Boys Basketball: Riordan continues winning ways with rout of Balboa

Riordan senior guard Daniel Selsor (left) slides in front of Balboa senior forward Fletcher Brown on Friday at Archbishop Riordan High School. (Photo by Christian Chew)

By Bonta Hill

Considered an afterthought among the City’s best teams, the Archbishop Riordan High School boys basketball has proved otherwise the last two nights.

A night after their rout of University on Thursday night, the Crusaders jumped all over Balboa High School in a 67-39 non-league win on Friday.

After Balboa (10-3) cut the early Riordan lead to 11-9 midway through the first quarter, the Crusaders (5-2) went on a 16-2 run and the Bucs would get no closer.

Riordan junior point guard Geru Mabrey goes up for an uncontested layup against Balboa on Friday at Archbishop Riordan High School. (Photo by Christian Chew)

“I thought we played well and we’re on the upswing right now,” said Riordan head coach Rich Buckner. “Guys are buying into what we’re trying to do and we’re creating our offense with our defense.”

The Riordan defense forced 17 turnovers, including 12 in the first half. Riordan also out-rebounded the smaller Bucs 41-27 and limited Balboa to 36 percent shooting from the floor

“Riordan did a really did a good job of playing defense tonight,” said Balboa head coach Val Cubales. “The biggest thing was we couldn’t get back on defense and we struggled with their transition game.”

Leading the charge for the Riordan defense was point guard Geru Mabrey.

The junior finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, and three steals, while constantly hounding the Balboa guards, leading to numerous fast breaks.

Riordan sophomore guard Bobby Arenas also came within a rebound of his second straight double-double, finishing with 14 points and nine rebounds.

“Bobby has been a pleasant surprise and he adds an element of toughness on the floor for us,” Buckner said. “Geru is starting to become the floor general and the extension of the coaches for us.”

Balboa, which has been one of the City’s pleasant surprises in the early season, will look to improve off of their disappointing performance, as they will have to face similar athleticism in Academic Athletic Association play.

“This game is set to always prepare us for games like Lincoln and Mission,” Cubales said. “This is a learning experience and we just have to learn from it.”

Riordan will head into the South San Francisco tournament with an abundance of confidence, but with back-to-back blowout wins over City teams, the Crusaders will no longer be able to sneak up on their opposition.

“I think a little more will be expected of us now, but we like flying under the radar,” Buckner said. “As long as our defense stays solid, I think we may be okay this year.”

Scoring Leaders

Riordan
Bobby Arenas — 14
Geru Mabrey — 12
Daniel Selsor — 11
Anthony Castillo — 10
D.J. Harvey — 8

Balboa
Jonathon Burnoski — 20
DiJon Jones — 8
Andrew Gary — 7
Lamar Anderson — 4

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11 Comments

  1. Feel The Pain says:

    I had the Crusaders by 20+ in this game a post a few weeks back. For the CITY they are behind SH and SI, with maybe only Mission as a team who can challenge them. Balboa is not that bad and will make some noise in the AAA, but they are not on the level of Riordan. SI took apart a Washington team by 40 whom Lowell defeated by 3 early in the season. Only the AAA’s elite like a Mission or Lincoln can play with the CITY WCAL schools, and that’s even generous. SH and SI are a notch above everyone and Riordan is arguably the third best in the City. I still think Marshall is a team to watch When they hit AAA play they will be a force to be reckoned with. Only time will tell.

  2. JJ says:

    I will be at Riordan when they play SI on January 3. It should be a good game. Plus, Riordan has one of the best concession stands in all of Northern California, and you can eat in the stands — unlike many other schools who have a strict policy of no food or drink in the gym.

  3. Anonymous says:

    it’s about time Balboa lost. they are not that good.

    • Feel The Pain says:

      They essentially play with 5 guards on the floor. They have no inside game and no real bangers to grab the boards. They have done well to win as many games to date as they have, but eventually the lack of big bodies down low to complement the guards will be their downfall. Good AAA team but not enough muscle to make a run for the AAA title.

  4. Fan says:

    Arenas plays bigger then his listed height of 6’0 and will have to channel some old school Eric Newman when he gets to league play against some of the bigger bodies he will face. If their center Gilleran becomes more consistent hitting those two footers then they will come away with some wins and probably an upset or two but its all about them playing tough defense and hitting their opportunities when they present themselves.

  5. Mike. A says:

    Balboa has a lot of work to do

  6. Bball says:

    If you compare balboa to Marshall, Marshall has taller kids. With Marshall having some players that’s 6’6. Balboa can’t compete with that. You can’t teach height.

  7. SF FAN says:

    Marshall will be on the road to the championship this year without Theotis Hill They have some smart players and are playing team ball. Guard play is nice with Smith your floor general and Parker a scorer with 6’6 Alexander the Great. They will have a great run…BIG question will senior guard Sears be around for the season?

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