Steve and I will go head-to-head in Tribskin Pick’em throughout the season for our annual dinner bet. I lead the overall series, two years to one.
Last Week: Robledo (15-3); Ramirez (16-2).
Season: Robledo (153-46); Ramirez (148-51).
Last week: Steve picked up a game and is making a run. He’s gone 36-3 over the past two weeks but I have a five-game lead going into week ten. We both lost taking Claremont over South Hills and Wilson over Pomona, and Steve picked up one by taking Chino Hills when I took Charter Oak. Nice that we both called Covina over San Dimas, but this week it gets tougher.
This week: How close is Bishop Amat-Alemany? Calpreps is predicting a 28-27 Amat victory. Alemany has a huge advantage being at home, but I’m taking Amat because of the extra week to prepare, and when you compare Serra scores, Alemany’s offense is averaging 29 points while the Lancers are averaging 41, which could be 50 if the Lancers’ offense played fourth quarters. The Lancers’ defense played well against Notre Dame, but they did give up 28 to Crespi and 31 to Loyola, which is a concern, especially with the playoffs beginning next week, but I think the Lancers will do enough to squeak it about. South Hills and Charter Oak is a doozy, but on paper, Calpreps gives the Chargers a 14-point advantage. I don’t think it’s that much, but I like the Chargers at home, though they haven’t been able to win a big game this season. This is a big game, but it’s not a step-up game, so take C.O. You want a surprise? I’m taking Diamond Ranch over Bonita, reason being I’m taking the team that runs and uses the clock over the team that throws it all over the park. Diamond Ranch has the athletes to match-up even though Calpreps is making Bonita a 24-point favorite, which is way, way too much. Other interesting picks, Claremont bounces back and beats Damien to clinch the top-seed in the Sierra and taking El Monte to surprise Rosemead and finish second in the Mission Valley League.
Ramirez will update this afternoon
This week’s games and predictions
Duarte at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Puente); Ramirez (La Puente)
Sierra Vista at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SVista); Ramirez (SVista)
Pomona at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pomona); Ramirez (Pomona)
Workman at Ganesha, 7 p.m. – Robledo (Ganesha); Ramirez (Ganesha)
Glendora vs. Rancho Cucamonga at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RC); Ramirez (RC)
Ayala at Chino Hills, 7 p.m. — Robledo (CHills); Ramirez (CHills)
San Dimas at Wilson, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SDimas); Ramirez (SDimas)
Bishop Amat at Alemany, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BAmat); Ramirez (BAmat)
Claremont at Damien, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Claremont); Ramirez (Claremont)
South Hills at Charter Oak, 7 p.m. — Robledo (COak); Ramirez (South Hills)
Diamond Bar at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (WCovina); Ramirez (WCovina)
Diamond Ranch at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Ramirez (Bonita)
Walnut at Los Altos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Walnut); Ramirez (Walnut)
El Monte at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Ramirez (Rosemead)
Gabrielino at South El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gabrielino); Ramirez (Gabrielino)
Mountain View at Arroyo, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Ramirez (Arroyo)
Azusa vs. Gladstone at Citrus College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Ramirez (Azusa)
Baldwin Park vs. Northview at CDF, 7 p.m. — Robledo (BPark); Ramirez (Northview)