Senior Kamar Reese of the Dougherty Valley High boys basketball team displayed his full bag of tricks in a 62-51 nonleague win over Oakland on Friday night, scoring a game-high 22 points highlighted by two one-handed, highlight-reel dunks.
Host Dougherty Valley held off a hard-charging Oakland squad in the fourth quarter, which cut the deficit 54-49 with a 16-10 surge to open the fourth quarter. But Dougherty Valley's Jordan Fujita made six straight free throws in the final 1:47 to salt away the victory. Oakland (6-6) was led by Jeremiah Hanks' 18 points.
Dougherty Valley (10-3) got what it wanted from the game -- a good test against an Oakland Athletic League power.
"You obviously want to schedule opponents that are going to prepare you for league," Dougherty Valley coach Mike Hansen said. "Some teams in our league are going to try and pressure us and try to extend the court, and so I think Oakland was a good matchup to see if we can handle that."
Reese, who is 6-foot-1, had a spectacular follow jam off a Fujita miss that upped the lead to 36-31 in the third quarter. Reese added another dunk off his steal late in the quarter to make it 42-31.
"He's pretty electric, that's for sure," Hansen said of Reese. "I haven't coached too many guys that can play above the rim as he can."
Both coaches thought their teams could have played a little smarter at times.
"Dougherty Valley's effort was great. They played hard. They played together," Oakland coach Orlando Watkins said.
"Just the better team won. My guys didn't rotate defensively. We didn't have ball pressure like we normally do, and we had some turnovers that we haven't had in a long time."
Dougherty Valley was coming off back-to-back close losses in the Tim Cole Memorial Tournament at American High against Serra-San Mateo 61-58 and Arroyo 71-67. Oakland went 2-2 at the National Prep Classic from Dec. 27-31 in Santa Maria.
Dougherty Valley led 16-9 after the first quarter as Reese led all scorers with nine points.
The host team upped the margin to 20-9 on a Reese basket after he went the length of the court off a defensive rebound.
But Oakland went on a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to two points before Dougherty Valley surged again in the back-and-forth battle and led 31-24 at the half. Oakland's Hanks had eight of his 10 first-half points in the second quarter and nearly ended the half with an exclamation, but he missed a rim-rattling dunk off a Keith Hunter steal. Keiland Banks scored off the rebound right before the halftime buzzer to cut it to seven.
Former Las Positas College men's basketball coach Tony Costello will be inducted posthumously into the Chabot College Athletics Hall of Fame at halftime of the Hawks' Jan. 8 game at Chabot. Costello, who passed away Aug. 25 after a yearlong battle against pancreatic cancer, coached at Chabot for 17 years before he took the Las Positas job in 2005 and coached the Hawks for six-plus years.
The Jan. 8 event will feature the Las Positas and Chabot women playing at 5 p.m. followed by the men's game at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Coach Costello Scholarship Fund for LPC athletes through the LPC Foundation.