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High school notes: Folsom boys regain top spot in basketball rankings

Folsom High boys basketball coach Mike Wall talks to his his during a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship game on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Folsom High boys basketball coach Mike Wall talks to his his during a Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship game on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. rpench@sacbee.com

Mike Wall knew he would have stellar play from his guards this season, but the Folsom High School basketball coach was uncertain about the interior.

In two impressive victories to open the season, guards Alec Andrews, Tre Finch, Jordan Ford and Jared Wall played well, as expected. But Mason Forbes had big roles against Modesto Christian (preseason No. 1 in Northern California) and Sheldon (preseason No. 1 by The Sacramento Bee).

Forbes, a 6-foot-7 sophomore foward/center, made two last-second free throws in a 53-51 victory over Modesto Christian in the Prep2Prep Tip Off Classic on Nov. 28. In a 79-78 win over Sheldon on Dec. 2, Forbes scored 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, and Ford had 32 points. Forbes scored on baseline jumpers and also powered inside for baskets.

“Mason’s been great,” Wall said. “We need him.”

The Sheldon game was a rematch of last season’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title game, also won by Folsom by one point. Ford took over in that game at Sleep Train Arena, and he did it again at Sheldon last week.

Ford, The Bee’s two-time Player of the Year, made a first-quarter buzzer beater from just inside halfcourt and scored 19 in the third quarter on a variety of runners, drives and jumpers. Matt Manning led Sheldon with 32 points and 15 rebounds.

No one will be surprised if these teams play for the section title again in March.

Club 400 – Foothill gave coach Drew Hibbs his 400th win, beating Center 62-40 in the Jack Scott Tournament on Saturday.

Foothill started the season 0-3, so Hibbs has been stuck at No. 399 since March.

“It should have been done last season!” Hibbs joked, pointing out the irony that the victory came against Foothill’s big rival.

Hibbs is the only coach in the region with two CIF State boys basketball championships, in 1994 and 2003 at Foothill. The Mustangs seek their 25th consecutive playoff berth, the section’s longest streak in any division.

Dragons on fire – No. 3 Sacramento beat Newark Memorial 79-66 to win the Valley Children’s Hospital Tip-Off Classic. Led by four-year starters Christian Terrell and Solomon Young, the Dragons beat Sunnyside of Fresno 89-49 and Centennial of Bakersfield 82-53 to advance to the championship.

This week, the Dragons play in the Gridley Tournament, one of Northern California’s storied tournaments. Starting Dec. 19, the Dragons host the 32-team St. Hope Elite Holiday Classic, which will feature top teams from around the state.

Debut winner – Mike Johnson last week won his first game as a girls basketball coach since 1992, when he led Westmont of Campbell to the NorCal Division II final.

There was a 24-year gap because Johnson switched to football in 1993, including his current stint as the longtime Franklin coach. He added girls basketball this season, attempting to get the program back on track after a 5-22 record last season.

Behind versatile guard Chanel Stuart, Franklin has beaten Burbank 65-24 and Rio Americano 64-26.

Davis runs – The Davis girls cross country team finished second in the Nike Cross Nationals on Saturday over a muddy course in Portland, Ore. Fayetteville-Manlius of New York won the event.

Seven Davis runners competed, and five scored points. Fiona O’Keeffe, a senior headed to Stanford, was 85th despite leg injuries that have slowed her much of the season.

Davis was led by Sofia Castiglioni (42nd), Abbey Fisk (51st), Olivia O’Keeffe (62nd) and Sophia Lodigiani (90th).

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THE BEE’S BOYS BASKETBALL TOP 20

With record through Saturday and last ranking in parentheses:

School

PR

W-L

1. Folsom

(2)

2-0

2. Sheldon

(1)

2-1

3. Sacramento

(4)

3-0

4. Woodcreek

(3)

2-1

5. Jesuit

(7)

3-0

6. Capital Chr.

(5)

0-0

7. Burbank

(8)

2-0

8. Kennedy

(6)

2-0

9. Oak Ridge

(9)

2-0

10. Antelope

(10)

1-0

11. Granite Bay

(11)

1-0

12. Christian Bros.

(12)

1-0

13. Pleasant Grove

(14)

0-0

14. Bella Vista

( – )

4-0

15. Davis

(16)

1-1

16. Franklin

(15)

2-1

17. Monterey Trail

(– )

1-0

18. Liberty Ranch

(19)

2-0

19. West Campus

(20)

3-0

20. Placer

(17)

2-1

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THE BEE’S GIRLS BASKETBALL TOP 20

With record through Saturday and last ranking in parentheses:

School

PR

W-L

1. McClatchy

(1)

2-1

2. Sacramento

(2)

0-0

3. Antelope

(3)

3-0

4. Oak Ridge

(4)

3-1

5. St. Francis

(14)

3-0

6. Del Oro

(10)

3-0

7. Christian Bros.

(13)

3-0

8. West Campus

(12)

3-1

9. Folsom

(5)

2-1

10. Pleasant Grove

(8)

2-1

11. Elk Grove

(7)

2-1

12. Placer

(11)

3-1

13. Inderkum

(15)

0-0

14. Capital Chr.

(19)

2-1

15. Woodcreek

( – )

3-1

16. Monterey Trail

( – )

2-0

17. Bella Vista

(17)

2-1

18. Ponderosa

(6)

1-2

19. Rio Linda

(9)

0-2

20. Franklin

( – )

2-0

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