In the 28-year history of the San Francisco Bay AreaPro-Am Basketball League, no Oakland team had ever taken home the championship title.
This year’s Oakland squad picked a dramatic game to emphatically end that streak.
Mo Brown scored 20 of his 30 points in the second half and Bakari Hendrix added 20, helping Oakland hold off a frantic SF City rally to win 102-100 at Kezar Pavilion on Wednesday and finally capture the elusive the Pro-Am title.
Because it won the first game of the best-of-three championship series 97-92 Monday, Oakland needed just one more win to clinch the title — and it looked like that outcome was assured after it outscored SF City 34-17 in the third quarter and led 90-75 late in the fourth quarter.
But behind the play of Cal guard Jerome Randle (29 points) and USF forward Dior Lowhorn (25 points), SF City clawed all the way back to cut the gap to 101-99 with 13 seconds to play. Former USF star Johnny Dukes had a chance to tie the game at the foul line, but made just one of two tries to make the score 101-100. Oakland’s Antoine Brown added a foul shot on the other end to extend the lead to 102-100 and, in the frenzied final seconds, SF City was not able to convert, allowing Oakland to escape with the thrilling victory.
“We knew in our hearts we were the better team,” said Brown, who was forced to watch the game’s final two minutes after being ejected with his second technical foul. “We couldn’t have asked for a better team to get Oakland’s first championship.”
S.F. Pro-Am finals
Oakland wins series 2-0
» GAME 1: Oakland 97, SF City 92
» GAME 2: Oakland 102, SF City 100
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