With five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and his team ahead by 21 points, Wallenberg forward Chibuzo Emeka had no hesitation when he saw a loose ball on the floor.
The senior dove on the ground and earned his team a second possession, the latest in what has been a nonconference schedule full of both hustle plays and wins for the Bulldogs. Emeka and Kurtis Wong each had 15 points as the Wallenberg boys’ basketball team improved to 7-0 Wednesday night with a 59-40 victory at Stuart Hall.
“These guys like to play hard and understand they need to play tough for us to win,” Bulldogs coach Patrick Mulligan said. “They’re really starting to trust each other, and of course when you’re 7-0, everything is wonderful.”
Victor Chew added 10 points and Travis Barabin had eight points and 12 rebounds for Wallenberg, which outrebounded the Knights 32-17 in the win. Barabin had back-to-back layups early in the first quarter to cap an 8-0 run that put Wallenberg ahead 10-2, and the Bulldogs would not lead by less than six the rest of the way and were up by double-digits for the entire second half.
“We have the same expectations we had last year, maybe even a little higher,” said Emeka, whose team won a school-record 22 games and reached the San Francisco Section semifinals a season ago. “We had good teamwork tonight and really concentrated on sharing the ball.”
South SAN FRANCISCO 43, Balboa 15
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO— South City (8-2) has scored points in bunches this season, but the first quarter of a win over Balboa (0-6) featured the Warriors’ hottest streak of the year.
After sophomore Vanessa Castillo swished an 18-foot jump shot to put South City on the board, the Warriors went on a 20-point run to shut out Balboa through the first quarter. Castillo was the Warriors’ lifeblood early on, sparking the up-tempo drive with eight first-half steals.
“She knows where to be and she knows where the ball is going,” Warriors coach Karyn Bosco said. “Because she knows how to handle the ball, she knows how to read defenses.”
Fellow Warriors sophomore Cassie Szeto tabbed a game-high 11 points. The Warriors begin the Half Moon Bay tournament today against Menlo-Atherton, after taking second place in both the Mills tournament and the Monte Vista tournament already this season.
Balboa is still winless, though the seven-player turnout they had for the South City game was its deepest roster of the year.
— Terry Bernal