Feb 23 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Visits El Cerrito

…in 1st Round NCS Playoff Match-up Tonight

The #14 seed, the Acalanes High School, travels to El Cerrito to face-off against the #3 seed, the El Cerrito Gauchos, tonight at 7:00pm. The Gauchos are 16-13 on the season. However, they boast the strongest strength of schedule of any Northern California D2 team with a rating of 19.4. Let me put this into context for you. The D2 team with the next closest strength of schedule is the #5 seed, Newark Memorial, with a rating of 10.3. What about Acalanes? Of the twenty-four Northern California D2 teams, Acalanes has the 5th highest strength of schedule with a rating of 7.9. This is very strong when one compares it to most of the high schools seeded above them in this year’s D2 playoffs. Why do I mention the strength of schedule? Because based on El Cerrito’s strength of schedule, the scores of their games and their overall record, they should probably be the #1 or #2 seed in the D2 playoffs. In other words, the Don’s will have their hands full tonight against a well-tested El Cerrito team.

Tonight is also a homecoming for beloved Acalanes Assistant Coach, Chris Huber, who was a successful Head Basketball Coach at El Cerrito for 15 years. At El Cerrito, Coach Huber led his 1989 team to a 29 – 3 record and a NCS Championship. Ten years later in 1999, Coach Huber would lead a loaded El Cerrito team (with Drew Gooden) to another NCS Championship.

Tip-off will take place at 7:00pm. The address to El Cerrito High is 540 Ashbury Avenue, El Cerrito, California 94530. If you make the drive to El Cerrito to support the Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball team, remember that the NCS gate fee will be $10.00.

As Always…Go Dons!!

Feb 16 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Falls to Dublin

…on Senior Night, 57 – 43

The Senior Night celebration was lovely. The gym was decorated with pictures and signs honoring the two senior cheerleaders, four senior girls varsity basketball players and the five senior boys varsity basketball players that were announced before the start of the boys varsity basketball game versus Dublin.  Students, family and friends filled the bleachers to show their love for these dedicated student athletes.  It was a beautiful celebration for these eleven seniors – Rebecca Maron, Alese McGilbra, Julia Lyons, Taylor Jones, Alison Smith, Alex Grant-Hudd, Nico Brightbill, Nathan Edwards, Joey Christensen, Alex Kinnear and Andrew McKendell.

Acalanes Boys Basketball Class of 2016
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Back on January 25th, in Dublin, Acalanes lost a heartbreaker to the Dublin Gaels, 44 – 43. Unfortunately last night’s game would not have the same nail-biting finish. Dublin jumped ahead of Acalanes 17 – 5 in the 1st quarter and never really looked back.  The Dons made the game interesting in the 4th quarter when they cut the lead to 8 points. But Dublin continued to make enough of their free throws down the stretch and never let Acalanes get any closer.

In a nutshell, the Dons turned the ball over too much and did not shoot the ball with any consistency. Dublin certainly had something to do with this. They were extremely aggressive on defense. They pressed the entire game and never let Acalanes get comfortable on offense. As the second quarter ended, Dublin enjoyed a 32 – 17 halftime lead.

Senior Nico Brightbill
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The 2nd half was a little better for Acalanes. In the 4th quarter, the Dons would go on a mini-run and cut the Dublin lead to 8 with 1:52 to play. But that was as close as it would get.  After a series of Dublin free throws, the final score would become 57 – 43. It was not the Senior Night storybook ending the crowd was hoping for.  However, in their typical fashion, this Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team would battle Dublin until the final horn sounded and they made a blow-out into an interesting finish.  This team showed-off its heart and tenacity again last night.

Senior Joey Christensen
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Senior Alex Kinnear
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The five seniors (McKendell, Kinnear, Christensen, Edwards and Brightbill) started the game and ended the game…until Nathan Edwards picked-up his 5th foul. It was a cool Senior Night touch. The Dons were led offensively by Jesse Marlow with 12 points, Alex Kinnear with 9 points and Andrew McKendell with 7 points.  With the loss, Acalanes falls to 2 – 9 in DFAL play and 9 – 16 overall.  Dublin improves to 9 – 2 in DFAL play and 22 – 3 overall.  The Dons will look to get win number 10 on Friday at Alhambra High in Martinez.  It sounds cliché but Acalanes has played much better than their record reflects since game two of DFAL play.  Not doing anything on Friday night?  Venture on over to Martinez and watch the Dons take-on the Bulldogs on their Senior Night.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Feb 16 – Senior Night Celebration Before Boys Varsity Basketball Tonight

– Arrive Before 6:30pm

Let’s get to know the senior student athletes that will be recognized tonight at the Senior Night Celebration. Please arrive before 6:30pm so you do not miss the festivities.

Acalanes Varsity Cheerleaders

· Rebecca Maron: Rebecca is one of the captains on the Acalanes Cheerleading Team. She has been a cheerleader for all four years of high school. Rebecca has been a member of the Acalanes varsity cheer team since she was a junior (2 year varsity cheerleader). Rebecca has also participated on the Acalanes Competition Cheer Team for two years.

· Alese McGilbra: Alese is one of the captains of the Acalanes Cheerleading Team. She has been a cheerleader at Acalanes since she was a freshman. Alese has been a member of the Acalanes varsity cheer team since she was a junior (2 year varsity cheerleader). Alese has also participated on the Acalanes Competition Cheer Team for two years.

Acalanes Girls Varsity Basketball

· Julia Lyons (Shooting Guard): Julia is one of the team captains on the 2015-16 girls varsity basketball team. She has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 4 years. Julia has played on varsity basketball team since she was a freshman (4 year varsity player).

· Taylor Jones (Center/Power Forward): Taylor has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 4 years. Taylor has played on the varsity basketball team since she was a freshman (4 year varsity player).

· Alison Smith (Guard): Alison has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 4 years. Alison has played on the varsity basketball team since she was a sophomore (3 year varsity player).

· Alex Grant-Hudd (Shooting Guard): Alex is one of the team captains on the 2015-16 girls varsity basketball team. She has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 4 years. Alex has played on the varsity basketball team since she was a sophomore (3 years varsity player).

Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball

· Nico Brightbill (Forward): Nico has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 2 years, freshman year and senior year. After a two year absence, Nico earned a roster spot on the 2015-16 varsity team (1 year varsity player).

· Nathan Edwards (Guard): Nathan has participated in the Acalanes Basketabll Program for 4 years. Nathan has played on the varsity basketball team since his junior year (2 year varsity player).

· Joey Christensen (Center/Power Forward): Joey has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 4 years. Joey has played on the varsity basketball team since his junior year (2 year varsity player).

· Alex Kinnear (Forward): Alex is one of the team captains on the 2015-16 boys varsity basketball team. Alex has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 4 years. Alex has played on the varsity basketball team since his sophomore year (3 year varsity player).

· Andrew McKendell (Point Guard): Andrew is one of the team captains on the 2015-16 boys varsity basketball team. Andrew has participated in the Acalanes Basketball Program for 4 years. Andrew has played on the varsity team since his sophomore year (3 year varsity player).

Thank you for all of your hardwork and dedication to Acalanes High School.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Feb 11 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Battles Valiantly

…Only to Lose In the Final Seconds to Campolindo, 62 – 61

If you missed this Acalanes vs. Campolindo game, you missed a great one. After an embarrassing 1st quarter where Acalanes was outscored 23 to 6, the Dons proceeded to outscore Campolindo 55 to 39 over the next three quarters to take the lead from the Cougars and battle them down to the final buzzer.

The first eight minutes of the game (I will be kind) were a “cluster” for Acalanes. With 3:46 to go in the 1st quarter, Acalanes down 9 – 4, the Head Coach of Acalanes, Dave Goldman, decided to take out all five starters from the game to insert five new players. In just a span of 2 minutes and 30 seconds Campolindo went on a 14 – 0 run and expanded their lead to a ridiculous 23 to 4…and the quarter had not ended. However, with 1:09 remaining in the 1st quarter, Coach Goldman decided he had seen enough of his experiment and re-inserted the starting five. They quickly got 2 points for the Dons before the first quarter mercifully ended, the score after one, Campolindo 23 and Acalanes 6.

I thought it would be impossible for Acalanes to catch Campolindo after putting themselves into such a hole. However, this 2015-16 Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team would not “go gentle into that good night.” What did they do?  HELLO…THEY PLAYED TO WIN THE GAME!!!  Throughout the final three quarters of the game, the Acalanes varsity boys showed great resilience, toughness and togetherness that should make all associated with Acalanes proud. Just know this, on Thursday night, the Acalanes Dons came to play and they took it to the Cougars over the final 24 minutes of the game.

In the second quarter, the line-up of Andrew McKendell, Alex Kinnear, Jesse Marlow, Aidan McNamara and Ryan Nall jump started a memorable comeback for Acalanes. Marlow and McNamara heated-up from outside; Kinnear and Nall grabbed boards; and McKendell took the ball to the hoop. With the first half clock winding down under 6 seconds, McKendell drove left past the Campo defense for a lay-up just before the horn sounded. This basket cut the Cougars lead from 17 points down to 9 points, 38 – 29. Acalanes outscored Campolindo 23 to 15.  The momentum had definitely shifted.

The momentum from the 2nd quarter carried into the 3rd quarter.  However, it would not really get ramped-up until late in the quarter. With 5:47 to go in the 3rd quarter, Acalanes fell behind Campolindo by 14 points, 45 – 31. But over the final 3:18 of the quarter, the Dons went on a 13 – 3 run to cut Campo’s lead to 2 points, 50 – 48. The Acalanes bench and fans were feeling it.  The Don’s 13 – 3 run was sparked by the 3 point sharp shooting of Alex Kinnear, who did not hit his first shot until late in the 3rd quarter. Kinnear would continue his hot shooting into the 4th quarter.

58 seconds into the 4th quarter, Acalanes took its first lead of the game, 51 – 50, on a 3 point basket by Aidan McNamara. The Acalanes bench and crowd erupted. A lead over Campolindo late in a varsity basketball game??!! It was a new feeling for many Acalanes fans and we loved it. In Andrew McKendell’s and Alex Kinnear’s five previous varsity games against Campolindo, I am pretty certain Acalanes never held a lead. This was no fluke. The Dons played inspired basketball and controlled the tempo of the game from the 2nd quarter on. You knew this game would go down to the wire. The Campolindo crowd had already seen several 4th quarter leads get squandered by their team this season and they had just witnessed one more.

The 4th quarter was hotly contested. Campolindo took their lead back shortly after Acalanes had it. It would grow to as much as 4 points with 3:01 to go. After a free throw by McKendell with 1:42 to go, the Dons cut the Cougar’s lead down to 2 points, 60 – 58.  On Campolindo’s next possession, after passing the ball around, Campo forward Austin Clarke would take an open shot from behind the three point line. His shot went in and out and Kinnear grabbed the rebound. The Dons quickly advanced the ball down the floor.  Marlow drove to the basket and dished the ball to Kinnear at the free throw line. His shot rattled around and rolled out but Jesse Marlow grabbed the rebound of the night. With big bodies all around him, Marlow squeezed a bounce pass out to Kinnear who had relocated himself beyond the three point line. Kinnear set his feet and let it fly…SWISH!!!  Acalanes leads with 56 seconds to go. The Acalanes crowd exploded in cheer. Campolindo guard Will Hicks dribbled the ball into the front court and called time out in front of his bench with 45.6 seconds remaining. A victory over Campolindo was less than one minute away.

After the Campo time-out, the Cougars got the basketball to their best offensive weapon, Austin Clarke, who had been held in check by the Dons for most of the game. Clarke got the ball at the top of the key, drove left to the basket, took a tough left handed lay-up attempt which Ryan Nall blocked and Acalanes secured the rebound. NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND!  A foul was called. The baseline official made a horrendous call that allowed Clarke to go to the free throw line to try and give the Cougars the lead. He missed both free throw attempts but Acalanes could not grab the rebound and the official called the ball off Ryan Nall, Campo ball with 33.2 seconds remaining.  After Campolindo inbounded the ball, senior forward Madison Young took a tough runner in the key that missed. Campo senior center Sterling Strothers grabbed the rebound but had his shot attempt blocked by Aidan McNamara but somehow the ball got deflected into the hands of Clarke who was standing on the low block and put the ball up and in to give Campo a 62 – 61 lead with 12.4 seconds to go. Acalanes immediately inbounded the ball to Andrew McKendell, who passed it down the left wing to Jesse Marlow who drove left, got double teamed and after pivoting away from the defense, eventually found Aidan McNamara open behind the three point line. Aidan had a clean look and took a great shot. Unfortunately, it was just off the mark as the final buzzer sounded. The valiant comeback effort by the Dons fell just short and Campolindo avoided another 4th quarter melt down. It was heartache for all of the Acalanes players but especially for the five seniors (Joey Christensen, Nathan Edwards, Nico Brightbill, Alex Kinnear and Andrew McKendell) who were looking for their first basketball victory over Campolindo in 4 seasons.

This game was a coming-out party for sophomore shooting guard Aidan McNamara who played excellent basketball on both ends of the floor for the Dons. He was aggressive offensively and relentless on defense. McNamara ended the game with 14 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocked shots. The Dons also saw what looked like a 100% healthy Alex Kinnear who energized the Dons in both the 3rd and 4th quarters with his outside shooting. Clarke of Campo tried to slow down Kinnear on offense but Alex would have none of it.  He lit up Clarke in the second half of the game to end with 16 points. Kinnear also grabbed 6 rebounds and came away with 2 steals.  Jesse Marlow was his usual productive self on offense and defense.  Marlow scored 12 points, grabbed 3 rebounds and dished out what I believe is his personal season high in assists – 5. Sophomore Ryan Nall once again stood tall in the key for the Dons and pulled down 5 rebounds and played great defense. Nall also contributed 8 points on the offensive side of the court.  Andrew McKendell did what he always does best: handled the rock, orchestrated the offense, got everyone involved, attacked the basket and kept Acalanes under control at all times. McKendell ended the game with 7 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds and 1 steal. These five players played almost the entire second half without a break. It was fun to watch them get after Campolindo.

Senior Night is on Tuesday February 16th versus Dublin.  Please come out and show your love and support for our five senior players, Andrew McKendell, Alex Kinnear, Joey Christensen, Nathan Edwards and Nico Brightbill.  Arrive early in order to see the celebration.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Feb 11 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Travels to Campolindo Tonight

Tip-off at 7:00pm

The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball team will face-off against its rival, the Campolindo Cougars, tonight in Moraga. Campolindo enter tonight’s game with Acalanes with a DFAL record of 4 – 5 and an overall record of 11 – 12. This is a game that the Dons players desperately want to win…especially the seniors. There is no quit in this team. The boys want to win the final three games of the season. It starts tonight with a win over Campolindo.

If I may quote former NFL Player and NFL Head Coach and current ESPN Analyst, Herm Edwards, “Hello…YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME! You don’t play just to play it. That’s the great thing about sports, we play to win. And I don’t care if you don’t have any wins, you go play to win!”

That is one of my favorite sports related quotes. I hope everyone in the Acalanes Basketball program thinks about Herm Edward’s quote as they prepare for the final three games of the season. We play to win these final three games…no concessions. Now let’s go punish Campolindo tonight.

As Always…Go Dons!!

Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Falls Short Against Dougherty Valley, 49 – 38

In what was another “down-to-the-wire” finish, the Dons could not quite run down the Wildcats losing 49 – 38. With the win, Dougherty Valley improves its record to 9 – 1 in DFAL action and 22 -2 on the season. With the loss, Acalanes falls to 2 – 7 in DFAL action and 9 – 14 on the season. If the Dons had played like this at the start of the season, their overall record would be five or six better in the wins column.

In the first half of last night’s game, Acalanes Dons struggled to score the basketball. In the 1st quarter, Dougherty Valley jumped out to an 11 – 6 lead over Acalanes. The Wildcats play very aggressive team defense and do not make it easy for teams to get clean looks at the basket. The second quarter was not any better offensively for Acalanes. They had open looks, took good shots but the ball did not find its home in the 2nd quarter. The score going into halftime was Dougherty Valley 24 – Acalanes 11…a 5 point 2nd quarter for the Dons. What kept Acalanes in the game was their solid team defense and excellent rebounding. These two categories can keep a team in a game when their offense is struggling.

The Acalanes offense showed-up in the second half. The 3rd quarter vaulted the Dons back into the game. Acalanes outscored Dougherty Valley in the 3rd quarter 13 to 6. This made the score going into the 4th quarter, Dougherty Valley 30 – Acalanes 24. The comeback got started with Andrew McKendell draining back-to-back deep 3 point shots early in the 3rd. Jesse Marlow also hit a three point basket along with a mid-range jump shot in the quarter. The Dons defense stayed strong holding the Wildcats to just 6 points. It was anyone’s game going into the final eight minutes.

In the 4th quarter, Acalanes shrunk their six point deficit to three points with 5:36 to go in the game, 32 – 29. The turning point in the 4th quarter came during an Acalanes fast break with 3:40 remaining in the game and the score 36 -31 Dougherty Valley. In the middle of the fast break, an Acalanes players was knocked to the floor right in front of the Acalanes bench. No foul was called. The Dons did not convert the fast break. The Acalanes coaching staff did not take kindly to the officials not making a call and they let the official hear about it. A technical foul was given to the Acalanes bench. Dougherty Valley made the two technical foul free throws and got the ball. Then the Wildcat’s point guard Jesse Grabow hit a runner off the glass to complete the four point swing after the technical foul. The lead went from what could have been 3 points to 9 points with 3:29 to go. The Dons would never recover from this turn of events. The final score was 49 – 38, in what turn out to be a very competitive and entertaining basketball game.

The Dons got an offense spark off the bench from junior power forward Aaron Hill. Hill hit shots from beyond the three point line, in the mid-range and down on the low block. Aaron ended the game with 11 points. Jesse Marlow put together another double digit offensive night with 14 points. Andrew McKendell contributed 6 points.

On Thursday night, Acalanes travels up Moraga Road to take on their crosstown rival Campolindo High School. Yes it is a Thursday night game. Tip-off will take place at 7:00pm.

As Always…Go Dons!!

Feb 9 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball at Home Tonight Against Dougherty Valley

…Tip-off at 7:00pm

The Varsity Dons are back in action tonight against one of the hottest teams in Northern California, the Dougherty Valley Wildcats. Dougherty Valley rolls into Lafayette with a 21 – 2 overall record and an 8 – 1 record in DFAL action. There only league loss was back on January 29th, on the road, against their rival the Dublin Gaels, 55 – 51. Since that loss, the Wildcats have bounced back beating Alhambra 63 – 45 and Campolindo 59 – 48.

Acalanes enters tonight’s game with an overall record of 9 – 13 and a 2 – 6 record in DFAL action. The Dons are coming off two tough losses to local rivals: to Miramonte, 73 – 64 and to Las Lomas, 64 – 60. Both games were thoroughly entertaining.

I anticipate a much more competitive game against Dougherty Valley this evening. The first time the Varsity Boys played the Wildcats, 3/5s of the starting line-up was unavailable for the game. The Dons were in the game through 2 ½ quarters but then the wheels came off during the final three minutes of the 3rd quarter and the game got away from them.

Let’s fill-up the Huber Dome tonight. Tip-off for the Boys Varsity game is at 7:00pm. There are two games that proceed the boys game:
· 4:00pm – JV Girls vs. Dougherty Valley
· 5:30pm – Varsity Girls vs. Dougherty Valley

As Always…Go Dons!!

Jan 29 – Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team Cannot Contain Miramonte Late in the 4th

I told you that this would be a much better game than the January 5th game. The Acalanes and Miramonte Boys Varsity Basketball teams did not disappoint the crowd last night. They played a very entertaining game. It was a back and forth, high scoring contest. Unfortunately, in the end, the Matadors pulled away from the Dons to win by 9 points, 73 – 64.

Through the first quarter, you could sense that this would be a very close game. The Matadors jumped out to a 10 – 4 lead early in the quarter. But the Dons rallied to close their deficit to 2 points, 12 – 10 at the end of one. In the second quarter, both offenses got rolling. The lead changed hands several time. The most memorable lead change came within the final 10 seconds of the quarter. The Matadors Eddie Ionescu drove to the basket and had the ball stolen by Andrew McKendell who sped past everyone for a lay-up with three seconds remaining on the clock. This gave Acalanes a 28-26 lead. Miramonte immediately inbounded the ball to Ionescu in the back court who was three feet behind the half court line. He turned in let a shot fly and it hit nothing but net as the buzzer sounded. It electrified both the Miramonte bench and fans. It also gave Miramonte a 29 – 28 lead at half.

The second half was as entertaining as the first. The third quarter was also free flowing offensively. The Dons scored 17 points while the Matadors dropped-in 18 points. The score after three quarters was Miramonte 47 Dons 45. Again, just as the Dons were about to take a lead into 4th quarter, 45 – 44, Ionescu, nailed a contested three pointer from the top of the key to give the Matadors their 47 – 45 lead. In the 4th quarter, the Dons played well but could not get their shots to fall late in the quarter. Also, Miramonte had too much Ionescu, who dominated the quarter, scoring 14 of the Matadors 26 points in the 4th. The Dons scored 19 points in the 4th but it was obviously not enough to catch the Matadors. The final score of this exciting basketball game was 73 – 64, Miramonte.

The Matadors were led by senior captain, Eddie Ionescu, who scored 32 points, including two buzzer beating three point daggers that proved to be big in the final score. Acalanes threw different defenders on Ionescu, but nobody could really slow him down. He posted-up smaller defenders and shot over every defender. Miramonte also went to the free throw line 31 times in the game and they converted on 22 of them.

Acalanes was led by their captain, Andrew McKendell, who showed why he is the floor general for this Acalanes team. He blew past Matador defenders, used the pick and roll to create havoc for their defense and set-up his teammates for numerous open three point shot attempts and lay-ups. McKendell scored 7 points and dished-out 10 assists. A regular recipient of McKendell’s passes last night was junior sharp shooter, Jessie Marlow, who scored 20 points. Marlow was very efficient from behind the three point line making 4 of his 6 attempts. He also made 6 of his 7 free throw attempts. Acalanes also got a big lift from their other captain, senior forward Alex Kinnear. Kinnear is working himself back from mononucleosis. This was his second game back since being medically cleared to play and it looked like he is getting his strength back. Kinnear was 3 of 4 from behind the three point line and finished with 11 points before fouling out. Getting Kinnear back in the line-up at 100% will be incredibly valuable for the Dons. Ryan Nall had another productive game for Acalanes scoring 10 points and hauling-in 6 rebounds. Even though sophomore forward Robby Rowell had a tough night shooting from the field, he chipped-in 3 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Rowell was also one of the defenders asked to slow down Ionescu. Sophomore guard Aidan McNamara had another solid game for Dons, scoring 9 points, pulling down 4 rebounds, dishing-out 2 assists and playing tough defense.

With the loss, Acalanes falls to 9-12 on the season and 2 -5 in DFAL action. Acalanes will be back in action on Tuesday night February 2nd at Las Lomas where they will try to sweep the season series against the Knights. Please make the short drive into Walnut Creek to support your Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball team. Tip-off will be at 7:00pm

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Jan 29 – Boys Varsity Basketball Hosts Miramonte Tonight

…In the Huber Dome at 7:00pm

The Acalanes Boys Varsity Basketball Team looks to pay back Miramonte for one of their worst losses of the season. The Mats took care of the Dons 77 -41 back on January 5th. This Acalanes team will be better prepared for Miramonte tonight. Also, this time, Acalanes will have home court advantage and hopefully a raucous home crowd advantage. Miramonte has one of the best student cheering sections in the entire DFAL. I am certain that most of them will travel down Moraga Road to Lafayette to support their varsity Matadors as well as harass all Dons players. I am not sure the Acalanes student section is ready to compete with Miramonte…but you never know.

The Dons enter the tonight’s game off a 62 – 53 victory over Alhambra. Acalanes has a league record of 2 – 4 and an overall record of 9 – 10. While the Matadors enter tonight’s game off a 76 – 69 victory over Las Lomas. Miramonte has a league record of 4-2 and an overall record of 14 – 6.

Please come out and support your Boys Varsity Basketball Team. There are only three more home games remaining on the schedule – Miramonte, Dougherty Valley and Dublin.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

Jan 27 – Boys Varsity Basketball Team Defeats Alhambra 62 – 53

This was a game that the Dons needed as they prepare for the second half of DFAL action. Alhambra was game right up until the final 60 seconds of the fourth quarter. Acalanes was not going to relinquish the lead and the Bulldogs just ran out of time.

The 1st quarter started flat for the Acalanes offense. The Dons trailed the Bulldogs 9 – 5 after the 1st quarter. Open shots were there for all players. They were just not dropping in the first 8 minutes of the contest. Things would open up for Acalanes offense in the 2nd quarter. They would outscore Alhambra 20 to 7 in the second to take a 25 – 16 lead at halftime. The ball moved really well in the 2nd quarter. This team is starting to understand the importance of sharing the basketball and finding the open shooter.

The 3rd quarter was not a perfect one for the Dons but most importantly it did not cost Acalanes a victory. Alhambra outscored Acalanes 15 – 13 in the third quarter to cut in the Dons halftime lead. The score going into the final quarter of action was Acalanes 38 – Alhambra 31. The 4th quarter saw both teams light-up the scoreboard. There were plenty of three point shots and free throws made for both Acalanes and Alhambra. The Bulldogs scored 22 points while the Dons scored 24 points in the 4th quarter. It was just the right combination of offense and defense by Acalanes to hold off a very feisty Alhambra team, 62-53. I am certain the Bulldogs will be waiting anxiously for the re-match that will take place in Martinez on Friday February 19th.

The stat sheet was filled with many excellent performances. The shooting percentages were not great but the final results worked out just fine for the Dons. It was great to watch two of our seniors, Nathan Edwards and Joey Christensen, make key contributions in this victory. Also, Ryan Nall and Robby Rowell did a great job of controlling the boards throughout the game.

Andrew McKendell – 4 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
Aidan McNamara – 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals
Ryan Nall – 12 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 1 block
Robby Rowell – 16 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal
Jesse Marlow – 12 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 block
Alex Kinnear – 5 points, 2 rebounds and 1 steal
Nathan Edwards – 2 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists
Joey Christensen – 2 points and 1 block

All of the Dons will have to step-up their games as the Matadors (14 – 6) roll into town tonight. It should be a much better game than the one Acalanes played back on January 5th at Miramonte. That might have been the ugliest game the Dons played all season. Several Acalanes players did not show-up for that game. I am sure that will not be the case tonight. It should be an entertaining game.

Remember, the Boys Varsity basketball games now tip-off at 7:00pm. Let’s get the Huber Dome rocking. Miramonte will have its student section rocking for tonight’s game. Let’s not let them outshine us on our home court.

As Always…Go Dons!!!

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