Guards lead Mission in comeback victory

Moments after missing a driving lay up at the second quarter buzzer, Mission junior guard Demaree Hampton kicked the ground in disgust, his anger on display after an exasperating first half.

It would be his last frustrated look of the night.

Hampton spearheaded a second-half explosion for Mission (5-3), scoring 27 of his game-high 37 points over the final two quarters as the host Bears rallied to a 79-69 victory over Oakland Tech (8-4) in a nonconference boys’ basketball game.

Hampton had plenty of help in the second half, namely from his backcourt cohort, senior Harry Howard, who poured in 15 of his 20 points after halftime for Mission.

“Once Harry started hitting a few shots, he opened up the lane for me,” said Hampton, who added seven assists. “And as soon as the lane opened up, I was able to feed him for some more jumpers.”

Led by junior forward Wesley Hanspard (31 points, seven rebounds), the Bulldogs held a 29-25 halftime lead, due in large part to their overwhelming size advantage.

Mission, however, stepped up the tempo after the break, and Howard and Hampton combined to score the Bears’ first 24 points in the third quarter as the momentum of the game quickly shifted. Mission outscored Oakland Tech 31-16 in the quarter to head into the final period leading 56-45.

Oakland Tech used a 13-6 run to close the gap to 62-58 midway through the fourth quarter, but the Bears got big plays down the stretch from their two outstanding guards to seal their second straight win.

“We knew they were going to try and run with us, and that’s exactly what we wanted,” Howard said. “They’re from the East Bay, where everyone says all the best teams are. We wanted to show that San Francisco has some good players over here, too.”

Piedmont Hills (San Jose) 78, O’Connell 27

Sean Visser scored 20 points and collected 13 rebounds as the Pirates (7-1) blazed through the Boilermakers (3-7).

O’Connell — led by Xeryus Loggins’ 16 points — hung tough with their opponents in the first quarter, recovering from an early 7-0 deficit to level the score with 3 minutes, 27 seconds remaining in the period.

“[Piedmont] pressed us in the first quarter, but we broke that with no problem and that was one of our goals going into the game,” Boilermakers coach Armando Pazos said. “I was happy about that because we’re a young team.”

But the Pirates then ran rampant, scoring 22 points in both the second and third periods before finishing the game with 12 players on the score sheet.

David Agrell

Bay 56, Jewish Community 29

Kaneja Muganda scored 18 points as the Breakers (4-5) knocked off the Wolves (1-10).

Morgan McQuown chipped in 11 for Bay, which outscored Jewish Community 17-2 in the third quarter to take control. Pavel Krylov finished with 11 points and 16 rebounds for the Wolves, his ninth double-double in 11 games this season.

— Staff report

Girls

NONCONFERENCE

Urban 54, Bay 40

Rachel Pecota had 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Blues (5-4) bounced the Breakers (4-5) at Letterman Gym.

Lynn Stills added 10 points and 11 rebounds for Urban, which went on a 13-1 run early in the first quarter to take a 13-3 lead and maintained a double-digit advantage for the remainder of the game. Mary MacLeod and Amelia Mostovoy scored 10 points each for Bay, which cut a 19-point halftime deficit to 12 early in the third quarter. But Pecota responded with two 3-pointers, including a step-back three that beat the third-quarter buzzer and put the Blues up 43-26.

“Rachel was obviously a real nice addition and makes my job easy,” Urban coach Andy Schroeder said of Pecota, who transferred to the school from Palo Alto this summer. “We’ve been on and off so far this season, so this was a nice win for us.”

Matt Elliser

Castlemont 72, Washington 52

OAKLAND — Tierney Jones had 15 points and 10 rebounds, but the Eagles (4-6) fell to the Knights (9-2).

Rachelle Hwee added nine points and 13 assists for Washington and the Eagles played Castlemont tight until running out of gas in the fourth quarter.

— Staff report

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