After three tight quarters, Niamey Harris took over on Tuesday night to lead Mission past host St. Ignatius and into the Northern California Championship.
Though Harris’ ferocious one-handed putback dunk was the play of the night, it was an entire quarter of dominance from the two-sport star to send Mission (33-1) past the top-seeded Wildcats in front of a packed house.
He scored 13 of his game-high 22 points in the quarter and grabbed five of his 12 rebounds, dominating on both ends of the court.
For Harris, it was redemption on the big stage. He was injured in the first quarter of the Turkey Day Game, which doubles as the city’s football championship. On Tuesday night, nothing would slow him down.
“We stopped ourselves. We had some lackadaisical passes and some turnovers,” said St. Ignatius coach Rob Marcaletti. “Credit Mission for turning up the defense, but we made some uncharacteristic turnovers and they capitalized.”
St. Ignatius overcame an early 9-0 deficit to take a 19-17 lead after one quarter and held a 33-29 lead at halftime, but the Wildcats went cold from the field and scored just six points in the third quarter.
Darrion Trammell scored 17 points for SI, but was held scoreless in the second half thanks to an inspired effort from Harris.
“Niamey said he wanted [Trammell],” said Mission head coach Arnold Zelaya.
Jayden Foston scored 15 for Mission, including a trio of 3-pointers, and Robert Lee added 10 off the bench. Mission will head to Fairfield on Saturday to face second-seeded Vanden for the Northern California title.
Wrenn Robinson scored 10 for the Wildcats. Though the loss is a disappointing end for St. Ignatius, the entire starting lineup will return next year.
Magical run ends for Lick-Wilmerding
Lightning did not strike twice, as Lick-Wilmerding was knocked off in the Division IV Northern California Semifinals by St. Patrick-St. Vincent, 73-55.
Lick-Wilmerding (26-9) overcame a 20-point third-quarter deficit to defeat the Bruins in Vallejo two weeks ago, but couldn’t replicate the miracle on Tuesday night.
After facing a 15-point halftime deficit, the Tigers were able to trim the lead to 12 by the end of the third quarter, but the third-seeded Bruins outscored the hosts, 22-16, in the final quarter to come away with a comfortable win.
B.J. Standley stole the show for third-seeded St. Patrick-St. Vincent (26-7), leading all scorers with 25 points. Marquel Johnson scored 17 for the visiting Bruins and Tavian Henderson scored 14.
The second-seeded Tigers received 12 points apiece from Avi Leung and Nathan Craik, both seniors. Lick will return guard Walter Lum, who scored eight, and sophomore center Zachary Johnson next season.