Xavier Thames getting ready to do his thing.
The top 16 schools in each division in the CIF Sac-Joaquin section make it into the playoffs. Pleasant Grove High School got invited (earned their way 1 game at a time) to the dance and was partnered up with Del Campo High School. Pleasant Grove (PG) showed that they were no wall flower and danced all over Del Campo. PG showed why they are so good, with D1 Washington State – WaZu - recruit Xavier Thames leading all the way. There was nothing Del Campo could do as Xavier put on a basketball clinic tonight for all to watch. When it was all said and done, PG put Del Campo to rest 66 to 56.
It wasn't just the Xavier Thames show of course, but he proved that he is the leader of the team. The victory was shared with Glenn Akerland, Shauwn Brooks, Michael Madkins and the rest of the PG team. An injured player during the regular season, Brian Wells, made an appearance during the game and we hope to see him again this Friday for the second round.
Bryan Wells, with the ball, is back in action, just in time for the playoffs.
With the team completely healthy and several star underclassmen brought up to join the varsity team, PG just may pull off their first appearance at Arco arena.
Times are really bad. The biggest, and oldest, bay area news paper is up for sale and now the SacBee in trouble as well, hopefully the Sac-Joaquin section of the CIF will find someone to cover their sporting events in the future. One thing is for sure, as long as there are players like Xavier Thames GSP will be covering the action. For Xavier "X" Thames is worth the price of admission and then some.
How did the rest of the party do – see below.
X is about to make something out of nothing.
How do you stop X ? Just ask the Del Campo defender above. But you'll pay at the line.
D-I openers are on Friday
Rocklin 84, Valley 45
Oak Ridge 72, Manteca 71
Wood 54, Benicia 32
Pleasant Grove 66, Del Campo 56
Bella Vista 46, Granite Bay 44
Woodcreek 76, Yuba City 71
Ponderosa 69, Vallejo 57
Fairfield 61, Bear Creek 50
Sacramento 91, Weston Ranch 49
I wish I could have watched this game. In the late evening news I watched Chris Avenant slam it down from a Chase Tapely pass. Chase was slamming it down as well
Lincoln 68, River City 60
Whitney 55, Center 41
St. Mary's 51, Sierra 42
Foothill 58, Woodland 48
Natomas 96, Livingston 94 (OT)
Sonora 57, Patterson 47
Del Oro 92, El Camino 66
Christian Brothers 70, Hilmar 57
Capital Christian 54, Calaveras 43
Colfax 50, Central Catholic 39
San Juan 48, Bret Harte 45
Bear River 59, Linden 48
Modesto Christian 99, Le Grand 30
Encina 82, Mariposa 59
Vista del Lago 76, Orestimba 34
Bradshaw Christian 81, Foresthill 58
Big Valley Christian 58, Tioga 50
Ripon Christian 82, Millennium 50
Victory Christian 84, Stone Ridge Christian 33
Sac Adventist at No. 3 Forest Lake Christian
Valley Christian 75, New Life Christian 33
Sac Country Day 67, Brookside Christian 66
Sac Waldorf 66, Rite of Passage 53