Pilots beat El Cerrito, Marin Academy The St. Joseph Notre Dame High girls basketball team opened last week with a 46-24 win over Marin Academy. Alyssa Gable led all scorers with 18 points, and she also had four steals for the Pilots. In a 46-10 victory over El Cerrito to open the Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division season, Savannah Fisher had a double-double with a game-high 15 points and 13 rebounds for St. Joseph Notre Dame, and teammate Austine DeLos Santos added 12 points in the win. In a 77-43 loss to St. Mary's on Jan. 10, Mira Love-Sangco paced the Pilots with 13 points and Gable added 11.
Piedmont pulls away for win over Tennyson The Piedmont High boys basketball team outscored Tennyson 66-41 in the final three quarters of their game on Jan. 10 to win 73-58. The game was tied at 7 at the end of the first quarter. Jordan Torio led a balanced Highlanders scoring effort with 14 points. Sean Rodriguez and Atu Ohuafi scored 12 and 11 points respectively for Piedmont in their West Alameda County Conference-Shoreline Division opener.
St. Mary's girls overwhelm SJND The St. Mary's High girls basketball team held a 14-4 lead after one quarter and 59-31 lead after three quarters on its way to a 77-43 win over St. Joseph Notre Dame on Jan. 10. Mikayla Cowling scored a game-high 23 points and teammate Gabby Green added 20 points in the victory, which improved St. Mary's record to 10-2 overall and 2-0 in Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division play.
On deck Bishop O'Dowd at Berkeley, boys basketball, Jan. 17, 5:30 p.m. -- The visiting Dragons, who are the No. 1 team in the Bay Area News Group East Bay Boys Basketball Poll with a 7-4 record, travel to face undefeated and 10th-ranked Berkeley (11-0). Salesian at St. Joseph Notre Dame, boys basketball, Jan. 17, 7 p.m. -- The Pilots face another TCAL-Rock Division challenge with the always-tough Pride. In this week's Bay Area News Group East Bay Boys Basketball Poll, St. Joseph Notre Dame is tied for sixth and Salesian is 11th.
Stars of the week Temidayo Yussuf, St. Joseph Notre Dame boys basketball -- The 6-foot-7 senior power forward, who has signed with Long Beach State, produced a pair of double-doubles in two big Pilots victories last week. He poured in 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a 55-49 victory over El Cerrito in a TCAL-Rock Division opener on Jan. 8, then he had 29 points and 16 rebounds in a 63-43 win over St. Mary's on Jan. 19. Tyrell Alcorn, El Cerrito boys basketball -- Alcorn exploded for 40 points, including a 19 for 20 performance from the free-throw line, in the Gauchos' 87-77 victory over St. Patrick-St. Vincent in a TCAL-Rock Division game on Jan. 10. Mikayla Cowling, St. Mary's girls basketball -- Cowling produced a game-high 23 points in the Panthers' 77-43 victory over St. Joseph Notre Dame in a TCAL-Rock Division game on Jan. 10. Asha Thomas, Bishop O'Dowd girls basketball -- Thomas scored a game-high 26 points, including 10 points in the fourth quarter, of the Dragons' 60-56 victory over Salesian on Jan. 11. She also produced a game-high 16 points in O'Dowd's 60-25 victory over Alameda on a WACC-Foothill Division game on Jan. 10. Christopher Wright, Head-Royce boys basketball -- Wright scored a game-high 22 points and also produced eight rebounds and three assists in a 51-45 victory over College Prep in a Bay Counties League-East game on Jan. 9.