The Amador Valley boys' basketball team enjoyed a nice run at the Dons City Classic hosted by Arroyo, as Pleasanton's Dons won both their games and took the championship.
The opening game saw Amador knock off Irvington 65-58. Colton Cash led the way with 22 points, including five 3-pointers. Mateo Jackson added 18 points with a pair of trey bombs.
Javier Gros had 10 points for the Dons, who led by 10 at the break before holding off a slight Irvington comeback in the second half.
In the championship, Amador faced the host -- the Arroyo Dons -- and found themselves looking up at a 16-10 deficit at the end of the first quarter. Amador rallied for a 19-13 second quarter edge, and the game was tied at the half at 29-29.
After a good offensive quarter for both teams, Amador led by two points heading into the fourth. It was there Amador pulled away, outscoring Arroyo 15-6 to take home the tournament championship.
Cash had 14 to lead the Amador Dons, including a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. Tyler Cheng added 11 points, with Yindja Fungula adding 11 as well.
Jackson ended up being named MVP of the tournament, with Cash getting a spot on the All-Tournament team.
Foothill boys' soccer
The Falcons ended up playing Deer Valley two times last week and rolled to a pair of wins, outscoring the Wolverines 13-0 in the two games.
The first was a non-league, regular-season game and was a 7-0 win. Alejandro Ramirez, Ryan Bongiorno, Matthew Tahir, Anthony Bonev, Tariq Mohammed and Gabe Hersch all scored goals for the Falcons.
Three days later in the first round of the Winter Classic the two met again with the outcome a 6-0 Foothill win.
This time the goal scorers were Harry Herlich, Colin Surridge, Brandon Misquita, Tahir and Alejandro Ramirez (2).
Have a great holiday season!
By the time this comes out in print, the kids will be out of school, and hopefully everyone will be in the full holiday celebration mode!
I wanted to take the time to wish all of you a great break and make sure to enjoy the time spent with family and friends.
If you are staying local, make sure to check out the Tri-Valley Preps Playbook for a schedule of holiday high sports locally. If you get chance, head out and check out some of our local teams. We are blessed to have talented teams at all levels, in all sports.
As we head towards the first of the year, I also want to thank all of you for taking the time to read this column, and/or the Tri-Valley Preps Playbook, my free subscription features/notebook that covers all things East Bay Athletic League.
Once again, it is free, but you need to sign up on the Pleasanton Weekly website to get it delivered each Tuesday to your inbox.
Right now, one of the features is the EBAL Power Rankings for basketball and soccer. Always discussion worthy, check it out.
Editor's note: Dennis Miller is a contributing sports writer for the Pleasanton Weekly. To contact him about his Pleasanton Preps column, email [email protected]