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Big Games and Star Players

Patch spotlights some of last week's best basketball performances as well as takes a look at some of the important games in the week ahead.

The Granada High boys and girls basketball teams both have big games this week.

So does the San Leandro High boys squad and the girls teams from Carondelet and Amador Valley High.

Before we look ahead, Patch takes a look back at some of our spotlighted performances of the past week.

Boys Spotlighted Player of the Week

Joe McGlaston of Dublin High had quite a week. He knocked down 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Gaels 76-61 win over Las Lomas High on Tuesday. McGlaston made all nine of his two-point shots that evening. On Saturday, the 6-foot-4 junior guard/forward came back to score 20 points and record nine rebounds in Dublin's 79-57 victory over Redwood High. His coach, Tom Costello, said McGlaston is also a solid defensive player who has a positive impact on his campus.

Girls Spotlighted Player of the Week

Rose Tahaafe of James Logan High had a big game in the Colts' 55-51 overtime victory against Washington High on Thursday. Tahaafe scored 24 points, including eight in the extra period. She hit two free throw and a lay-up in the final seconds to preserve the victory. The 5-foot-7 senior forward is averaging 14.3 points a game this season.

Other Noteworthy Performances

Dawson Johnson of Castro Valley High scored a game high 28 points in the Trojans' 58-49 loss Friday night to San Leandro High. His coach, Nick Jones, said the 5-foot-9 senior guard plays hard all the time. He said Johnson is carrying extra responsibility as the only returning starter from last year's NCS championship team.

Courtney Seams of Amador Valley High had a "double double" in Friday and Monday's games for the Dons, leading her team to victory in both games. Her coach, Elizabeth Stanley, said the sophomore student athlete brings motivation to every game and carries a heavy load as the team's only center.

Logan Louks of San Ramon Valley High poured in 22 points in the Wolves' 57-45 loss to Amador Valley High last Friday. His coach, John Raynor, said the 6-foot-1 junior guard is "hard working, coachable and a great team player" as well as being respected by his teammates and coaches.

Greer Kieber of Northgate High scored 13 points in the Broncos' 60-26 victory Tuesday over Concord High as well as 18 points and nine rebounds in their 53-48 win Friday over Berean Christian High. Her coach, Dan Middleton, said the 5-foot-9 senior guard is a "quiet leader off the court. She doesn't say much, but the other players follow her everywhere."

Emily Barrett of Foothill High tallied 16 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots in the Falcons' 40-39 loss Tuesday against Livermore High. The 5-foot-8 freshman also snared six rebounds, scored three points and had two blocked shots in Foothill's 54-47 victory over California High on Friday.

Some of the important games coming up this week.

Tuesday

De La Salle High travels to Livermore to take on Granada High. The Spartans are 13-2 on the season and 3-1 in league play. Granada is 10-5 overall and 2-2 in league play. The game begins at 7 p.m.

Newark Memorial High's girls team travels to Union City to battle James Logan High. The Cougars are 9-8 overall and 2-1 in league. The Colts are 11-7 on the season and 3-1 in league. The game starts at 7:30 p.m.

Granada High's girls team travels to Concord to take on Carondelet High. The Matadors are 12-4 overall and 2-2 in league. Carondelet is 12-3 on the season and 4-0 in league. The game begins at 7 p.m.

Clayton Valley High's boy team heads to Concord High. The Eagles are 9-6 overall and 1-2 in league play. Concord High is 12-5 on the season and 3-1 in league. The game starts at 7 p.m.

Wednesday

Hayward High's girls team visits Castro Valley High to take on the Trojans in a league showdown. Hayward is 12-3 on the season and 6-0 in league play. Castro Valley is 10-4 overall and 4-1 in league. They've won seven in a row. The game starts at 5:30 p.m.

Friday

San Leandro High's boys team gets a home rematch against Bishop O'Dowd, a team that defeated them on Jan. 5. The Pirates are 13-3 overall and 5-1 in league. Bishop O'Dowd is 11-4 on the season and 6-0 in league. The game begins at 7 p.m.

Amador Valley High's girls team will be on the road to take on Livermore High. The Dons are 11-5 overall and 1-3 in league. Livermore is 9-7 on the season and 2-2 in league. The game starts at 7 p.m.

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