January 20, 2012
Boys Top 20: Graham, No. 4 Sac too much for No. 11 Kennedy

It was a battle of Metro Conference boys basketball unbeatens tonight in Oak Park between No. 4 Sacramento and No. 11 Kennedy.

For most of the first half, it was a competitive game.

Then Sac High and senior point guard Darius Graham dialed up the intensity a notch.
Kennedy was left gasping.

With Graham, the UC Davis scholarship signee, hitting four three-pointers and finishing with a game-high 22 points, the Dragons rolled to a 77-39 win.

Shooting 8 of 16 from the floor, Graham made seven of his last nine shots and also was two of three from the foul line.

Junior Joseph Barnes added 16 points and senior Erik Kinney had 10 as the Dragons climbed to 14-5 overall and 6-0 in league.

Thirteen Dragons scored, although seniors Devin Benjamin and Jalen Angel-White did not suit up because they were on a football recruiting trip to San Diego.

Jaylin McQuillon, Ryan Edwards and Derrick West had seven points each for Kennedy (14-5, 5-1).

Sacramento was disappointed with its performance on Monday in falling to Salesian of Richmond 62-41 in the Martin Luther King Classic at UC Berkeley, even though the Pride is ranked No. 1 in Northern California and No. 3 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports.'

Sacramento returned home and beat No. 19 Valley 74-51 in Wednesday's Metro action before dropping Kennedy into second place, a game ahead of Valley and No. 10 Burbank.

Sacramento is trying to regain the Metro title after losing it last season to Burbank.

In other games involving Bee boys Top 20 teams:

• Top-ranked Sheldon defeated visiting Ponderosa 88-67 in a Delta River League game.

• Parker Uu scored 19 points and Bryce Pressley added 15 as No. 2 Jesuit downed Oak Ridge 61-43 in a DRL game.

• Matt Hayes led four Pleasant Grove players in double figures with 19 points as the No. 3 Eagles held off No. 14 Folsom 58-56 in a DRL contest.

• Theo and Darin Johnson combined for 38 points in leading No. 7 Franklin past Elk Grove 65-59 in a Delta Valley Conference game.

• Unranked Oakmont upset No. 8 Bella Vista 55-53 in a Capital Valley Conference game.

• Davit Saghateylan's 17 points helped No. 9 Del Campo defeat Rio Linda 71-57 in a CVC game.

• Clifford Lyles had 17 points and David Straughter 13 as No. 10 Burbank downed McClatchy 79-54 in a Metro game.

• Christopher Smith's 22 points led Center to a 67-57 Pioneer Valley League win over Colfax.

• Matt Donlan had 30 points and Trey Belton 18 as No. 17 Capital Christian defeated Dixon 76-68 in a Golden Empire League contest.

• Tercail Hadley's 14 points helped No. 19 Valley down Hiram Johnson 59-52 in a Metro contest.

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