Sobrato Girls Hoops Team Continues Its Winning Ways
After its last game Friday at Willow Glen, the Sobrato boy’s basketball team has some company at the top of the standings.
Entering the game, the Bulldogs were 7-0 and had a game lead over the Rams in the Blossom Valley Athletic League Santa Teresa Division standings. But Willow Glen moved into a tie with its 52-36 win.
“They are the defending champs and they have been here before so they were ready, they came out and executed well,” Sobrato coach Lawrence Crawford said.
After the first meeting, a 60-43 Bulldogs’ win, Willow Glen decided to change the game and focus on the match-ups in attempt to play a faster more up-tempo game that favored their style.
“The biggest difference was that they pushed the ball quite a bit,” Ceawford said. “They were beating us down the floor, they played much better transition basketball and played well on both ends.”
The Bulldogs (14-6 overall) were led by combo guard Marqus Crawford with 10 points and three blocks.
Supporting Crawford in the scoring column were Malcolm Harcrombe, Mark Garma and Kody Billerbeck with six points each.
Garma and senior guard Mubarik Abdullahi handed out five assists for the Bulldogs and Tom Buich was a force in the paint defensively with five blocks.
The Bulldogs, who had their 11-game win streak snapped by the Rams, look to bounce back at home Wednesday against Branham.
Lady Bulldogs Wrap Up Another Win
The Sobrato girls basketball team focused on the defensive end. It was evident as the Bulldogs beat Yerba Buena in convincing fashion, 46-21, on Thursday.
Leading 24-4 at halftime, the Bulldogs were able to keep the momentum going in the second half, forcing Yerba Buena to commit turnovers that would lead to easy buckets on the other end.
“We just wanted to play our style of basketball, which is defense and putting as much pressure on the opposition as we can,” said coach Rodney Tabares.
The Lady Bulldogs forced 35 Yerba Buena turnovers and were able to bolster their league record to 7-1 in the Blossom Valley Atheltic League West Valley Division. Sobrato was led by Melissa Cachopo, who had team highs in both points and assists with 15 and seven, respectively. Michelle Bradley scored 12 points, and Shealyn Kunze was once again in double figures with 11.
As the second half of the season rolls around, Sobrato has two home games today and Friday against San Jose High and Lincoln High.
“We’re gaining experience and we’re getting ready for a tough week,” Tabares said. “I feel that we are putting together a great season and I am looking forward to seeing the student body come out and support the girls.”
The Bulldogs are currently in first place in the BVAL West Valley Division and are 15-4 overall.