Carleton lifts El Cerrito over Jordan Jovante Carleton's two free throws with one second remaining boosted the El Cerrito High boys basketball team to a 60-59 victory over Jordan-Long Beach in the consolation bracket of the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic's National Division on Dec. 29. Tyrell Alcorn scored a game-high 20 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, for the Gauchos, who improved to 10-5 with the victory. Rae Jackson added 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, for El Cerrito.
Piedmont boys reach championship game The Piedmont High boys basketball team reached the championship game of the San Diego Division of the Surf N' Slam Tournament before falling 61-48 to Carlmont-Belmont. The Highlanders (8-3) trailed only 28-25 at halftime, but Carlmont had a key 13-6 run in the third quarter. Aidan Davison, Dylan James-Kavanaugh and James Ormond each led Piedmont with nine points in a balanced scoring effort.
Alameda girls win invitational The Alameda High girls basketball team defeated Monte Vista 52-43 to win the Lady Wolves Invitational on Dec. 29. Marie Bertholdt led the Hornets in scoring with 22 points and was named all-tournament, along with teammates Maddy Lewis (who had 15 points in the championship game) and Tori McGovern.
On deck Alameda at Encinal, boys basketball, Jan. 4, 7 p.m. -- The crosstown rivals are now in the same conference and will face each other in the first week of 2013. Piedmont at Alameda, girls basketball, Jan. 4, 7 p.m. -- This could be a good matchup between a pair of teams that have not been in the same league for over a decade. Skyline at Oakland Tech, girls basketball, Jan. 9, 4 p.m. -- An early-season showdown between two of the Oakland Athletic League's best teams. San Lorenzo at Berkeley, boys basketball, Jan. 9, 7 p.m. -- The Yellowjackets will face the Rebels and their star, Ali Faruqbey.
Stars of the week Tyrell Alcorn, El Cerrito boys basketball -- Alcorn scored a game-high 20 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, in the Gauchos' 60-59 victory over Jordan-Long Beach in a consolation bracket game of the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic's National Division on Dec. 29. Desire Finnie, Berkeley girls basketball -- Finnie scored 11 of her 21 points in the fourth quarter, but Berkeley came up short as Chaminade beat the Yellowjackets 62-57 in a semifinal game of the West Coast Jamboree's Platinum Division on Dec. 29. Lamont Banks, St. Joseph Notre Dame boys basketball -- Banks scored a game-high 26 points in the Pilots' 58-56 victory over East Union-Manteca in the championship game of the Bruin Shootout on Dec. 29. Marie Bertholdt, Alameda girls basketball -- Bertholdt scored a game-high 22 points and was named all-tournament as the Hornets beat Monte Vista 52-43 in the championship game of the Lady Wolves Invitational on Dec. 29. Kendrick Payne, Skyline boys basketball -- Payne scored a game-high 17 points in the Titans' 50-49 victory over Burlingame in the fifth-place game of the LaRocca Sand Dune Tournament on Dec. 29. Adam Wuebbens, Piedmont boys basketball -- Wuebbens scored a game-high 28 points, including seven 3-pointers, in the Highlanders' 77-73 semifinal victory over Xavier-N.Y. in the San Diego Division of the Surf N' Slam Tournament on Dec. 28.