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SF Preps Basketball: First round of playoffs sees Sacred Heart Cathedral advance, SI and Riordan exit

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Senior Garrett Cason of St. Ignatius hammers home a dunk against St. Joseph-Notre Dame of Alameda in a first-round regional playoff game on Feb. 27, 2019 at St. Joseph-Notre Dame in Alameda, Calif. (Connor Buestad / Special to S.F. Examiner)

The San Francisco Examiner did all the dirty work so you don’t have to. Below are the scores and details of SF Preps teams in the first round of the NorCal regional playoffs. While Riordan was upset by Folsom in the boys’ bracket, and the St. Ignatius girls fell despite a mammoth performance from Maddie Ennis, many of the San Francisco teams advanced, including red-hot Sacred Heart Cathedral, which is on a roll since becoming the first No. 8 seed to win the Central Coast Section Open Division crown.

Mission (22-9) squeaked by Sacramento-West Campus to advance to a road date against No. 1-seed Albany St. Mary’s, while Lincoln (22-10) — which fell to the Bears in the San Francisco Section final — will also hit the road to face No. 3-seed Lakeport-Clear Lake on Thursday.


Division I:

No. 8 Riordan loses to No. 9 Folsom, 68-64. The Crusaders see their season end despite a valiant comeback effort in the fourth quarter, and 25 points from junior guard Bryce Monroe. Riordan (18-9) shot an abysmal 1-for-12 from three in the first half, and just 10-for-26 (38.5 percent) from the field, but still kept the Bulldogs close thanks to turnovers and second-chance opportunities. After falling behind 14-10 after the first quarter, Riordan to to within one, down 27-26 at the half. They’d fall down by as many as 10 in the fourth quarter, before a Chimae Ugbaja transition three cut the lead to four with 43.3 seconds left. Riiny Riiny missed a three of his own before getting the put-back to cut the lead to 65-62, but a free throw by Cummings with 20 seconds left helped keep it a two-possession game. The biggest difference came in the paint, where the Crusaders were outscored 40-18, and lost the turnover battle, 14-8.

No. 10 Sacred Heart Cathedral beats No. 7 Fresno-Bullard 65-64 in overtime. After an improbable CCS Open Division crown, the Irish upset Fresno-Bullard on the road in overtime and move on to take on No. 2-seed Branson on the road Thursday night in the NorCal quarterfinals.

Led by 17 points from Cedric Reed Jr., and 14 points from Kori McCoy, the Irish also got 12 points and the go-ahed lay-up from freshman Ray John Jackson, and 12 points, nine rebounds and six blocks from senior forward Oscar Cheng. Oisin McCormack chipped in with four points, but he also pulled down 14 rebounds, dished out five assists and turned in three blocks.

The Irish led 16-12 after the first quarter, and upped the lead to 35-27 at the half. They held that eight-point lead through the third quarter, but the Knights crept back in the final eight minutes, cutting the lead to one with four minutes to go. With five seconds left, Bullard managed to tie things up with a free throw, setting the stage for a thrilling period where the Irish went on a small 5-0 run over the first two minutes, only to see the Knights come back again to get to within a point with two minutes left. That’s as close as they would get, though, as Sacred Heart Cathedral held Bullard to just one point over the remaining two minutes.

Division II:

No. 9 Serra wins 60-53 over No. 8 St. Patrick-St. Vincent. The Padres came out on top in a tightly-contested first-round match-up, clearly riding some frustration after a stunning loss in the quarterfinals of the CCS Open Division playoffs after finishing the year 17-9 overall and tied for third place in the competitive WCAL. St. Patrick-St. Vincent was without 6-foot-10 center Dishon Jackson, and while the Bruins got 20 points from Akil Edwards, Serra got 19 from Cade Rees, and with less than three minutes to play, got separation thanks to back-to-back threes by junior Antonio Abeyta to make the score 54-47.

They will hit the road to face off against No. 1-seeded Stockton-St. Mary’s, which beat No. 16-seed Carmel, 73-56.

No. 11 St. Ignatius loses to No. 6 St. Joseph-Notre Dame 55-42. The Wildcats had a tough time against the Pilots’ press, but after going up by three with 3:55 to go in the third, couldn’t keep pace. They saw St. Joseph-Notre Dame go on a 12-0 run to end the half, taking a 38-31 lead into the locker room. The lead got up to 10 after the Pilots pulled down two offensive boards in a single possession, leading to a three to make it 43-33 with 6:34 to go in the fourth quarter. The lead swelled to as many as 13 with six minutes to play before Stanford-bound Neal Begovich hit his first 3-pointer with 5:14 to go, and then went 1-for-2 at the line to narrow the lead to nine with 4:08 to go. That was as close as the Wildcats would get, despite two Wrenn Robinson 3-pointers down the stretch.

Division III:

No. 4 Stuart Hall beats No. 13 San Jose-Leland 60-41. The Knights coasted to a 60-41 victory over Leland, led by 17 points from sophomore Nigel Burris and 16 from junior Miles Amos. Recap to come soon. Stuart Hall will now host No. 12-seed Palo Alto, which upset No. 5-seed Sonora, 68-62 on Feb. 28 at Kezar Pavilion. Full recap to come soon.

No. 3 University beats No. 14 San Jose-Piedmont Hills 50-31. Red Devils guard Max Fried finished with 22 points on the night as he dominated for three quarters before University emptied the bench. The Red Devils will now play host to 24-4 Mountain View, the No. 11 seed, which dispatched No. 6-seed Modesto-Central Catholic 54-48. That game will be played on Thursday at Kezar Pavilion.

Division IV:

No. 8 Mission beats No. 9 Sacramento-West Campus 56-51. The Bears will play Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. against No. 1-seed Albany-St. Mary’s (25-7) on the road. They got a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds from guard Ben Knight at Kezar Pavilion. Full recap will be posted soon.

Division V:

No. 6 Lincoln beats No. 11 Durham 78-40. The Mustangs will play at No. 3-seed Lakeport-Clear Lake on Thursday at 7 p.m. after the Cardinals dispatched No. 14-seed Oakland-McClymonds 61-56 on Tuesday.

Division VI:

No. 3 Jewish Community vs. No. 6 Vacaville Christian at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 (winner plays March 2 at 6 p.m. vs. winner of No. 2 Redding Christian vs. No. 7 Mendocino) … The Wolves lost in their first trip to the CCS Division VI finals this past weekend, but are a fundamentally-sound and hard-nosed team that will finally get to play on its own floor in the postseason.



Division I:

No. 12 St. Ignatius loses to No. 5 Orinda-Miramonte 75-59. Maddie Ennis, Rachel Harvey and the rest of the Wildcats are now done for the season. After being blasted 30-14 in the first quarter, St. Ignatius came back and out-scored Miramonte 21-10 in the second, and got to within two points with a minute left before halftime, thanks to a Harvey jumper, then a Harvey bucket off a steal. Miramonte opened that lead back up to five before the break, and 10 by the end of the third quarter. A pair of Ennis lay-ups cut the lead to six with under six minutes to go, but back-to-back threes by Miramonte with 5:09 to go upped the lead to 12. The Wildcats finish at 16-11 overall.

Ennis was unreal in her final high school game, finishing with 20 points, 16 rebounds six assists, three steals and three blocks. Harvey scored eight and sophomore wing Emily Jones scored 10.

Division III:

No. 7 Lick-Wilmerding beat No. 10 Placer 61-53. The Tigers will play at No. 2-seed Oakland High School, which blasted No. 15-seed Santa Clara-Wilcox, 73-38. That game will be played at Oakland on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Senior Samantha Foong played a major role in the fourth quarter. With freshman shooter Annabel Schneiberg sitting with four fouls for the first four minutes of the final period, Foong hit a key 3-pointer — her fourth on the night. Schneiberg finished with a team-high 23 points, while Foong scored 16.

No. 12 Marin Catholic beat No. 5 Sacred Heart Prep 61 to 47. The Wildcats scored the upset after nearly losing a 36-27 halftime lead. A 7-2 run by Sacred Heart Prep to open the second half cut the Marin Catholic lead to four, where it largely stayed for most of the period. The Wildcats then opened the third quarter on a 7-0 run to up the lead to 51-38 with 5:49 to go in the game, forcing a Gators time out. Marin Catholic will now head on the road to face No. 4-seed Seaside down south, after the Spartans beat No. 13-seed Sacrament-West Campus, 63-58 in a tight one on Tuesday night. The game between the Wildcats and Seaside is set for Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

Division IV:

No. 1 Silver Creek beats No. 16 Lincoln 67-40. The Mustangs lost on the road to finish their season at 17-15. Not including Tuesday night’s stats, they were led this season by senior Lily Donovan, who averaged a team-high 12.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. While they will lose Donovan and Francesca Cornell (third with 7.0 ppg, second with 5.0 rpg, third with 1.8 apg) next season, they will return their second-leading scorer and top assist hand Angelina Jimenez (9.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg), their second-leading rebounder in sophomore Ella Hou and their best pickpocket in team steals leader LeMoni Tillman. Three of their top five scorers will return, as will three of their top five rebounders.

No. 3 Lowell beats No. 14 Pleasanton-Amador Valley 59-38 … The Cardinals (18-8) continue their march after winning the San Francisco Section, with a convincing home win over the Dons. After a tight 12-11 first quarter in favor of Lowell, the two were knotted at 22-22 at halftime, with both teams getting out in transition. The Cardinals pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Amador Valley 16-9, before pulling ahead to a then-game-high 17-point lead with just over three minutes to go in regulation.  Witht he win, Lowell will now host the winner of No. 6-seed Piedmont and No. 11 Pleasant Valley at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28.

Division V:

No. 8 Salinas-Notre Dame beats No. 9 University 47-41. The Red Devils finish the season at 13-15. They lost three of their final five games, including the North Coast Section semifinal to St. Bernard’s and the BCL-West semifinals. It was a tough way to end the season, but University did manage a 6-4 record in league play and overcame a four-game mid-season losing streak to make the postseason.

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