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Priory boys off and running at Redwood hoops Classic


David Ajanaku-Makun scored 21 points and Priory beat Laytonville 66-26 in the first round of the 62th annual Redwood Classic in Boonville on Thursday.

Zach Zafran added 13 points and was the team leader in assists, rebounds and steals for the Panthers (2-0), who advance into the winner's bracket in the tournament known as "The Biggest Little Basketball Tournament in the World,"with huge local support.

David Ajanaku-Makun
Pinewood (1-1) dropped its opener to defending tournament champion Bradshaw Christian, 57-39.

Pinewood has won the tournament twice while Priory's best showing was a third-place finish three years ago, when Emmanuel Ajanaku-Makun, who got younger brother David interested in playing basketball four years ago, was an all-tournament pick.

Menlo School won the 1982 Redwood Classic title, when current Menlo girls coach John Paye was named tournament MVP.

Sophomore Ashton Axe and freshman Tayo Sobemehin combined to add another 13 points for Priory.

Crusader Classic

Senior James Pleasants helped Sacred Heart Prep get off to a great start but the Gators couldn't sustain it, dropping a 68-65 decision to St. Patrick's-St. Vincent's Vallejo in the first round of the Crusader Classic at Riordan High in San Francisco on Thursday.

Pleasants scored all 15 of his points on 3-pointers as the Gators nailed 11 of them to the Bruins' one.

The Bruins, who finished 20-12 and reached the first round of the State NorCal Regional tournament, losing to Serra, made up for it with plenty of trips (19 of 27) to the foul line.

Charlie Selna also scored 15 points for SHP (0-1), which meets KIPP San Francisco College Prep at 3 p.m. Friday. Senior Jai Deshpande and sophomore Aidan Braccia each scored 13.


Mid-Peninsula extended its season opening winning streak to four games with a 53-43 victory over visiting Apostles Lutheran on Thursday.

Andries Castellano and Dawson Kinnamon each recorded a double-double. Castellano scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, eight on the offensive boards. Kinnamon had 13 points and 17 rebounds, also eight offensively.

Castellano also blocked three shots as the Dragons are off to their best start in eight years. They opened the 2011 season on a 7-0 run.

Mid-Peninsula, which won five games all of last year, hosts Kehillah at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Rams (1-1) will be looking for a little payback after losing to Dragons on Monday.

Woodside is putting together a pretty good start as well, beating Mesa Verde 55-30 in the first round of the Mira Loma Tournament on Thursday to improve to 3-0 on the season.

The Wildcats led 43-11 at halftime and then substituted liberally in the second half.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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