Crush in the Valley Day One – presented by Salesian High School and NetMax Inc, in association with Prolific Prep and Tanager Sports – was held at American Canyon High School in American Canyon, Ca. CaliHoopBasketball.com brings you the first day recap from the two day event at the state of the art American Canyon Gymnasium. Day one featured local high school programs as well as top prep programs across the nation.
Game One: Bella Vista Prep (AZ) v Trinity International (NV)
The game began in favor of Trinity International – led by an impressive first half from Deon Stroud, a the Fresno native who transferred from San Joaquin Memorial where he played last season with 2020 Sensation Jalen Green. Check the video of his ridiculous dunks from our Instagram below:
But things took a significant turn after this impressive “Showtime” reverse dunk from Terry Armstrong of Bella Vista Prep
Bella Vista Prep (AZ) 91 Trinity International (NV) 66
Terry Armstrong led with 27pts, 5ast, 2stl, 3blk, Julian Dozier with 15pts, 4rbs, 4ast, 1stl for Bella Vista.
Deon Stroud finished 20pts, 2rbs, 3ast, & 1stl. Daishen Nix had 15pts, 6rbs, 4ast, 4stl for Trinity International.
Game Two: Las Lomas (Walnut Creek) v American Canyon (Napa)
The Las Lomas Knights were one of two Nor Cal programs with an undefeated record through mid January. After recently losing that title to SPSV on MLK, stripping them of their undefeated status, the only other team in the area with a perfect record at the time was Clayton Valley Charter (Clayton). Clayton was stripped of their undefeated record last week as well due to a buzzer beater from 2018 Carter Mahaney of Campolindo. The Knights defeated Campolindo early last week and continued their winning streak at Crush in the Valley with a 79- 51 victory over American Canyon.
Nate Robinson led all scorers with 23pts, and senior sharpshooter Jason Holman showed his consistency with shooting 60% from three, 18pts (6 3pt). The Knights were carried by point guard Robert Prince who charted an all around 4pts, 6rbs, 6ast, and 5stls. All three were named players of the game.
Game Three : Sacramento (CA) v Stuart Hall (San Francisco)
This game went into overtime and through all five quarters the game a was neck & neck battle from two well coached programs. The Hall were led by 2019 Miles Amos who poured in 21 points and was named player of the game.
Stuart Hall led at the half – but a tenacious and young Sac High stayed in the game throughout – final score Stuart Hall 65-62 (Hall)
Game 4: Hillcrest Prep (AZ) v Balboa School (CA)
These two teams faced off earlier in the season where Balboa beat Hillcrest by one point. This was first time Kyree Walker returned to CA this season – the future Arizona State Sun Devil did not disappoint. Right from the jump ball Walker threw the lob to his teammate Demarius Jacobs (2018) who flushed it down with two hands.
Walker helped Hillcrest Prep to an early 9 point lead – driving to the bucket for a physical bucket (as usual), followed by a block on the other end – which followed by assist to for three to 6’4 senior (G) Mohammed Jafari. This set the tone for Hillcrest – and ignited a first half double digit lead for HP. Jeron Artest then hits a triple to give Hillcrest their largest lead of the first half (up 13) 20-7. Balboa fought back and brought it within 4 thanks to a big shot from Samuel Dudley (2020) with 7 minutes remaining.
In the second half it was official, the return of the purge! Check out how Kyree ended the game with back to back….(just watch the video)
After showing off his ability to attack, and his smooth midrange game in the second half, Walker said “imma do this shi* back to back” with two increasingly diffuclut dunks in the final minutes of the game – the dunks woke the crowd and put an exclamation on the revenge Hillcrest got on Balboa – leading all scorers in the contest with 24 points, 5reb, and 5ast. Final Score – Hillcrest 80- Balboa 53
Game 5: Salesian College Prep (Richmond) vs San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno)
What some would call the main event, the anticipation between the Top Ranked Sophomore in the Nation, Jalen Green of SJM, and UCONN bound and arguably the most dominant point guard on the west coast, James Akinjo of SCPHS tipped off in front of a packed house, Saturday.
If you did not show up to Crush in the Valley to see this, don’t worry, James Akinjo sure did. The veteran guard is on a mission to a get a State Championship this year with his Salesian boys. He played like Tom Brady – it was special. He looked like a mix of Magic Johnson with the dimes and Damian Lillard with the shot. It’s safe to say the standing room only crowd got their money’s worth at American Canyon Saturday night. Akinjo finished with 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 9 assist – a near triple double. Check out some of James’ highlights from the game below:
Salesian was also led by Sophomore Tejon Sawyer who dropped 25 points and 6 rebounds. The McClanahan twins (Jaden + Jovon) are another big reason for Salesian’s win and success this season – after the game Jaden said to me “we are small, we have to be dogs on defense, got to make them feel us” but that’s nothing new if you’ve watched these boys play in the past. Salesian topped SJM 86-74.
San Joaquin Memorial was guided by Jalen Green who led all scorers on the Panthers with 25pts, 8reb, 3ast. The #1 Ranked Sophomore in the country wowed the crowd with a thunderous dunk in the second half nearly hitting his head on the rim! Jonah Geron also had a record for the day 8 three pointers (24 points) Check them both out from our @OfficialCaliHoop Instagram below:
Game 6: Prolific Prep (Napa) vs Aspire (KY)
Prolific Prep dominated on all cylinders. You get a dunk, you get a dunk! Everyone chipped into the 20 point victory – Jeenathan Williams led all scorers for Prolific Prep with 22pts, sophomore Nimari Burnett was spectacular – doing it all for the crew with 17pts, 4reb, 6ast.
Game 7: Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) v #2 Clark (NV)
The final game of day one at Crush in the Valley was between the number two ranked High School team in NV, Clark High School, and basketball powerhouse out of Oakland, Ca Bishop O’Dowd who have what many refer to as the most talented backcourt in Bay Area history, PAC12 bound duo – point guard Elijah Hardy (Washington) and super athletic wing Naseem Gaskin (Utah).
This game went down to the wire, but the dragons were able to pull it off infront of a sold out crowd. It started with the magician Elijah Hardy dishing passes and playing at a high level leading his O’Dowd ball club in the first half setting the pace for the Dragons. Hardy finished with an impressive 20pts in the clutch and 6ast. Check out his highlights below:
But it was Naseem Gaskin who led the Dragons in scoring and quietly attacked at the right moments in the 2nd half – playing on both ends of the floor and above the rim, he showed glimpses as why he’s one of the most freakishly athletic wings on the west coast. Gaskin pulled down 6reb and had 25 points, serving as the leading scorer for O’Dowd and in the game as well. He was huge from the FT line, and this dunk was an exclamation point for the fans not sure which way the game was going to go. BOD beat Clark 65-59
check out Naseem’s highlights from the main event below:
O’Dowd is one of the top ranked teams in Northern California and look to be a contender for the open division state championship this year, coached by State Champion Lou Richie, they proved to be a dominant force yet again- with a supporting cast of players like Ross Williams, Raymond Hawkins, Will Chaverin, + more, look for O’Dowd to turn some heads this season.
Thanks to The Grind Session and Prolific Prep & American Canyon for hosting a great event for the top talent in the country.
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Thanks to Sam Stringer of MaxPreps for providing HD Photos
Thanks to Whistle2Whistle Sports Blog (@W2WSportsblog) for stats and updates
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