North rally falls short in Optimist boys game

Woodcreek’s Peska scores 18, earns North team MVP award
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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The North boys team cut a 20-point halftime deficit to two in Saturday night’s annual Optimist all-star basketball games before falling to the South 97-87 at Center High School.

North coach Jason Sitterud of Granite Bay went local in the second half, and the Roseville-area players did the job. Sitterud rotated a combination of Granite Bay’s Robert Duncan, Jon Davis and Jacob Keys with Woodcreek’s John Peska and Devin Murphy and Oakmont’s John Adenrele to whittle away at the deficit.
Peska made five three-pointers and scored a team-high 18 points.

“He caught fire there at the end,” Sitterud said. “He has a knack for being at the right place at the right time. He’s always around the ball.”

Defensively, the North trapped and offensively began running a pick and roll with Davis and Keys. Davis scored 12 points.

Duncan “did his usual stuff,” according to Sitterud, attacked the rim and scored 16 points. Adenrele provided defense and guarded the rim. Adenrele scored six points, including a follow dunk, Murphy scored five and Keys four.

“I was really pleased with our guys, Peska and Murphy from Woodcreek and J.T. from Oakmont,” Sitterud said. “Those guys stood out.”

Robert Garrett of Sacramento, a 6-foot-11 center, led all scorers with 21 points and was named the MVP for the South. Adenrele spent some of his court time defending Garrett.

“It was a good experience for him, having to guard the Sac kid,” Oakmont coach Rick Campbell said of Adenrele, who’s 6-6.

The North won the girls game 95-90. Woodcreek senior Joleen Chanco scored six points on two free throws, a pull-up and “a tough layup,” according to Timberwolves coach Raymond Beck, who served as a North assistant to head coach Mike Takayama of Del Oro. Beck also said Chanco had a couple of assists and no turnovers.

Crystal Sewell of Del Oro scored 17 points and was the North MVP. Briana Charles of St. Francis scored a game-high 26 points and was the MVP for the South.
Takayama was inducted into the Optimist Hall of Fame.