“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 […]