The game might not have been pretty, but for St. Ignatius, the Bruce-Mahoney Trophy has never looked finer.
Victor Bull scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half, including eight huge points down the stretch, to lead the Wildcats boys’ basketball team to a 47-42 victory over Sacred Heart Cathedral in front of a raucous, capacity crowd of 5,300 at WarMemorial Gymnasium in West Catholic Athletic League play.
“I’ll probably never experience anything like this,” said Bull, who also grabbed four rebounds and came up with a huge block against Sacred Heart’s Reid Modena-Kurpinsky in the final minute. “I know everybody up there in the stands and to hear them cheering us on is just an amazing feeling.”
The win, coupled with the Wildcats’ 24-7 victory over the Irish in football, assured St. Ignatius’ claim to the Bruce-Mahoney Trophy for the ninth consecutive year.
The Wildcats (12-1, 3-0 WCAL) committed 12 turnovers in the second half and allowed the Irish to get back into the contest after leading by nine in the third quarter, but they still held on for their 11th straight win.
Behind the play of Bull and guards Alex Brown (12 points, four assists) and Paul Toboni (10 points), St. Ignatius took control of the game in the third, outscoring the Irish 12-6 to head into the fourth quarter with a 39-30 lead.
The Irish (6-7, 2-2) gamely fought back and, despite hitting just three field goals in the second half, crept within 41-40 on two Teandre’ Hubbard foul shots with 3 minutes remaining.
After several turnover-filled possessions from both teams, Bull converted a tough layup in traffic with a little over a minute left and then converted two foul shots to send the Wildcats on to the win.
“Obviously to get the Mahoney is huge, but a win against Sacred Heart in the WCAL is just as important,” Wildcats coach Tim Reardon said. “These seniors have been so strong all year, and I couldn’t be happier for them.”
Serra 54, Riordan 51
SAN MATEO — Sean Lumpkins scored 19 points as the host Padres (6-6, 1-2) handed the Crusaders (13-1, 2-1) their first loss of the season.
Phoenix O’Rourke chipped in 15 for Serra, including four 3-pointers, as the Padres hit eight shots frombehind the arc in the win.
Ameer Walton led Riordan with 10 points.
— Staff report
Stuart Hall 74, Drew 57
Stephen Powell had 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the host Knights’ victory over the Dragons.
Winslow Hicks added 19 points, including two 3-pointers, for the Knights, who led 22-13 after the first quarter.
Drew kept it close in the second quarter, trailing 39-29 at halftime.
But Stuart Hall used its balance to pull away with a 24-13 advantage in the third quarter for a 63-42 lead.
Drew’s Scott Schulkin had another great outing, leading all scorers with 28 points.
“Schulkin is an outstanding player,” Stuart Hall coach Charles Johnson said. “You can’t ever afford to take anyone lightly in this league.”
— Amanda Stupi
University 54, Crystal Springs Uplands 36
HILLSBOROUGH — Evan Saunders scored 14 points as the hot-shooting Red Devils (13-3, 3-0) dispatched the Gryphons (7-7, 0-3). Brian Park added 11 points, including hitting three 3-pointers in the first quarter as University made five treys and jumped out to a 20-8 lead. The Red Devils connected on 11 of 24 3-pointers. Saunders and Park each made three.
Chuk Nwadibia added 10 points and five rebounds for University.
— Staff report
Jewish Community 65, School of the Marin 41
JoJo Grosbar scored 20 points and Gab Matt added 14 as Jewish Community (8-3, 6-0 Small Schools Bridge League) beat School of the Marin.
— Staff report