“Alley-Oop” Elevated Pleasant Grove To State Title

Pleasant Grove player Crivello (No. 15) gives Matthew Hayes a championship hug after the Eagles won the Division I State Championship at Sleep Train Arena on March 23. Pleasant Grove beat Santa Monica 73-57 (OBSERVER photo by Antonio R. Harvey)

NORTH NATOMAS — After senior point guard Malik Thames threw a lob, alley-oop pass to sophomore center Marquese Chriss with four minutes left in the Division I State Finals, fellow Pleasant Grove teammate Matthew Hayes snapped his fingers. The dunk was good, and Hayes was sure the Eagles locked up the victory. The Pleasant Grove […]

Pleasant Grove Wins NorCal Division I Regional title; Plays for State Title

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NORTH NATOMAS – In order to beat Deer Valley of Antioch and its 6-foot-10 senior Marcus Lee, Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove knew that its 6-foot-7 sophomore Marquese Chriss had to have a decent game on Sleep Train Arena’s floor. Chriss had 10 points, eight rebounds, and two blocked shots against Lee and the Pleasant […]

Sheldon’s Boys Ranked No. 4 Inaugural Open Division; Sac High Girls seeded No. 5

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SACRAMENTO – After beating Pleasant Grove in a knock-down-drag-out fight at Sleep Train Arena over the weekend, the No. 4 Sheldon Huskies will start the CIF Northern California Regional playoffs against No. 5 Serra in the newly-formed Open Division. Bishop O’Dowd, ranked No. 3, will play No. 6 Modesto Christian while No. 2 Archbishop Mitty […]

CIF State Basketball Championship Finals March 23-24

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SACRAMENTO – The 2012 CIF State Championships presented by Farmers are Friday-Saturday, March 23-24, at Power Balance Pavilion, in Sacramento. Twenty teams will compete for 10 State Basketball titles.  Teams in Divisions II and IV will compete on Friday, March 23, beginning at 1:30 p.m., while Divisions I, III and V will be contested on […]