BERKELEY -- Ivan Rabb had 24 points and 13 rebounds but the sophomore forward had plenty of help from his teammates as the Bishop O'Dowd High boys basketball team defeated Sacramento 80-71 on Monday at the MLK Classic at Haas Pavilion.
With Cal coach Mike Montgomery sitting courtside, the highly recruited Rabb didn't disappoint. He scored 20 of his points in the first half, drawing the biggest cheers for a putback dunk in the first quarter.
Rabb was mostly quiet offensively after the break, but his teammates had no trouble picking up the scoring load. Juwan Anderson scored all of his 11 points in the second half, helping O'Dowd (15-3) pull away from a 39-39 tie at halftime.
Sophomore guard Paris Austin added 11 second-half points, including the final seven points of the game to hold off Sacramento.
"We just kept grinding," said Rabb. "When our starters needed a rest, our bench kept us in the game big time."
O'Dowd coach Lou Richie said he wished his team took care of the ball better, but was thrilled to see senior guard Russell Davis score 15 points and have a strong overall game.
A Michael Perri layup broke the halftime tie and O'Dowd never trailed again. A pair of three-point plays by Anderson and Shane Farley late in the third quarter kept Sacramento from getting no closer than six points the rest of the way.
Rabb's big first half helped offset a stellar shooting outburst by Sacramento's Aaron Cameron. The senior
The event at Haas brought together the two perennial Northern California Division III powers that could see each other again in the postseason.