Lions victorious in Stonebarger Classic The host Liberty High boys basketball team defeated Concord 61-48 in the finals of the Stonebarger Classic on Dec. 14. The Lions (5-2) won all three of their tournament games by double digit margins. Liberty defeated Kennedy-Richmond 74-31 in the first round and Merced 54-45 in the semifinals. Cody Luther was named tournament MVP, while teammates Logan Rogers, Adrian Bonilla and Anthony Leslie earned all-tournament honors.
-- Nick Roth
Deer Valley captures ABC championship The Deer Valley girls basketball team improved to 5-2 as it won three games at the Amador Basketball Classic, including a 58-51 win over Dixon on Dec. 14 in the finals. Against Dixon, Deer Valley's Maranne Johnson had a game-high 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals, and teammates Alejandra Cephas and Brandy Williams controlled the glass and combined for 27 rebounds. In the first round, the Wolverines defeated Castlemont 46-36, and in the semifinals they defeated Lowell-San Francisco 55-40.
-- Nick Roth
Pittsburg trending in the right direction On Dec. 14, the Pittsburg boys basketball team had four players score in double digit figures in a 66-57 consolation championship victory over Fremont-Oakland at the Amador Basketball Classic. After the consolation final, the Pirates improved to 6-3 on the season, and have their sights set on their first winning record since the 2008-09 season.
-- Nick Roth
On deck West Coast Jamboree, girls basketball, Dec. 27-28, Dec. 30, TBA -- Deer Valley, Heritage and Freedom will all play in the three-game tournament that features some of the best basketball teams in the area. RG Invitational, boys basketball, Dec. 19-21, TBA -- Freedom (3-1) will look to improve on its early season success when the Falcons host a three-day tournament. Enterprise Tournament, boys basketball, Dec. 26-28, TBA -- Liberty hopes to carry the momentum of its success at the Stonebarger classic when they travel to Redding to face Shasta in the first round of the Enterprise Tournament.
Stars of the week Eric Fox, Deer Valley, basketball -- Fox scored a team-high 20 points, including four three-pointers, six rebounds and five assists in Deer Valley's 59-58 win over Northgate in the seventh place game of the Amador Basketball Classic. Cody Luther, Liberty, basketball -- Luther led the Lions to a championship win over Concord at the Stonebarger Classic and was also named tournament MVP. In three tournament games, Luther averaged 13 points. Jordan Morales, Deer Valley, basketball -- Morales led the Wolverines to an Amador Basketball Classic title and was also named tournament MVP. Morales averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and six steals in the tournament.