El Cerrito claims Hardwood Invite title The El Cerrito High boys basketball team won the championship game of the Holiday Hardwood Invitational 57-53 over Sacramento on Dec. 30. Tyrell Alcorn, who scored a team-high 19 points and also passed for three assists and had two steals, was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Sayeed Pridgett and Jovontae Carleton also produced eight points in the win. At the Father Kelly Tribute on Jan. 4, El Cerrito improved its record to 14-0 with a 78-54 victory over Pleasant Grove-Elk Grove. Alcorn was one of four Gauchos in double figures with a game-high 20 points. Pridgett, Anthony Sullen and Carleton also scored in double figures with 17, 14 and 11 points respectively.
Head-Royce reaches Tom Welsh finale The Head-Royce boys basketball team advanced to the championship game of the Tom Welsh Holiday Classic on Jan. 4, where the Jayhawks were edged 38-36 by Pinewood-Los Altos Hills. Reid Gibbs and Eian Peters paced Head-Royce, which fell to 10-1 with the loss, with 11 points apiece. Donovan Redd added nine points. Peters had a double-double with 12 rebounds. In a 53-49 semifinal win over Lick-Wilmerding-San Francisco on Jan. 3, the Jayhawks were paced in scoring by Peters with 16 points.
On deck Bishop O'Dowd at Salesian, girls basketball, Jan. 11, 7 p.m. -- Two of the best teams in the Bay Area battle each other in a nonleague game. Salesian at El Cerrito, boys basketball, Jan. 14, 7 p.m. -- An early-season showdown between two Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division powers who are also two of the top teams in the East Bay. Berkeley at Alameda, girls basketball, Jan. 15, 7 p.m. -- Two former Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League powers meet in an early West Alameda County Conference-Foothill Division game.
Stars of the week Tyrell Alcorn, El Cerrito boys basketball -- Alcorn was named Most Valuable Player of the Holiday Hardwood Invitational after a 19-point, three-assist, two-steal performance in a 57-53 win over Sacramento in the championship game on Dec. 30. He also scored a game-high 20 points and added five rebounds and three steals in a 78-54 victory over Pleasant Grove-Elk Grove in the Father Kelly Tribute on Jan. 4. Gabby Green, St. Mary's girls basketball -- Green scored a team-high 18 points and had 14 rebounds in the Panthers' 55-41 victory over Mater Dei-Santa Ana on Jan. 3. At that time, Mater Dei was No. 1 in the nation in the MaxPreps.com computer rankings. Green also produced 10 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in a 62-49 victory over Centennial-Corona. Adrian Rico, Berkeley boys basketball -- Rico scored a game-high 27 points in the Yellowjackets' 67-50 nonleague victory over Heritage on Jan. 3. Chris Fetterolf, Piedmont boys basketball -- Fetterolf scored 17 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and passed for three assists in the Highlanders' 73-59 victory over Gateway-San Francisco on Jan. 4. Eian Peters, Head-Royce boys basketball -- Peters had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds in the Jayhawks' 38-36 loss to Pinewood-Los Altos Hills on Jan. 4 in the championship game of the Tom Welsh Holiday Classic. Peters, who was an all-tournament pick, also scored a team-high 16 points in Head-Royce's 53-49 semifinal victory over Lick-Wilmerding-San Francisco on Jan. 3. Jullian Standley, Oakland Tech boys basketball -- Standley scored a team-high 25 points in the Bulldogs' 68-60 loss to St. Joseph Notre Dame on Jan. 2.