City basketball fans will be in for a treat Tuesday night.
Not only will the much-anticipated matchup between St. Ignatius and Mission take place, so will a showdown between Lick-Wilmerding and the same St. Patrick-St. Vincent team that squandered a 20-point lead to the Tigers less than two weeks ago.
Mission and Lick won easily on Saturday night, while St. Ignatius overcame a hot start by Placer as all three San Francisco teams prevailed to advance to the Northern California semifinals.
In the Division III Tournament at Kezar Pavilion, fourth-seeded Mission cruised by 12th-seeded Foothill, who made the trip down from the Redding-area town of Palo Cedro. Mission (32-1) led 25-11 after one quarter and held a 71-39 lead through three quarters before emptying the bench in a 76-51 victory.
Tyrese Johnson led a balanced scoring attack with 14 points, and three teammates joined him in double figures. Jayden Foston scored 12 while Jamion Wright and Niamey Harris each added 10. Carter Smith and Thurman Knowles each scored 11 for Foothill (21-10).
After a stiff challenge from 15th-seed, Liberty Ranch, and its high-octane offense on Wednesday, Lick-Wilmerding (26-8) had no trouble with seventh-seeded West Campus of Sacramento on Saturday. The second-seeded Tigers led 35-19 at halftime and erupted in the second half for an 84-62 win.
Walter Lum led all scorers with 19, while Zachary Johnson and Avi Leung each added 14. West Campus (22-11) got 15 points from Inderpal Dhaliwal and 14 from Eric Alston.
Lick-Wilmerding reached the finals of the NCS Division IV Tournament with a 20-point comeback at St. Patrick-St. Vincent of Vallejo on March 1. The second-seeded Tigers will host the third-seeded Bruins on Tuesday night in the CIF Division IV Tournament.
SPSV has taken out its aggressions since then on its last two opponents, winning its first two State Tournament games by an average of 54 points.
St. Ignatius set up its showdown with Mission on Tuesday night, but their foes from Placer gave the Wildcats a handful.
Had it not been for excellent 3-point shooting by SI, Tuesday’s City battle may have only been a dream.
Brandon Beckman connected on eight 3-pointers and scored a game-high 26, while Matt Redmond finished with 18 points, including a pair of shots from beyond the arc. As a whole, the Wildcats connected on 13 of 28 treys.
Placer (26-5) led 17-14 after one quarter and top-seeded St. Ignatius wasn’t able to open up a double-digit lead until late in the third quarter.
The eighth-seeded Hillmen were led by Jeremy Lillis, who scored 15 points.
St. Ignatius point guard Darrion Trammell, who will be tasked with running his offense against Mission’s fast-paced defense come Tuesday night, finished with 10.Lick-Wilmerding High Schoollick-wilmerding tigersmission bearsMission High SchoolPrep Sportsst. ignatius college prepst. ignatius wildcats