San Leandro Steals a Win from Yellowjackets, 79-74 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 28 January 2016 17:07

012816s1By Jim Knowles • San Leandro Times

The San Leandro High boys basketball team overcame a half-time deficit and pulled out a 79-74 win against Berkeley on Friday night.

The score was close from start to finish, as two good teams kept the crowd in suspense every minute. The lead changed hands several times, and Berkeley took a 64-63 lead in the fourth period when their top shooter Bryant Monroe sank a pair of free throws.

But then San Leandro guard Alvon Marshall replied by driving through the Yellowjackets defense and going all the way to the hoop to put the Pirates up by one.

On the next San Leandro possession, guard Elijah Jones-Haley drained a 3-pointer to give the Pirates the lead, 68-64, with 3 minutes remaining.

But Berkeley still threatened to come back when power-forward Sean Spikes made a bucket from the paint over a pair of Pirate defenders to cut the margin to 75-74.

San Leandro extended its lead to three points with 22 seconds remaining, and then put the game away when Jones-Haley made a steal and fired the ball to Kolman Kelly who nailed down the win with a slam dunk.

“That was the icing on the cake,” Jones-Haley said after the game. “He (Kelly) was wide open and he finished the game off.”

Jones-Haley led the Pirates in shooting with 24 points. Kelly scored 14, O.J. Aihie scored 12, and both Georan Williams and Austin Harris scored 9 points.

012816s2The defense made the difference, said Pirates forward Jahari Kay.

“When we play together and keep up the defensive pressure, we get steals, and that translates to buckets,” Kay said.

This week, San Leandro travels to Bishop O’Dowd on Friday night for a game at 7 o’clock.

CAPTION 1: San Leandro High forward O.J. Aihie is guarded by Berkeley forward Sean Spikes as he goes for the basket on Friday night. The Pirates pulled out a win in a close game on their home court. See SPORTS, page 6.

CAPTION 2: Pirates forward Jahari Kay takes the ball on offense in the first period on Friday night, guarded by Bryan Morris of Berkeley High.


Muir and Bancroft Win Basketball Championships PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 28 January 2016 17:15

An 11-team league featuring schools from San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, Union City, and Newark was an all San Leandro affair for the 7th and 8th grade boys basketball championships held at San Leandro High last Thursday (January 21).

The Bancroft Broncos won the 7th grade championship, 41-26, over the Washington Manor Wolves. Navi Reed led the Broncos with 12 points while 10 other players scored 2 to 5 points a piece. The Broncos ended up undefeated in league play with an overall record of 16-2.

Lorenzo Abellar led Manor with 8 points.

The 8th grade championship saw a matchup between two stellar teams, the 21-1 Broncos and the 13-3 John Muir Falcons.

Muir jumped out to a 24-11 lead in the first half. But the Bancroft stormed back in the second half to take a 1-point lead at the end of the third quarter.

The teams battled back and forth in the final quarter before Muir was able to hold off Bancroft’s late charge that cut the Falcon’s lead to 2 points. But Muir made several free throws in the final minutes for a 49-42 win.

Asuar Thompson had a game high 26 points, his brother Amen chipped in with 7, and Kiki Aguirre scored 10 for the Falcons.

Leading the way for the Broncos were Jayden Davis with 11 points, and Isiah Mellor and Julian Orozco each scored 9 points.

— By Jim Sorensen, Bancroft Athletic Director

Sign Up for San Leandro Little League on Saturday at John Muir School PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 28 January 2016 17:17

The San Leandro Little League will hold sign-ups for the upcoming season on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to noon at John Muir Middle School, 1444 Williams St. in San Leandro.

The league is for players age 4 and up who live or attend school in the 94577 ZIP Code or 94605 (Sheffield Village).

Bring a birth certificate and three proofs of residency. For more information, call 1-925-9-LEAGUE or go to




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