Balanced Encinal beats Hercules The Encinal High boys basketball team took a 35-21 halftime lead and then held off the Titans for a 64-49 nonleague victory on Dec. 13. Matthew Canalin led a balanced Jets scoring effort with a game-high 13 points. Teammate Jordan Santa Maria added 11 points, as five Jets scored eight points or more.
Oakland Tech defeats Piedmont Hills The Oakland Tech High boys basketball team outscored Piedmont Hills-San Jose 23-11 in the third quarter in a 59-53 nonleague victory on Dec. 15. The Bulldogs' Leo Smith scored a game-high 23 points and passed for nine assists. Teammate Pooh Woodfolk had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
St. Mary's can't hold off Carondelet The St. Mary's High girls basketball team led Carondelet with less than two minutes to play in the Presentation Shootout on Dec. 15, but was outscored 10-2 in the final 1:48 as the Cougars won 70-64. A 3-pointer by Mikayla Cowling gave the Panthers a 62-60 lead with 1:49 remaining, but a pair of 3-pointers by Carondelet's Makenzie Cast lifted her team. St. Mary's Gabby Green scored 21 points, Cowling had 16 and Elexis Goodwin added 12 for the Panthers, who fell to 5-1 with the loss.
On deck Berkeley at Bishop O'Dowd, boys soccer, Dec. 21, 6 p.m. -- The squads, who were powers in different leagues last season, meet in a West Alameda County Conference showdown. St. Joseph Notre Dame vs. Serra, boys basketball, Cal State East Bay, Dec. 22, 6 p.m. -- The Pilots will face a stiff challenge in the Catholic School's Winter Classic.
Stars of the week Lamont Banks, St. Joseph Notre Dame boys basketball -- Banks scored a game-high 19 points in the Pilots' 47-29 victory over Bellarmine-Tacoma, Wa. in the first round of the Father Berry Classic on Dec. 13. Marie Bertholdt, Alameda girls basketball -- Bertholdt scored a game-high 23 points in the Hornets' 50-34 victory over Casa Grande in the Mats Tip Off Classic on Dec. 15. Matthew Canalin, Encinal boys basketball -- Canalin scored a game-high 13 points in the Jets' 64-49 victory over Hercules on Dec. 13. Tyrell Alcorn, El Cerrito boys basketball -- Alcorn scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, but the Gauchos were unable to hold off Palma-Salinas and lost 66-63 at the Drew Gooden Invitational Showcase on Dec. 15. Gabby Green, St. Mary's girls basketball -- Green scored a game-high 21 points in the Panthers' 70-64 loss to Carondelet on Dec. 15. Ivan Rabb, Bishop O'Dowd boys basketball -- Rabb, a sophomore, scored a game-high 22 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked 11 shots in the Dragons' 57-53 victory over Pacific Hills-West Hollywood in the Drew Gooden Invitational Showcase on Dec. 15.