Gregory Somogyi raced ahead and prepared to slam home what would be the exclamation point in a Woodside Priory win, only to have the ball deflected from his hands.
The 7-foot-2 center was able to gather the ball and throw down the dunk, but the play provided a fitting metaphor for what ended up as a 60-53 victory over Bridgemont in the first round of the Boys’ Gryphons’ Holiday Shootout Basketball Tournament. The taller, deeper Panthers (1-2) were able to wrestle out a win, but not without a fight.
“We’re from The City — we don’t back down from anyone,” Vikings coach Thomas DiTaranto said. “They’ve definitely got the size advantage, but this is a game we felt like we could have won.”
Bridgemont (4-2) did in fact win the last time these two teams played, defeating Priory 42-39 in last year’s Central Coast Section Division Vchampionship game. That memory was still fresh in the minds of the Panthers’ players according to Somogyi, who finished with 24 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks.
“We knew how they played from last year and we knew they would be highly competitive, pressing us and working hard on defense,” the junior said. “And it feels great to get a win.”
Priory led just 50-48 when Patrick Watkins (14 points) sank two free throws with 1 minute, 36 seconds remaining. But the Panthers responded with a 10-2 game-sealing run that featured four points from Andras Helmeczi and three consecutive dunks from Somogyi. Raymond Marshall, a 6-foot-3 freshman, led the Vikings with 16 points while Daniel Zitani contributed all 11 of his points in the second half. Woodside Priory 60, Bridgemont 53
Crystal Springs Uplands 56, Ca. School for the Deaf 36
Devon Dee had 15 points and Wyatt Woodson added a dozen as the host Gryphons (3-1) knocked off the Eagles. Sanjay Bahl chipped in seven points for Crystal Springs Uplands, which led by four at the intermission but outscored CSD 33-17 in the second half.
Drew 56, Mid-Peninsula 31
Andrew Ferreira-Wallace scored 26 points to lead Drew (5-0) over Mid-Peninsula (0-3) in a battle of the Dragons. Nicky Bamberger and August Sporer added nine points each for Drew, while Lydell Cardwell had 18 for Mid-Peninsula.
International 46, Lick-Wilmerding 40 (OT)
Ryan Doubiago came down the left wing and threw down a one-handed dunk to begin overtime, sparking the Jaguars (5-1) to a comeback win over the Tigers (3-1).
Sieva Korinsky had 13 points and 10 rebounds for International, which trailed 31-20 entering the fourth quarter but outscored Lick 17-6 in the final period to force overtime. Andrew Ahn had 10 points to lead the Tigers.
DREW 51, PESCADERO 18
Chelsea Schoenberg had 16 points and 10 rebounds as the host Dragons (2-4) rolled past the Vikings (1-5) in a nonconference game. Schoenberg had 12 points in the third quarter as Drew expanded a 22-8 halftime lead to 37-10.
— Staff report