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Central Section basketball finals: Bryson Williams powers Roosevelt past Selma for D-III crown

In the end Saturday evening at Selland Arena, it was all repetition from public address announcer Brian Anthony:

“Bryson Williams. Bryson Williams. Bryson Williams. Bryson Williams.”

Now Williams waits. Many Fresno State fans present at Selland wait. Save Mart Center waits. And, above all, Bulldogs coach Rodney Terry waits.

How will the high school greatness of Williams translate to the college level?

This can’t be questioned: It’s a promising future for the 6-foot-8 senior with the wingspan of a 7-footer, a man-child who delivered 29 points, 23 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in Roosevelt’s 60-36 throttling of Selma in the Central Section Division III championship.

Selma’s Karan Singh left the court in applause and with class.

The junior, at 6-3, was assigned by coach Mike Pallesi to defend Williams.

“Phenomenal player – amazing,” Singh said. “I tried to the best of my ability to keep up with him.”

This came two months after Singh also took on Williams, but with a decidedly different result – the Selma Bears winning 71-70 at home in the semifinals of the Jesse Lujan Tournament.

Williams fouled out in the second overtime of that one.

There would be no extra session in this one, not on an afternoon the Rough Riders (25-7) of second-year coach Jamarr Chisom led 26-13 late in the second quarter and 34-15 early in the third.

And it was 45-34 Roosevelt early in the fourth when Williams removed what little doubt existed with four consecutive baskets on a spinning drive, two hooks and a putback.

And to hear Anthony: “Bryson Williams. Bryson Williams. Bryson Williams. Bryson Williams.”

Williams is Roosevelt’s career-leading scorer with 2,272 points, according to section historian Bob Barnett. But perhaps more impressive is his rebounding.

It’s a Dennis Rodman-like hunger thing.

“Rebounding’s a big priority for me,” Williams said on a night he had nine in the first quarter.

Williams actually didn’t score until the final minute of the first quarter after Selma(25-7), starting Singh and four sophomores, had taken a 7-5 lead.

“He started a little sluggish,” said Chisom, a former Edison assistant. “I told him, ‘Take your time. You’re getting doubled and tripled; the whole (Selma defensive) game plan is about you. Find your teammates and everything will open up.’ And that’s what happened tonight.

“He’s a stud, easily the best player around here. But he doesn’t get the recognition because he plays for Roosevelt.”

Freshman guard Stephen Perry took advantage of the inside attention applied to Williams and scored 11 points.

Tiveon Stroud, a 6-6 sophomore center, had six points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and two steals for Selma, but Pallesi didn’t assign him to Williams out of fear he would get into foul trouble.

Fellow sophomores Manny Singh, William Pallesi and Junior Ramirez also had their moments for Selma, whose future is clearly bright.

“Yes it is, if we work hard,” Mike Pallesi said. “It won’t happen just because you get older.”

The Bears had one chance Saturday night – if they shot the lights out. Conversely, the lights turned out on them.

“We had to shoot well, real well,” the coach said after his team shot 27.3 percent (15 of 55), including 5.9 percent on three-pointers (1 of 17).

Roosevelt, Selma and D-III semifinalists Porterville and West will advance to Wednesday’s Southern California Regionals. Seedings and first-round matchups will be announced Sunday.

Andy Boogaard: 559-441-6400, @beepreps

NO. 1 ROOSEVELT 60, NO. 3 SELMA 36

Selma

Min

FGM-A

FTM-A

OR-TR

A

PF

PT

K.Singh

22

0-5

0-0

2-6

0

3

0

Stroud

28

3-8

0-2

3-11

2

1

6

M. Singh

29

3-9

2-2

1-2

1

3

8

Pallesi

31

4-17

1-2

0-5

3

0

9

Ramirez

25

4-12

2-2

1-3

2

4

11

Gill

4

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

Amezquita

4

0-2

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

P.Bains

10

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

G.Bains

2

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

Brooks

2

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Nagra

3

1-1

0-0

1-2

0

0

2

Totals

160

15-55

5-8

9-30

8

13

36

Percentages: FG .273. FT .625. 3-Point Goals: 1-17, .059 (M.Singh 0-3, Pallesi 0-5, Ramirez 1-7, Amezquita 0-2). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 5 (K.Singh, Stroud 4). Turnovers: 13 (Stround, M.Singh 6, Pallesi 3, Ramirez 2). Steals: 12 (K.Singh, Stroud 2, M.Singh, Pallesi 4, Ramirez 3, Gill).

Roosevelt

Min

FGM-A

FTM-A

OR-TR

A

PF

PT

Castillios

16

2-4

0-0

1-2

1

1

4

B.Williams

32

14-24

1-7

9-23

3

2

29

Perry

30

4-14

1-2

3-7

3

1

11

Jackson

31

2-9

1-3

0-3

3

2

7

Gaines

13

0-2

0-0

2-3

0

0

0

Adams

20

1-3

2-3

0-5

0

1

4

D.Williams

10

0-0

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

Valentine

0+

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Dixon

6

1-1

0-0

1-2

1

0

2

Thomas

2

1-1

0-0

0-0

0

0

3

Coleman

0+

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Totals

160

25-58

5-15

17-49

12

7

60

Percentages: FG .431, FT .333. 3-Point Goals: 5-11, .455 (Perry 2-6, Jackson 2-4, Thomas 1-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 2 (B.Williams 2). Turnovers: 16 (Castillios, B.Williams 5, Perry 3, Jackson 5, Gaines 2). Steals: 8 (Perry 2, Jackson 4, Gaines, Dixon).

Selma

7

8

15

6

36

Roosevelt

9

17

17

17

60

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