Sophomore Ivan Rabb scored a game-high 22 points, and the Bishop O'Dowd High boys basketball team rallied from a 11-point halftime deficit to beat Pacific Hills-West Hollywood 57-53 in the first game of the Drew Gooden Invitational Showcase at El Cerrito High on Dec. 15.
After giving up 40 first-half points, the Dragons held the Bruins to 2 of 16 shooting in the second half and forced seven turnovers.
"The second half we went to a gimmick defense and played man (defense) on their three best players and denied them the ball and didn't give them a shot," O'Dowd coach Lou Richie said about the second-half adjustments. "We wanted to make their other players make plays."
The 6-foot-8 Rabb, who is listed as the No. 2 recruit in the country for the class of 2015 by ESPN, scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half for the Dragons. He also had 16 rebounds and 11 blocks.
The Dragons, who improved to 3-0, opened the second half on a 15-5 run keyed by Russell Davis, who scored six of his seven points during the spurt. Defensively, Dominic Gomes, Paris Austin, Juwan Anderson and Michael Perri helped limit Pacific Hills' three leading scorers to a combined seven points in the second half.
Jahmel Taylor, the Bruins' leading scorer at 25 points per game, was held scoreless in the second half and finished with 17 points. He fouled out with 2:30 to play.
Taylor keyed a 15-4 second-quarter run with two 3-pointers to help Pacific Hills (6-2) take a 31-22 lead with 3:22 before halftime. The Bruins led 40-29 at intermission.
Jack Kalmbach tied the game at 47 with a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter, and Gomes scored 20 seconds later to give O'Dowd a 49-47 lead, its first since early in the second quarter.
Bishop O'Dowd 2, Piedmont 0: After an unexpected tumble at Alameda in West Alameda County Conference play, Bishop O'Dowd was looking to get back on track on Dec. 11, and did so in a conference interleague game.
Christian Pesqueira's goal at 8 minutes was enough to stand up and Ari Fink added an insurance strike in the 67th minute as the host Dragons (2-1-0, 2-1-0 WACC) topped Piedmont 2-0.
"We did some good things out there, but we're still a work in progress," Bishop O'Dowd coach David Barrett said. "It's nice to have the home turf advantage. If we keep a good home record that should see us through to the playoffs."
The Highlanders, who fell to 1-2-1 overall and 0-2-1 in conference play, were ready to play as they pressured Bishop O'Dowd and had good chances, but fell further behind in the Shoreline League race.
-- Matt Smith, correspondent