Mustang boys set school record with 18th straight win

By From page B1 | February 05, 2014

NAPA — The Rodriguez High boys basketball team set a school record with its 18th straight victory and remained unbeaten in Monticello Empire League play as it defeated Napa 73-62, Tuesday.

The old record of 17 in a row was set during the 2008-09 season.

The Mustangs (20-1, 6-0 MEL) jumped out to a 38-22 lead at the half and never looked back.

“We switched between zone and man defense,” said Rodriguez coach Nate Rankin. “We gave (Napa) a different look.”

Rishod Abraham led the Mustangs with 23 points, while Kyle Williams had 14 and Courtlund Mclean added 11.

The Mustangs travel to Vintage, Friday.

Fairfield 71, Vallejo 56: At Vallejo, the Falcons (19-4, 5-1 SCAC) opened a 42-22 lead at the half and cruised past the Apaches.

Maurice Trotter led Fairfield with 17 points, DeMoriaye Hart-Spikes added 16 and Anthony Bryan scored 11.

In JV play, Fairfield won 62-43 with  the Falcons (10-9, 5-1 SCAC) being led by Cameron Ross-Reed’s 16 points and Demond Lewis-Craig’s 10.

The Falcons play at home against American Canyon, Thursday.
Vacaville 60, Armijo 53: At Vacaville, the Indians (4-16, 2-4 MEL) were only down 30-24 at the half, but were outscored 20-10 in the third quarter and could not recover.

Tyree Carrie led Armijo with 21 points, while Jordan Allen had 14 and Bryce Lumpkins added 12.

Armijo travels to Will C. Wood, Friday.

Vanden 76, Benicia 62: At Benicia, the Vikings (13-10, 5-1 SCAC) had a 48-38 lead at the half and never looked back.

Vanden was led by Thomas Avent’s 19 points, while Jihad Woods scored 17.

DeMarre Walker had a double-double with 10 points and had 13 assists. Tony Terry III added 11 points.

The Vikings host Vallejo on Thursday.

Benicia JV 57, Vanden JV 55: At Benicia, the Vikings (4-15, 1-5 SCAC) lost a nail-biter as they tied the game at 55 apiece, with 30 seconds left in the game – fouling the Panthers with seconds left – as Benicia sealed the victory on free throws.

Vanden was led by Xavier Hernandez with 15 points, while Anthony Anchante added 11.

The Vikings are at home as they face Vallejo, Thursday.

Sacramento Adventist 49, Buckingham Charter 41: At Carmichael, the Knights (11-8, 4-3 SMAL)  were tied with the Capitals at 37 after three quarters, but were outscored 12-4 in the fourth.

Buckingham was led by David Jones Jr. with eight points, while Kent DeWald had seven.

Prep girls basketball

FAIRFIELD — The Vanden High girls basketball team stayed unbeaten in Solano County Athletic Conference play with a 88-22 win over Benicia, Tuesday.

The Vikings (17-5, 6-0 SCAC) opened a 53-11 lead at the half and never looked back.

Kayla Blair led Vanden with 25 points, while Kiana Moore had 14 and Brittany Kirbyson 11. Alex Bader, Aleseana Whitney and Chantell Greer each scored nine.

Vanden won the JV game 61-23 as the Vikings (15-5, 5-1 SCAC) were led by Krystal Gonzalez, who racked up 20 points, while Brooklyn Crawford had 14 and Africa Collier added seven.

The Vikings play at Vallejo, Thursday.

Vacaville 61, Armijo 43: At Fairfield, Passion Ware’s 17 points and 21 rebounds were not enough for the Indians (8-14, 2-4 MEL) as they were down 45-34 after the third, but were outscored 16-9 in the fourth – as Ware left after 2 minutes with a foot injury.

The Bulldogs made eight 3-pointers in the game, while Armijo made none.

Kira Wilson was the Indians other leading scorer with 15 points.

Armijo hosts Will C. Wood on Friday for its homecoming game.

Daily Republic staff


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  • passionate707sportsfanFebruary 05, 2014 - 7:45 am

    Hi,  I find it somewhat disappointing that despite the unprecedented success of the Rodriguez basketball program the past 2 seasons their has not been any  recognition from the Daily Republic..Coach Nate Rankin has completely turned the program around. 1st time in 4 seasons with the same coach returning. His team won league in his 1st season and is poised to repeat.The team has no true big man just a team full of guards and athletic versatile wing players. The running back for the football team hit a game winning jumper against vacaville high. They have 2 returning all league honorable mention players in the Williams brothers, Rishod Abraham came out of nowhere and is now one of the leading scorers in the section with multiple 30 point games and a 40 point game this season. The team has defeated numerous schools ranked in the state, won 2 out of 3 tournaments including its 1st very own, defeated Fairfield high for the 1st time ever, and set a record winning streak. Not to mention this was supposed to be a down year following the loss of the  Sheltons who were 2  of the leading scorers in the M.E.L... With the lack of successful sports programs in the area aside from the Vanden girls  basketball team how does this not warrant more publicity? Thank you for your time. Sincerely, A passionate 707 sports fan.

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