January 4, 2012
State No. 10 Jesuit to play state No. 20 Newark Memorial

Saturday's meeting between Jesuit and Newark Memorial in the marquee game of the four-game Father Kelly Tribute at Jesuit gets a little added pizazz with the Bay Area school joining the Marauders this week in the Cal-Hi Sports' state boys basketball top 20.

Jesuit (11-2) is ranked No. 10 (climbing from No. 12) after beating St. Ignatius 68-49 Thursday to win the Sand Dune Classic in San Francisco.

Newark Memorial (7-4) moved into the state rankings at No. 20 after a strong showing in the ESPN Holiday Classic in Torrey Pines last week.

Coach Craig Ashmore's Cougars ended the tournament with a third-place victory over L.A. City Section top-ranked Taft of Woodland Hills after losing 64-49 to national power DeMatha of Hyattsville, Md., in the semifinals.

One of Newark Memorial's other losses was a one-pointer to Jesuit Dec. 9 in the Gridley tournament. The Cougars have wins over No. 4 Sacramento, Lutheran of La Verne and St. Bernard of Playa del Rey.

Jesuit's only losses have come to No. 4 Salesian - a 51-49 buzzer beater in the Gridley championship game - and 67-51 to No. 9 Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco on the road.

Some luster could be taken off Saturday's 7:30 p.m. matchup if either falters before then.
Jesuit is playing at McClymonds of Oakland tonight, then hosts Granite Bay on Friday.

Newark Memorial plays at Kennedy of Fremont tonight and hosts American of Fremont on Friday.

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