Brethren Chr. opponents have a tall order


One of the dominant players of the young basketball season is at tiny Brethren Christian in Huntington Beach, where there's nothing tiny about Mamadou Ndiaye. He stands 7 feet 5 inches, which is reflected in his numbers: 25.4 points, 14.8 rebounds and 6.2 blocks as the Warriors have won six of their first nine games.

His coach, John Bahnsen, has called the experience "interesting."

Ndiaye is a foot taller than his tallest teammate, Jesse Walker, and 14 inches taller than the next-tallest teammates, junior Dakota Warren and freshman Guy Demazeliere.

Against Brethren's best opponent, El Toro -- a 62-36 loss -- Ndiaye had 20 points, 14 boards, four blocks and nine turnovers. In his second year in the U.S., the Senegal native is a work in progress, but there's one apart of his game that is virtually untouchable: You can't coach height.