Alexan­der great in three NorCal wins for Bru­ins

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - SPORTS - By Thomas Gase [email protected]­aldon­line.com @tga­sevth on Twit­ter

Greek bi­og­ra­pher and es­say­ist Plutarch once re­marked, “And when Alexan­der saw the breadth of his do­main, he wept for there were no more worlds to con­quer.”

Although the St. Pa­trickSt. Vin­cent High boys bas­keteven

ball team doesn’t have a king of

the an­cient Greek king­dom or

opponents. just some­one idol­ized by “Die Hard” vil­lain Hans Gru­ber, the Bru­ins do have an Alexan­der — Jaden — and he’s help­ing his team get rid of all pos­si­ble

This week alone he scored 68 com­bined points in help­ing St. Pat’s dis­pose of three more teams as the Bru­ins now pre­pare for the cham­pi­onship game in the North­ern Cal­i­for­nia Di­vi­sion II State Play­offs Tues­day night against We­ston Ranch. For the sec­ond time this year, Alexan­der is the Times-Her­ald Ath­lete of the Week.

Although the Bru­ins have been helped by a core of three play­ers (Jalen Scott, Dis­hon Jack­son and Alexan­der) as well as a num­ber of solid role play­ers, Alexan­der has been the one re­lied on the most.

“He’s been our most con­sis­tent player, no doubt,” St. Pat’s head coach Derek Walker said. “A lot of that is be­cause he’s played ev­ery game and been healthy. But it’s also be­cause he has found out how to play to his strengths this year. He’s more com­fort­able and has more con­fi­dence.”

Alexan­der, a ju­nior who trans­ferred from Van­den High last year, agrees with Walker.

“I had a lit­tle bit of a learn­ing curve last sea­son,” Alexan­der said. “It was my first year on var­sity and I was a lit­tle afraid to make mis­takes. Also I’ve got­ten a lit­tle more open shots this year be­cause of my team.”

Although Alexan­der av­er­aged about 23 points a con­test dur­ing this week’s three play­off wins, he’s com­fort­able know­ing that on any given night he can be picked up by Scott or Jack­son. For in­stance in the first-round matchup this week, Scott was the hero with a gamewin­ning shot in the fi­nal sec­onds against San Ramon Val­ley. In the quar­ter­fi­nals Jack­son came up big with 29 points against De Anza.

“I’m never go­ing to force any­thing, be­cause I know D.J. or Jalen can get us a big shot too,” Alexan­der said. “On any night both of those

guys can get us 25 points.”

Alexan­der was no slouch scor­ing in three con­tests this week as he added 18 against San Ramon and an­other 24 against De Anza, but he re­ally came ready to play in the semi­fi­nals against Sa­cred Heart Prep on Satur­day. In the first quar­ter against the Ga­tors, the Bruin ju­nior had 14 points on 6 of 7 shoot­ing. He had four dunks in that con­test too.

That be­ing said, Alexan­der didn’t know for sure he was go­ing to have a huge game by the way he shot in warm-ups.

“No, not re­ally, it’s al­ways hard to tell that early,” the 17-year-old said. “It’s usu­ally all about my team­mates and whether or not I’m ag­gres­sive or not. If some­one else has the hot hand, I’ll gladly give it to them, but we were get­ting a lot of steals and fast break points. I was able to get into the lane and not set­tle for any­thing less.”

St. Pat’s lost to We­ston Ranch ear­lier this year on Jan. 25, but the Bru­ins are hop­ing for re­venge at home on Tues­day. If St. Pat’s wins they would play in a state ti­tle game at Golden 1 Cen­ter on the week­end.

“We’re locked in and fo­cused right now dur­ing this seven-game win­ning streak,” Alexan­der said. “But we need to stay hun­gry and stay fo­cused. We­ston Ranch is play­ing very good too right now and they al­ready beat us once, so we can’t look past them if we want to get to Sacra­mento.”

Honor­able men­tion

• Ash­ley Cayabyab, Vallejo bad­minton. Cayabyab won her sin­gles set 212, 21-9 against De Anza and also teamed up with Kate­lyn Lozada to win their dou­bles match 21-15, 21-12.

• Lian Chang, Beni­cia base­ball. Chang pitched 5 2/3 in­nings of relief against Amer­i­can Canyon and struck out 11 bat­ters in a win.

• Ethan DeLange, St. Pat’s boys swim­ming. DeLange won the 200 IM and 100 back­stroke against Bethel

on Tues­day.

• Julio Es­co­bar Jr., Bethel boys ten­nis. Es­co­bar won his sin­gles match against St. Pat’s by a score of 6-1, 6-2. He also won his sin­gles match on Tues­day against Pi­nole Val­ley.

• Sameerah Evans, Vallejo High girls track and field. Evans took first place in the triple jump, long jump and 100-me­ter dash at the Vallejo Re­lays Satur­day at Cor­bus Fied. Her leap in the triple jump (40 feet, 1 inch) was a new school record.

• Mar­shaun Gaines and David Whit­ten, Vallejo base­ball. The two pitch­ers com­bined for a five-in­ning no­hit­ter against Rich­mond.

• Dis­hon Jack­son, St. Pat’s bas­ket­ball. Jack­son had 29 points, 11 re­bounds and four blocked shots in a win over De Anza on Thurs­day.

• Alexci John­son, St. Pat’s soft­ball. John­son went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and four runs scored against St. Mary’s. She also had three hits against Bethel.

• Lorenzza Mar­cacci, Beni­cia High soft­ball. Mar­cacci was 3-for-3 with three runs scored in a win over Lodi on Thurs­day. She was also 3-for-3 with two dou­bles in a win over Amador.

• Diego Men­ji­var, Beni­cia base­ball. Men­ji­var threw a com­plete-game, four-hit­ter in a vic­tory over Deer Val­ley.

• An­gelina Ro­driguez, AmCan soft­ball. Ro­driguez threw a com­plete-game four hit­ter and struck out seven in a win over San Rafael on Fri­day.

• Tameiya Sadler, St. Pat’s girls bas­ket­ball. Sadler scored 24 points in a win over Aragon on Tues­day in NorCals.

• Ma­teo San­tos, Bethel base­ball. San­tos struck out 13 bat­ters in a com­pletegame, one-hit­ter for the Jaguars over Her­cules on Wed­nes­day.

• Jalen Scott, St. Pat’s boys bas­ket­ball. Scott hit a gamewin­ning shot in the fi­nals sec­onds of a win over San Ramon Val­ley on Tues­day.

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