Ivan Rabb looked right at home playing in a college arena.
Considered one of the top juniors in the country, Rabb put on a show at Cal's Haas Pavilion in leading Bishop O'Dowd High's boys basketball team to a 86-60 rout of Capital Christian-Sacramento. The 6-foot-10 senior finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and plenty of spectacular dunks in Monday's MLK Classic on Jan. 20
The game was supposed to be a showdown between Northern California's top two ranked teams, but Rabb and his O'Dowd teammates made it a one-sided affair early. They led 23-13 after one quarter, 42-23 at halftime and 61-41 after three.
"That was our 'A' game," Rabb said. "When we play as a team, we play well."
Then, with the game in control, Rabb put on his dunkfest.
He had three straight jams, including a reverse putback dunk. But he said his favorite basket of his 12-point fourth quarter was his last, a fadeaway jumper from the baseline.
"It was just a real tough shot," he said. "If you ask my coach, he'll tell you it's one of my favorite shots. They try to have me not do that as much as possible and stay inside. I guess I'm shooting better inside than I am out there, but it's probably one of my favorite shots."
O'Dowd was far from a one-man show, however. Juwan Anderson added 16 points and Paris Austin had 14.
Austin shined defensively as well, while Shane Farley assisted several of Rabb's buckets.
The Dragons (9-4) also held D.J. Wilson, Capital Christian's Michigan-bound forward, in check most of the night. He finished with eight points, but most of those came late in the game.
Bishop O'Dowd 80, Berkeley 74: Rabb scored 27 points, blocked 11 shots, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out five assists as Bishop O'Dowd beat the host Yellowjackets 80-74 on Jan. 19, handing Berkeley its first loss of the season.
"There guards were going really aggressively to the basket," Rabb said. "I got a lot of blocked shots and I changed shots. That's my job."
Bishop O'Dowd (8-4, 3-0 West Alameda County Conference-Foothill Division) built a 47-27 lead at halftime, but Berkeley (12-1, 2-1) turned up the defensive pressure in the third quarter and climbed back into the game.
"They have really good guards," Rabb said. "They were coming off of screens, hitting 3s. They had big guys inside that were rebounding, getting a whole bunch of offensive rebounds. I take that one on the chin, that was my fault. I should have been in there."
Rabb was being a tad harsh on himself, considering his triple-double. His 10th rebound, seconds left after Bryan Morris missed a desperation 3-pointer for the Yellowjackets, all but iced the game.
Rabb made 10 of 11 field goals, and even his miss led to a basket when teammate Jake Crudo followed it up.
Shane Farley had 19 for the Dragons and Paris Austin added 12.
-- Damin Esper, correspondent