BERKELEY, Calif. —
If Bishop O'Dowd High School's
boys basketball is going to win a state title — its ultimate goal — super 6-foot-9 sophomore Ivan Rabb
can't do it all.
And that's largely why
Northern California No. 4
O'Dowd (Oakland) head coach Lou Richie was more than satisfied with his team's 80-71 win over a deep and resilient Sacramento
squad (NorCal No. 7) Monday in the Martin Luther King Classic at Cal's Haas Pavilion.
Yes, Rabb, considered the top sophomore in the country by more than one recruiting service, was his dominating self with 24 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks.
But it was the play of senior guard Russell Davis
(15 points), Paris Austin
(13), Juwan Anderson
(10) and Michael Perri
(10) that had Richie smiling after his Dragons improved to 14-3.
It helped offset a superb 24-point effort from 6-foot senior guard Aaron Cameron
for Sacramento (13-6), which led only once, 39-38, on a 3-pointer by Cameron. Joe Barnes
added 14 and Simi Shelton
10 for Sacramento.
But O'Dowd got held off numerous charges in the second half and actually stayed even with Sacramento in the fourth quarter despite no points from Rabb.
Austin hit six straight free throws down the stretch to seal it.
"Russell Davis came up huge," Richie said. "He's been struggling with his confidence, but to do that in a setting like this should help immensely."
Rabb gave his team an "A," but Richie only a "C".
"Too many turnovers," Richie said. "Too many mistakes. Not enough defensive rebounds. But very good win,"
Said Rabb: "I like the way we finished. We matched their energy."
Not easy with how tenacious Sacramento is. Cameron was everywhere and made a spectacular block on a O'Dowd breakaway. Devin Young
, a very impressive and imposing 6-6 freshman, was extremely active though was held to just six points.
Young had five blocks in the second half alone and did a superb job on Rabb in the fourth quarter.
"That's a tough, tough team," Richie said. "They come at you in waves. I was very pleased with our toughness."