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Rodriguez’s Abraham heads up All-City boys basketball team

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Rodriguez's Rishod Abraham reacts after the Mustangs beat Merced during the SJS Division I semifinals at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic file)

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From page B1 | April 05, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — One of the best seasons on records makes the task of picking the Daily Republic 2013-14 All-City boys basketball team a difficult one.

There’s simply too much talent to pick from, but that’s what happens when three of the four city squads make the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals, with two advancing to SJS title games.

It’s a tough job, but someone had to do it, so here’s the DR’s 2013-14 All-City boys team:

Player of the Year

Rishod Abraham, Rodriguez: The Monticello Empire League’s Player of the Year averaged a city-best 18.3 points per game during the regular season. The senior guard scored in all but five games, going for 20 or more a dozen times and more than 30 twice, including a school-record 40 against Napa.

Coach of the Year

Nate Rankin, Rodriguez: In his second season at the helm, Rankin, the MEL Coach of the Year, led the Mustangs to their first outright MEL title with a 27-4 overall record, setting school records for wins in a season and with a 19-game winning streak. The Mustangs also earned their first NorCal victory, eventually falling in the quarterfinals.

All-City Team

Javon Adams, Fairfield: As one of the city’s most versatile players, the senior wing averaged 9.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game, recording five double-doubles.

Tyree Carrie, Armijo: The senior forward consistently scored in double figures and was an all-MEL first team selection.

Sean Gray, Fairfield: The all-MEL first team pick was the city’s top long-range shooter, leading the way with 58 3-pointers and hitting on 35.6 percent of his shots from beyond the arc.

DeMoriaye Hart-Spikes, Fairfield: The Solano County Athletic Conference Player of the Year was a king of consistency, hitting in double figures in all but two of the Falcons’ regular season games, scoring 20 or more nine times with a high of 30.

DeMarre Walker, Vanden: Runner-up in the SCAC Player of the Year voting, the junior point guard averaged 16.6 points and 5.4 assists per game.

Keanu Williams, Rodriguez: A co-captain along with Abraham, the senior guard and all-MEL first team pick averaged 7.1 points per game.

Kyle Williams, Rodriguez: The junior point guard was second on the Mustangs at 11.8 points per game, often coming up biggest in Rodriguez’s biggest games.

Jihad Woods, Vanden: As the best big man in the city this season, Woods averaged 9.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. He had 13 double-doubles in the regular season.

Thomas Avent, Vanden: A threat in nearly every phase of the game, the sophomore guard and all-SCAC first team pick averaged 11.2 points, 4.0 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game, leading the Vikings with 30 3-pointers.

Reach Paul Farmer at 425-4646, ext. 264, or pfarmer@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pfarmerdr.

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer is a 1985 graduate of Brigham Young University. The Suisun City resident has been with the Daily Republic Sports Department since 1989 and has served as sports editor since 2007. He and his wife Jackie have four children.
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