Alameda Youth Basketball
Boys Sixth grade
Wind River Red Dragons 47, Yellow Gold Rush 33: In a convincing team effort, the Wind River Red Dragons torched the Gold Rush at Encinal High. Guard Kobe Kiener led several Dragon fast breaks and hit from multiple locations to lead all scorers with 14 points. Kurt Landers Jr. scored on low post shots and pulled down 12 rebounds. Joe Gibbons and John Conover led the rebounding. The Gold Rush's Dean Sarmiento and Hudson Hennigh kept the game close with their hustle and flow, but three pointers by the Blazer's Spencer Kao and Jaylin Holt in the fourth period sealed the victory for the Dragons.
Blue Tar Heels 33, Red Dragons 30: In a hard fought match the Tar Heels grounded the Wind River Red Dragons. The Dragon's Spencer Kao and Kurt Landers Jr. kept the game close, and were aided by spunky defense from John Conover, Liam Rooney and Max Davis, but foul trouble, missed shots and turnovers plagued the Dragons throughout the game. Sharp shooting by the Tar Heels Sterling Stokes and David Tuutafaiva kept the Dragons at bay.
Boys Fourth grade
McGees Red Blazers 36, Blue Jets 22: The Red Blazers downed the Blue Jets in trademark fashion, scoring on multiple fast breaks with Charles Tharp leading the charge with 20 points. Sam Davis, Dyan Manabat, and Jason Cenidoza Jr. rounded out the Blazer's scoring attack. Alan He was tough on the defensive boards, and Bobby Goodman's defensive pressure kept the Jets off balance. For the Jets, Malachi Francois, Austin Novoa, and Hunter Beales battled hard on both ends of the court.
Red Blazers 36, Green Geckos 31: In a thriller at the Alameda Boys and Girls Club, the Red Blazers held off the surging Geckos for a 36-31 victory. Sam Davis gave the Blazers an early lead with 6 points in the first quarter, followed by early scoring contributions from Jack Johnson and Charles Tharp. The Geckos battled back behind the shooting of Nicolas Stermer and Cameron Earvin. As the battle progressed, Tharp, Davis, and Dylan Manabat found their rhythm and fought back the Gecko challenge with a combined 14 points in the second half, aided by smart team play by Nathan Yee and Bobby Goodman. With the clock running down, the Blazer's used their ball handling skills to deny the Geckos a chance to score. The Blazer's ended the regular season with a 7-2 record.
McGees Red Blazers 33, Black Magic 23: The Blazers advanced over the Black Magic in the first round of the fourth grade boys finals. Both teams clashed with vigorous defense, blocking shots and pressuring the ball. The Blazers broke free in the second period with fast breaks, spearheaded by Sam Davis and Jason Cenidoza Jr. Charles Tharp dominated the low post and hit five free throws to lead all scorers with 11 points. Rebounding by Alan He and Eddie Onaga helped the cause. Shane Connolly led the Magic's offense and pulled down several rebounds. Kyle Spaulding had two steals and Luke McCormick thrilled the fans with a buzzer beating three-pointer.
Girls Fifth grade
The Terry Pratt, DDS Black Bears 31, Blue Lightning 14: continued their winning ways with an impressive 31-14 team win against the Blue Lightning. Once again, every player contributed to the winning effort, with the scoring spread between seven players, led by the trio of Maddie Kao, Annabelle Pirrotta and Lily Rausser. The Bears shined in their stifling defense and energetic rebounding, including a season best performance by Hannah Kuhns.
Walnut Creek Warriors 10, Skyline Titans 3: Skyline opened its season with aggressive play and exciting moments. Multiple players took shots on goal, including a full field break away by Quinn Porter and a heartbreaking bounce off the cage by Jeff Asa-Hauser. In the second half, the Titans found their rhythm, Wes Yost scored the first goal of the season, followed by Connor Burns with a heads up goal after a rebound. Morgan Pullen and Will MacDonald were stand out defenders.
Pleasanton Thunder 6, Skyline Titans 4: The Titans held the Thunder to a close game that came down to the wire. In the second quarter Brandon Lew won the faceoff and passed to Julius Allen who found net. Sam Rosenbaum used quick thinking to follow up with another goal that richocheted off the goalie's stick. In the fourth quarter, Quinn Porter and Brandon Lew thrilled the crowd with dynamic shots rocketing into the goal. Goalies Nick Price and Hank Shaw were strong, turning back shot after shot.
Walnut Creek Warriors 2, Skyline Dragons 1: In the first game of the season the U13B Dragons battled the Walnut Creek Warriors in a close loss at Witter Field. Defense was the theme of this game. Goalie Paul Pappas, recorded 13 saves and held the Warriors to two goals. Defender Trey Anderson was stellar, creating open shots and breakaways with steals. Early in the fourth quarter, Anderson assisted Hadi Shanaa for the Dragons' lone goal. The midfield, led by Dylan Han, hustled for balls and created offensive opportunities. The Dragons offense came on strong in the second half and the whole team contributed in the fourth quarter. The Dragons pressured the Warriors until the final whistle blew, but were unable to notch the tying goal.