Blue Devils' Sorensen lauds team's 'System'
Davis senior Kevin Sorensen says more than just the Blue Devils boys basketball players like "the System," the team's up-tempo, full-court press that it has run the past two seasons.
"A lot of people at our school love it," said Sorensen, who scored a team-high 25 points in the Blue Devils' school record-breaking 134-55 win over Valley Christian of Roseville in Saturday's Common Good Classic at Antelope High. "There are a lot more people at our games than when I played as a sophomore. Win or lose, it's always exciting."
Davis is the Maxpreps.com state leader in team scoring and is ranked No. 4 nationally (among teams that have played 10 or more games) at 90.3 points per game.
A challenger for the Delta Valley Conference title, the Blue Devils have scored 100 or more points six times, all wins. They lost two games in which opponents scored 100 or more.
"We're definitely getting better," Sorensen said. "It took awhile to get used to it because we graduated eight seniors from last year. But our rotations are getting better. We're getting more comfortable."
Sheldon's Manning aims for next level
Sheldon coach Joey Rollings has three NCAA Division I signees in Dakarai Allen (San Diego State), D'Erryl Williams (San Diego State) and Darin Johnson (Washington).
But another senior who thinks he deserves to play at the next level is forward-post Ryan Manning. He made his case by displaying his long-distance shooting skills with five three-pointers while scoring a career-high 29 points against state power Bullard of Fresno on Jan. 12.
Manning, generously listed at 6-foot-6 by Sheldon, has done a lot of the dirty work for the Huskies this season by often having to guard the opposing team's big man. That included 6-10, Kentucky-bound Marcus Lee of Deer Valley of Antioch on Saturday before Manning fouled out in Sheldon's 97-92 win.
"I hope (a college) picks him up," Rollings said. "He's been playing real well for us."
Brookside's Tucker sets scoring records
Tiara Tucker of Brookside Christian (Stockton) recently broke long-standing Northern California and Sac-Joaquin Section scoring records.
For an encore, the junior went out and bettered her own mark a week later.
Tucker scored 63 points on Jan. 11 in a 108-10 win over Stone Ridge Christian of Merced to break the NorCal record of 60 points set by Wilton Christian's Jessica Peters in 1994, when the small private school was a member of the North Section.
Tucker's point total also surpassed the Sac-Joaquin Section record of 58 set by Del Campo's Danielle Viglione in 1991.
Tucker broke her own record seven days later with 73 points in a 105-17 win over Millennium of Tracy.