February 6, 2013
Boys Top 20: Mesa Verde topples No. 3 Capital Christian

One night after unranked Hiram Johnson upset No. 7 Kennedy in boys basketball - handing the Cougars their first Metro Conference loss - Mesa Verde did the same thing to No. 3 Capital Christian.

As did Johnson in Greenhaven, the Mavericks beat their Golden Empire League rivals 66-58 on Capital Christian's home court. It was the Cougars first loss to an area team.

Coach Pat Pavelchik's Mavericks also rallied to win.

Trailing 45-40 entering the final quarter, Mesa Verde outscored the Cougars 26-13 in the final eight minutes.

Sophomore Bret Lynch and junior Ja Qua Deary led Mesa Verde (19-7, 7-2) with 16 points each and senior Tyler Naso added 15.

Junior post Nifae Lealao topped Capital Christian (21-3, 8-1) with 16 points and sophomore Trey Belton added 12.

Capital Christian, which finished as co-champions of the GEL with Lindhurst last season before going on to win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V championship, will need to win at West Campus on Friday to secure the outright title.

Mesa Verde finishes the regular season Friday at Dixon.

In other games involving Top 20 teams reported to The Bee:

NO. 1 SHELDON 74, PONDEROSA 35 - Senior forward/center Ryan Manning had 15 points on six of six shooting from the field, grabbed six rebounds and had three steals in leading the Huskies (19-5, 8-0) past the visiting Bruins (8-17, 0-8) in a Delta River League game. D'Erryl Williams added 14 points and six assists and Dakarai Allen 13 points, five deflections and three steals. The Huskies will play Friday at Oak Ridge before completing the regular season Tuesday at home against Pleasant Grove.

NO. 2 PLEASANT GROVE 63, FOLSOM 42 - Malik Thames had 16 points and Matthew Smrekar added 10 at the Eagles (20-4, 7-1) defeated the Bulldogs (11-14, 2-6) in a DRL game.

NO. 6 BELLA VISTA 61, RIO LINDA 44 - Tyler Berkness had 17 points, Ahmad Smith 13 and Zach D'Alesandro 12 to lead the Broncos (20-5, 8-0) past the Knights (6-16,0-8) in a Capital Valley Conference game in Rio Linda. Riley Smith had 16 points for the Knights. Bella Vista can secure its third consecutive league title with a win Friday over visiting Casa Roble.

NO. 10 DEL CAMPO 51, CHRISTIAN BROTHERS 46 - Modesta Britten had 10 points and 13 rebounds and Joe Ramirez and Vasilije Saraba nine points each to lead the Cougars (18-7, 5-3) over the Falcons (12-13, 3-5) in Fair Oaks. Preston Barnett led CBS with 16 points.

NO. 11 GRANT 72, LAGUNA CREEK 51 - Malek Mitschem had 20 points, De'Sean Parsons 15 and Brandon Nunn 13 as the Pacers (19-7, 7-2) defeated the Cardinals (14-12, 5-4) in a Delta Valley Conference game in Elk Grove. Andre Lewis had 20 points for Laguna Creek. The Pacers can claim the DVC title with a win over visiting Elk Grove on Friday.

NO. 12 LINCOLN 56, FOOTHILL 50 - Marcus Salgado had 17 points, Alexis Gonzalez 15 and Adam Felt 11 as the Fighting Zebras (20-5, 7-1) topped the Mustangs (11-14, 4-4) in a Pioneer Valley League game in Lincoln. Anthony Williams had 16 points for Foothill.

NO. 13 COLFAX 49, CENTER 46 - The Falcons (20-5, 6-2) rallied to beat the feisty Cougars (6-18, 1-7) in a PVL game in Antelope. Taylor Dorsey had 17 points and Will Buell 12 for Colfax.

NO. 20 ROSEVILLE 59, No. 14 DEL ORO 56 - Roman Tyukayev led four players in double figures with 14 points as the Tigers (20-5, 5-3) defeated the Golden Eagles (16-9, 4-4) in a Sierra Foothill League game in Loomis. Trevor Pistochini had 20 points to lead Del Oro.

NO. 15 GRANITE BAY 58, NEVADA UNION 44 - Aidan Naughton had 15 points, Scott Romuk 11 and Sherron Bradford 10 as the Grizzlies (17-8, 6-2) downed the Miners (8-17, 1-7) at Granite Bay and stayed atop the SFL.

NO. 16 ROCKLIN 64, WOODCREEK 61 - Devin Moss and Hayden Cook each had 15 points to lead the Thunder (17-8, 5-3) over the Timberwolves (12-13, 3-5) in the SFL game in Roseville. James Leyva had 17 points for Woodcreek.

JESUIT 52, NO. 17 OAK RIDGE 45 - Lake Lutes led four players in doubles figures with 13 points as the Marauders (12-13, 3-5) topped the Trojans (14-11, 4-4) in a DRL game in El Dorado Hills.

NO. 18 COSUMNES OAKS 68, LIBERTY RANCH 59 - Despite 40 points by Michael Meserole, the Wolfpack (19-6, 10-0) prevailed over the Hawks (18-8, 8-3) in the Sierra Valley Conference game in Galt. Meserole made 15 of 22 shots from the field and had seven rebounds and seven steals. He is averaging 25.8 points per game, third best in the section. Eric Toles had 23 points and Alex Van Dyke 21 for Cosumnes Oaks.

NO. 19 DAVIS 67, MONTEREY TRAIL 65 - Kevin Sorensen and Brandon Strong each had 16 points and Hayden Russell added 15 as the Blue Devils (16-9, 6-3) held off the upset-minded Mustangs (9-17, 0-9) in a DVC game in Davis.



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