High School hoops back in action

High-flying, Southern California studs heading to Division I colleges or Stanislaus District standouts who lack star power but possess talent and focus on fundamentals?

If you're a high school basketball fan, it's a decision you look forward to making during the holiday season.

There are a bundle of SoCal stars in tonight's semifinals of the Modesto Christian tourney -- three of the four teams are from down south -- while local talent will be running the courts from Columbia College to Ceres High.

Today's highlights include:

  • Chase Tapley leads Sacramento, the state D-III runner-up last season, against Taft of Woodland Hills in the featured 7 p.m. semifinal at MC.
  • Enochs and 6-foot-8-inch Marcus Bell battle Modesto Metro Conference rival Davis in a 6:30 p.m. semifinal at Oakdale. Davis isn't tall, but will try to outmuscle Bell near the hoop.
  • Allen Huddleston, with 50 and 32 points in his last two games, and Merced face Turlock in an all-District battle tipping off at 10 a.m. at MC.
  • Golden Valley takes its run-and-gun style on the road to play Christian Williams and defensive-minded Sierra at 4 p.m. at Columbia College.
  • Ever-improving Modesto Christian, with UCLA-bound Reeves Nelson and new arrival Liautaud Prophete, meet San Leandro at 5:30 p.m. The Crusaders were the only District team to win its tournament opener and could finish as high as fifth.
  • Brooke Silva, one of the region's top scorers, and Los Banos face East Union and defensive ace Rachel McDaniel at 6 p.m. at West High of Tracy.
  • Central Valley and acrobatic Deangelo Williams, one of the region's top juniors, face Yosemite of Oakhurst in a 6 p.m. game at Ceres High.
  • Bee staff writer Richard T. Estrada can be reached at or 578-2300.

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