NEWARK -- Ivan Rabb put on a show at the seventh annual NorCal Tip Off Classic on Saturday night at Newark Memorial.
Rabb, the highly touted 6-foot-10 junior forward out of Bishop O'Dowd High, was on his game from the get-go of a 90-76 win over Bullard-Fresno.
Ranked No. 3 in the ESPN.com Class of 2015 national rankings, Rabb scored 11 points in the first five minutes that included three dunks -- one reverse. He would go on to score 16 in the first half en route to a game-high 28. Rabb also had 15 rebounds and four blocks.
But if you thought Rabb was the only person on this O'Dowd squad that can do anything, you'd be mistaken
All 11 players got into the scoring column and all 11 played a role in this season-opener for both teams.
"Coach (Lou Ritchie) makes sure we all have confidence in each other," said Rabb, who was named Player of the Game. "We expect a lot out of each other."
The Dragons, who are ranked No. 5 in the state in the calhisports.com rankings, couldn't have asked for a better start. Their up-tempo offense was unstoppable and on defense they were completely smothering. They got off to a 14-0 start that led to a timeout by Bullard, ranked No. 15 in the state.
They would go on to finish the first quarter with a 21-7 lead.
"Yeah, we got off to a good start, but we're still learning," Rabb said. "This is just the beginning of the season."
And while Rabb did his thing in the paint, the engine was being driven by point guard Paris Austin.
The 5-10 junior got to the rim nearly at-will and really opened up the game with his penetration. He was also an offensive threat with 27 points.
Bullard played without one of its top players in Austin Armstead, who has a hand injury. Meanwhile, a couple of O'Dowd players -- forward Isaiah Thomas and guard Sebastian Flores also sat out as they await eligibility.
But nonetheless, this O'Dowd team will have one of the more potent offenses around. The Dragons, who had a 42-31 halftime lead, erupted for 48 points in the second half -- 26 in the fourth quarter.
Bullard did manage to get to within 10 points midway through the third quarter, but BOD turned on the jets and went on a 12-2 run to take a 60-40 lead with 2:19 left that all but sealed the game.
O'Dowd, coming off a 26-4 season that ended in the first round of the NorCal Open Division playoffs last year, is seeking to have a deeper run this season and they can rely on last year's experience this season.
"That experience is important because we know what to expect when we get there," Rabb said.
Newark Memorial 64, Modesto Christian 50: Host Newark Memorial led from start to finish in a season-opening win over Modesto Christian in the NorCal Tip Off Classic. Four-year varsity point guard Joey Frenchwood scored 17 points, grabbed three rebounds, dished out four assists and had three steals. He was named Player of the Game.
Newark (1-0) came in ranked No. 18 in the state by calhisports.com. Modesto Christian (0-1) held the No. 9 spot.
Newark, which held a three- to four-point lead for most of the second quarter, added some separation with a 10-2 run to close out the second for an 11-point halftime lead.
Newark's Mathew Thomas, a 6-foot-8 forward, scored six of his game-high 18 points in the second. Teammate Damien Banford, a 6-6 forward, sat most of the first and all of the second quarter with foul trouble. He finished with eight points.
Newark's Michael Pickney scored 13 points.
The Cougars took control of the game in the third quarter with an 11-4 run that was capped with a Ryan Anderson 3-pointer to give them a 46-26 lead with 3:30 left in the third.