Ronney Freeman can’t explain it. He just knew. The Wallenberg senior remembers seeing a loose ball bouncing out of bounds during a summer league basketball game earlier this year and instinctively breaking toward the basket.
Suddenly, twin brother Rodney appeared to save the ball and threw a blind, behind the back pass that hit Ronney in stride for a layup.
It was, as Ronney Freeman said, "a twin thing."
The Freemans have helped the Bulldogs to a 6-2 start this season. And they are just one of several sets of brothers on San Francisco high school teams that have used a little bit of telepathy and a lot of talent to lead their teams to strong starts.
» Rodney and Ronney Freeman, Wallenberg: The 6-foot-1 brothers can play inside and out for the Bulldogs, often initiating the offense and keying the team’s defensive efforts.
"They do so many things for us," Wallenberg coach Patrick Mulligan said. "They handle theball, defend, they work hard and are really unselfish. And they obviously can score."
» Dominic and Marseilles Stewart, International Studies Academy: The Stewart twins made their much-anticipated debut Thursday at Half Moon Bay and didn’t disappoint, combining for 49 points and 26 rebounds in the Cobras’ 78-46 win over the Cougars.
The seniors played at Sequoia in Redwood City for the past two years and helped the program to unprecedented success. Last season ended in turmoil, however, as the Peninsula Athletic League South Division-leading Cherokees were forced to forfeit 24 games due to allegations that the Stewarts were recruited to play at the school and the twins missed the remainder of the season.
"It’s so much fun getting to play again and to be on the team with [Marseilles] I can’t even put it into words," Dominic Stewart said. "And us being together the past few years has made everything we’ve gone through easier."
» Scott and Eric Schulkin, Drew: The Schulkins had a signature game Friday, when they combined for all of Drew’s points in a 48-41 win over host Gateway (Scott had 33, Eric 15). Scott is a senior and recently scored his 1,500th career point for the Dragons (6-3). Eric is a sophomore and has emerged as a dependable scoring threat.
And while the two brothers operate in total synchronicity while at Drew, Scott is starting to worry about Eric challenging his supremacy in their regular games of 1-on-1.
"I don’t think he’s beaten me yet," Scott said with a laugh. "But over the last year, he’s gotten closer and closer."
Alumni report: Former Sacred Heart Cathedral and USF standout Toni Russell will play in Bulgaria’s top women’s basketball league. She will be playing in Sofia, the capital city, and starts on Jan. 1.