Boys Basketball: St. Ignatius drops first game to Sheldon in Fr. Barry Classic

By Aidan Fitzsimon

CARMICHAEL — Sheldon High School looked vulnerable early in the opening round of the Father Barry Classic at Jesuit High School, but quickly showed St. Ignatius why they are a Sacramento-area power and cruised to a 67-44 win.

St. Ignatius (0-1) led 6-4 early in the first quarter, but Sheldon (2-0) went on a 9-0 run to end the frame and the Wildcats never held another lead.

The Wildcats found little refuge in the second quarter, when the Huskies came out with a full-court pressure defense that led to several St. Ignatius turnovers and helped build a 32-11 Sheldon lead at the half.

“We held them to 11 points in the first half,” said Sheldon head coach Joey Rollings. “[In the] second half we came out slow, but the first half was really good [defensively].”

The Huskies used a balanced scoring attack, with only juniors Dakari Allen and Ryan Manning scoring in double figures with 10 points apiece.

With five players still playing football and standout junior Stephen Domingo out with a wrist injury, the Wildcats only had nine players suited up for the game and lost junior Vince Butler early in the first quarter to another injury.

In the first half, the Wildcats struggled to find an offensive spark, but in the second, they got a push from sophomore point guard Trevor Dunbar, who had 12 points in the half and lead all scorers with 16 in the game.

“We’re still learning stuff. Guys are still figuring out the rules,” said St. Ignatius head coach Tim Reardon. “You try not to make excuses about the football players and Stephen not being here, [but] these guys have to figure out what they can do to win too.”

The tournament, which features eight teams from three different states, is considered one of the elite tournaments in California. The Huskies advance to play national power Strake Jesuit of Houston, Texas, while the Wildcats will play a tough Oakland Tech team in the consolation bracket on Friday.

“It was good preparation,” Reardon said. “These last two weeks we played St. Joseph Notre Dame [in a scrimmage] and Sheldon tonight, which will prepare us for Oakland Tech. So, hopefully we’ve learned enough to be successful tomorrow.”

Scoring Leaders

Sheldon
Dakari Allen — 10
Ryan Manning — 10
Armani Hampton — 9
Devon Chapple — 8
Nate Iese — 8

St. Ignatius
Trevor Dunbar — 16
Antonio Aguilar — 10
Nicolas Johnson — 6
Daniel McLean-Vernic — 4
Michael Loginoff — 3

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20 Comments

  1. Sam says:

    Si lost this game by over 20 points. Even with some guys on injury, their is no excuse to lose by that much. Isnt SI suppose to be the team to beat?

    • ARHS Stats says:

      Sheldon is one of the best teams in Northern California and will probably advance to the NorCal Quarterfinals or Semifinals before losing in the playoffs this season.

      They should have a chance to play for a State Championship.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Trevor Dunbar making it known that he on the RiSE to the TOP watch when Stephen Domingo get back its go get real. Trevor Dunbar CLASS of 2014 straight out of Hunters Points forever a young legend go show ya’ll this YEAR he the truth. #WORD Keep focus SI its go get better

  3. si alum says:

    Aiden, it was Matt Brown that went out with an injury, not Quin Butler. Also, the roster has 4 players coming from football.

  4. YAC says:

    It was Matt brown not vince that went down

  5. Anonymous says:

    In their own minds they are……….I believe they will be middle of the pack in league play. I give the edge in WCAL league play to Mitty hands down. After that you have SHCP, Serra, and St. Francis. SI will contend for 4th place I believe and 3rd isn’t a stretch for them either if Domingo returns with not too much rust on him. Good luck to all the teams.

  6. sf fan says:

    Sam, it was more like a 30 point loss. SI played their starters the entire 4th quarter, while Sheldon played their reserves. SI was totally out coached as they tried to run their 1970 style offense and slow the ball down, but they’re not big enough with the line up they play to run a slow down game. They have a chance if they let sophomore Trevor Dunbar run his game and having Domingo back in the line up will make a significant difference. The telling comment was from Riordan when he said “guys are still figuring out the rules”. This is an over controlling style that is left over from when SI had dominant teams in the late 70’s and 80’s. Until they let in a coach from outside of their control like Lippi, they will continually finish 5th or 6th in WCAL.

  7. Paul B. says:

    I wonder if Albert Watters and/or Kevin O’Connor R on this year’s SI boys basketball team?

  8. Ari Gold says:

    Sheldon is a very good team year after year. This is the same school that produced all time scoring leader in CA history, Demarcus Nelson (Duke). SI is short-handed. Probably would’ve been a single digit loss if they had their full team.

  9. Riordan/SC Mom says:

    Aidan, nice article, great to see your name up there. Keep up the good work!

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