coyotes to a 62-47 victory over Woodland Christian by pouring in a game-high 29 points.
Ahkeema Davis (Hanford West, Hanford) -- Set a new school record with 34 points in a 62-56 win over Clovis East.
Devon Dream (Rio Hondo, Arcadia) -- Despite scoring a game-high 36 points, this night was more like a nightmare, as the Kares were stunned by Desert Chapel, 79-72, in the CIFSS Div. V playoffs.
Mike Dresser (Casa Roble, Orangevale) -- Dresser looked sharp with 34 points in the Rams' 73-67 playoff triumph over Tracy.
Garrick Gaines (Ribet Academy, Los Angeles) -- Gaines scored 32 points as the second seed in CIFSS Div. V-AA moved on to a quarterfinal meeting with Santa Clara, thanks to a 66-62 defeat of Valley Torah.
Yossi Goldman (Valley Torah, Valley Village) -- Yossi was truly "Gold," as he scored a game-high 33 points, including the winning lay up with less than a minute remaining, in a thrilling 64-61 win over Hillcrest Christian. Goldman also added 10 rebounds, eight assists, and six steals.
Keenan Gooch (Washington Union, Easton) -- The 6-6 junior had 21 points in a 98-53 win over Yosemite, and 31 points in a 112-57 victory over Selma.
Fuad Hawitt (Crystal Springs Uplands) -- Found the range for 36 points as his San Mateo County team dumped Gateway, 55-34.
Mychael Henry (Marysville) -- Led Marysville to a 80-61 win over Bret Harte of Altaville by scoring 32 points, including five three-pointers, as the Indians improved to 20-10 on the season.
Geramie Hopson (El Segundo) -- Scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 65-57 playoff defeat of Brentwood.
Jasom Lavarias (American, Fremont) -- In his final game for the school (the Eagles didn't make the playoffs), Lavarias made seven 3-pointers and finished with 32 points in a 68-49 win over Irvington.
Sergei Lepashinski (Reseda) -- Lepashinski scored a game-high 27 points in an exciting 65-63 L.A. City Invitational semifinal win over Manual Arts, but it was once again the heroics of Steve Lone which saved the day for the Regents. Lone, who Wednesday night stole the inbounds pass and scored the winning lay-up against Chatsworth, this time buried a three-pointer at the buzzer to keep the season alive for Reseda.
Dynamite Matthews (Twentynine Palms) -- Had 23 points and 21 rebounds, including the winning free throw in the final seconds of overtime, as the Wildcats edged West Hills Chaminade, 63-62, in the CIFSS Div. IV-AA quarterfinals.
Jeff McDaniel (Tokay, Lodi) -- The 6-5 senior took over in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 of his game-high 30 points, as the Tigers rolled over Nevada Union 58-50 in first round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. McDaniel also added 10 rebounds, and four blocked shots.
Cavelle McDonald (North Hills, Vallejo) -- Cavelle caught a lot of passes last fall in football and is obviously a strong hooper, too. He had 34 points last week in a 68-57 victory over Delta in the Bay Area Christian Athletic League playoffs.
Alex Minney (Santa Clara, Oxnard) -- Minney was "Mighty" against Pacific Hills, scoring 31 points, hauling down 12 rebounds, and adding three blocked shots, as the Saints won, 68-48.
Donovan Morris (Cajon, San Bernadino) -- Morris scored 32 points, helping Cajon improve to 24-4 with a 70-53 beating of Riverside J.W. North. The team then lost its next game to Loyola.
Ronald Motley (San Juan, Fair Oaks) -- Motley scored 37 points, including seven three-pointers, in an easy 95-63 playoff victory over LeGrand.
Greg Narvaez (Deep Valley Christian) -- We're pretty sure Greg's 61-point outburst last week against Round Valley is the single game high for the state so far this year. Narvaez also came within one point of the all-time single-game Redwood Empire record.
DeMarcus Nelson (Vallejo) -- Last week's State Athlete of the Week stayed hot with 32 points and 10 rebounds, helping the Apaches to a 87-61 first round playoff defeat of Atwater.
J.R. Reese (Centennial, Corona) -- Scored 36 points, but the Huskies' season came to an end with 83-69 loss to St. John Bosco.
Reed Ritchie (Desert Chapel) -- Ritchie scored 31 points and added 26 rebounds in a stunning 79-72 upset of Rio Hondo.
Leon Rosborough (M.L. King, Riverside) -- Bouyed from a perfect 15-of-15 effort from the free throw line, Rosborough had 33 points (same as usual scoring leader Marvin Lea) in a 98-80 playoff win over San Marcos of Santa Barbara.
Joey Saavedra (Banning, Wilmington) -- Led Banning with an impressive 50-point performance, but it was not enough as the Pilots dropped a 95-93 playoff contest to University.
P.J. Smith (Center, Antelope) -- The 6-3 senior got hot with 33 points as the Cougars beat Union Mine of Eldorado, 77-64, in the CIFSJ Div. III playoffs.
James Spencer (Stoneridge Prep, Tarzana) -- Helped Stoneridge Prep advance in the CIFSS Div. V-A playoffs with 41 points and seven steals in a 89-61 mauling of Eastside Christian. Followed up with 27 points, including 23 in the first half, in a 72-57 defeat of Palm Springs-Desert Chapel.
Nick Stigger (Montclair Prep, Panarama City) -- Stigger helped Montclair Prep advance to meet top seeded Verbum Dei in the CIFSS Div. IV playoffs with 35 points and 15 rebounds in a 62-47 defeat of Oaks Christian.
Matt Sweany (Capistrano Valley) -- In CIFSS Div. I-AA action, Sweany scored a season-high 35 points, including 16 in the third quarter, and pulled down 10 rebounds, as Capistrano Valley defeated A.B. Miller 78-63.
Bryce Taylor (Harvard-Westlake, North Hollywood)-- Another standout sophomore, Taylor paced a 66-56 victory over Riverside Notre Dame by scoring 37 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Added 23 points, eight rebounds in a 66-60 overtime victory over Oak Park.
Jordan Whittenburg (Berean Christian, Walnut Creek) -- In a 70-60 triumph vs. Head-Royce of Oakland, Whittenburg whipped in 35 points and made six 3-pointers.
Mike Wood (Foothill, Pleasanton) -- Senior guard scored 16 of his team's last 17 points and finished with 32 overall in a 68-65 victory over arch-rival Amador Valley.
McKenize Ahgangan (Immanuel, Reedley) -- Scored 35 points in a 92-33 whipping of Bakersfield Christian.
Susie Boogaard (Valley Christian, Cerritos) -- Two-sport standout (she also plays volleyball) scored 26 points and had 11 rebounds in 74-37 win over Whitney. Also had 34 points in game against St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs, but Swordsmen won the CIFSS Div. IV playoff game, 53-51.
Amber Bray (Southern Trinity, Bridgeville) -- Bray sprayed Leggett for bucket after bucket and finished with 38 points. Her team won, 64-45.
Jenni Dooley (Ventura) -- Dooley led Ventura into the semifinals for the first time since the 1990-91 season, scoring 31 points, including six three-pointers, in a 66-57 win over Keppel.
Crystal Erwin (St.Paul, Santa Fe Springs) -- Scored 31 points and hauled down 12 rebounds as the Swordsmen defeated Mojave 60-39. Added 25 points and 15 boards, leading St. Paul (23-7) over Cerritos Valley Christian, 53-51.
Tye'sha Fluker (Muir, Pasadena) -- It was a triple-double for the 6-5 Fluker as she had 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks to lead the Mustangs past San Dimas, 76-37.
Megan Gnekow (Santa Ynez) -- The USC-bound senior, despite playing on a badly sprained ankle, scored a game-high 32 points, but it wasn't enough as Santa Ynez lost to Bishop Montgomery, 68-54.
Jenn Hall (Folsom) -- The highly recruited Bulldogs star poured in a game-high 32 points, but it wasn't enough to stop West of Tracy from winning its 29th consectutive game 68-61 in first round Sac-Joaquin Section action.
Charmaine Jones (Rolling Hills Prep, Palos Verdes Estates) -- Jones scored 29 points as Rolling Hills Prep handed La Sierra Academy its only loss of the season, 48-44, in a CIFSS Div. V playoff game. Charmaine was equally as impressive in a 53-37 win over Pacific Hills, scoring 29 points to go with five assists and seven steals.
Reanne Lappinga (Baptist Christian, Hemet) -- Lappinga paced a 67-43 dismantling of Santa Clarita Christian, scoring 25 points, pulling down 27 rebounds, and contributing six blocked shots as the second seed (23-0) rolled into the CIFSS Div. V-A title game.
Lindsay Shaver (Clovis West, Fresno) -- Scored 37 points, tying the school record for a game, in a 69-54 win over Delano.
Celeste Trahan (Edison, Stockton) -- Paced the Vikings' 68-36 first-round dismantling of Modesto Downey with 30 points and 20 rebounds.
Hillary Walent (Sacramento Waldorf) -- Paced her team to a Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs win of 58-35 vs. Gustine by scoring 36 points.
Lindsey West (Wasco) -- Scored 34 points in a 60-47 CIF Central Section playoff win over Hanford West.
Terra Wilson (Deep Valley Christian, Redwood Valley) -- Terra had the top reported single game total for a girl in the Redwood Empire last week with 38 points in her team's victory over Round Valley.