The Lick-Wilmerding Tigers became the first San Francisco basketball team to reach the 10-win mark on the season, beating El Camino 51-45 on Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to eight games. Since their November 30 loss to Marin Academy in the championship game of the Redwood Christian Tournament, Lick-Wilmerding (10-1) has gone on a tear, including three wins over the weekend to win the Balboa Buccaneer Invitational. The Tigers beat San Mateo 71-57 on Thursday, took care of Galileo 51-39 on Friday and, on Saturday afternoon, beat Vista Murrieta 56-49 to win the tournament title. No team has broken the 60-point mark against Lick-Wilmerding so far this season.
Wolves rolling: Jewish Community is also off to a strong start, improving to 8-1 with Tuesday’s 47-30 win over Urban at the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, which serves as the Wolves’ home court. Both Toby Holm and Moze Thurmgreene are averaging double figures for Jewish Community so far this season. The Wolves’ lone loss on the season came to Antioch-Cornerstone Christian on Dec, 6. JC has already played two BCL Central games, posting wins over Gateway and Bay.
SI getting on track: After watching rival Sacred Heart Cathedral barely stave off Lincoln on Tuesday, the St. Ignatius Wildcats posted a much more comfortable 66-53 win over the Mustangs on Friday in which they led by as much as 20. The ‘Cats head to Fairfield on Wednesday and host the annual Leo LaRocca Sand Dune Classic from the 27th through the 29th, highlighted by a December 28 showdown with Los Angeles power Loyola, which knocked off St. John Bosco over the weekend.
SHC hanging tough: The Sacred Heart Cathedral Fightin’ Irish suffered their first two losses of the season over the weekend in Orange County, but losing by just 10 to San Diego power St. Augustine and 66-53 to Harvard-Westlake is nothing to be ashamed of, especially after Harvard-Westlake put a 30-point beatdown on Mitty on Friday night.
SI girls battle elite opponent: At Saturday’s Presentation Shootout in San Jose, the St. Ignatius girls put up a valiant effort in a 56-41 loss to Salesian, one of the Bay Area’s top teams. Rachel Harvey scored 18 and Maddie Ennis added 15 in the defeat.
Serra puts up historic defensive performance: Serra basketball has long been known for stout defense, but what the Padres did on Friday in their annual rivalry meeting with Burlingame (3-5) was unprecedented. Serra (4-1) held the Panthers scoreless for the first 11 minutes and 18 seconds, and Anthony Sylvestri’s bucket to cut the Padre lead to 20-2 represented Burlingame’s lone points of the first half. Serra led 25-2 at halftime and won 56-12, keeping the Panthers in single-digits until the fourth quarter, which was played with a running clock. The Padres defense forced 27 turnovers, with Cade Rees and Antonio Abeyta each accounting for three of Serra’s 17 steals. Parker McDonald led all scorers with 13 points and was the lone player to score more than eight. His 18 minutes were the most of any Serra player. Next up for the Padres is Oakland-Fremont on Saturday at Logan’s Guy Emanuele Showcase in Union City. In the following week, they’ll try to defend their Bambauer Classic title in Marin Catholic’s 16-team, four-day tournament.
NorCal cleans up state titles: The Lincoln Mustangs were one of nine Northern California teams to win state football championship games out of the 13 that were contested over the past two weekends. Other Bay Area champions include Menlo-Atherton, Wilcox and Liberty.