There aren’t many easy games in East Bay Athletic League play, and Dublin coach Tom Costello knows that.
“There’s not a lot of breathing room,” he said. “If you’re a competitor, you got to love this environment.”
After suffering a two-point loss at De La Salle on Friday, Dublin bounced back with a 79-75 victory on the road over San Ramon Valley on Tuesday in a packed gym.
The Gaels — ranked ninth by the Bay Area News Group — improved to 15-7 overall and 4-1 in league play.
No. 7 SRV fell to 17-5, 1-4.
Courtney Anderson (28 points), Jalen Stokes (15 points), Mehki Thomas (15 points) and Donovan Cooks (10 points) scored in double figures for Dublin, which made 14 consecutive free throws.
The Gaels are playing with a bit of a chip on their shoulder.
“They just feel a little bit overlooked and a little bit under the radar,” Costello said. “In their eyes, it’s a little disrespectful, I guess. And they want to prove people wrong.”
San Ramon Valley has seen firsthand how grueling it is in the EBAL. The Wolves were 15-1 and on an 11-game winning streak when league play started.
No. 1 Dougherty Valley 79, Amador Valley 56
Conner Sevilla scored 30 points for Dougherty Valley in its win over visiting Amador Valley in an EBAL game. Blake Hudson and Aadi Malali added 13 points for the winning side. Mateo Jackson scored 19 points for Amador Valley. Dougherty Valley improved to 20-2, 5-0. Amador Valley fell to 11-10, 1-4.
No. 3 Clayton Valley 54, College Park 44
Clayton Valley extended its winning streak to 11 games with a win over visiting College Park in Diablo Athletic League Foothill Division play. Elijah Perryman scored 23 points and James Moore had 17 points for Clayton Valley, which improved to 19-2, 7-0. College Park fell to 11-9, 1-6.
No. 4 Salesian 66, No. 10 Pinole Valley 59
Salesian avenged a loss on Saturday to Centennial-Corona by beating Pinole Valley on the road in a Tri-County Athletic League Rock Division game. Amani Johnson scored 13 points, Emerson Jones had 11 points and Alvin Loving finished with 10 points for Pinole Valley (15-7, 6-0). Kaleb Allison (18 points), Zion Wilburn (14 points) and Jordy McKenzie (11 points) scored in double figures for Pinole Valley (19-4, 5-2).
No. 5 Archbishop Riordan 69, Sacred Heart Cathedral 58
Riordan, playing at home in San Francisco, remained undefeated in West Catholic Athletic League play. Achilles Woodson (21 points), Jasir Rencher (16 points), Christian Wise (11 points) and Nathan Tshamal (10 points) scored in double figures for Riordan, which improved to 14-3, 7-0. SHC dropped to 9-7, 3-3.
No. 6 Archbishop Mitty 76, Valley Christian 49
Princeton-bound Derek Sangster scored 23 points in Mitty’s win over visiting Valley Christian in WCAL play. Nathan d’Abreu Noronha added 15 points, Kai Grouleau had 11 points and Gavin Ripp scored nine points for the Monarchs, who improved to 14-3, 6-1. Valley Christian dropped to 6-11, 1-6.
No. 12 Campolindo 64, Acalanes 61
Campolindo bounced back from Saturday’s loss to St. Mary’s-Stockton with a road win over Acalanes in DAL Foothill Division play. Logan Robeson (17 points), Dylan Mansour (15 points), Clay Naffziger (13 points) and Shane O’Reilly (11 points) finished with double-digit scoring for Campolindo, which improved to 14-6, 5-1. Acalanes dropped to 11-8, 3-3.
No. 19 California 49, Foothill 47
California snapped its three-game winless streak with a victory on the road over Foothill in Pleasonton. Anish Chilukuri scored 14 points, Amari Gray had 13 points and Adam Zalami added 10 points for California (15-7, 3-2). Carter Donlon scored 19 points for Foothill (13-9, 1-4).
No. 4 Salesian 61, Pinole Valley 44
Salesian beat visiting Pinole Valley in a Tri-County Athletic League Rock Division game. Madalyn Kanazawa (13 points), Nyana Asiasi (11 points), and Eryn Gardner (10 points) scored in double figures for Salesian, which improved to 18-4, 7-0. Pinole Valley slipped to 15-7, 5-2.
No. 6 San Ramon Valley 79, Dublin 35
Sierra Chambers (17 points) led the way for San Ramon Valley in its victory over host Dublin. Sofia Bowes scored 15 points, Avery Knapp had 10 points and Tera Chen had 10 points for San Ramon Valley, which improved to 19-3, 6-0. Dublin dropped to 9-9, 1-4.
No. 8 Acalanes 62, Campolindo 37
Dulci Vail had 16 points and Karyss Lancanlele scored 14 points in Acalanes’ win over host Campolindo in DAL Foothill Division play. Acalanes improved to 14-6, 6-0. Campolindo dropped to 8-11, 1-6.
No. 10 Heritage 62, Liberty 26
Heritage, playing at home, bounced back from a loss to Oakland Tech by routing Liberty in Bay Valley Athletic League play. UCLA-bound Amanda Muse, who was selected on Tuesday to play in the McDonald’s All-American game, scored 10 points and Aubrey Villamor had nine points. Heritage improved to 16-4, 5-0. Liberty dropped to 11-10, 4-1.
No. 11 Monte Vista 61, James Logan 29
Nia Coleman scored a career-high 30 points in Monte Vista’s non-league win over visiting James Logan. Rachel Brans and Sarina Nagra each scored 12 points for the winning side. Vannessa Parilla scored nine points for Logan. Monte Vista improved to 16-4. Logan fell to 9-9.
No. 12 Miramonte 54, Northgate 30
Karena Eberts scored 19 points and Courtney Scheingart had 13 points in Miramonte’s win at home over Northgate in a DAL Foothill Division game. Miramonte improved to 18-3, 6-1. Northgate slipped to 16-6, 5-3.
No. 15 Los Gatos 53, Homestead 33
Los Gatos extended its winning streak to 10 games with a victory over visiting Homestead in Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Divison play. Ashley Childers scored 17 points and Nicole Steiner had 13 points for Los Gatos, which improved to 15-3, 6-0. Homestead is 10-8, 2-4.
No. 20 Crystal Springs Uplands 42, Menlo School 40
Maile Bateman scored nine points and Caitlyn Kramer had eight points in Crystal Springs Upland’s win over host Menlo School in a West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division game. Crystal Springs extended its winning streak to four games and improved to 14-2, 4-0. Menlo School fell to 8-6, 1-3.