When top-ranked Sheldon played St. Augustine Catholic of San Diego on Saturday for the championship of the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic, not everyone was there to see the local upstarts or their star player, UC Davis-bound Brynton Lemar.
St. Augustine had upset nationally ranked Salesian of Richmond 56-42 in a semifinal the night before and was the first San Diego-area team to reach the top-tier National Division title game since 2004.
Many in the crowd, clad in the red-and-black colors of San Diego State, were there to watch Sheldon's senior duo of Dakarai Allen and D'Erryl Williams.
The 6-foot-6 Allen and 6-4 Williams have signed national letters of intent with the Aztecs, who already have a Sacramento-area connection with former prep stars Chase Tapley (Sacramento) and Xavier Thames (Pleasant Grove) now helping to lead the nationally ranked team.
Allen and Williams didn't disappoint the Aztecs faithful or coach Steve Fisher, who was also in attendance, as they helped key the Huskies' 64-47 victory over the Saints to complete a four-game sweep in the tournament.
Allen earned National Division MVP in finishing with 21 points and dominating in all facets. Williams, who missed Sheldon's first six games and is still recovering from a nagging ankle injury, scored nine points and made all-tournament.
Both overcame a head-to-head collision with each other in the first quarter that left Allen bloodied, bandaged but not undaunted.
Freshman Devin Greene scored 12 points and senior Jalen Hicks, another Husky battling back from an ankle injury, also played well as Sheldon rebounded from a disappointing 2-2 finish in the Jerry Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas the week before.
In Torrey Pines, Sheldon beat Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Montebello 72-39, Mundelein of Illinois 82-68 and, in a semifinal, Windward of Los Angeles 60-50, behind Ryan Manning's 20 points and Williams' 12.
Next up for Sheldon is the All-State Sugar Bowl Classic Thursday through Saturday in New Orleans.
Antelope tested Despite winning only once in four games at the Maxpreps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs, Antelope competed well against several top out-of-state programs.
The Titans fell 55-50 to USA Today's national No. 16 Fort Bend Travis of Richmond, Texas, and its Kentucky-bound senior twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison; lost to Minnesota-bound Alvin Ellis and Chicago power De La Salle 61-57 and dropped a 74-70 decision to Rainier Beach of Seattle, the defending 3-A Washington state champions.
Antelope opened the tournament with a 74-71 win over Bellevue, Wash.
Titans senior forward Gabe Bealer scored 95 points in the four games.
Cougars win in Auburn Credit team chemistry, stellar fundamentals and depth for No. 9 Del Campo's nine-game winning streak, capped Saturday with a 78-66 win over host Placer in the championship game of the Kendall Arnett Tournament.
Del Campo jumped to a 16-2 lead, then made 22 of 24 free throws to keep the Hillmen at bay. Tournament MVP Vasilije Saraba, a 6-3 junior wing, led the way with 35 points. He made 17 of 18 free throws.
Saraba scored 19 points in a 67-57 win over Woodcreek in a semifinal and 33 points in the Cougars' 70-67 win against Colfax in the opener.
But Saraba wasn't the tournament's leading scorer. Placer's Isaiah Pineiro finished with 91 points, including 31 against Del Campo.
Del Campo plays host to Foothill tonight.
THE BEE'S TOP 20
Records through Sunday;
|3. Pleasant Grove||10-3||4|
|4. Capital Christian||11-2||3|
|6. Bella Vista||9-4||6|
|7. Granite Bay||9-5||8|
|9. Del Campo||12-3||14|
|10. Del Oro||10-4||7|
|15. Oak Ridge||8-6||15|
|18. Rio Americano||8-6||18|
|19. Casa Roble||10-4||19|