Defense sends Lowell to final

Travis Hom scored 17 of his game-high 23 points in the first half as the Lowell boys’ basketball team took control early and cruised to victory against the Washington 57-44 on Thursday in the semifinals of the Blue and Gold Tournament.

The Cardinals (4-0) advance to play Jefferson in today’s 7:30 p.m. title game.

Arthur Jones added 11 points and nine rebounds and Jacob Hanft also scored 11 to help Lowell take a 26-point lead late in the third quarter. Many of the Cardinals’ baskets came off turnovers, resulting in easy layups.

“The team defense tonight was the best it’s been all year,” Lowell coach Robert Ray said. “That’s really what controlled the game for us.”

Jahrail Taylor led Washington in both points (10) and rebounds (6).

— Matt Elliser

Galileo 52, Sequoia 40

DALY CITY — Asante Delacruz led all scorers with 18 points for the Lions (2-1), who held the Cherokees (0-2) to just nine points in the first half to take a commanding 22-point lead at the intermission in the losers’ bracket semifinals at the Blue and Gold Tournament.

Deante Bernstine added nine points and six rebounds for Galileo, which plays Westmoor today at 4:30 p.m. for fifth place.

“Our defensive intensity was really good in the first half,” Galileo coach Jeremy Lee said. “We had good focus.”

Miguel Flores had 12 points to lead Sequoia.

— Matt Elliser

Sacred Heart Cathedral 66, Heritage (Colorado) 56

SANTA ROSA — Jerry Brown had 21 points to lead the Irish (1-0) past the Eagles (0-1) in the Russ Peterich Classic. Reid Kurpinsky added 12 points and Dominic Johnson had nine for Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Collin Skusca paced Heritage with 12 points.

— Staff

University 60, Valley Christian (Dublin) 33

CASTRO VALLEY — Junior Brian Park scored 20 points and junior Evan Saunders added 18 as the Red Devils (3-1) used a big finish to beat the Vikings (1-1) in the semifinals of the Redwood Christian tournament.

Thomas Bosc added 15 points for University, which will face Bay Counties League East rival Lick-Wilmerding in today’s 7 p.m. title game.

After University jumped out to a 27-11 lead in the first quarter behind Saunders’ 10 points, Valley Christian became more physical and the scoring slowed down. The Vikings outscored the Red Devils 18-11 over the next two quarters to pull within 38-29.

But University pulled away in the fourth quarter thanks to four three points, including two by Saunders, who did not score in the second and third quarters.

Shimon Lin and Nick Blum provided shutdown defense for University in the second half.

— Staff

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