The good news for De La Salle-Concord boys basketball coach Justin Argenal on Friday night was that his seventh-ranked Spartans earned a 63-54 win at No. 14 Dougherty Valley-San Ramon.
Thomas Gregorios had 17 points, Andrew Flanigan 14 and Jack Byers drilled four straight 3-pointers, leading De La Salle (16-2, 6-0 East Bay Athletic League) past the Wildcats (13-6, 2-4).
“We were down at halftime (28-27) and Dougherty Valley just played harder than us,” Argenal said. “But I think we flipped that around the second half, and when it mattered most we really responded.”
As pleased as Argenal was with the victory, he said, “now I have to go break down some film of Jalen Green.”
Green is a 6-foot-6 guard for San Joaquin Memorial-Fresno, the Spartans’ opponent Monday in the 22nd annual MaxPreps/De La Salle Martin Luther King Classic at St. Mary’s College. Tip-off is 3:15 p.m.
Other games are No. 13 Campolindo-Moraga against St. Patrick-St. Vincent-Vallejo at 10 a.m., St. John Bosco-Bellflower against Modesto Christian at 11:45 a.m., No. 6 Moreau Catholic-Hayward against Notre Dame-Riverside at 1:30 p.m., No. 12 James Logan-Union City versus Pleasant Grove-Utah at 5 p.m., and No. 1 Salesian-Richmond against No. 5 Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland at 6:45 p.m.
Green is rated the nation’s No. 2 junior by 247Sports after he averaged 27.9 points and 7.7 rebounds as a sophomore. A high flier with tremendous all-around skills and athleticism, Green is touted as the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA draft by NBA Draft Room.
The Spartans clamped down on Dougherty Valley in the third quarter, allowing just eight points while scoring 16 to take control. Aidan Sevilla (11 points) was the only player to score in double figures for Dougherty Valley, which has lost four straight.
#13 Campolindo 74, Clayton Valley-Concord 69: David Ahazie scored 34 points, including two on the go-ahead bucket in overtime, to give the Cougars (14-4, 5-0 Diablo Athletic League Foothill Division) the home victory. Ahazie, who scored 13 points in the third quarter, gave Campolindo a 70-69 lead in overtime with a bucket before freshman Aidan Mahaney (16 points) scored a basket and hit two free throws in the final minute to close it out. Carter Mahaney added 15 points for the Cougars. Zack Martinez and Jayson Downs each had 19 points for Clayton Valley (10-7, 2-3).
#16 Monte Vista-Danville 67, San Ramon Valley-Danville 46: Anthony Santa Maria scored 13 of his team-high 17 points in the first quarter as the Mustangs (13-4, 4-1 EBAL) rolled at home. Kris Bortz had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Matt Musselman had 11 points and Nate Rutchena 10 points, nine rebounds and five assists for Monte Vista, which never trailed. Sebastian Scott scored 20 points for San Ramon Valley (10-9, 3-3).
West Catholic Athletic League Saturday: Second-ranked Riordan (12-4, 5-1 WCAL) will try to maintain sole possession of first place when it travels to No. 11 Bellarmine (13-3, 4-2). A four-way logjam for second place should get unraveled as No. 8 Serra (12-4, 4-2) travels to No. 10 Mitty (10-6, 4-2), St. Francis (9-7, 1-5) plays at St. Ignatius (8-6, 4-2) and Sacred Heart Cathedral (8-8, 1-5) hosts Valley Christian (10-6, 1-5). All games tip off at 6:30 p.m.
Bishop O’Dowd MLK Classic: Fifth-ranked team Salesian-Richmond plays Southern California power Bishop Montgomery-Torrance (17-4), featuring the talented duo of Kayla Padilla (18.1 points per game) and sophomore Khylee Pepe (17.1), in the premier game of the first Bishop O’Dowd Martin Luther Classic on Saturday. Tip-off is 4 p.m. Salesian (12-6) is led by 6-5 post Angel Jackson, who has signed a letter of intent with USC. Other games: Edison-Stockton against Oakland Tech, 10 a.m.; No. 10 Bishop O’Dowd against Woodside Priory-Portola Valley, noon; No. 7 Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa versus Bear Creek-Stockton, 2 p.m.; and No. 6 Heritage-Brentwood against Eastside Prep-East Palo Alto.
MaxPreps senior writer Mitch Stephens covers high school sports for The San Francisco Chronicle.
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