Friday, February 20, 2009

Update on St. Mary's High (Aalim Moor)

St. Mary's High (Berkeley) has a grudge match game next against Salesian High (Richmond) after taking apart Kennedy High last night. San Jose State signee 6-4 Aalim Moor racked up a line of 15 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and a pair of dunks.

St. Mary's speeds to win
Pete Elman
Oakland Tribune Correspondent

You can't coach speed, and you certainly can't beat it, especially when it's in the quick hands and athletic feet of the St. Mary's High boys basketball team.

That speed helped the Panthers defeat visiting Kennedy 71-47 in a Bay Shore Athletic League semifinal on Thursday night.

With the win, No. 2 St. Mary's (24-3) will play No. 1 Salesian for the BSAL title on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Albany High.

St. Mary's took a 35-20 halftime lead and stretched it to a 59-31 margin with a track-meet like third period. Leading the way were Dominique Lee, who finished with 13 points, eight blocks, and six rebounds and senior captain Chris Brew, who added 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Brew, who will join his older brother Will next season at UC Santa Barbara, made several spectacular plays in the first half, and Lee made his presence known in the paint with resounding stuffs and breakneck drives to the bucket.

Fourth-seeded Kennedy (16-12) could not get untracked offensively as St. Mary's smothered it with its trademark defense, causing turnovers which resulted in easy baskets, often dunks by Lee and Aalim Moor. Moor finished with 15 points.

"We worked hard on our half-court defense this week," St. Mary's coach Manny Nodar said. "Our goal is to cut off the court and suffocate the opponent's offense."

Kennedy was led by Adonis Leacock's 11 points. Mariano Skinner also added seven points and five rebounds in the loss.

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