The Deer Valley High boys basketball team started the regular season with a pair of exciting victories.
Things won't slow down for the Wolverines in the next couple weeks, either, as they continue a challenging nonleague schedule.
Deer Valley plays at Bishop O'Dowd and heralded sophomore forward Ivan Rabb in a nonleague game on Dec. 1. The team then plays at Benicia on Dec. 4 before it begins the Chris Vontoure Classic at De La Salle from Dec. 6-8. The Wolverines open the tournament against Acalanes on Dec. 6.
Deer Valley has already been tested, as it beat Oakland Tech 77-73 on Nov. 21 and outlasted Sacramento 97-96 in double-overtime at the NorCal Tip-Off Classic at Newark Memorial on Nov. 24.
Against Sacramento, guard Kendall Smith scored a tournament-record 48 points.
Deer Valley trailed 91-86 with 10.7 seconds left in the first overtime but got a 3-pointer from Smith with 6.6 seconds to go. Then, the 6-foot-3 senior banked in a runner in the lane as time expired.
Smith, who was named the player of the game, scored 15 points in overtime. Teammate Marcus Lee, who is signed with Kentucky, added 22 points.
In the second overtime, Sacramento took a 96-95 lead on a layup by De'Von Boyd with just under a minute left. But, after a couple of turnovers by both teams, Deer Valley struck with Smith again.
Smith got a steal at midcourt, drove to the hoop and converted a layup with 11 seconds left that gave Deer Valley a 97-96
Deer Valley also played an North Coast Section foundation game against Salesian on Nov. 20. Salesian won the exhibition 89-77, as the Wolverines were without four players who will likely see action at various times this season.
"I couldn't be prouder of our guys out there," Lee said after the Salesian game. "I am very encouraged."
Correspondents Steve R. Waterhouse and Mitch Stephens contributed to this story.