Piedmont boys reach championship game The Piedmont High boys basketball team reached the championship game of the San Diego Division of the Surf N' Slam Tournament before falling 61-48 to Carlmont-Belmont. The Highlanders (8-3) trailed only 28-25 at halftime, but Carlmont had a key 13-6 run in the third quarter. Aidan Davison, Dylan James-Kavanaugh and James Ormond each led Piedmont with nine points in a balanced scoring effort.
Carleton lifts El Cerrito over Jordan Jovante Carleton's two free throws with one second remaining boosted the El Cerrito High boys basketball team to a 60-59 victory over Jordan-Long Beach in the consolation bracket of the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic's National Division on Dec. 29. Tyrell Alcorn scored a game-high 20 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, for the Gauchos, who improved to 10-5 with the victory. Rae Jackson added 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, for El Cerrito.
Alameda girls win invitational The Alameda High girls basketball team defeated Monte Vista 52-43 to win the Lady Wolves Invitational on Dec. 29. Marie Bertholdt led the Hornets in scoring with 22 points and was named all-tournament, along with teammates Maddy Lewis (who had 15 points in the championship game) and Tori McGovern.
On deck Alameda at Encinal, boys basketball, Jan. 4, 7 p.m. -- The crosstown rivals are now in the same conference and will face each other in the first week of 2013. Piedmont at Alameda, girls basketball, Jan. 4, 7 p.m. -- This could be a good matchup between a pair of teams that have not been in the same league for over a decade. Skyline at Oakland Tech, girls basketball, Jan. 9, 4 p.m. -- An early-season showdown between two of the Oakland Athletic League's best teams. San Lorenzo at Berkeley, boys basketball, Jan. 9, 7 p.m. -- The Yellowjackets will face the Rebels and their star, Ali Faruqbey.
Stars of the week Kendrick Payne, Skyline boys basketball -- Payne scored a game-high 17 points in the Titans' 50-49 victory over Burlingame in the fifth-place game of the LaRocca Sand Dune Tournament on Dec. 29. Adam Wuebbens, Piedmont boys basketball -- Wuebbens scored a game-high 28 points, including seven 3-pointers, in the Highlanders' 77-73 semifinal victory over Xavier-N.Y. in the San Diego Division of the Surf N' Slam Tournament on Dec. 28. Tyrell Alcorn, El Cerrito boys basketball -- Alcorn scored a game-high 20 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, in the Gauchos' 60-59 victory over Jordan-Long Beach in a consolation bracket game of the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic's National Division on Dec. 29. Lamont Banks, St. Joseph Notre Dame boys basketball -- Banks scored a game-high 26 points in the Pilots' 58-56 victory over East Union-Manteca in the championship game of the Bruin Shootout on Dec. 29. Marie Bertholdt, Alameda girls basketball -- Bertholdt scored a game-high 22 points and was named all-tournament as the Hornets beat Monte Vista 52-43 in the championship game of the Lady Wolves Invitational on Dec. 29. Desire Finnie, Berkeley girls basketball -- Finnie scored 11 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter, but Berkeley came up short as Chaminade beat the Yellowjackets 62-57 in a semifinal game of the West Coast Jamboree's Platinum Division on Dec. 29.