Around the Rim for Cal

Around the Rim for Cal

Cal Sports Digest and Scout Hoops have the top high school hoops tournaments in southern California covered this week, as California commits and targets take the floor throughout the Southland.

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. -- Take a gander at our highlights from the final game of the Oaks Christian Holiday Hardwood Invitational at Oaks Christian, as we focus on California signee Jordan Mathews, his freshman brother Jonah Mathews and fast-rising 2015 point Sedrick Barefield.







Jordan Mathews scored a game-high 32 points in a losing effort for Santa Monica, as the Vikings fell 80-69 in the title game of the Oaks Christian tournament, but the game was quite close for much of the first half -- as close as a 15-14 first-quarter lead for Barefield's Corona (Calif.) Centennial.

"They were just keying in on us," said the Bears signee. "We went away from what our coaches tell us. We just have to believe in our offense, what we do, what we find. We just did too much of what we thought was right, instead of what the team thought was right. If we had just stuck to our guns, and do what we do as a team, we can be better."

The Huskies stretched the lead out to as far as 19 points in the third quarter, before Mathews -- seemingly by sheer force of will -- helped lead a comeback.

"We exerted a lot of energy coming back, and after coming back, they would find the open man and get the shots," Mathews said. "[B.J. Russell] hit two straight open shots, after we scrambled and we battled for 28 seconds. We missed a defensive cover, they got an open shot and they hit it."

Thanks to full-court press defense by the Huskies and Barefield, soon enough Santa Monica was struggling to keep up, and couldn't finish off the comeback, never getting any closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

"We panicked," Mathews said. "It wasn't so much their press, because we'd seen it before. We were just wild. We weren't patient, and it wore us down."

Mathews did have some news on his younger brother Jonah, who finished with six points, four boards and two assists. Jonah is three and a half years younger than Jordan.

"That's fun," Mathews said of playing with his freshman brother. "He was getting buckets out there, so it's really fun ... He already wants to come to Cal with me. He wants to come."

A bit further south in Torrey Pines, our very own Josh Gershon scouted Kameron Rooks, 2014 Cal commit Ahmaad Rorie, 2013 signee Jabari Bird, 2014 big man target Evan Fitzner and 2015 Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd center Ivan Rabb down at Torrey Pines, in his four in-depth tourney recaps.

Torrey Pines Day One
Torrey Pines Day Two
Torrey Pines Day Three
Torrey Pines Day Four

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