It was so close on the court, it ultimately had to be decided with a calculator.
And when San Francisco ProCity director Jon Greenberg emerged from amidst a mass of players with the numbers Aug. 1, it was determined SF City had edged Bay City by a mere nine cumulative points in point differential to claim the No. 1 seed in the league playoffs. The critical arithmetic followed SF’s 105-97 victory over previously unbeaten Bay City in the final regular-season game for both teams, giving it a bye into the best-of-three league finals, which begin tonight at 8 p.m. at Kezar Pavilion.
And on the other side of the gym will be Bay City, which defeated Oakland 118-106 and the Dream Team 107-103 to earn another shot at SF.
Game 2 will be played Wednesday at 8 p.m., with Game 3 set for Friday at 8, if necessary.
While both teams finished the regular season 6-1, they used different methods to achieve their success. SF City was one of the top defensive team in the ProCity, allowing just two opponents to scoremore than 100 points in the famously run-and-gun league.
Former USF star LyRyan Russell is the point guard that makes SF go, while Marek Ondero provides a strong post option for the team. Jonathan Levy hit a backbreaking three-pointer late in the win over Bay City.
Bay City, meanwhile, prefers to play at a blurring pace, and has the scorers to outgun most anyone. The team scored more than 120 points just as often as it was held below 100 (three times each), and averaged more than 110 points per game. Guard Paul Marigney is the catalyst for Bay City, with incoming USF transfer Dior Lowhorn a threat both inside and out. Marquine Chandler, Eric Crookshank and 7-foot St. Mary’s center Reda Rehimi take care of the interior for the team.