By Joe Davidson
Now onto bigger and brighter things, as in a Northern California banner to wedge into a fast-filling trophy case.
The Sheldon Huskies defended their Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship tonight at Power Balance Pavilion, pulling away in the second of against their Jesuit rivals, 84-69.
It was the third meeting of the season between the tradition-rich programs, with Sheldon prevailing in two white-knuckle Delta River League meetings, by three points each outing. This time, the Huskies inflicted their skill and will in the second half as they were faster to loose balls, stronger on the boards and a great deal more experience, having won the title last season with the bulk of the same roster.
Four-year starting cornerstones Darius Nelson and Ramon Eaton again led the way with complete-game efforts that make them so difficult to defend.
Nelson had game highs in points (27) and rebounds (14) and Eaton had 18 and five in addition to handling the ball at 6-foot-8. Sophomore guard D'erryl Williams muscled in for 18 points and support crew members such as Dakarai Allen and Kyiron Thomas combined for 19 as the Huskies repeated as champions and won the title for the third time since 2007.
Akachi Okugo and Parker Uu each had 17 for Jesuit and Brian Glodowski and Bryce Pressley had 15 and 12, respectively for Jesuit, which also advances to next week's NorCal tournament.
"We want to get to the state championship and we think we can do it," Sheldon coach Joey Rollings said. "We have the team to do it."