The American Canyon High boys basketball team finally began its first streak of the season last week, a winning one, extending it to three victories with Friday night’s 59-55 decision over visiting Vallejo.
The Wolves were tied with Benicia for second place in the Solano County Athletic Conference at 2-1 going into Wednesday’s home game against first-place Vanden (3-0 SCAC).
Against Vallejo, Malik Ghiden racked up 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Joee Gantan had 16 points, Davin Lusung eight points, and John Wade seven points. Markest Johnson, Roman Madayag and Oliver Aandahl brought great defensive energy, head coach Brett Wedding said.
American Canyon (11-8 overall) will play Friday at Fairfield, which also beat Vallejo by four points, before hosting Las Lomas – the team ranked 12th in the state by MaxPreps.com – at 1 p.m. Saturday.
It will be one of seven games played on the first day of the Crush in the Valley showcase.
The other games are Bella Vista College Prep (Ariz.) vs. Balboa City School (Calif.) at 11:30 a.m.; Stuart Hall vs. Sacramento High at 2:30 p.m.; Trinity Prep (Nev.) vs. Hillcrest Academy (Ariz.) at 4 p.m.; San Joaquin Memorial vs. Salesian at 5:30 p.m.; Prolific Prep of Napa vs. Aspire Academy (Ky.) at 7 p.m.; and Clark (Nev.) vs. Bishop O’Dowd at 8:30 p.m.
On Sunday, it’s Balboa City vs. Trinity Prep (Nev.) at 11 a.m.; Bella Vista College Prep vs. Aspire Academy at 1 p.m.; and Hillcrest Academy vs. Prolific Prep at 3 p.m.
American Canyon routed visiting Bethel 51-22 on Jan. 17 behind pins from Elijah Beronilla (106 pounds), Mateo Delafuentes (120) and Justin Del Rosario (145) and a 15-13 decision by Sebastian Lopez (113). Winning by forfeit were Devin Garingarao (126), Zach Ferrer (132), Aaron Villa-Carlos (138), Marben Centeno (182) and Lucas Gramlick (285) each picked up a forfeit.
Fabian Moreno (152) lost 14-2, Joseph Brumm (160) fell 10-3, Aviyen Ferreira (170) lost 9-6, and Shannon McClinton (195) and Jesus Sanchez (220) each lost by pin.
It was Senior Night for the Wolves, as they recognized Julian Hester, Brumm, Ferreira and Gramlick from the boys side and Adrienne Dominguez, Angelina Ramirez and Maricela Seronio for the girls.
On Saturday at the Bethel girls tournament, Maylin Reyes took first place at 100 pounds, Alexis Schuller (160) and Adrienne Dominguez (170) each placed second, Yvonne Cruz (116) took third, and Amaya Maulino (100) grabbed a fourth.
In Saturday’s Chris Snowden Memorial Tournament at Drake High in San Anselmo, Villa-Carlos (132) and Gramlick (285) placed second, Sanchez (220) took fourth, Garingarao (120) was fifth, Brumm (160) took sixth, and Gabriel Camacho (106) placed seventh.
Robyn-Elizabeth Yan had a huge game with 26 points, nine rebounds and three assists for the Wolves, but visiting Bethel held on to win 60-55 on Jan. 16.
Adriauna Samodio added 15 points, six assists and two rebounds, Lauren Summers five points, two assists and four rebounds, AJ Cayetano three points and two rebounds, Erika Culannay two points, one assist and three rebounds, Louralei Salanga two points and one rebound, and Trinity Tapia two points, two rebounds and an assist.
In an 88-31 loss at Vanden on Tuesday, Yan had 11 points, six rebounds and a steal, Samodio eight points, seven rebounds, an assist and a steal, and Tapia seven points, two rebounds and an assist, Mariah Carlyle two points, two assists and a rebound, Salanga two points, three rebounds and an assist, and Summers one point and seven rebounds.
In a rainy 3-2 loss at Vallejo on Jan. 16, Mario Diaz slashed the Redhawks’ lead to 2-1 with a header in the 31st minute. The Wolves later got an own goal, but not the equalizer.
American Canyon bounced back Tuesday with a 5-1 victory at Vanden, improving to 2-1-1 in the SCAC and 5-3-3 overall. Jose Lopez scored a hat trick and Chris Hernandez and Adrian Ayala each had one goal for the Wolves, who will host Fairfield at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Christin Locke had a goal and assist as the Wolves blanked Bethel 2-0 on Jan. 17, Jaylynn Del Rosario had a goal, Ana Herrera had an assist, and goalkeeper Greta Fast recorded a shutout.
In Friday’s 3-1 win over visiting Vallejo. Herrera had two goals and an assist, Del Rosario one goal and one assist, and Isabelle Ramos one assist as the Wolves improved to 2-0-1 in the SCAC and 6-7-3 overall. They were to host Vanden on Wednesday and visit Fairfield on Friday.