The Lick-Wilmerding Tigers boys’ basketball team was in for a rough battle on Saturday night against top-seeded Branson in the North Coast Section Division IV Quarterfinals, but the defense that the Bulls brought on the court at College of Marin took things to an unprecedented level.
With Phin Horowitz severely limited (illness) and Zach Johnson hounded by pressure in the post, the Tigers saw their season and their three-year streak of state tournament appearances come to an end with a 56-28 loss.
As bad as the final score looked, the actual game was far harsher for Lick-Wilmerding (19-10). The Tigers trailed 18-2 after a quarter and 55-15 through three. Peyton Mullarkey scored 19 for Branson (27-2), and the Bulls also got 13 points from Viktor Rajkovic and nine from Kwentyn Wiggins. Johnson led Lick-Wilmerding with seven and Joe Woldemichael scored five.
Division 5 was far kinder to the Tigers’ crosstown rivals from the BCL West, as both Stuart Hall and University advanced to the semifinals with lopsided wins.
Second-seeded University (21-9) got 11 points apiece from Christian Heng and Jack McFadden in a 73-47 win over Berean Christian (14-12) at Kezar Pavilion. Max Fried had eight points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and five steals for the Red Devils, and had he been able to cash in on a third quarter dunk attempt, he would have had himself a triple-double. Jayden Hurskin scored 16 for the Eagles.
Stuart Hall (26-4) won its 15th straight game and beat league foe Marin Academy (16-11) for the fourth time this season, 70-36, despite shooting 2-for-13 on free throws in the first half. The Knights got 14 points from Nigel Burris and 11 apiece from Spencer O’Brien-Steele and Jay-Henry Ryan.
After snow made roads impassable and forced Urban to postpone a first-round Division 5 game until Friday, the Blues’ season came to an end with a 65-61 loss at Hoopa Valley (20-7).
Jewish Community (19-5) is moving on to the Division 6 semifinals for a second straight year after a 55-48 win over St. Bernard’s (12-13) despite trailing 13-4 after one quarter.
Fifth-seeded San Francisco Waldorf (15-8) trailed 29-13 through a quarter and could never recover in a 73-54 loss at fourth-seeded Mendocino (21-5).
The Lick-Wilmerding girls are headed to the state tournament for the first time in over 15 years, after a 56-49 win at third-seeded Marin Catholic in the Division 4 Quarterfinals.
The sixth-seeded Tigers trailed 30-22 early in the third quarter, but rallied to take a one-point lead at the end of the period. They went in front for good midway through the fourth on back-to-back baskets by sophomore Daisy Maunupau, who scored a game-high 16 points.
Lick-Wilmerding (24-5) got six free throws in the final 30 seconds from Annabel Schneiberg — who scored all 10 of her points in the second half — and Ava Grey, who scored 13 on the night. Samantha Foong also scored 13, including 10 in the first half.
Third-seeded Marin Catholic (23-7) got 14 from Sydney Politzer, 12 in the second half from Erika Stromberg and 11 from Miranda Jacobson.
In Division 5, the fourth-seeded University girls (13-13) squeaked out a 42-37 win over San Domenico (15-12) to qualify for the state tournament for the second year in a row. The Red Devils will travel to Eureka on Wednesday to face top-seeded St. Bernard’s. Drew (14-12) was upended by Division 6 top seed Laytonville (21-3) up in Mendocino County, 51-36.
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