Tonight is rivalry rematch night.
In the Elk Grove Unified School District, Bee No. 1 Sheldon High School hosts No. 2 Pleasant Grove to decide the Delta River League championship. Sheldon (20-5, 9-0) already has clinched a share of the title, and Pleasant Grove (21-4, 8-1) needs a victory to gain a share.
Sheldon won the first meeting 85-79 Jan. 25 as Darin Johnson had 28 points, Dakarai Allen 22 and D'Erryl Williams 20, including 18 in the second half. The teams expect to meet in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs, which start with outbracket games Friday.
In Placer County, No. 17 Rocklin hosts No. 16 Granite Bay in a rematch of a Sierra Foothill League thriller won by Granite Bay 58-56 Jan. 25. Rocklin (18-8, 6-3) needs a win to tie Granite Bay (18-8, 7-2) for league top honors. Granite Bay will be in the D-I playoffs and Rocklin in D-II.
Also in Placer County tonight, No. 13 Colfax (21-5, 7-2) hosts No. 15 Lincoln (20-6, 7-2) for the Pioneer Valley League championship. Lincoln won the first meeting 57-46 Jan. 25.
Colfax and Lincoln have played each other for 50 seasons. According to Mike Ray of the Gold Country News Service, Colfax in 1975 beat Lincoln 56-51 in the regular-season finale for the school's first league title with junior point guard Mike O'Connell, now the Colfax coach.
In 2004, Colfax and Lincoln tied for the league title. Colfax later won the D-IV section title by downing Lincoln, then coached by O'Connell. This postseason, Lincoln will be in D-III and Colfax in D-IV.
Buzzer beaters Friday featured two last-second game winners to tighten league races.
Devin Moss dribbled the length of the court for a layup at the buzzer to lift Rocklin past Roseville 82-81 in overtime.
Meanwhile, Michael McNamara of No. 14 Placer threw a length-of-the-court pass to Peter Kean, who whipped the ball to a cutting Brennen Entz for the decisive basket in a 48-47 victory over Lincoln. It was Placer's second win over Lincoln this season.
Nelson honored At halftime of Sheldon's game tonight, the Huskies will retire jersey No. 21 in honor of DeMarcus Nelson.
The state's career scoring leader with 3,462 points, Nelson played his first three seasons at Vallejo and finished at Sheldon in 2003-04, when he averaged 30.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 5.8 assists.
Nelson played four seasons at Duke and one season with the Warriors and is now playing overseas.
Mesa Verde uprising Mesa Verde stunned previous No. 3 Capital Christian 66-58 Wednesday and enters The Bee's Top 20 for the first time this season at No. 20.
Sophomore Bret Lynch leads the Mavericks in scoring (15.3 average) and senior Roman Zazhitskiy paces the team in rebounding (9.9).
Blue Devils suspension The fallout from a heated Delta Valley Conference game Wednesday between Davis and Monterey Trail resulted in a one-game school-enforced suspension for Blue Devils senior forward Kevin Sorensen.
Davis rallied from 19 down to win 67-65 and clinch a playoff berth in a game that included intentional fouls and technical fouls.
Sorensen was suspended after he yelled an obscenity toward Monterey Trail coach Ken Manfredi upon fouling out.
Davis athletic director Dennis Foster and a Davis police officer made sure the postgame handshake line was peaceful. Both sides admitted that emotions had crossed the line.
Sorenson missed a 73-59 loss at Franklin in a regular-season finale Friday.