Mission’s state title defense falls short — High School Basketball Roundup

There will be no repeat state championship for the Mission Bears, who were eliminated in the first round of the CIF Division III State Tournament by 11th-seeded Foothill of Palo Cedro, 83-78. The visiting Cougars got 17 of Zach Reuter’s game-high 23 points in the second half as they handled Mission’s aggressive defense throughout the night. Foothill (25-6) also got 20 points from Thurman Knowles, 16 from Jonny Cruz and 13 from Josiah Hutt. Mission (22-9) got 18 points from Kamiri Smith, 14 from Robert Lee, 13 from Adrian Otis and 15 from U’Jah Pratt, who leaves as the only player to ever win four City championships.

University 85, Patterson 83 (3 OT)

It took three overtimes, but University held off 14th-seeded Patterson in the final game of the night at Kezar Pavilion, a Division III thriller. An offensive rebound with 30 seconds left in that final OT period led to Spencer Spivy’s game-winning basket with eight seconds remaining. Spivy, who was named BCL West MVP earlier in the week, scored a game-high 45 points, while Julian Manyika scored 17 of the Red Devils’ first 19.

St. Ignatius 71, Berkeley 54

After splitting a pair of regular-season meetings with Mitty, St. Ignatius will have a grudge match against the Monarchs on Saturday in the second round of the Division I playoffs. The Wildcats got a road win over sixth-seeded Berkeley, 71-54. The game was briefly delayed due to a power outage in the first quarter with SI leading 15-6. The Wildcats led by just two late in the third quarter, but scored the final eight of the period to take a 55-45 lead. Brandon Beckman scored a game-high 18 for St. Ignatius (18-9), Darrion Trammell and Teddy Snyder each added 14, and Matt Redmond chipped in 13.

St. Ignatius girls fall, SHC ladies victorious

The SI girls, on the other hand, dropped a 60-57 heartbreaker at Antelope after leading by 11 at the half. In other Division I action, Gianna Silvestri scored a game-high 16 points as Sacred Heart Cathedral won 68-50 at Heritage, setting up a rematch with second-seeded Eastside College Prep in the second round. Eastside handed the Irish a 57-50 defeat in the CCS Open Division quarterfinals. Another strong performance at the free throw line, where SHC went 18-for-21 on Wednesday, could help lift the Irish in their second meeting with Eastside in three weeks.

Urban 58, Mt. Shasta 56 (2 OT)

Perhaps the game of the night on the boys’ side was in Division V, where Urban beat Mt. Shasta 58-56 in double overtime. Ari Gamshad scored 17 for Urban (16-15), including the go-ahead basket in the final minute of the second overtime.

Stuart Hall 61, Foothill (Sacramento) 59

Stuart Hall has a happy trip home from Sacramento after a 61-59 win over Foothill in the first round in Division IV, and the Knights will be traveling to take on top-seeded Santa Cruz on Saturday. Miles Amos gave Stuart Hall (20-11) the lead on a coast-to-coast layup with seven seconds left and the Knights played lockdown defense on the final play, never allowing the Mustangs to even get a shot off. Lick-Wilmerding, however, suffered a season-ending 78-67 loss to Sonora.

Riordan 71, St. Patrick-St. Vincent 62

Riordan (17-11) pulled off one of the bigger upsets of the night, beating St. Patrick-St. Vincent 71-62 in Vallejo. James Chun scored a game-high 24 for the Crusaders, including five 3-pointers, while the host Bruins played without two starters.

Del Oro 58, South San Francisco girls 43

The magic ran out for the South San Francisco girls in the fourth quarter on Wednesday, as the Warriors mustered just four points in the final period of a 58-43 loss to Del Oro in the Division II field. Despite missing Brittney Cedeno to an ankle injury, South City trailed just 42-39 through three quarters when Alex Salise got banged up on a play, and with Nevaeh Miller also out due to a shoulder injury, the maladies were too much to overcome for a team that had won its first CCS title on Saturday.

Tough luck for two section champs

Two section champions were dealt a difficult hand, with the Urban girls seeded 14th in Division III and Lincoln as the 13 seed in Division IV. Urban put up a valiant effort in a 59-53 loss at Christian Brothers (Sacramento), while Lincoln’s season came to an end with a 64-38 loss to San Joaquin Memorial in Fresno.

High-seeded girls teams victorious

The University girls lived up to the honors of the top seed in Division V, rolling to a 53-18 win over Western Sierra Collegiate, while the fourth-seeded Lowell girls dispatched KIPP King 71-40. The Lowell boys were bounced out of the Division IV field, 64-47 at West Campus (Sacramento).

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