The lucky number is 49 for Tulare’s William Stallworth and Cantwell Sacred Heart’s Jose Estrada. San Jose Leigh sharpshooter Trevor Peterson also among best with 46-point night.
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(After games of Saturday, Feb. 18 and some games as of Tuesday, Feb. 21; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)
Jamir Andrews (Dublin)
The Gaels’ junior guard scored 32 points in a North Coast Section D2 opening-round 85-64 win over Rohnert Park Rancho Cotate.
Armani Collins (Stuart Hall, San Francisco)
He’s only a freshman, but at 6-foot-4 we may be hearing more about him in the future. For now, in a 47-40 win over Petaluma St. Vincent de Paul, Armani made like the Italian fashion guru, designing a double-double 19-point, 13-rebound performance.
Ryan Diew (Head-Royce, Oakland)
The Jayhawks’ junior had 30 points in an North Coast Section D5 opening-round 72-61 victory over Bay School of San Francisco.
Jose Estrada (Cantwell Sacred Heart, Montebello)
Scoring a career-high 49 points against St. Anthony of Long Beach, the Cardinals picked up a 72-65 win in the second-round of the CIF Southern Section Division 4A playoffs. He is averaging more than 30 points per game and his previous career-high was 47 points, which he has twice done this season. In the opening round of the playoffs, he scored 30 points in a 61-57 win over Loma Linda.
Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose)
You pretty much have to figure the 6-foot-8 junior phenom will be in this feature almost every week. He had 24 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks in a 54-48 West Catholic Athletic League semifinal victory over cross-town Bellarmine. Then, he took over in the fourth quarter of the playoff championship final against Sacred Heart Cathedral, scoring nine of his game-high 24 points and grabbing four of his 11 rebounds in the final quarter of a 50-47 victory.
Justin Holmes (Malibu)
Despite scoring 28 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, the Sharks’ season came to an end with a 64-53 loss to Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth in the opening-round of the CIFSS Division 4AA playoffs. Holmes is a 6-foot-6, 250-pound sophomore who averaged 18.2 points and 14.1 rebounds per game.
Keilan Horton (Culver City)
The Centaurs may have started the postseason with a losing record, but moved to 14-13 on the year with a 53-49 CIFSS Division II-A second-round win over Savanna of Anaheim as Horton led the way with 29 points and eight rebounds.
Liam Hunt (Drake, San Anselmo)
The 6-foot-6 Australian-born junior makes another appearance in this feature after recording a triple-double 14 points, 18 rebounds and 10 blocks in an North Coast Section Division III opening-round 77-52 win over visiting Richmond De Anza.
Cory Lange (Tehachapi)
He scored 38 points in a 77-61 win over Taft. He then finished the week with 25 points in a 75-51 losing effort against Bakersfield Christian.
Cole McConnell (Sacred Heart Prep, Atherton)
The 6-foot-5 senior poured in a season-high 32 points with six 3-pointers in a 69-63 victory over host San Jose Harker.
Zach Moreno (Le Grand)
A football star for the Bulldogs last fall, Moreno scored a team-high 30 points in a 71-59 win over Mariposa. It was the team’s final Southern League game of the season.
Eli Morris (Branson, Ross)
Last week, the 6-foot-4 senior had double-doubles of 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 65-59 win over Novato, and 10 points and 12 rebounds in a low-scoring 34-32 win over Marin Catholic of Kentfield. He only had nine points and eight rebounds in the Marin County Athletic League playoff championship game, but it was enough to lead the Bulls to a 44-40 victory.
Mamadou Ndiaye (Brethren Christian, Huntington Beach)
The 7-foot-5 center scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Warriors posted their second CIFSS playoff victory by topping Linfield Christian of Temecula 66-54.
A.J. Newell (Berean Christian, Walnut Creek)
The junior guard deposited a season-high of 30 points in a 71-69 win over College Park of Pleasant Hill. He already has 22 points this week in a 67-49 win over Fortuna in the North Coast Section Div. IV playoffs.
Trevor Peterson (Leigh, San Jose)
It was a fat sandwich for the Longhorns’ guard in three games last week in the Blossom Valley Athletic League playoffs. The 6-foot-4 senior started the week with 26 points in a 63-20 win over San Jose Lincoln. He followed that up with a 46-point effort in an 83-78 win over Santa Teresa (San Jose) that included 11 makes on 3-point shots, a number that falls just short of making the state record book. Finally, in a 50-37 playoff title-game victory over a Piedmont Hills of San Jose team that the Longhorns had lost to twice during the regular season, Peterson deposited 23 points to give him 95 points total for the three games.
Marley Simmons (Morse, San Diego)
He had double-digit assists in five of his last six games heading into this week. Simmons handed out 12 assists and scored 13 points in a 79-63 win over Serra of San Diego last week. That was followed with 16 points and had 11 assists in a 52-39 win over Mira Mesa of San Diego to end the regular season.
William Stallworth (Tulare)
A State Athlete of the Week from 2011, Stallworth set a school record by scoring 49 points in a 79-66 win against Tulare Western. Earlier in the week, he scored 23 points in a narrow 73-69 victory over Mission Oak of Tulare. Guess you can say William owns Tulare.
Chris Swartz-Edmisten (Sacramento Waldorf, Fair Oaks)
The state's top reported scorer who is averaging 34.6 points per game poured in 41 points as the Waves ended the regular season with a 74-67 win over Victory Christian of Carmichael.
Charlie Thompson (Clovis West, Fresno)
The senior standout scored 32 points in back-to-back games and according to Central Section historian Bob Barnett became the 13th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. The first game was an 86-43 win over Clovis East with the second 79-67 over Clovis.
Grant Verhoeven (Central Valley Christian, Visalia)
The senior standout scored 27 points and had 16 rebounds and three blocks when the Cavaliers clobbered Selma 70-32. Grant then finished off the regular season with 36 points, 21 rebounds and 11 blocks in a 74-52 win against Immanuel of Reedley.
Javion Watson (San Ysidro, San Diego)
After scoring just 29 total points in the two previous games, Watson erupted for 33 in the Cougars’ regular season finale but it wasn't enough as they suffered a 91-86 loss to Sweetwater of National City.