Joe Davidson

High school basketball tournaments feature scoring outbursts

’Tis the season to score in bunches.

Liberty Ranch’s DeAndre Stallings, a 6-foot-6 senior guard, scored a school-record 45 points and added eight rebounds to lead the Hawks past previous boys No. 5 Cosumnes Oaks 84-81 in the Running with the Pack tournament championship game. It was Liberty Ranch’s ninth consecutive victory and moved the Hawks up to No. 10 in The Bee’s rankings.

No. 3 Woodcreek won the Les Curry Invitational in Davis, led by 6-9 freshman power forward-center Jordan Brown and senior guard Noah Blackwell. Brown, coming off a two-week layoff to heal a bad ankle, scored 26, 32 and 30 points in victories over against Liberty of Brentwood (65-50), Davis (99-59) and Roseville (85-53), respectively, to earn MVP honors. Blackwell added 15, 20 and 28 points in those wins.

In the St. Hope Classic at Sacramento High, Center’s Alex Tsverov, a 6-2 senior guard, had the season’s top scoring performance with 55 points in a 98-96 double-overtime victory over Foothill of Palo Cedro. That broke the school record of 49 set by Rich Manning in 1988, when he was The Bee’s Player of the Year (he’s now an assistant coach at Sheldon). Tsverov’s 19 made free throws bettered the mark of 16 set by Manning in 1988 and equaled by Christopher Smith in 2012 (Smith now starts at Utah State).

Club 600 – Two veteran coaches have reached a milestone this season.

Duwaine Ganskie won his 600th game at Bear River, including stints with the girls and boys (he led the girls to nine Sac-Joaquin Section titles).

Mike Takayama won his 600th game with the Del Oro girls. Takayama’s teams have won two section titles, appeared in three finals and made six trips to the NorCal tournament.

Road warriors – Folsom, The Bee’s top-ranked boys team, and Sacramento, ranked No. 2, will play in the MaxPreps Holiday Classic Dec. 26-30 in Palm Springs. The event features 148 teams from nine states and entries from Germany and Spain.

Folsom, led by 2013-14 Bee Player of the Year Jordan Ford, is in the prestigious Open Division that includes longtime national power Mater Dei of Santa Ana. Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight recently won his 1,000th game, including a record 11 CIF state championships, nine at Sleep Train Arena.

Optimist All-Stars – Jim Carter, an El Camino linebacker, was one of the most unsung defensive players in the region. Carter, who will play for the North team in Saturday’s Sacramento Bee Optimist All-Star Classic, earned praise from area coaches as a hitter with coverage ability, and El Camino coach Adam Reinking called him one of the program’s top players of the last decade.

▪ State champion Folsom will have three players competing for the South: running back/linebacker Bailey Laolagi, linebacker Tyler Crandall and lineman Will Koch. Other players, including national record-breaking quarterback Jake Browning and defensive end standout Sam Whitney, were invited, but they declined so as to better recover from the 16-game season.

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ALL-STAR FOOTBALL GAMES

SACRAMENTO BEE OPTIMIST ALL-STAR CLASSIC

▪ Who: Area seniors from Divisions I-III

▪ When: Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

▪ Where: Folsom High School

▪ Tickets: $10, 8-under free; charactercombine.com or at gate

SACRAMENTO BEE SMALL-SCHOOL CLASSIC

▪ Who: Area seniors from Divisions IV-VII

▪ When: Friday, 6 p.m.

▪ Where: Capital Christian High School

▪ Tickets: $10, 8-under free; charactercombine.com or at gate

THE BEE’S BOYS

BASKETBALL TOP 20

Records through Monday; last week’s ranking in parentheses

1. Folsom (1) 8-0

2. Sacramento (2) 6-1

3. Woodcreek (3) 10-2

4. Kennedy (6) 7-1

5. Jesuit (4) 4-3

6. Capital Christian (7) 5-3

7. Sheldon (8) 2-3

8. Grant (9) 8-1

9. Granite Bay (10) 9-2

10. Liberty Ranch (-) 9-1

11. Cosumnes Oaks (5) 6-3

12. Monterey Trail (20) 7-1

13. Oak Ridge (12) 7-3

14. Franklin (13) 5-3

15. Antelope (16) 9-2

16. Elk Grove (-) 7-3

17. Pleasant Grove (11) 3-3

18. Burbank (17) 5-4

19. West Campus (15) 7-4

20. Rocklin (-) 5-5

Joe Davidson

THE BEE’S GIRLS

BASKETBALL TOP 20

Records through Monday; last week’s ranking in parentheses

1. McClatchy (1) 2-2

2. Sacramento (2) 3-2

3. Pleasant Grove (3) 7-1

4. Oak Ridge (4) 7-1

5. Antelope (5) 8-0

6. Del Oro (6) 10-1

7. St. Francis (8) 8-1

8. Bradshaw Christian (7) 4-5

9. Folsom (10) 8-2

10. Ponderosa (11) 6-2

11. Elk Grove (15) 9-2

12. Bella Vista (9) 7-1

13. Inderkum (17) 6-2

14. Sheldon (14) 5-3

15. Rio Linda (20) 7-3

16. Kennedy (12) 3-4

17. Cosumnes Oaks (18) 5-2

18. Granite Bay (19) 8-3

19. Davis (-) 6-1

20. Whitney (-) 10-1

Joe Davidson

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