State Stat Stars of the Week

It's been nearly impossible this season for foes to slow down Mater Dei's Stanley Johnson. Photo: Willie Eashman.

It’s been nearly impossible this season for foes to slow down Mater Dei’s Stanley Johnson. Photo: Willie Eashman.

Dream for Khleem comes true with school-record 55-point night. Others on this week’s honor roll include Huntington Beach Edison’s Geena Gomez and Stockton McNair’s Marcus Cotton (both from schools that lost key transfers).

By Harold Abend & Paul Muyskens with contribution by Bob Barnett.
We collect these highlights in support of the Cal-Hi Sports state record book, which is the exclusive home for state records and has been published seven times since 1980.
These highlights are for games played mostly from Jan. 9 to Jan. 12 with some performances from this week.
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BOYS BASKETBALL

Myron Aiava (Westminster)
In Golden West League play last week, he had a career-high night as he scored 29 points in the second half and finished with 36 points in all as the Lions turned a double-digit deficit into a double-digit 52-42 win against Orange.

Bryan Alberts (Village Christian, Sun Valley)
Behind 24 points in the second half, Alberts finished with 35 points on Tuesday as the Crusaders moved to 17-2 on the season with an 88-63 win over Maranatha. The junior has already been honored on the Cal-Hi Sports’ all-state team from last year when he was a sophomore.

Tyrell Alcorn (El Cerrito)
Alcorn went nuts with a game-high 28 points, and was 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, including a key trey down the stretch of a 56-54 victory over league rival and defending NorCal D5 champion St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda. He came back with 24 points, five assists and five steals, in a 74-58 win over St. Patrick St. Vincent of Vallejo.

Jabari Bird (Salesian, Richmond)
The Cal-bound Bird Man lit it up for 32 points in a Tri-City Rock League 75-60 win over St. Patrick St. Vincent, the Pride’s 22nd-straight win over the Bruins. He came back with a ho-hum 24 points in a 72-42 win over Pinole Valley.

Spencer Clark (Mt. Diablo High, Concord)
Scored 32 points and had 15 rebounds (plus 4 assists) in an 82-48 win over Berean Christian last night. He shot 15 for 21 from the field. This is just the 2nd win for the Red Devils (they are 2-2 in league now).

Kane Cooper (Selma)
He scored a career high of 34 points as the Bears beat Sierra of Tollhouse 65-57 and came back with 16 points against Kerman in a 68-51 win.

Henry Cornelious (Berkeley)
He had 20 points in a 75-72 win over host Brentwood Heritage, and then stepped it up with 30 points versus Bishop O’Dowd in a close 76-73 losing effort in Oakland.

Marcus Cotton (McNair, Stockton)
Several top players from last year left McNair, but not Cotton. In a 68-64 triumph last week over Stagg of Stockton, Cotton knocked down a season-high 38 points. It was his second 30-point outing of the season.

Jordan Franklin (Trinity Prep, Napa)
On back-to-back nights, Franklin had big scoring performances as he scored 44 points during a 63-49 win over Global Youth Charter of Antelope and then the next day scored 37 points during a 66-56 loss to New Life Christian of Marysville.

Jackson Gatlin (Newport Harbor, Newport Beach)
The Sailors’ senior big man in the middle grabbed 26 rebounds as they defeated Los Alamitos 59-47 to improve to 3-0 in Sunset League play.

Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose)
Our reigning Mr. Basketball State Player of the Year came through just like he has so many times in a 57-52 win at a packed San Francisco Riordan gym, in a game the Monarchs trailed 42-38 entering the fourth quarter. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound senior, who has narrowed his collage choices to Arizona, Kentucky and Washington, scored a game-high 21 points, with 10 in the final period that included a thunderous jam at the final buzzer, grabbed 23 rebounds and blocked seven shots. He came back on Saturday after not starting due to being late to a shoot-around, with 17 points and 14 rebounds, in a 60-50 victory over San Mateo Serra, a game Mitty never led until 5:25 was left to play.

Isaac Hamilton (St. John Bosco, Bellflower)
Despite his scoring a game-high 32 points, the Braves were unable to defeat undefeated Bishop Montgomery as they suffered a 74-63 loss.

Zur Ilan (Summerfield Waldorf, Santa Rosa)
It was three double-doubles on the week for the CIF North Coast Section reported scoring leader. The 6-foot-4 senior went for 34 points and 10 rebounds against visiting cross-town Redwood Adventist Academy. Ilan then landed in Napa and dropped in 30 and grabbed 15 rebounds in 70-20 trouncing of Napa Christian, and he finished last week at home with 31 and 11 in a 67-60 win over Archbishop Hanna of Sonoma.

Stanley Johnson (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Another week and another pair of dominant performances as he scored 25 points and grabbed 21 rebounds during a 79-67 win over St. John Bosco of Bellflower. Johnson, the 2012 State Sophomore of the Year, then followed up that performance with 29 points and eight rebounds in a 75-59 win over Orange Lutheran.

Troy Kell (St. Augustine, San Diego)
The talented 6-foot-4 junior was one of the top players at last weekend’s San Diego-LA Challenge with 32 points for the Saints in their win against Taft of Woodland Hills. Kell also had 32 points in his previous outing to lead St. Augustine past Lincoln of San Diego in a big Western League matchup.

Marcus Lee (Deer Valley, Antioch)
The huge double-doubles and even a few triple-doubles, and odd ones too, keep popping up on the stat sheet of this 6-foot-10 Kentucky-bound senior. In a D1 NorCal rematch from last year with Vallejo Jesse Bethel, Lee had 22 points, 25 rebounds, with five blocks and five assists, in an 85-79 victory. Later in the week, in a 69-51 win over neighboring rival Pittsburg, Lee only had 10 points, but pulled down 22 rebounds, blocked 12 shots, and had five assists. Already this week on Monday, in an 82-74 win over Brentwood Heritage, the big fella had 20 points, 21 rebounds and six assists. If the reported state leader (third in nation) in rebounds (20.6 per game and 309 total) can maintain this pace, he could certainly add his name to the list of Most Rebounds (Season) in the Cal-Hi Sports Record Book should the Wolverines make a run in the D1 playoffs.

Ron Lee Jr. (Oak Park, Agoura Hills)
Just hours after being the featured picture in our new state boys basketball divisional rankings, Lee went out and recorded a triple-double as he scored 19 points, handed out 11 assists and had 10 rebounds as the Eagles defeated St. Bonaventure of Ventura 75-58 on Wednesday of this week. He also scored 30 points and had nine rebounds in a 65-64 loss last week to Leuzinger of Lawndale.

Marcus LoVett Jr. (Providence, Burbank)
One of the top sophomores in the state, he scored 47 points during an overtime loss against Campbell Hall of North Hollywood before then scoring 48 points in a win against Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. In the win against Notre Dame, Marcus scored 31 points in the first half alone on 11-of-13 shooting.

Ryan Manning (Sheldon, Sacramento)
Sharpshooting guard for state-ranked squad scored a career-high 29 points to go with six rebounds as the Huskies defeated Bullard of Fresno 85-74. The game matched two of the state’s top 10 ranked teams.

Jaron Martin (Chaminade, West Hills)
With a game-high 35 points from Martin, the Eagles picked up a 74-46 win over Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks in Mission League play.

Matt Nerland (Las Lomas, Walnut Creek)
The Knights’ junior co-caption dropped in a cool 33 points, but his team fell short in a 83-70 loss to Dublin.

Andre Nikita (El Cajon Valley, El Cajon)
He’s been a scoring machine all season, but often the points have come in games in which you’d expect them to be limited. Case in point was him getting 33 last week even though El Cajon Valley’s win against Helix of La Mesa was just 48-38. Nikita started this week with a 28.7 per game scoring mark.

Khleem Perkins (San Bernardino)
Shattering his season-high for points in a game, Perkins also set a school record during the Cardinals’ 96-69 win over San Gorgonio as he scored 55 points. It broke the previous school record of 46 points set in 1986 by Emory Lewis, according to Eric-Paul Johnson of the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

Ivan Rabb (Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland)
In the first meeting between the schools in a league game since 1995, the highly-regarded sophomore scored 23 points, snatched 24 rebounds, and blocked four shots, and the Dragons needed it all in a 76-73 win over visiting Berkeley.

Cesar Reyes (Poly, Sun Valley)
Outscoring Chavez of San Fernando on his own, this sophomore scored 30 points and made eight 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 32 as the Parrots defeated Chavez 76-31.

Josue Salaam (Hanford West, Hanford)
For the second straight week Salaam gets a listing, this time for scoring a game high of 33 points to lead Hanford West past Golden West of Visalia 72-61 in a West Yosemite League game.

Kameron Smith (Emery, Emeryville)
The Spartans’ sophomore has a long way to go to catch the No. 2 all-time leading scorer in state history, Emery legend and former NBA star Darnell Robinson, who scored 3,359 points and won a D5 state championship at Emery and an NCAA championship at Arkansas. For the time being, he’s doing fine, however, going for 32 points in a 78-50 victory over Alameda Chinese Christian. It was his third 30-point output of the season with a high of 38 in an early December win over San Francisco Leadership. So far this season, Smith is averaging 22.1 points per game.

Kendall Smith (Deer Valley, Antioch)
The recent UNLV-commit had a double-double 27 points and 12 assists (six rebounds) last week in an 85-79 victory over Vallejo Jesse Bethel. The senior guard came back with a double-double 25 points and 11 assists in a Monday 82-74 win over Brentwood Heritage.

Patrick Sniff (Great Oak, Temecula)
Despite coming off the bench, Sniff more than sniffed the basket as he nearly recorded a triple-double for the Wolfpack in their 54-39 win over Murrieta Valley. Sniff scored 10 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked nine shots.

Kushbir Thind (Caruthers)
Sweet shooter was perfect at the free throw line, going 13-for-13, and scored a team high of 35 points as Caruthers edged Coalinga 60-56 in a non-league game.

Lamont Tyler (Villa Park)
This talented 6-foot-10 junior scored 28 points in a win for the Spartans over Brea Olinda and also scored 27 points in a win over Canyon of Anaheim.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Kristjan Aubry (Dublin)
The Gaels’ junior forward had a career-high 28 points and double-doubled after snaring 15 rebounds (three steals, two assists) in a 55-39 victory over Lafayette Acalanes.

Halie Bergman (Turlock Christian, Turlock)
It has been quite the week for Turlock mentions and here’s another one as Bergman scored 38 points in a 59-53 win over Ripon Christian. The Eagles improved their winning streak to five games.

Marie Bertholdt (Alameda)
The 6-foot-1 senior recorded a double-double 22 points and 14 rebounds, but unfortunately for the Hornets’ faithful the girls lost to Berkeley in overtime, 62-58. Her seventh double-double of the season, however, a 15-point, 15-rebound (six steals, five assists) performance, was more than enough later in the week in a 59-21 rout of Castro Valley.

Jackie Cenan (Laguna Beach)
For just the second time this season, the Breakers suffered a loss as they were on the losing end of a 60-55 final score against Estancia of Costa Mesa despite Cenan dropping in 30 points.

Sofie Delgado (St. Joseph Academy, San Marcos)
Leading her team in a matchup against Julian and its own 20 ppg scorer, Hannah Elliott, it was Delgado who stood out the most with 32 points as the Crusaders topped Julian 58-43. Delgado improved her scoring averaged to 20.3 ppg.

Luisa DeLosReyes (Arroyo, San Lorenzo)
The lightning quick 5-foot-1 senior guard went for a career-high 35 points (five steals, two assists), but DeLosReyes and her mates lost to Alameda Encinal 74-66 at home. Luisa’s game-high 19 points (her season average) was more than enough later in the week in a 56-39 win over cross-town archrival San Lorenzo.

Samantha Earl (Clovis)
The best performance of the week from the CIF Central Section (boys or girls) had to be the one from this junior guard. In a 70-64 overtime win by Clovis against Stockdale of Bakersfield (which came into the game as the section’s No. 1-ranked team), Earl pumped in a career-best 33 points.

Geena Gomez (Edison, Huntington Beach)
With the Samuelson sisters now at Mater Dei, Gomez is picking up some of the slack for the Chargers. Filling up the stat sheet, she scored 28 points, had eight assists, eight steals and seven rebounds during a 69-46 win last week over Marina of Huntington Beach. Showing why she is headed to St. Joseph’s, she also had 27 points, seven assists and six rebounds in a 53-42 win over Los Alamitos.

Leah Gray (Hercules)
She may only be a freshman, but the Titans’ forward had a monster double-double of 24 points and 20 rebounds in a 68-59 win over Crockett John Swett.

Ahlisha Henderson (Reseda)
Currently listed as the No. 2 scorer in the state on MaxPreps, averaging 33.5 points per game, Henderson scored 40 points and grabbed 35 rebounds in a 86-12 win over Canoga Park. She also is listed as the top rebounder in the state averaging over 31 rebounds a game.

Dashayla Johnson (Tulare Western, Tulare)
This junior guard is one of the finest players in the CIF Central Section and showed it again with 30 points in a 58-30 win by the Mustangs over Mt. Whitney of Visalia.

Doris Jones (KIPP King, San Lorenzo)
The freshman that made the first honor roll this season before getting injured, returned in style after a month layoff, dropping in a season-high 37 points (nine rebounds, four assists, four steals) in a 66-38 win over El Sobrante Christian. The team is 9-6 this season but 6-0 in games with Doris on the floor.

Hannah Kaiser (Crystal Springs Uplands, Hillsborough)
By the time Kaiser was done with opposing Mercy of Burlingame, the hosts from Burlingame needed a doctor. The senior forward had 27 points and 16 rebounds in a 50-32 victory.

Ashley Kelsick (Highland, Palmdale)
Averaging almost 39 points per game this season, Kelsick has now scored at least 41 points in four straight games after scoring 43 points in a 84-27 win over Littlerock on Tuesday this week. During the streak, she has also scored 48 points during a 68-65 win over Knight.

Kyla Miller (College Park, Pleasant Hill)
The sophomore forward has been playing very well for first-year coach Brad Slininger. In a 72-44 win last week over Walnut Creek Berean, Miller turned in a thriller, finishing with career highs in a double-double 30 points and 14 rebounds.

Mariya Moore (Salesian, Richmond)
The junior phenom that can play any position on the court started last week with 21 points, eight assists, seven steals and five rebounds in a 63-50 win over Atherton Menlo. She followed that up by recording a quadruple-double 12 points with 10 rebounds, 10 steals and 10 assists in a 57-33 win over St. Patrick St. Vincent of Vallejo. She had a double-double 14 points and 11 rebounds (five assists, three steals), and although her bucket in the early fourth quarter gave the state No. 15 ranked Pride a brief lead, they eventually fell 64-56 to No. 4 St. Mary’s of Stockton.

Rachel Nagel (Whitney, Cerritos)
Not only did Nagel quadruple the amount of points scored by the opposing team but she also recorded a quadruple-double as she scored 20 points, had 12 steals, 10 assists and 10 rebounds as the Wildcats defeated the Brethren Christian of Huntington Beach 68-5.

Allyson O’Brien (La Habra)
No stranger to being listed in our weekly state stat stars, she scored 33 points as the Highlanders defeated Sunny Hills of Fullerton 58-40 in Freeway League play.

Julian Robinson (Kennedy, Richmond)
The 6-foot-1 junior had 28 points and a remarkable 30 rebounds in a 74-59 win over Hercules. She came back this week on Monday with another double-double after finishing with 25 points and 16 rebounds (seven assists) in a 91-20 rout of cross-town rival De Anza.

Chrishae Rowe (Santiago, Corona)
She’s perhaps the top player in the Inland Empire this season and showed it again with 28 points to lead the Sharks past Troy of Fullerton 65-57 in a matchup between two State Top 20 teams.

Savannah Scott (Westmont, Campbell)
The double-double machine continues to crank them out with a current streak of 13 straight and 15 out of the Warriors’ 16 games this season. Last week, the junior guard had 25 and 17 rebounds (seven assists, seven steals) in a 54-47 win over San Jose Piedmont Hills, 29 points and 20 rebounds (five steals) in a 51-41 loss to San Jose Pioneer, and then 30 and 17 rebounds (six assists, six steals) in a 50-45 loss to Gunderson of San Jose.

Latecia Smith (Narbonne, Harbor City)
Outscoring San Pedro on her own, Smith scored 24 points to go with 11 steals, seven rebounds and seven assists in a 75-21 victory. Narbonne was only 8-8 in the preseason, but with Smith and others still looks like a team to beat in the L.A. City Section.


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3 Comments

  1. Steve
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Of course stats are all relative especially when the competition level is low, disappointed that some coaches still feel the need to pad stats, was at 2 of theses games!!!

  2. Basketball Fan
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    That is very unfortunate. Ultimately, that player is who is short changed. If recruited based on those stats the pressure to perform on the next level could be devastating to them.

    I had the pleasure of watching Ashley Kelsick and Ahlisha Henderson play and they’re stats are spot on. I can also see why Ashley Kelsick is the leading scorer is the state. She works hard on offense as well as defense.

    • Posted January 24, 2013 at 9:32 am | Permalink

      No one ever gets recruited for a college scholarship based on high school stats. It’s all about watching the kids play in person. Wish Henderson was closer to me so I could see her play. Her rebounding totals are unreal and I’d be very interested to see how they check out.

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