No. 12 Free­dom romps

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - SPORTS - By Mitch Stephens Mitch Stephens cov­ers high school sports for The Chron­i­cle. He is a na­tional colum­nist for Max­preps.com

In a game filled with ath­letic tween­ers, Bailey Jones clearly stood tallest Fri­day night.

Free­dom-Oakley’s 6-foot-3 se­nior had 30 points and 16 re­bounds as the No. 12 Fal­cons won their Bay Val­ley Ath­letic League opener, beat­ing vis­it­ing Deer Val­ley-An­ti­och 70-54.

In a game with no player taller than 6-4, Jones made 12 of 18 shots — all in the lane, where he’s best known as a screener, Free­dom coach Drew Tor­res said.

“He’s too small to play post and not a good enough shooter to play from the perime­ter. He’s a mid­post guy who frees up oth­ers go­ing to the bas­ket,” Tor­res said. “But he’s our al­pha dog. He’s our vo­cal leader and strong as they come. You can’t move him out.”

Jones got po­si­tion all night, ei­ther for put­backs or for passes from point guard Baylei Cos­ton.

Cos­ton, a 5-11 ju­nior, had nine points to go with nine as­sists.

Deer Val­ley (13-4), which got 15 points off the bench from Dior Walker and 11 from Ray­dale Robin­son, fo­cused much of its de­fen­sive ef­forts on Free­dom’s lead­ing scorer, An­drew Mork.

The Wolver­ines, un­der firstyear coach Mark Hur­tado, held Mork to seven shots, but the 6-2 se­nior still man­aged 13 points.

But con­cen­trat­ing on Mork left space for Jones, who had seven bas­kets in the se­cond half, in­clud­ing five in the fourth quar­ter. Af­ter a slug­gish se­cond quar­ter, Free­dom (13-3) scored 41 points in the se­cond half.

“We had a re­ally good week of prac­tice,” Jones said. “It didn’t re­ally show in the first half. We strug­gled, but we showed some of our po­ten­tial in the se­cond half.”

Deer Val­ley, a com­bined 26-52 the pre­vi­ous three sea­sons, pro­vided sev­eral high­lights in its loss. Among them: Walker sent a fast­break pass off the back­board for 6-2 sopho­more Keenami Mag­gard, who dunked.

“I’ve seen them do that on film sev­eral times so I wasn’t that sur­prised,” Tor­res said. “But some of the guys on our bench were def­i­nitely taken aback. They have some im­pres­sive ath­letes and they play very hard.”

No. 6 Bishop O’Dowd-Oak­land 75, Mt. Eden-Hay­ward 57:

Naseem Gaskin scored 17 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quar­ter, B.J. Shaw added 15 pounds and 14 re­bounds, and Eli­jah Hardy had 10 re­bounds and 12 as­sists as the Drag­ons (7-6, 1-0) won their West Alameda County league opener at Mt. Eden (10-5, 0-2).

Other games:

Chris Wright scored 14 points and Will Cum­mins added 11 as host Cam­polindo-Mor­aga (11-5) opened Di­ablo-Foothill Ath­letic League play with a 47-31 vic­tory over Mi­ra­monte-Orinda (10-5). Ethan Fischler led Mi­ra­monte with 12 points. … Ethan Men­zies had 12 points and 11 re­bounds and Ryan Yerby had 17 points as Half Moon Bay (8-5, 3-0 Penin­sula Ath­letic League North) won at Jef­fer­son (66-54). Mark Pe­talver had 11 points for Jef­fer­son (8-7, 2-1).

No. 1 Mitty 77, No. 8 Sa­cred Heart Cathe­dral 51:

Made­line Hol­land had 15 points, Tahlia Garza 14 and Ha­ley Jones 12 points and 10 re­bounds as the host Monar­chs (12-2, 2-0 WCAL) won go­ing away against the Ir­ish (7-6, 1-1), who got 21 points from II­mar’I Thomas. No other SHC player scored in dou­ble fig­ures.

Other games:

Clair Steele scored 22 points and Elle Louie and Re­becca Welsh each had 18 as No. 4 Mi­ra­monte (14-2) pulled away for a 77-59 road win over 15th-ranked Cam­polindo (11-5) which got 17 points from Ha­ley Van Dyke. … Mag­gie Burke had 17 points and Ayzhi­ana Basallo added 15 as No. 9 St. Ig­natius (13-2, 1-1 WCAL) won 56-41 at No. 20 Pre­sen­ta­tion (12-4, 0-2).

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