The last time the Folsom and Jesuit boys met, it was the halfway point of the Delta River League season, and the game went down to the wire.
In a rematch of 24-2 teams on Tuesday night, No. 2 Folsom visits No. 3 Jesuit to end the regular season. With a win, the Bulldogs will sweep the series and win the DRL championship. If Jesuit wins, the Marauders (8-1) and Bulldogs (9-0) will tie for the title.
Folsom, which beat Jesuit 58-55 in overtime Jan. 31, has won 14 consecutive games. The Bulldogs’ losses were to Bay Area power Moreau Catholic of Hayward and state-ranked J.W. North of Riverside in the MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs.
And Jesuit’s only other loss was last month to Bay Area power Newark Memorial at the Martin Luther King Classicin Berkeley.
Folsom sophomore guard Jordan Ford was held in check for the better part of three quarters in the first game against Jesuit but came on strong and scored 17 points. Guard Josiah Deguara had 21 points, and center Colin Russell had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Folsom. Guard Nick Hilton led Jesuit with 18 points, and backcourt mate Isaiah Bailey had 15 points before fouling out late in regulation.
Regardless of Tuesday’s outcome, both teams expect to draw No. 1 seeds in the section playoffs that start Friday, Jesuit in Division I and Folsom in Division II.
“There haven’t been many matchups this season with such highly ranked teams,” Folsom coach Mike Wall said. “It’s fun, and it’s great for the area.”
The only other matchups rivaling Folsom-Jesuit this season are top-ranked Capital Christian beating then-No. 2 Sacramento twice in December nonleague games.
Nevada Union girls are No. 1 – The tradition continues in Grass Valley.
Top-ranked Nevada Union has five Sac-Joaquin Section Division I banners on its gym walls, constant reminders of the program’s success. Those teams were coached by Craig Strohm, who won 420 games from 1985 to 2004.
Strohm stops by practice at least once a week to offer insight to coach John McDaniel, who attended Nevada Union with Kellie Cook, the school’s finest player and a Bee Player of the Year who led the Miners to three consecutive section titles (1989-91).
“We remind the team that Nevada Union has a tradition, and these girls are bringing it back,” McDaniel said.
The Miners soared to the top of The Bee’s rankings after beating then-No. 2 Sacramento 88-83 in overtime in a nonleague game last week. Sydney Porter led the Miners with 38 points, including five three-pointers.
Porter averages a team-high 19.6 points for the Miners (21-4, 9-0), who visit No. 7 Del Oro (19-7, 8-1) on Tuesday night for the Sierra Foothill League title. Nevada Union also will be one of the favorites in the Division I playoffs, with national power St. Mary’s of Stockton, No. 2 Oak Ridge and No. 3 McClatchy.
Florin stuns McClatchy – The No. 10 Florin girls beat then-No. 1 McClatchy 41-33 in a Metropolitan Conference game last week behind Hawaii-bound forward Delayna Sampton’s 16 points and 12 rebounds. The loss dropped McClatchy to No. 3 in The Bee’s rankings. McClatchy defeated Florin 43-33 in their first meeting Jan. 17.
Milestone victory – The El Dorado girls beat Liberty Ranch 55-39 in a Sierra Valley Conference game last week, giving coach Pat Winter his 300th career victory.
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