This past weekend was a busy one for the Cal Hi Sports Bay Area staff. We covered a total of 18 games in just two days.
On Friday night, I was on the sidelines at Saint Mary's College for the NCS Division 1 Championship game between the one seeded San Leandro Pirates and the two seeded Deer Valley Wolverines. This matchup had all of the star power with big names like University of Kentucky-bound and McDonald's All American Marcus Lee as well as UNLV commit Kendall Smith both from Deer Valley. It definitely lived up to the hype. The Pirates jumped out to an early lead fueled by the play of Dejon Budreaux who finished with a team high 19 points, but the Wolverines powered back.The run was led by Smith who scored 16 of his game high 27 points in the first half. Deer Valley never took their foot off the gas in the second half and cruised to claim the title with a final score of 73-65 win.
On Saturday I was at Dublin High School for two games. The first was the NCS Division Two final between the Cougars of Carondelet and Clayton Valley Eagles. The Cougars, who came into this one with an overall record of 26-3, dominated from the tip. Natalie Romeo, Carondelet's junior point guard, brought the energy and finished with 18 and nine assists en route to a 84-56 win and led her squad to their fifth section championship in six years.
The second game I covered was the Division Three Championship game between the Bishop O'Dowd Dragons and the Miramonte Matadors. From the tip the Dragons were in control despite their Mcdonald's All American and Duke commit Oderah Chidom getting in foul trouble early and sitting for a majority of the first half. O'Dowd was fueled by an unlikely hero sophomore guard Asha Thompson who finished with 21 points boosting the Dragons to a 77-48 victory.
Overall, it was an unbelievably eventful weekend that I was glad to be a part of.