Riordan proves it belongs 

Riordan’s 43-36 victory over Mitty in West Catholic Athletic League boys’basketball play proved two valuable things.

First, the Crusaders showed they could win without a resounding performance from star forward Rob Jones. Second, the Crusaders are capable of defeating the Monarchs — after four straight losses to their WCAL rival.

The highly anticipated matchup between Jones and Mitty center Drew Gordon never materialized, but the Crusaders (13-0, 2-0 WCAL) got 15 points from Daniel Cannon, including 12 in the second half, and 11 points from Logan Shoffner to overcome the Monarchs.

Riordan trailed the entire first three quarters, before Jones (six points, 15 rebounds, four blocks) put back an offensive rebound a minute into the fourth, giving the Crusaders a 29-28 advantage. Riordan would not trail the rest of the game.

Gordon, a junior forward, is one of the most highly recruited players in the nation, but he was held to just eight points, including zero in the second half.

Behind stellar defensive play, Riordan outscored Mitty 18-10 in the fourth quarter and appeared to have things wrapped up after Jones rebounded a Monarch miss with the Crusaders up 38-35 and just 40 seconds remaining.

However, the Crusaders’ Danny Curtin was called for a technical foul as a result of a shoving match with Gordon, giving the Monarchs (8-4, 1-1) one last chance.

On the next play, Mitty’s Collin Chiverton missed on a short jumper with the Monarchs down 38-36 and the Crusaders were able to seal the win with solid foul shooting down the stretch.

"I think we played harder than them tonight," Riordan coach Rich Forslund said. "It was a total team effort and our defense really came through. To hold Mitty to 36 points is just amazing."

St. Ignatius 56, Bellarmine 38

Senior Victor Bull scored 14 points and junior Paul Toboni added 13 — all in the first half — as the Wildcats

(11-1,2-0) jumped out to a quick lead and rolled past the Bells (8-5, 1-1).

SI opened the game with an 8-1 run and led 34-19 at halftime, thanks in large part to a smothering zone defense.

Senior guard B.J. Domingo added 11 points, including three 3-pointers, for the Wildcats.

— Larry Rosen

Sacred Heart Cathedral 62, Valley Christian 51

SAN JOSE — Jerry Brown fired in 17 points and Dominic Johnson added 12 as the Irish (6-6, 1-1) went on the road to beat the Warriors

(7-7, 0-2).

Teandre Hubbard added 10 points for Sacred Heart Cathedral, which opened up a 19-point lead in the third quarter and was never seriously threatened afterward.

— Staff report

AAA

Washington 57, Balboa 35

Jahrail Taylor and Isiah Pfitzer each scored eight points in the third quarter as the host Eagles (10-6,

2-0) outscored the Buccaneers

(0-11, 0-2) 38-19 in the second half to take control.

Taylor and Cary Kato led Washington with 17 points each, while Pfitzer had 15, including three 3-pointers.

— Staff report

Lincoln 97, Marshall 61

Kevin Robinson had 21 points and all 11 Lincoln players scored as the host Mustangs (8-8, 2-0) crushed the Phoenix (5-10, 0-2).

Aaron Hall (14 points) Elliot Mar (13) and Bobby Harrison (12) also reached double figures for Lincoln, which went on a 19-4 run to start the second half to take a 70-44 lead.

Marshall was forced to play the end of the third quarter and all of the fourth with four players after three members of the Phoenix fouled out.

Derrick Hines scored 37 to lead Marshall.

—Matt Elliser

Lowell 60, O’Connell 27

Gordan Pang had 10 points to lead 12 Lowell scorers as the Cardinals (13-2, 2-0) cruised past the Boilermakers (0-9, 0-2). Lowell outscored O’Connell 19-4 in the second quarter in the road win.

— Staff report

Mission 67, June Jordan 21

Demaree Hampton had 18 points and 13 steals to lead the Bears (6-4, 2-0) to a road win over the Jaguars (0-2, 0-2). Ronnell Foster added 14 for Mission, which outscored Jordan 24-5 in the first quarter.

— Staff report

BCL

Stuart Hall 47, Urban 33

Junior Winslow Hicks scored 18 points and sophomore Stephen Powell came off the bench to score 13 points as the host Knights (11-3, 1-1) dropped the Blues (6-9, 0-2).

Urban jumped out to an 11-2 lead after the first quarter, but Powell came into the game to reinvigorate the Stuart Hall offense by scoring 11 points in a 28-6 second-quarter advantage.

— Staff report

Drew 46, Marin Academy 35

SAN RAFAEL — Eric Schulkin drilled four 3-pointers in the first quarter as the Dragons (9-5, 2-0) jumped out to an 18-7 lead and held on to beat the Wildcats (8-4, 0-2).

Schulkin, a sophomore, finished with a game-high 16 points, while older brother Scott Schulkin had 15.

Andrew Wallace scored all 12 of his points in the second half, including six key free throws in the fourth quarter, to ice the win for Drew.

— Staff report

Lick-Wilmerding 54, Crystal Springs Uplands 44

HILLSBOROUGH — Marcus Wells had 20 points and Nick Miller chipped in 19 as the Tigers (9-5, 2-0) went on the road and beat the Gryphons (8-5, 0-2).

Miller and Wells combined for five 3-pointers in the game, while Crystal Springs had none. Justin Costa-Roberts added 11 points for Lick-Wilmerding.

— Staff report

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