Matt Bradley of San Bernardino goes into a tie for 10th on all-time state list with 72-point explosion in game earlier this week. Other boys highlighted this week include JoJo Walker from St. Joseph of Santa Maria and 5-foot-6 Jordan Parson of Silver Valley (Yermo). For girls, Christine Buksa of Foothills Christian is yet one more San Diego area player putting up monster numbers.
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(All players listed in alphabetical order)
(Writeups also by Stockton office assistant editor Paul Muyskens & CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett)
(For games played through Saturday, Dec. 31 with some games from this week)
We can’t wait until next week to get going on the crazy outing by San Bernardino junior guard Matt Bradley on Tuesday night of this week. Bradley, who also is gaining steam as a top-flight Class of 2018 college prospect, went nuts for a reported 72 points to lead the Cardinals past Rubidoux of Riverside 88-55.
Details on the performance were sketchy, but it was reported as 72 points by the San Bernardino Sun and mentioned on some of the most trafficked twitter pages in Southern California. Bradley also had 15 rebounds in setting a school record and surpassing his previous season best of 48 points, a total that he has reached twice.
With the 72-point night, Bradley moves into a tie for 10th on the all-time Cal-Hi Sports state list with Chino Hills’ current senior LiAngelo Ball. Gelo poured in his 72 points a little more than one month ago by making 13 three-pointers when the nationally ranked Huskies blitzed Rancho Christian of Temecula 128-101.
This year’s 72-point duo is still well short of the state record of 100 points set in 2003 by Tigran Grigoran from Mesrobian of Pico Rivera. While we had a 71-point game last season by Noah Valencia from California School of the Deaf (Riverside), you have to go back to 2005 (December) when Tyrone Shelley of San Diego Madison had a similar outing. Shelley scored 76 points against a team from Canada.
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Devlin Adams (Moreno Valley)
The 5-foot-9 point guard makes the honor roll for a second straight week, mainly for handing out 10 assists in the same game in which he pumped in 33 points. Moreno Valley won that game 82-60 vs. San Gorgonio of San Bernardino but didn’t win earlier in the week when Adams went for 25 points with eight assists against Beaumont (75-59 loss).
Jalen Hill (Centennial, Corona)
It was hard to miss this 6-foot-10 center for the state-ranked Huskies when he scored 19 points and grabbed 23 rebounds during a 73-57 win over North of Riverside at the Inland Valley-Big VIII Challenge.
Joseph Octave (Mary Star, San Pedro)
As a freshman last year, Octave almost did enough to be one of the 10 on our all-state freshman team. With the all-state sophomores expanded out to at least 20, Octave’s all-state possibilities are much higher. He had 27 and 31 points in two outings last week, first getting 27 in a win vs. Pasadena Poly and then getting 31 in a loss to Pioneer of Whittier.
Kezie Okpala (Esperanza, Anaheim)
In helping to keep Esperanza among the State Top 20 rankings, the Stanford-bound Okpala had yet another huge night when the Aztecs got past Vista Murrieta of Murrieta 68-50. He finished with 40 points.
J.J. Overton (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego)
Three overtimes were needed for the Broncos to defeat Temecula Valley 99-93 in a showcase event last week and Overton had a game-high 29 points.
Jordan Parson (Silver Valley, Yermo)
He may be only 5-foot-6, but the mighty mite from Yermo came up big with 30 points, 10 assists and 11 steals as Silver Valley topped Excelsior Charter of Victorville 78-38. Parson, who is averaging more than 25 ppg, also had 33 points last week in a 74-60 triumph vs. Academy of Careers & Exploration.
Josh Phillips (Edison, Huntington Beach)
Fountain Valley had a tough time trying to score in the paint with this junior center blocking 12 shots to go along with 10 points and eight rebounds during a 75-49 win for the Chargers.
David Rico (Kerman)
A 6-foot-2 senior who should end up among the all-time leaders in the CIF Central Section, Rico tied a school record by making nine three-point field goals (9-of-16) for the game and scored 27 points to lead Kerman past Roosevelt of Fresno 63-57 in the Jesse Lujan Memorial Tournament. According to section historian Bob Barnett, David is the second leading scorer in the section with a 24.6 average.
Jalen Riley (Village Christian, Sun Valley)
He scored 31 points to go with five assists during a 71-62 win over Hart of Newhall.
Josh Singh (Lutheran, Elk Grove)
Both of his outings came in losses, but Singh remains among the reported state leaders with a 31.1 ppg average after he had 27 points and 32 points in defeats against Sacramento Adventist and Alpha Charter.
Trey Smith (Saddleback Valley Christian, SJ Capistrano)
A stat star regular from last season who gains his first mention for this week, Smith knocked down 31 points as the Warriors improved to 16-2 on the season with a 62-61 win over San Gabriel Academy.
JoJo Walker (St. Joseph, Santa Maria)
Hitting on 7-of-11 shots from the 3-point line, Walker had his scoring shoes on during his team’s 83-62 victory last week vs. Pioneer Valley of Santa Maria. The senior point guard, who is going to the University of Portland, finished with 45 points and is now averaging 25 ppg. Walker only played a little more than three quarters in the win and only had two turnovers.
Deschon Winston (Birmingham, Lake Balboa)
In a game that saw both teams hit the century mark and one of the wildest so far this season in the state, this senior guard scored 43 points during a 110-105 win over Heritage Christian of North Hills.
Jayda Adams (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Setting up shop from behind the 3-point line, the three-year standout for the Monarchs knocked down six 3-pointers and finished with a season-high 28 points during a 77-35 win over Glendora. With a winning week, Mater Dei went back into this week’s State Top 20 after a brief hiatus.
Christine Buksa (Foothills Christian, El Cajon)
While the boys team may be better known, this 5-foot-5 senior had a big game for the girls team when she nearly outscored San Diego Academy by herself with 41 points in an easy 76-42 win.
Cailyn Crocker (Los Alamitos)
She had a tough first three quarters but would end up with a game-high 27 points and made three field goals and all seven of her free throw attempts in the final quarter during a 56-52 victory for the Griffins over Huntington Beach to start Sunset League play.
Shanaijah Davison (Pioneer, Woodland)
Scoring over 30 points for the second game in a row, Davidson’s her 38 points was not enough to prevent a 71-58 loss to Inderkum of Sacramento. She remains among the state scoring leaders with 37.2 points per game.
Kirsten Dubberke (Mariposa County, Mariposa)
The 5-foot-8 guard has been leading the Grizzlies all year with a 20 ppg scoring average and filled up the stat sheet last week in a 59-42 victory over Waterford. She finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and seven steals.
Ava Galpin (Immanuel, Reedley)
A 6-foot-2 junior, she scored 18 points in the opening game of the Immanuel Tournament in a 47-25 win over Frontier. In the second game, Galpin scored a season high of 31 points in a 57-30 over Mendota.
Anyssia Gibbs (Granite Hills, Apple Valley)
It was almost a triple-double for the super-productive Gibbs when Granite Hills rolled past Hesperia 49-20 last week. She posted 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds but just missed the triple-double with nine steals.
Chelsey Gipson (Palisades, Pacific Palisades)
All-State candidate got the Dolphins out to a great start in their first home game of the season and finished with 36 points in a 81-53 victory against Venice. Gipson also made eight 3-pointers. According to her father, 36 points also is her career high.
Marissa Holt (Yucaipa)
San Bernardino Cajon’s 24-game league winning streak came to an end in a 56-49 loss to Yucaipa and Holt, who had nine of her 25 points in the fourth quarter. Holt also has been scoring in other outings for the Thunderbirds with 29, 37 and 25 points in the three previous games before facing Cajon.
Shyla Latone (Bonita Vista, Chula Vista)
There continue to be some huge offensive performances being put up in San Diego on a weekly basis. In Latone’s first game of 2017, she scored 41 points during a 67-64 win over Olympian of Chula Vista.
Destiny Littleton (Bishop’s, La Jolla)
She had just one game last week but Littleton didn’t fail to score in a big way as she scored 52 points to go with 11 rebounds in a 70-65 win over Eastlake of Chula Vista. Littleton may become the all-time state career scoring leader within a week and is the national reported scoring leader for this season so far with an average still above 50 ppg.
Hannah Nugen (Freedom Christian, Fair Oaks)
A scorer coming up the charts in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section, Nugen nailed most of her shots en route to 41 points in a 67-30 triumph against Trinity Prep of Napa. She also pulled down 17 rebounds.
Lauren Richter (Providence, Orland)
Despite being a low-scoring 43-26 contest (a win) over Maxwell, Richter was just over her scoring average of 21.4 ppg with 22 points and also nearly triple-doubled with 14 rebounds (a season high) and eight steals.
Janelle Sumilong (Hanford)
Sumilong continues to be something else and began a solid week by scoring 23 points with eight rebounds and seven steals in a 74-45 over Golden West of Visalia. She then scored 26 points with eight rebounds and six assists in a 72-35 over Garces of Bakersfield and finished the week with 25 points, six assists and seven steals in a 64-37 win over El Diamante of Visalia. Janelle also is approaching 2,000 career points.
Kameron Taylor (Bakersfield Christian)
Already a NorCal Player of the Week honoree from this season, Taylor scored a game high of 34 points and went 12-of-17 at the free-throw line in a 74-40 victory against Fresno Christian. She also had 14 rebounds, eight assists and five steals steals. Kameron also still leads the Central Section in scoring with a 24.8 average.
Aubrey Wagner (Campolindo, Moraga)
It’s not Haley Van Dyke for a change getting onto this honor roll for this week from Campo. Wagner, a 5-10 junior point guard, recorded her first triple double of the season last Friday night against Concord High with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to go along with three blocked shots. The Cougars won that game as well, 75-64, against Campolindo of Moraga.