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Contributing writeups for this week were Paul Muyskens, Harold Abend, Ronnie Flores, Mark Tennis and CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett. This honor roll is for games played from Dec. 9 to Dec. 14.
Note: The Northern California and Southern California Players of the Week will switch to basketball next week. There are no honorees for football this week.
FOOTBALL RECORD WATCH
Junior quarterback Brandon Jones of Bakersfield Christian is itching his way to the top of the Central Section record book after he passed for 250 yards on 19 of 27 and three touchdowns in a 40-8 win over View Park of Los Angeles in a CIF Division IV South bowl game. Brandon needs 208 yards to surpass the season record of 4,187 held by Emmanuel Lewis of Tulare and 88 yards to set a new school record by Derek Carr, now a star at Fresno State. He’s not done yet with other section records, either, as he needs three more touchdowns against Central Catholic on Friday and he will pass Sam Metcalf of Farmersville, who ended his season with 54 two weeks ago.
Senior quarterback Asauni Rufus of Bakersfield had the finest perfect game in school history by passing for 224 yards on 10 of 10 and one touchdown in leading his team to a 35-28 come from-behind win over Mission Hills of San Marcos. Rufus also rushed for 72 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown. The school record was held by Nate Lewis for 149 yards on 9 of 9 passing in 1996. Rufus’ two-season stats on passing are 2,818 yards with 28 touchdowns while for rushing he has 3,144 yards and 40 touchdowns. His total yardage is 5,962 yards and he has 68 touchdowns in 26 games.BOYS BASKETBALL
Chase Sandifer (Taft, Woodland Hills)
Leading the Toreadors’ offense with 33 points, they picked up their fifth win of the season with an 89-78 win over Venice of Los Angeles at the Beverly Hills Invitational. This UTEP-bound standout had an even bigger game earlier in the tournament as he made 11 three-pointers and finished with 51 points during a 89-62 win over Cabrillo of Long Beach. His 51 points was three points shy of the school record set by Jordan Farmer, according to Eric Sondheimer from the Los Angeles Times.
Riley Nicoll (Oxnard)
He made a program record nine three-pointers while scoring a career-high 43 points as the Yellowjackets defeated Besant Hill of Ojai 75-47.
Braxton Huggins (Mira Monte, Bakersfield)
The 6-foot-3 senior at Mira Monte led his team to a 73-67 win over McFarland in the Corcoran Tournament by scoring 42 points for a new school record.
Chiefy Ugbaja (Archbishop Riordan, San Francisco)
The Crusaders’ faithful were probably singing “all hail to the Chiefy” after the 6-foot-5 forward had a monster double-double of 41 points and 22 rebounds (six steals, four blocks) and the boys from the City needed every bit of his output in an 86-84 victory over Fresno Bullard at the Gridley tourney. Chiefy and his brother Jiday both were named to the all-tourney team.
Matt Hauser (Thousand Oaks)
Scoring more than half of the Lancers’ points, Hauser hit for 41 points in a 74-69 win over Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo in the championship game of the Arroyo Grande tournament. He also scored 32 points during a 62-49 win over Arroyo Grande earlier in the event.
Lynard Steward (San Ysidro)
The junior point guard is out to a great start for head coach Terry Tucker’s team. Steward poured in 40 points last week in a 75-64 loss to Central of El Centro and made 17 of 18 on free throws. For the season through his first seven games, Lynard is averaging a San Diego Section best 28.4 ppg.
Jordan Ford (Folsom)
While the Bulldogs’ football team is the one that gets national attention, their basketball team improved to 7-0 after winning the Folsom-Vista Classic and this talented sophomore is a big reason why as he scored 37 points during a 78-64 win over El Dorado of Placerville in the semifinals. Ford has already been named the MVP of two tournaments this season and is averaging 29.6 points a game.
Jaskarn Bajwa (Irvington, Fremont)
The Vikings’ 6-foot-4 senior captain and the leading reported scorer in the NCS had a monster 37-point outing but his team fell 77-63 to Pleasanton Foothill.
Caleb Plasschaert (University Prep, San Jose)
Opponents are having more difficulty stopping Plasschaert than they are in trying to pronounce his last name. The CCS leading reported scorer went for 36 points and his team needed them all in a 69-68 victory over Eastside College Prep of East Palo Alto. In his other two games, both wins over Fremont Christian (Fremont) and Santa Clara St. Lawrence, he had 29 points in each victory.
Shacquille Dawkins (Alemany, Mission Hills)
Going a perfect 13-for-13 at the free throw line, this sophomore guard finished with 35 points and seven assists as the Warriors defeated Calabasas in overtime by a 95-87 final score to advance to the championship game of the Ventura County Classic.
Cory Cila (Half Moon Bay)
The Cougars’ guard dropped in 33 points (13-of-13 on free throws) for the 6-0 boys from the coast in a 66-53 victory over Burlingame.
Rob Nelsen (Tustin)
Named the MVP at the Beach Bash Tournament at Corona del Mar of Newport Beach, Nelsen scored 32 points during a win over University of Irvine and in the championship game he scored 18 points during a 54-43 win over Corona del Mar.
Justin Bibbins (Bishop Montgomery, Torrance)
Most triple-doubles include rebounds as a key part of it but he did his with steals and assists with 32 points, 10 assists and 10 steals to lead the Knights past Legacy of North Las Vegas (Nev.) 104-36.
Devenir Duruisseau (Sylmar)
With a name that certainly stands out, he had a nice start to the Valley Mission League season as he scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 85-36 rout by the Spartans against San Fernando.
Isiah Warren (Cloverdale)
The senior guard dropped in 30 points with six assists in a 79-43 win over Laytonville.
Hunter Morris (Einstein Academy, Santa Clarita)
Knowing better than to give up despite the Rockets trailing by 20 points in the first quarter, he scored 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 90-89 win over Faith Baptist of Canoga Park in double overtime.
Tyler Jennings (Capital Christian, Sacramento)
He might not be headed to Michigan like teammate D.J. Wilson but he was named the MVP at the Gridley Invitational as he scored 21 points in their 78-75 win over Sacramento in the championship game. Jennings also scored 29 points in their 80-71 semifinal win over Campolindo of Moraga.
Trey Kell (St. Augustine, San Diego)
Returning standout for the defending CIF Division III state champs scored a game-high 28 points as the undefeated Saints beat Torrey Pines of San Diego 60-55 in the championship game of the Wolf Pack tournament.
M.J. Cage (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
The son of former NBA player Michael Cage, this talented sophomore had 23 points and 17 rebounds during the Monarchs’ 100-57 win over Yates of Houston at the Spalding Hoophall West in Phoenix, Arizona.
Sierra Campisano (Torrey Pines, San Diego)
While it was a game just yesterday, we wanted to go ahead and get this in now as this talented sophomore scored a season-high 36 points in a 76-17 win over Mission Bay in her best game of the season. Sierra was perhaps on her way to being on the all-state freshman team last season but she suffered a burst appendix last Christmas and missed the second half of the season. She continues to come back from that serious situation.
Ni’yesha Brown (Newark Memorial, Newark)
The Cougars’ 6-foot senior wing posted a double-double 32 points and 13 rebounds in a 56-35 victory over San Jose Independence.
Haley Cremen (Justin-Siena, Napa)
The Braves’ senior captain and center wasn’t blazing through the sky like Halley’s Comet, but what Haley did do is burn Oakland McClymonds for 34 points in a 65-48 victory.
Courteney Roberts (Joshua Springs, Yucca Valley)
Nearly recording a triple-double, the Lightning picked up a 59-9 win over Lucerne Valley as she struck for 33 points, nine rebounds and seven steals. Earlier this season, she also had a 37-point and 22-rebound performance.
Desire Finnie (Berkeley)
A lot of schools desired Desire but when she’s finished playing for the Yellowjackets she’s going to become a Tiger and grace the court at Pacific in Stockton. Meanwhile, she’s staying busy as a bee, particularly in a 51-46 victory over Antioch Deer Valley in which she posted a double-double 32 points and 12 rebounds.
Jennifer Manduca (Granite Bay)
Nearly outscoring Foothill of Sacramento on her own, Manduca scored a season-high 32 points as the Grizzlies posted a 72-36 win over the Mustangs.
Imani Littleton (Bishop’s, La Jolla)
As the leading weapon for the Knights, she scored 32 points during a 71-41 road win against Mount Miguel. Earlier this season, freshman Destiny Littleton (not related) had a 34-point, 11-rebound performance during a 59-50 win over Archbishop Mitty of San Jose.
Jessica Curl (Mercy, Red Bluff)
It might be a good idea to remember this name as she might be a stat star regular. Curl scored at least 30 points for the second time this season as she scored 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 59-47 loss to Westwood. Through six games ,she is averaging 24.2 points and 17.3 rebounds a game for the Warriors.
Ali Engelhardt (Mt. Carmel, San Diego)
She wasn’t a piece of cake to defend for Our Lady of Peace as she scored 30 points during a 55-48 road win for the Sundevils.
Savannah Scott (Westmont, Campbell)
Scott is picking up where she left off after impressing the Girls of Summer Caravan. In a 56-47 victory over Hollister San Benito, the senior guard had a double-double 30 points and 12 rebounds with six steals. Despite being only 5-foot-8, she has four double-doubles in the team’s five games.
Kaylee Buhrkuhl (Elliot Christian, Lodi)
While this performance came from a few weeks ago, we wanted to make sure we mentioned her outstanding game during a 45-41 loss to Turlock Christian. Kaylee scored 29 points, grabbed 23 rebounds and had 11 steals for a triple-double. She also blocked five shots for the Eagles.
Mariya Moore (Salesian, Richmond)
The Louisville-bound Moore powered her way to a near triple-double after finishing with 23 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in a 76-55 drubbing of a pretty decent Antioch Deer Valley.
Lilli Olson (Sacramento Waldorf, Fair Oaks)
Just a sophomore, this 6-foot forward has recorded a double-double in six of Waldorf’s seven games so far this season. She scored 13 points and grabbed a season-high 24 rebounds during a 37-30 win last week over Highlands of North Highlands.
BOYS BASKETBALL COACHING
Coach Brad Felder of Hanford High School became the sixth coach in the Central Section History to win 400 games, as his team beat San Joaquin Memorial 59-35 in the opening game of the Kings County Classic.