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High school boys basketball notes: Cosumnes Oaks forfeits wins over player transfer

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 - 10:44 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 - 10:51 am

Following the best start in the program’s history, the Cosumnes Oaks boys set the Sierra Valley Conference championship and the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II title as goals. Instead, the Wolfpack is picking up the pieces of a shattered season that is suddenly on the brink.

The Elk Grove Unified School District confirmed No. 5 Cosumnes Oaks allowed an athletically motivated student transfer and must forfeit 16 victories, officially dropping its record from 19-1 to 3-17 entering Tuesday’s games. Senior guard Josh Johnson transferred from Edison of Stockton to Cosumnes Oaks for this academic year, moving within the school’s boundaries. But another EGUSD school recently alerted the district of its suspicions for the transfer, pointing out four of Johnson’s teammates at Cosumnes Oaks were also his teammates for a summer travel AAU team.

But the ruling doesn’t necessarily knock the Wolfpack out of the playoff picture.

“We were recently made aware of a student-athlete who may be an athletically motivated transfer,” EGUSD interim athletic director Todd Reiswig said. “Cosumnes Oaks immediately self-reported to the Sac-Joaquin Section, and the CIF ruled that player ineligible. Cosumnes Oaks is still eligible for the playoffs.”

The playoffs would not have been possible for Cosumnes Oaks in previous seasons, when the section used a power ratings formula to fill out playoff brackets, with overall wins paramount. The section now advances the top three or four teams in each league. If the Wolfpack wins its final six league games, it will finish 8-4 and finish in the top three in SVC play to make the Division II playoffs. Cosumnes Oaks could still garner a top-four seed, regardless of overall record, as those who seed teams will surely recognize that this squad isn’t a true low seed.

Cosumnes Oaks will likely appeal the ruling. Athletic director Bill Kapp did not want to comment while he looked into the matter.

Wolfpack coach Patrick Roth said: “We’re going to keep playing our butts off. We have a shot at the playoffs.”

Cosumnes Oaks will remain ranked by The Bee with on-court victories reflected in the overall record.

DRL showdown – No. 4 Folsom hosts No. 2 Jesuit on Friday to cap first-half play in the Delta River League.

Jesuit has length in 6-foot-9 center Brady Anderson and 6-7 Lake Lutes. Folsom features quick, prolific guard Jordan Ford and a host of role players.

“They’re really, really good,” Jesuit coach Greg Harcos said. “Jordan Ford makes them go, and he’s not the only one. It’ll be a fun game – two teams that really play hard.”

Ota pride – It was some week for Jeff Ota. A McClatchy star guard in the late 1970s, Ota coached his alma mater past rival and then-No. 7 Burbank 89-82 in Metropolitan Conference play last Wednesday to remain in the playoff chase. The following night, Ota was the assistant to Lions girls coach Jessica Kunisaki for another upset. The Lions beat previous No. 1 Sacramento 54-29 to snap the Dragons’ 92-game league winning streak.

Dragons vs. Dragons – No. 3 Sacramento hosts Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland at 7 p.m. Saturday in a meeting of NorCal powers that go by Dragons.

Among the story lines will be the center play of Sacramento sophomore Solomon Young and O’Dowd junior Ivan Rabb. Both are national recruits.

THE BEE’S TOP 20

Records through Monday

Team Rec. Prev.
1. Capital Christian17-31
2. Jesuit 19-12
3. Sacramento 16-33
4. Folsom 18-24
5. Cosumnes Oaks* 3-175
6. Del Oro21-16
7. Del Campo17-39
8. Grant16-510
9. Franklin13-713
10. Monterey Trail15-511
11. Kennedy14-612
12. Burbank15-57
13. Woodcreek16-68
14. Oak Ridge11-814
15. Pleasant Grove 9-1015
16. Antelope12-716
17. Encina17-317
18. Christian Brothers12-819
19. Cordova12-7
20. Rocklin12-10

* Forfeited 16 games

– Joe Davidson

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