By Joe Davidson
Just over a week ago, Jesse Formaker watched Deer Valley as it competed in the Jesuit Father Kelly Tribute and nodded at the Antioch team's size, skill and depth.
Now Deer Valley is nodding.
Rallying from six down with just over three minutes to play, the Franklin Wildcats and their delighted coach Formaker toppled the Wolverines of the North Coast Section 54-51 in the Martin Luther King Showcase at Cal's Haas Pavilion.
Forward Theo Johnson had 16 points for the Wildcats of Elk Grove, who moved to 14-4 and have their eyes set on a fifth consecutive Delta Valley Conference title. Victory Rustin, another forward, had 15 points and provided superb defense in stretches on national recruit 6-foot-9 big man Marcus Lee, who had just four points.
Darin Johnson added 13 for Franklin and guard Arieas Toney was again solid and effective at guard. Kelton Newman, the team captain, was also strong, Formaker said.
"I was very pleased with how the boys played," Formaker said, walking the streets of Telegraph Hill. "Victor defended the heck out of Lee. Lee's long, tall, moves well, and at first our kids were intimidated by him a little because we don't get to see guys like that in our area."
Formaker enjoyed the experience personally, too. He is a Cal graduate, loved his time there and joked he may spend several more hours on Telegraph before heading home.
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