Joe Davidson

High school notes: Exciting games, big performances should dominate prep basketball postseason

The high school basketball regular season ends Tuesday.

On Wednesday, regional coaches and players from playoff teams can tune into the Sac-Joaquin Section’s online playoff selection show to see the matchups. The show begins from the section’s Lodi office at 5 p.m. and can be found on the NFHS Network (

If recent games are any indication, the playoffs should be a bumpy, wild ride, particularly for the boys.

Last Wednesday, No. 4 Sheldon beat Grant 104-99 in four overtimes in a fast, physical Delta League game that remarkably had no players foul out. Matt Manning and Isaiah Brooks had 24 points each for Sheldon, and Blake Mason contributed 13 rebounds.

On the same night in another Delta game, No. 10 Franklin edged No. 14 Jesuit 105-104 in double overtime. Phillip Fayne made the game winner at the buzzer as the Wildcats withstood 40 points by the Marauders’ Isaiah Bailey.

And Friday, Franklin outlasted Elk Grove 71-68 in double overtime as Fayne and teammate Christian Allen hit buzzer beaters in the first and second overtimes, respectively. Also Friday, No. 2 Woodcreek held off Granite Bay 58-54 in overtime in a Sierra Foothill League contest as Noah Blackwell and Jordan Brown combined for 38 points.

Sheldon celebrates – Two days after beating Grant, Sheldon defeated rival and No. 5 Pleasant Grove 62-58to win the Delta title after being hit with CIF sanctions last season.

“We’re back,” Huskies coach Joey Rollings said. “We’re a young team, a lot of juniors and sophomores, but we’re back. We’re playing hard, playing team basketball. We’re not playing great basketball right now, but we’re not quitting in games, and we compete, and that’s a sign of a very good team.”

Halfcourt prize – Adam Kahan, a Granite Bay junior volleyball player, heard his name called for a raffle giveaway Friday during the Woodcreek game, giving him a halfcourt shot to win free sushi for a year.

Kahan waved on his “Tribe” rooting-section mates to back him with crowd noise, and they did. After a long dribble, Kahan unleashed a shot that splashed through the net, triggering a flood of students rushing the floor to mob him (see for video).

“I was thinking. ‘Please don’t airball!’” Kahan said. “The ball went in, everyone went crazy, and I’m thinking, ‘What just happened?’

“I’ve watched the video 100 times to see all the different reactions, and I’m under the pile, everyone on me, my arm totally bent, and I keep remembering what my mom said before I went out that night: ‘Please don’t get hurt!’”

Red-hot Big Red – No. 8 Cordova, which has won 15 consecutive games, locked up the Sierra Valley Conference title with an 89-75 victory over No. 11 Liberty Ranch on Feb. 10 as the section’s leading scorer, Lancers senior guard Jordan Roberson, had 37 points. Roberson had scored 44 as Cordova won the teams’ first meeting. The Lancers’ JaQuan Lewis had 20 points in each game.

Grant forfeits – Grant’s frustrating season suffered another blow when it had to forfeit two Delta victories for using an ineligible player, linked to a paperwork snafu.

The two wins that were reversed were 53-49 over Monterey Trail on Jan. 16 and 71-65 over Jesuit on Jan. 28. A season that started 9-1 for Grant now stands at 11-15 amid injuries and youth.

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Records through Saturday; last week’s ranking in parentheses

1. Sacramento (2) 22-4

2. Woodcreek (3) 22-4

3. Folsom (1) 22-4

4. Sheldon (5) 17-6

5. Pleasant Grove (4) 19-7

6. Kennedy (6) 19-5

7. Capital Christian (7) 18-8

8. Cordova (8) 22-5

9. Christian Brothers (11) 20-6

10. Franklin (14) 17-9

11. Liberty Ranch (9) 23-4

12. Antelope (10) 21-5

13. Cosumnes Oaks (13) 19-6

14. Jesuit (12) 16-10

15. Oak Ridge (15) 16-9

16. Marysville (16) 24-2

17. River City (18) 19-7

18. River Valley (17) 18-9

19. Placer (20) 20-5

20. Bella Vista (-) 16-10

Joe Davidson


Records through Saturday; last week’s ranking in parentheses

1. McClatchy (1) 19-6

2. Oak Ridge (2) 22-3

3. Antelope (3) 23-1

4. Del Oro (4) 20-5

5. Sacramento (5) 18-8

6. Davis (7) 23-2

7. Pleasant Grove (8) 20-6

8. Bradshaw Christian (9) 18-9

9. Rio Linda (10) 21-5

10. Inderkum (6) 22-3

11. Whitney (11) 23-3

12. River City (13) 18-8

13. St. Francis (14) 18-7

14. Florin (15) 17-8

15. Folsom (12) 17-9

16. Elk Grove (16) 17-9

17. Ponderosa (17) 18-8

18. Bella Vista (18) 18-7

19. Christian Brothers (19) 15-11

20. Nevada Union (20) 13-12

Mike Finnerty