Top seeded San Francisco (28-1) will face a familiar opponent on Saturday night as the Rams will host 9th seeded Canada (22-7) for a place at the elite 8 in Ventura. The two teams will meet for a third time this season as the Rams have beat Canada two times in Coast North Conference action earlier this season. San Francisco comes into the contest fresh off a 92-71 victory over 16th seeded Cosumnes River last weekend. The Rams led by five at the break and used a big second half to break away from Cosumnes River to advance to the sweet 16. Malcolm Johnson had 18 points and 7 rebounds and Jason Ricketts added 17 points in the victory for San Francisco.
As far Canada, the Colts went on the road and squeeze out a 64-58 win over 8th seeded Cabrillo to advance to the sweet 16. Kaden Bradley had 14 points and 6 rebounds and Sean Orr added 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists in the victory for the Colts. This will be the second time this post season that the Colts will be on the road as Canada will look for their first victory over San Francisco this season. In the previous two meetings, the Colts suffered a 82-69 home loss against San Francisco and in the second meeting the Rams cruised past Canada 90-72.
In the first meeting on January 11th Deschon Winston scored 22 points and Emeka Udenyi added 16 points as San Francisco picked up the 82-69 victory on the road. Josh Blueford and Kaden Bradley each had 15 points for the Colts in the loss. When the two teams met on February 6th, Malcolm Johnson had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Deschon Winston added 14 points in the win for the Rams as San Francisco beat Canada for the second time in conference action. Josh Blueford had 23 points and Kaden Bradley added 10 points in the loss for the Colts.
San Francisco (28-1): The Rams come into the game as the favorite and one of the favorites to win the state championship. San Francisco has won 28 games this season and the Rams have been one of the most consistent teams in the state all season long. San Francisco went undefeated in Coast North Conference action and the Rams have not lost a game in 2009 and have won 14 straight games. Four Rams are averaging in double figures and San Francisco is led in scoring by Malcolm Johnson as the sophomore is averaging 13.5 points while grabbing 8.4 rebounds per contest. Johnson was named Most Valuable Player of the Coast North Conference and has been solid all season for the Rams. Deschon Winston is another standout for the Rams as the sophomore guard is averaging 13.6 points and 3.7 rebounds for San Francisco. Austin McCullough (15.3 points and 49% from downtown) has been solid for the Rams since his return, Walter Urbina (11.1 points and 4.8 rebounds), Dale Currie (9.3 points), Emeka Udenyi (9.1 points) and Jason Ricketts (9.6 points) are all players that add depth to one of the deepest teams in the state. The Rams come into the game as the states top offense as San Francisco is averaging 90.6 points per contest while the defense is giving up 66.2 points. San Francisco is 1st in field goals made (33.1), 4th in field goals attempted (67.8), 6th in field goal percentage (49%), 7th in assists (18.6) and 3rd in the state in rebounding margin per game (13.6). On the defensive side of the ball, the Rams lead the state in steals per game (11.7) and hold opponents to 40% from the floor (11th in the state).
Canada (22-7): The Colts come into the contest winners of 22 games and a third place finish in the Coast North Conference. Canada will look to pick up their first win against San Francisco on the season after losing twice in conference action to the Rams. The Colts have three players that average in double figures led by sophomore Kaden Bradley who is averaging 15.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this season. Bradley has had a solid sophomore year and has been a standout all season long for the Colts. Sean Orr is 2nd in scoring for the Colts as the sophomore is putting up 13.8 points per contest while grabbing a team leading 8.4 rebounds per contest. Josh Blueford (12.8 points and 4.4 rebounds), Vinny Ferrari (9.3 points), and Noah Conner (8.1 points) will also be looked to contribute against the Rams this Saturday evening. Canada averages 79.8 points per game while giving up 74.9 points per contest. Canada shares the ball at a high level as the Colts average 17.2 assists per game (12th in the state) and are 27th in the state in rebounding margin (4.8). Canada is 55th in the state in offensive rebounding (10.2) and 52nd in total rebounds (35.5).