Deion Ellis scored 19 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to help lead the McClymonds High boys basketball team to a 64-52 win over Fremont at Laney College in the Oakland Section playoff championship game on Thursday.
Now, you might think that kind of performance might be the highlight of a young man's night.
However, you didn't see Ellis giving a pair of Warrior Girls hugs before the game when he was presented with the Oakland Athletic League's Most Valuable Player trophy.
It was a celebratory night for the Warriors, who wrapped up their third consecutive section title.
The Tigers (12-13) jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the early going. McClymonds missed its first six shots from the field and turned the ball over twice. Finally, with four minutes, 37 seconds left in the first quarter, Deshawn Nelson hit a 3-pointer to get the Warriors (20-8) on the board. That sparked a 16-0 run and McClymonds never trailed thereafter.
The Warriors built the lead to 20 points midway through the third quarter. Fremont then went on a 9-0 run to get back in the game. Midway through the fourth quarter, the Tigers finally got within 10 points, cutting the lead to 55-48.
But a quick 7-0 run but McClymonds back in control. Mike Walker made the key plays for the Warriors, hitting a 3-pointer and another basket and Tyrone Spivey capped the run with a fast break layup.
"It's just a time we've got to compete," Walker said. "That's all."
Walker finished with 19 points.
Edward McGowan scored 17 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for Fremont. The Tigers battled throughout the second half, but made just two of 16 free
throws in the game and committed 22 turnovers. They struggled from outside as well, making just two of 16 shots from 3-point range.
McClymonds 57, Skyline 21: The Warriors (16-12) avenged two regular-season defeats at the hands of the Titans (20-8) to win the Oakland Section title game at Laney College. It was the second straight section championship for the Warriors.
The Warriors' Da'Ja'Nay Powell was dominant with 24 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Angela Lee added 17 points and eight rebounds to aid the Warriors efforts. Darrien Washington paced Skyline with 10 points.
McClymonds point guard Gabby Gaines, who missed both games against Skyline during the OAL season, scored 11 points and hit three 3-point shots, "We came out harder and more determined than they did," Gaines said.
The Warriors led from the start, leading 20-8 at the end of the first quarter and 37-10 at the half. Skyline was still playing a rather loose man defense in the third period and McClymonds simply took time off the clock before attempting a shot.
Meanwhile, the Titans' offense was nonexistent, scoring only three points total in the second and third quarters. The Warriors led 45-11 after three periods.
-- Scott Strain, correspondent