Gauchos defeat St. Patrick-St. Vincent The El Cerrito High boys basketball team bolted out to a 19-7 first-quarter lead on their way to a 74-58 victory over St. Patrick-St. Vincent in a Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division game on Jan. 11. The Gauchos' Tyrell Alcorn scored a game-high 24 points and added five steals. Teammate Rae Jackson added 17 points, eight assists and four rebounds in the victory, as the Gauchos improved to 12-5 overall and 2-0 in league play with the win.
Fast start leads Highlanders to win The Piedmont High boys basketball team took a 21-11 lead in the first quarter on its way to a 62-48 victory over Alameda in a West Alameda County Conference-Shoreline game on Jan. 12. Piedmont's Adam Wuebbens had an outstanding game with 22 points, eight assists and four rebounds. Teammates James Ormond and Dylan James-Kavanaugh scored 16 and 15 points respectively, and the 6-foot-6 Ormond also grabbed eight rebounds and blocked five shots.
Hornets' defense keys WACC victory The Alameda High boys basketball team allowed Tennyson only a combined 13 points in the second and third quarters on their way to a 55-40 victory in West Alameda County Conference-Shoreline Division play on Jan. 9. Max Jacobs led a balanced Hornets scoring effort with 14 points, and also grabbed 13 rebounds. Teammate Keelan Doss added 13 points.
On deck Salesian vs. St. Mary's at Saint Mary's College, girls basketball, Jan. 18, 8:30 p.m. -- The two rivals, currently ranked No. 6 and No. 2 respectively in the Bay Area News Group East Bay Girls Basketball Poll, meet in a showdown in Moraga. Bishop O'Dowd vs. Brookside Christian-Stockton at Pittsburg High, girls basketball, Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m. -- The Dragons travel to face a 14-2 Knights squad in the MLK "Let Freedom Ring" Shootout. St. Joseph Notre Dame at El Cerrito, boys basketball, Jan. 4, 7 p.m. -- The Pilots and the Gauchos, who are both currently ranked in the Bay Area News Group East Bay Boys Basketball Poll, face each other in a Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division showdown.
Stars of the week Tyrell Alcorn, El Cerrito boys basketball -- Alcorn produced a game-high 24 points and had five steals in a 74-58 win over St. Patrick-St. Vincent. He also had a game-high 28 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, in a 56-53 victory over St. Joseph Notre Dame on Jan. 9. Chanel Chawalit, Albany girls wrestling -- Chawalit won the 126-pound division in the Napa Valley Girls Classic on Jan. 12. She had a 5-0 record, including a 5-4 victory in the final against Olivia Seppinni of Rocklin. Gabby Green, St. Mary's girls basketball -- Green scored 16 points and recorded eight steals in a 67-49 loss to Bishop O'Dowd on Jan. 12, and produced 24 points in a 59-26 win over St. Joseph Notre Dame on Jan. 11. Lamont Banks, St. Joseph Notre Dame boys basketball -- Banks scored a game-high 17 points in a 59-55 victory over St. Mary's on Jan. 11. Marie Bertholdt, Alameda girls basketball -- Bertholdt produced another double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds, and added six steals and five assists in a 59-21 victory over Castro Valley on Jan. 11. Haley Bitzer, College Prep girls basketball -- Bitzer scored more than half of the Cougars' points in a 58-33 win over Bentley on Jan. 9. She produced 30 points in the win.