Sophomore Ivan Rabb scored a game-high 22 points, and the Bishop O'Dowd High boys basketball team rallied from a 11-point halftime deficit to beat Pacific Hills-West Hollywood 57-53 in the first game of the Drew Gooden Invitational Showcase at El Cerrito High on Saturday.
After giving up 40 first-half points, the Dragons held the Bruins to 2-of-16 shooting in the second half and forced seven turnovers.
"The second half we went to a gimmick defense and played man (defense) on their three best players and denied them the ball and didn't give them a shot," O'Dowd coach Lou Richie said about the second-half adjustments. "We wanted to make their other players make plays."
The 6-foot-8 Rabb, who is listed as the No. 2 recruit in the country for the class of 2015 by ESPN, scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half for the Dragons. He also had 16 rebounds and 11 blocks.
The Dragons (3-0) opened the second half on a 15-5 run keyed by Russell Davis, who scored six of his seven points during the spurt. Defensively, Dominic Gomes, Paris Austin, Juwan Anderson and Michael Perri helped limit Pacific Hills' three leading scorers to a combined seven points in the second half.
Jahmel Taylor, the Bruins' leading scorer at 25 points per game, was held scoreless in the second half and finished with 17 points. He fouled out with 2:30 to play.
Taylor keyed a 15-4 second-quarter run with two 3-pointers to help Pacific Hills (6-2) take a 31-22 lead with 3:22 before halftime. The Bruins lead 40-29 at intermission.
Jack Kalmbach tied the game at 47 with a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter, and Gomes scored 20 seconds later to give O'Dowd a 49-47 lead, its first since early in the second quarter.
Salesian 60, Serra-Gardena 47: The Pride (5-1) made four 3-pointers in the first six minutes of this Drew Gooden Invitational Showcase game and never trailed.
In fact, the first points of the game was a 3-pointer by Markel Leonard. A 3-pointer by Jermaine Edmonds Jr. with 2:26 left in the first quarter gave the Pride a 13-3 advantage.
The Pride, which had six 3-pointers in the first half and 11 in the game, took a 26-15 lead on a dunk by Edmonds with 4:51 left in the half and led by double-digits the rest of the way.
Ajon Efferson was keeping Serra (6-3) in the game in the first half. He had five 3-pointers for most of his 16 first-half points, and he finished with 20.
-- Phil Jensen
Palma-Salinas 66, El Cerrito 63: Tyrell Alcorn scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough as the Gauchos lost to the Chieftains in the second game of the Drew Gooden Invitational.
El Cerrito (7-1) trailed 58-44 with 5:01 to play but used a 14-0 run keyed by Alcorn, who scored nine points during the spurt, to pull the Gauchos within 60-58 with 2:17 left.
The Gauchos closed to 65-63 on Jonathan Savage's bucket with 21 seconds left, and Alcorn had a chance to tie the game but his 3-point attempt drew the front of the rim as time expired.
El Cerrito jumped to a 15-5 lead midway through the first quarter behind Rae Jackson, who hit three 3-pointers in the quarter. Palma (4-1) countered with a 12-0 run to end the quarter and take a 17-15 lead.
-- Robert Jordan
Inglewood 65, Newark Memorial 55: Kristopher Randall delivered a dagger to the Cougars' hopes with a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left, as Inglewood ended this Drew Gordon Invitational game with a 9-0 run.
Inglewood (5-2) and Newark (3-2) had answered each others' runs for most of the game. Inglewood held a 56-51 lead with 3:46 remaining, but four straight points by Newark's Jo Jo Zamora on a layup and two free throws narrowed Inglewood's lead to one with 1:42 to go.
Newark, though, wouldn't score again. A converted offensive rebound by Charles Lockwood, then Randall's 3-pointer, started the final run for Inglewood.
-- Phil Jensen
Carondelet 70, St. Mary's-Berkeley 64: Makenzie Cast didn't score the most points for the Cougars. She didn't hit the most 3-pointers, either. But she did hit the game's two biggest shots in the Presentation Shootout.
Clinging to a 62-60 lead after a 3-pointer by St. Mary's Mikayla Cowling with 1:49 left, Cast delivered a 3-pointer from the left side to give Carondelet (3-0) a 65-60 lead with 1:31 left. She hit another 3 from the right side with 1:08 left that gave the Cougars a 68-60 lead.
Cast finished with 12 points, including three 3-pointers. Teammate Natalie Romeo scored 20 points, and Lauren Nicolosi added 18.
St. Mary's (5-1) was led by Gabby Green, who scored 21 points -- 14 coming in the first half. Cowling added 16, and Elexis Goodwin scored 12.
Carondelet trailed for most of the first half, but when Romeo hit one of her four 3-pointers to end the half, it gave the Cougars a 32-30 lead, an advantage they wouldn't relinquish.
-- Steve R. Waterhouse, correspondent