Harrison, Bellarmine get by Sacred Heart

Niyi Harrison scored four of his game-high 23 points late in the fourth quarter as Bellarmine defeated host Sacred Heart Cathedral 56-51 Friday in a West Catholic Athletic League prep boys’ basketball game.

The Santa Clara-bound junior scored on a putback with 2 minutes, 20 seconds remaining to put the Bells (9-3, 1-1 WCAL) ahead 50-49, then finished a fastbreak to extend the lead to three.

Richard Lai had made a foul-line jumper with 3:07 left to put the Irish (8-6, 0-2) up 49-48, its first lead since the first quarter. But after Harrison’s flurry, the Bells hit four of five free-throw attempts in the final 40 seconds to seal the win.

Jerry Brown scored all 13 of his points in the second half for Sacred Heart. Bellarmine won despite 27 turnovers.

Matt Elliser

Bellarmine 56, Sacred Heart Cathedral 51

Jorge Camacho’s double-double wasn’t enough as the Warriors (10-3, 2-0 WCAL) edged past the host Crusaders (7-5, 0-2).

Camacho had 15 points and 11 rebounds and teammate Daniel Cannon chipped in with 21 points, but the Warriors, led by Eric Bates’ 21 points, blazed a 30-9 second quarter that included three three-pointers from Tim Harris.

The Crusaders led 55-54 with 4:11 remaining in the game after Cannon poured in nine points in a two-minute stretch, but the Warriors finished with Bates’ six-point scoring spree to seal the win.

David Agrell

HEAD-ROYCE ROUNDBALL CLASSIC

University 56, International 51

OAKLANDLogan Shaffer’s only basket of the game, a putback with 1:40 left in the fourth quarter, put the Red Devils (9-3) ahead to stay against the Jaguars (10-3) in the semifinals of the Head-Royce Roundball Classic.

Shimon Lin, who had nine points, then made three of four free-throw attempts down the stretch to send University into today’s 8:30 p.m. championship game against either Lick-Wilmerding or St. Bernard’s.

Brian Park led the Red Devils with 19 points and Evan Saunders had 12 points.

— Staff report

AAA

Friday’s Academic Athletic Association boys’ and girls’ basketball games were postponed due to the heavy rain, league commissioner Don Collins said. No timetable has been set for rescheduling the games, which would have marked the beginning of the conference season.

Several city gyms had rain on the court, while other schools were left without power.

— Matt Elliser

SUMMARIES

Bellarmine 56, Sacred Heart Cathedral 51

BELLARMINE (9-3, 1-1)

Elliot Tomovic 2, John Funkhouser 2, Ricky Bose 11, Michael Clay 2, Niyi Harrison 23, Lavon Gray 10, Connor Goudreau 6. Total 56.

SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL (8-6, 0-2)

Richard Lai 8, Daryl Cooper 7, Tyrone Bullard 13, Jerry Brown 13, Jamal Ford 2, Kevin Greene 8. Total 51.

Bellarmine 14 12 18 12 — 56

Sacred Heart Cathedral 14 10 17 10 — 51

3-pointers: B—Bose 1. SHC—Bullard 3, Brown 1. Rebounding leader: B—Gray 17. SHC—Brown 7. Assists leader: B—Bose 4. SHC—Brown 4.

Valley Christian 64, Riordan 62

VALLEY CHRISTIAN (10-3, 2-0)

Amir Carlisle 6, Tim Harris 13, Austin Simon 11, Kyle Travis 2, Max Hooper 11, Eric Bates 21. Total 64.

RIORDAN (7-5, 0-2)

Daniel Cannon 21, Brian Miguel 11, Danny Curtin 4, Andrew Colville 3, Danny Orengo 2, Aaron Criswell 6, Jorge Camacho 15. Total 62.

Valley Christian 11 30 8 15 — 64

Riordan 13 9 18 18 — 62

3-pointers: V—Harris 3, Simon 2, Hooper 3, Bates 1. H—Daniel Gannon 2, Miguel 3, Colville 1. Rebounding leader: V— Simon 7. H—Camacho 11. Assists leader: V— Carlisle 1. H—Cannon 2.

University 56, International 51

UNIVERSITY (9-3)

Shimon Lin 9, Logan Shaffer 2, Evan Saunders 12, Justin Baker-Rhett 2, Noah Springwater 8, Brian Park 19, Nick Blum 4. Total 56.

INTERNATIONAL (10-3)

Loris Lamarque 7, Wesley Ellison-Labot 6, Rue Critchfield 23, Harry DiFrancesco 11, Luc Hancock 1, Sieva Kozinsky 3. Total 51.

University 13 15 9 19 — 56

International 11 15 15 10 — 51

3-pointers: U—Lin 1, Saunders 1, Park 1. I—Lamarque 2, Critchfield 1. Rebounding leader: U—Blum 5. Assists leader: U—Saunders 3.

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