Joe Davidson

Local teams beat powers from Bay Area in tourney

Basketball coach Jesse Formaker enjoyed success with the Franklin High School boys. Now he has the Franklin girls in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs against top-seeded Bear Creek of Stockton.
Basketball coach Jesse Formaker enjoyed success with the Franklin High School boys. Now he has the Franklin girls in the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs against top-seeded Bear Creek of Stockton. rpench@sacbee.com

They came, they saw, they conquered.

And they left Cal in collective high spirits.

The boys basketball teams from Franklin and Sacramento high schools scored a resounding sweep against traditional Bay Area powerhouse programs on Monday afternoon and evening in the 18th MaxPreps Martin Luther King Jr. Classic at Haas Pavilion, where some of Northern California’s top teams and talents converged for an all-day event. Two intense, fierce coaches, Jesse Formaker of Franklin and Derek Swafford of Sacramento, started their respective games pleading for fundamentals – helping on defense, moving without the ball – and emerged thrilled with the results.

Bee No. 3 Sacramento throttled Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco 82-56 as 11 players scored, and No. 11 Franklin pitched a fourth-quarter shutout in belting Newark Memorial of the North Coast Section 44-25, a season low for the Cougars.

Formaker and Swafford regularly have title contenders, and the Cal trip offered each team a chance to enjoy a storied venue on a meaningful holiday. The coaches expect Monday’s efforts to carry over into challenging leagues – Franklin in the Delta and Sacramento in the Metropolitan.

“There’s a ton of potential and ability on our team,” said Formaker, a Cal graduate who loves returning to Haas. “I ... feel we can beat anyone, but we’re working on consistency. Consistent intensity, consistent shooting, consistent defense. Effort is never a problem. They listen; they work hard. Sometimes I wish we were a little more nasty ... but we’re growing.”

Franklin 6-foot-7 senior center Phillip Fayne scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and senior guard Christian Allen had 12 points. Formaker played his entire roster, in both halves, rewarding them for effort and allowing them enjoy the Cal experience, all while taking apart a Newark team that has won 20 or more games every season since 2005, including a CIF State Division I finals trip in 2010.

Sacramento raced past an Irish program that has reached the CIF State Division III final four times since 2006. The best player on the floor, and perhaps the entire day, was the Dragons’ Solomon Young.

The 6-7 junior forward with a linebacker body and guard skills scored 13 of his team’s first 17 points and had all of his 22 in the first three quarters. He ran the floor, finished with dunks, fired outlet passes for fastbreaks and even made a three-pointer. Christian Terrell, Sacramento’s smooth 6-4 guard, had 15 points, and quick guards Jermaine Henderson and Sayvon Hines scored 10 each.

Young called his team’s performance “definitely an A-plus.” Swafford, always the coach, wants A-plus every night, from Young and his mates.

“We’re getting better,” Swafford said. “We can be really good. ... We’ve got the speed and the talent.”

SFL showdown – Bee No. 1 Folsom hosts No. 2 Woodcreek on Tuesday night for first place in the realigned Sierra Foothill League. Two matchups worth watching are at guard and center.

Folsom is led by reigning Bee Player of the Year Jordan Ford – a junior guard piling up scholarship offers, including from Cal – and he will be matched against Woodcreek four-year starter standout Noah Blackwell, headed to Long Beach State. Inside, Woodcreek is paced by the versatile Jordan Brown, a 6-9 freshman who has scored on post-up plays, jumpers and halfcourt shots to beat the buzzer.

Folsom senior center Colin Russell, headed to the University of Portland on scholarship, is a strong inside scorer and rebounder.

Sheldon event – The Sheldon Adidas Challenge on Saturday features teams from as far south as Fresno and as far west as Pleasanton. The schedule: Bella Vista vs. West Campus, 10:30 a.m.; Freedom-Oakley vs. No. 16 Burbank, noon; Liberty-Brentwood vs. Del Oro, 1:30 p.m.; Clovis North-Fresno vs. Deer Valley-Antioch, 3 p.m; Edison-Fresno vs. College Park Pleasanton, 4:30 p.m.; No. 8 Liberty Ranch vs. No. 7 Pleasant Grove, 6 p.m.; Rocklin vs. Vanden, 7:30 p.m.; and No. 4 Sheldon vs. El Cerrito, 9 p.m.

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THE BEE’S BOYS TOP 20

Records through Saturday; last week’s ranking in parentheses

1. Folsom (1) 15-3

2. Woodcreek (3) 16-3

3. Sacramento (2) 13-4

4. Sheldon (4) 8-4

5. Kennedy (5) 12-4

6. Capital Christian (6) 9-7

7. Pleasant Grove (7) 12-4

8. Liberty Ranch (8) 17-1

9. Cosumnes Oaks (9) 11-3

10. Antelope (10) 14-3

11. Franklin (11) 9-6

12. Grant (12) 11-3

13. Christian Brothers (13) 12-6

14. Jesuit (14) 10-7

15. Cordova (16) 14-5

16. Burbank (19) 11-6

17. Del Oro (-) 10-8

18. Granite Bay (17) 13-6

19. River City (-) 13-6

20. Marysville (20) 18-0

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THE BEE’S GIRLS TOP 20

Records through Saturday; last week’s ranking in parentheses

1. McClatchy (1) 10-5

2. Oak Ridge (2) 16-3

3. Pleasant Grove (3) 13-4

4. Sacramento (4) 9-6

5. Antelope (5) 14-1

6. Del Oro (6) 14-4

7. Inderkum (7) 16-2

8. Bradshaw Christian (8) 9-8

9. Davis (11) 13-2

10. Rio Linda (13) 15-4

11. Elk Grove (14) 13-4

12. Folsom (9) 14-5

13. Whitney (10) 15-2

14. St. Francis (12) 11-5

15. Bella Vista (15) 13-3

16. River City (16) 13-6

17. Ponderosa (19) 11-6

18. Nevada Union (-) 8-9

19. Sheldon (18) 7-9

20. Florin (-) 9-6

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