By Lamonte Dewindt
CASTRO VALLEY – The University boys basketball team routed Bay Counties League West rival Lick-Wilmerding 80-50 to win its fourth straight Redwood Christian Invitational tournament championship on Friday at Neighborhood Church.
The Red Devils (3-0) rode a hot start from tournament MVP, senior guard David Medoff, to build a 19-6 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.
Medoff opened the game with a nine-point first quarter and each made basket allowed University to set up its full-court pressure defense, which would wreak havoc on Lick-Wilmerding over the course of the game. The senior finished with a game-high 22 points on 6-of-8 shooting from three point-range.
The Red Devils made 10-of-36 attempts from three-point range and sped up the pace of the game to help create open looks off dribble penetration.
“Not only did we make shots, but that was a product of guys sharing the sugar,” said University head coach Randal Bessolo. “They did a good job of moving the ball and finding the open shooter.”
University also forced Lick into 26 turnovers, including 15 on steals.
“I think we did a real good job playing 32 minutes of pressure defense,” Bessolo said. “They have lot of great players and we didn’t really let them play how they like to play.”
The Tigers (3-1) struggled to create open looks, were unable to dig themselves out of the early deficit and shot just 33 percent from the field.
Junior guard David Allen was the only Lick player to reach double figures with 12 points and proved to be the only guard capable enough to get into the lane and finish shots after breaking the pressure.
The contested shots that were falling for University did not fall for the Tigers and they missed many close opportunities, including a wide-open dunk that bounced off the back rim.
The senior forward tandem of Matthew Bergland and Andrew Rauch struggled throughout due to foul trouble and never got into a rhythm offensively.
Bergland finished with eight points, while Rauch, who was named to the all-tournament team, added five.
“We have a young bunch of guards [and] this was our first big game, where we played a really good team,” said Lick head coach Eliot Smith. “You could tell the difference and we weren’t ready to play.”
David Medoff – 22
James Burton – 16
Harold Getz – 12
Will Carroll – 8
Chris Mah – 6
David Allen – 12
Matthew Bergland – 8
Benjamin Schneider – 6
Three players tied with 5 points