As has been the case all season in West Catholic Athletic League boys’ basketball play, points were at a premium when Sacred Heart Cathedral visited St. Ignatius in a heated city rivalry Wednesday.
With errant shots and wayward bodies flying in all directions, the Wildcats were able to turn to their coolly composed shooter, Paul Toboni, to lead them to a physical 43-38 win over a tough-luck Sacred Heart squad.
Toboni scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half, including two long 3-pointers that answered Irish runs, and Alex Brown chipped in with 10 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
St. Ignatius opened the second half with a 25-20 lead, but Sacred Heart’s pressure defense ignited a 7-0 run for the Irish, capped off by Jerry Brown’s (11 points) midrange jumper 3 minutes into the half.
Toboni answered immediately, draining a long 3-pointer on the Wildcats’ next possession that spurred on a 10-2 run and, when the Irish crept back within 35-34, Toboni again had the response, nailing another deep trey that gave St. Ignatius a four-point lead it would not relinquish.
"I’m a second-half shooter usually," Toboni siad. "My body warmed up a little after playing a half and Vic [Bull,the Wildcats’ center] found me open on some kickout passes."
The win was a crucial one for St. Ignatius, with big meetings looming against Riordan and Mitty next week. For defending NorCal champion Sacred Heart, which has lost all four games between city rivals Riordan and St. Ignatius, it was another close defeat in WCAL play.
"We really needed this win to stay ahead of Sacred Heart," Wildcats coach Tim Reardon said. "They were right behind us, so we had to keep our momentum going, especially with the games we have coming up."
Riordan 51, Serra 43
Rob Jones was the difference as the Crusaders (19-2, 8-2) avenged their Jan. 9 loss to Serra by defeating the Padres (12-8, 6-4).
From Jones’ monster block of Phoenix O’Rourke on Serra’s first possession of the game to his dish to Richie Forslund for the heart-breaking 3-pointer with 56 seconds left in the fourth, Jones carried his Crusaders teammates on his broad back.
Jones had 18 points and 16 rebounds, both game highs. Daniel Cannon added 11, including five free throws in the last minute, for Riordan.
Wallenberg 43, Washington 40
Chibuzo Emeka scored 12 points as the Bulldogs (17-5, 7-1) pulled out a narrow victory over the host Eagles (17-11, 5-2).
Rebounding and offensive execution were key to the Bulldogs’ win, despite being taken out of their usual fastbreak mind-set.
"Washington did a great job controlling the tempo," Wallenberg coach Patrick Mulligan said. "They forced us away from what we’ve done all year long."
The score was tied 11-11 after a subdued first quarter. The Bulldogs then made their move, outrebounding the Eagles 13-5 and going on a 10-7 run in the second quarter, the only quarter in which scoring for both teams was not equal.
Washington’s Jahrail Taylor took control in the fourth quarter, scoring seven of his nine points, to bring the Eagles within one with 1:07 left in the game. But Wallenberg’s Kurtis Wong answered by hitting a 3-pointer to put the Bulldogs up 39-35.
"Kurtis did an excellent job getting open," Mulligan said. "He made a great play at the end."
— Amanda Stupi
Burton 73, Mission 63
Lonnell Britton scored nine of his game-high 28 points in a crucial 11-0 fourth quarter run as the Pumas (8-12, 4-6) sped past the Bears (9-9, 5-5).
Burton led for the entire second half, but Mission cut the deficit to 57-54 with 5:07 remaining in the fourth quarter. But Britton (who also pulled down 11 rebounds) quickly countered with two straight layups and the Pumas eventually pushed the advantage out to 68-54.
Daniel Lindsey added 20 points for Burton, while sophomore Demaree Hampton had 23 points, seven assists, six steals and five rebounds to lead the host Bears.
— Matt Elliser
Lincoln 80, O’Connell 51
Kevin Robinson scored 20 points 11 Mustangs scored in the victory over the Boilermakers (1-17, 1-9).
The Mustangs (14-11, 7-3) outscored the Boilermakers 43-22 over the second and third quarters, with their lead topping out at 64-38 heading into the fourth.
Jamil Morgan led O’Connell with 23 points, including 15 in the second half.
— Will Reisman
ISA 88, Balboa 69
Corey Carlson scored 22 points and Marseilles Stewart added 20 as the Cobras (14-7, 8-2) used a strong start to overcome the absence of injured starter Dominic Stewart to beat the Buccaneers. Dominic Stewart was in uniform, but did not play after his left eyeball was scratched in a game last week. He is expected to play Friday against Marshall.
In the first half, Marseilles Stewart had 15 points, Raymond Whitley scored 11 of his 14 points and Carlson added 10 as ISA jumped out to a
48-21 advantage. Stewart and Whitley each finished with 14 rebounds.
— Staff report
Galileo 63, Jordan 11
Deante Bernstine scored 13 of 15 points in the first half and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Lions (10-11, 6-4) beat the Jaguars (0-10, 0-10).
— Lee Hubbard
Lincoln 62, Burton 54
Guards Kelley Huey and Hallie Meneses combined for 31 points as the Mustangs (15-9, 6-3) beat the Pumas (7-10, 5-5).
Mone Peoples scored 20 points for the Pumas, who shot the lights out from beyond the arc, hitting eight 3-pointers.
"I’m not happy giving up eight 3-pointers," Lincoln coach Jason Lee said. "It negates what we do on offense. What’s the point of doing well on offense and not on defense? You let them back in the game."
Last time the two teams met, at Lincoln on Jan. 19, the Mustangs pulled off a 46-42 victory.
— Jesse Haley
Washington 49, Wallenberg 24
Tierney Jones scored six of her 11 points in the third quarter as the Eagles (11-12, 8-1) overcame a frigid first half to avoid back-to-back AAA losses by beating the Bulldogs (2-16, 1-8) at Kezar Pavilion.
Shannen Yen added 10 points for Washington, which had its AAA regular-season 37-game winning streak snapped Monday with a 50-49 loss to International Studies Academy, led just 20-17 at halftime.
"It was cold in the gym and we played like it," said Eagles coach Vince Wong, who made his players do second-half layup drills harder in order to warm up.
Steph Truong scored all four of her points in the third quarter as Washington outscored Wallenberg 14-4.
— Staff report