The Prolific Prep boys basketball team of Napa, coming off two wins last week in Ohio, will face Wings Academy at 7 p.m. Saturday at Napa Valley College.
Prolific Prep (16-6 overall) had wins over IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida), 75-71, and Garfield Heights (Garfield Heights, Ohio), 71-43, last week at the Flyin’ to the Hoop Invitational in Dayton, Ohio.
“We played great out there,” head coach Billy McKnight said at Thursday’s practice at Grace Church of Napa Valley. “That was our best tournament of the year so far. Anytime you win two games out there, it’s a huge accomplishment. I think we’re starting to figure out what each guy is good at. And we’re playing good team basketball, especially offensively right now. Defensively, we still have a little ways to go.
“The guys are understanding the type of team that we have to be in order to win – and that’s taking care of the ball, making sure we get great shots every time down the court. We did a pretty good job offensively out there, taking care of it, getting great shots, and that helps our defense out.”
Saturday is CYO Basketball Night for Prolific Prep. Kids wearing their CYO basketball jerseys will get in for free at Saturday’s game.
Wings Academy is from Arizona.
Prolific Prep has been on the road for the majority of the season, with the Crew playing in Arizona, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida and Ohio.
“We’ve been on the road a lot. They’ve really done a heck of a job considering the number of miles we’ve put on,” said McKnight.
Sasha French scored 16 points, Adopo Amancho had 14 points and Jayden Hampton had 12 to lead the Napa Valley College men’s basketball team past host Contra Costa-San Pablo, 70-67, in a Bay Valley Conference game on Saturday.
French was 6 of 10 shooting and had seven rebounds and three blocks.
Amancho was 7 of 10 from the field and had nine rebounds, four assists, four blocks and two steals.
Hampton had three steals.
Armani Mills (seven points, three assists, three steals), Calvin Johnson (seven points, three rebounds), Akeem Dear (seven points, seven rebounds, two steals), Joe Fons (seven rebounds), Tom Salsman (six rebounds), and James Ned (three rebounds) also helped out for the Storm, which trailed 34-30 at the half.
Carroll College (Helena, Montana) senior forward Ryan Imhoff was named to the 2018 Small College Basketball Bevo Francis Award Top 100 Watch List, it was announced this week.
The award is given to the best player in the nation that competes in NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA Division I, NAIA Division II, USCAA and NCCAA, Carroll said on its website.
Imhoff, a Napa High School graduate, is averaging 20.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.9 steals and 1.2 blocks per game for Carroll (16-2 overall, 4-2 Frontier Conference).