There aren’t many easy games in East Bay Athletic League play, and Dublin coach Tom Costello knows that.
“There’s not a lot of breathing room,” he said. “If you’re a competitor, you got to love this environment.”
After suffering a two-point loss at De La Salle on Friday, Dublin bounced back with a 79-75 victory on the road over San Ramon Valley on Tuesday in a packed gym.
The Gaels — ranked ninth by the Bay Area News Group — improved to 15-7 overall and 4-1 in league play.
No. 7 SRV fell to 17-5, 1-4.
Courtney Anderson (28 points), Jalen Stokes (15 points), Mehki Thomas (15 points) and Donovan Cooks (10 points) scored in double figures for Dublin, which made 14 consecutive free throws.
The Gaels are playing with a bit of a chip on their shoulder.
“They just feel a little bit overlooked and a little bit under the radar,” Costello said. “In their eyes, it’s a little disrespectful, I guess. And they want to prove people wrong.”
San Ramon Valley has seen firsthand how grueling it is in the EBAL. The Wolves were 15-1 and on an 11-game winning streak when league play started.
No. 1 Dougherty Valley 79, Amador Valley 56
Conner Sevilla scored 30 points for Dougherty Valley in its win over visiting Amador Valley in an EBAL game. Blake Hudson and Aadi Malali added 13 points for the winning side. Mateo Jackson scored 19 points for Amador Valley. Dougherty Valley improved to 20-2, 5-0. Amador Valley fell to 11-10, 1-4.
No. 3 Clayton Valley 54, College Park 44
Clayton Valley extended its winning streak to 11 games with a win over visiting College Park in Diablo Athletic League Foothill Division play. Elijah Perryman scored 23 points and James Moore had 17 points for Clayton Valley, which improved to 19-2, 7-0. College Park fell to 11-9, 1-6.
No. 4 Salesian 66, No. 10 Pinole Valley 59
Salesian avenged a loss on Saturday to Centennial-Corona by beating Pinole Valley on the road in a Tri-County Athletic League Rock Division game. Amani Johnson scored 13 points, Emerson Jones had 11 points and Alvin Loving finished with 10 points for Pinole Valley (15-7, 6-0). Kaleb Allison (18 points), Zion Wilburn (14 points) and Jordy McKenzie (11 points) scored in double figures for Pinole Valley (19-4, 5-2).
No. 5 Archbishop Riordan 69, Sacred Heart Cathedral 58
Riordan, playing at home in San Francisco, remained undefeated in West Catholic Athletic League play. Achilles Woodson (21 points), Jasir Rencher (16 points), Christian Wise (11 points) and Nathan Tshamal (10 points) scored in double figures for Riordan, which improved to 14-3, 7-0. SHC dropped to 9-7, 3-3.
No. 6 Archbishop Mitty 76, Valley Christian 49
Princeton-bound Derek Sangster scored 23 points in Mitty’s win over visiting Valley Christian in WCAL play. Nathan d’Abreu Noronha added 15 points, Kai Grouleau had 11 points and Gavin Ripp scored nine points for the Monarchs, who improved to 14-3, 6-1. Valley Christian dropped to 6-11, 1-6.
No. 12 Campolindo 64, Acalanes 61
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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment