Joe Davidson

High school basketball notes: Sheldon boys bounce back after sanctions

Sheldon boys basketball coach Joey Rollins, shown in 2013, said he’s proud of the Huskies for sticking together after sanctions last year.
Sheldon boys basketball coach Joey Rollins, shown in 2013, said he’s proud of the Huskies for sticking together after sanctions last year. jvillegas@sacbee.com

Coach Joey Rollings said his Sheldon High School boys basketball program had two choices when it was sanctioned last winter.

Recover or fade away.

The Huskies (6-3 and ranked fourth by The Bee) opened with a 72-68 loss to Northern California power Mitty of San Jose, then split against out-of-area teams (losses to Bingham of South Jordan, Utah, and Mayfair of Lakewood; victories over Fossil Ridge of Fort Collins, Colo., and Righetti of Santa Maria).

Then after victories over Rocklin (84-71), No. 18 Monterey Trail (70-57) and No. 11 Franklin (66-45), the Huskies beat Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Montebello (and its two 6-foot-11 players) 48-46 on Saturday in the Cavalier Classic at Serra High in Gardena.

Sheldon hosts Davis on Wednesday and longtime rival Jesuit on Friday.

“Really proud of these players,” Rollings said. “None of this was the fault of the players. I don’t agree with all of the (sanctions), but we move on. We’ve got a lot to prove.”

Sheldon, which had won four consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championships, was sanctioned last winter after it was ruled parents of Sheldon players used “undue influence” to lure players to the school. Four Sheldon players were ruled athletically ineligible for one calendar year, until Jan. 27. The violations included providing a free ticket to a player for a section playoff game, a parent of a Sheldon player paying for meals for players not enrolled at Sheldon and summer open-gym sessions that included athletes not enrolled at Sheldon.

With no senior starters, Sheldon has played an up-tempo game, relying heavily on the extra pass. Isaiah Brooks (15.2 points per game), Devin Greene (14.2) and Matt Manning (11.2) lead the team in scoring on a combination of three-pointers, jumpers off screens, fast-break baskets and trips to the free-throw line.

“We feel that if we play as a team, we’re unstoppable, and we’ve played well,” Greene, a point guard, said. “We’re playing with a chip on our shoulder, and we can get better.”

Club 300 – Mike Wall, the coach of top-ranked Folsom’s boys, earned his 300th victory Friday, a 56-36 rout of then-No. 8 Granite Bay, with former Kings coach Michael Malone watching with his family.

Folsom lost to defending CIF State Division I champion Monte Vista 66-64 on Saturday in the nightcap of the Father Kelly Tribute at Jesuit. The Mustangs (12-2) of Danville also have beaten No. 3 Woodcreek 45-44.

Et cetera – No. 2 Sacramento and No. 11 Franklin will represent this region’s boys in the 18th MaxPreps Martin Luther King Jr. Classic at Cal on Monday. Tickets for the event, hosted by De La Salle, range from $5 to $20 and can be purchased at Cal or through prepmo.com/events/5.

The lineup: Berkeley vs. El Cerrito, 10:30 a.m.; Franklin vs. Newark Memorial, 12:15 p.m.; Salesian-Richmond vs. St. Mary’s-Stockton, 2 p.m.; Sacramento vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral-San Francisco, 3:45 p.m.; Chaminade-West Hills vs. De La Salle, 5:45 p.m.; Mitty vs. Moreau Catholic-Hayward, 7:30 p.m.

▪ No. 12 St. Francis’ girls beat rival Christian Brothers 60-50 on Saturday in the annual “Holy Court” game in front of a jammed-packed crowd at St. Francis. Susie Rogers scored 14 points, Isabel Soloaga had 11, and Lauren Craig added 10 points and seven rebounds to help St. Francis end a three-game losing streak.

▪ No. 7 Inderkum (14-2) – which has beaten No. 11 Davis (60-53), No. 9 Folsom (51-44) and No. 19 Ponderosa (55-50) – has lost only to No. 2 Oak Ridge 62-52 and No. 4 Sacramento 53-33. Kaliya Griffin (16.8 points), Kyliyah Daniel (13.8) and Daisia Williams (12.7) lead the Tigers.

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THE BEE’S BOYS TOP 20

Records through Monday; last week’s ranking in parentheses

1. Folsom (1) 13-3

2. Sacramento (2) 11-4

3. Woodcreek (3) 12-3

4. Sheldon (6) 6-3

5. Kennedy (4) 11-3

6. Capital Christian (5) 8-7

7. Pleasant Grove (9) 10-4

8. Liberty Ranch (10) 15-1

9. Cosumnes Oaks (13) 9-3

10. Antelope (15) 13-2

11. Franklin (18) 8-6

12. Grant (7) 10-2

13. Christian Brothers (11) 10-6

14. Jesuit (12) 7-6

15. Oak Ridge (14) 10-4

16. Cordova (17) 12-5

17. Granite Bay (8) 12-5

18. Monterey Trail (16) 10-5

19. Burbank (-) 10-5

20. Marysville (-) 16-0

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THE BEE’S GIRLS TOP 20

Records through Monday; last week’s ranking in parentheses

1. McClatchy (1) 7-5

2. Oak Ridge (2) 14-3

3. Pleasant Grove (3) 11-4

4. Sacramento (4) 7-5

5. Antelope (5) 12-1

6. Del Oro (6) 14-3

7. Inderkum (12) 14-2

8. Bradshaw Christian (8) 7-7

9. Folsom (9) 12-4

10. Whitney (18) 14-1

11. Davis (19) 11-2

12. St. Francis (7) 9-4

13. Rio Linda (15) 13-4

14. Elk Grove (10) 11-3

15. Bella Vista (11) 11-3

16. River City (20) 12-6

17. Cosumnes Oaks (16) 10-4

18. Sheldon (14) 7-6

19. Ponderosa (13) 9-6

20. Granite Bay (17) 11-6

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