KENTFIELD — Both University and Urban were assigned tough draws in the first round of Marin Catholic’s Bambauer Classic — a four-day, 16-team gauntlet of a tournament — and though both teams fell short in their opening-round games on Wednesday, there was no shortage of positive signs for the two BCL West members.
University (7-5) had major difficulties shooting from beyond the arc against Heritage — last year’s ninth-ranked team in all of Northern California by state tournament seeding — yet the Red Devils trailed by just two at halftime before point guard Ezra Manjon, a UC Davis commit, absolutely took over in the third quarter.
Manjon went 5-for-6 on 3-pointers over the first eight minutes out of the halftime break, and scored 17 of his game-high 29 in the period, putting the Patriots up 51-42 through three. Heritage (8-3) poured it on in the fourth by going a perfect 10-of-10 from the line, with Joel Webb (24 points) making all six of his free throws.
It added up to a 72-54 final, but aside from the inevitable breakout quarter from a Division I talent, University kept things close as Charley Moore scored 18 points and Max Fried finished with 16. Both Moore and Fried asserted themselves in the paint as outside shots weren’t falling, with Moore throwing down a vicious two-handed dunk to cap off a 7-0 run in the first after the Devils quickly fell behind 12-3. Four points from Fried and a Charlie Kennedy 3-pointer engineered a 7-2 run to cut the Heritage lead to 51-42 entering the fourth, but the Patriots were unstoppable at the line down the stretch.
As for Urban, it looked like the Blues were in for a painful evening as they fell behind Riverside-King 17-0, but they woke up from there and trailed by just a point at halftime before falling 61-42 to a team that had a massive advantage in both size and athleticism.
A deep Jaydon Aquino 3-pointer sent Urban (4-8) into halftime down just 28-27, but just like the Wolves had opened the game, they turned to DuWan Franklin in the second half to retake control. Franklin scored the first eight points of the game, then was unheard from until scoring 10 more in the third quarter as King (10-7) outscored the Blues 18-8 in the third quarter, and scored the first eight points of the fourth to open up a 19-point advantage.
Aquino scored 10 and fellow sophomore Bryce Smith led Urban with 17 points. Franklin led all scorers with 18, scored entirely in his two hot stretches. Urban will get a second shot at Mills in Thursday’s first game, set for 9:30 a.m. The Vikings edged Urban, 59-56, in two overtimes back on Dec. 15.
Redwood 88, Lincoln 78: Whereas a conventional high school basketball game takes 75 to 90 minutes, the Giants and Mustangs played a marathon that lasted an hour and 45 minutes, with the teams combining for 80 free throw attempts and four technical fouls, including one on Redwood (9-2) for accidentally having six men on the court. In all, the teams combined for 41 turnovers and 53 fouls.
Lincoln (6-6) trailed for the entire game, but cut the lead to just 38-36 at halftime, thanks to freshman Jordan Aquino’s spinning half-court shot after saving an errant pass. He also converted a ridiculous and-1 in the first quarter, falling as the ball went in, as part of his 22-point performance, which was boosted by 8-of-9 free throw shooting.
The Mustangs went 39-for-46 from the line, with sophomore Joseph Fox scoring all of his points from the charity stripe on 11-of-13 shooting. Pajri Samhi’s 14 points were aided by a 9-for-10 day at the line and Shakur Blaylock (13 points) was 6-for-6. Miles Squiers scored 23 for the Giants, going 5-for-6 on 3-pointers before leaving the game after turning his ankle late in the third quarter. Redwood senior Brandon Radu led all scorers with 24, throwing down a monster alley-oop from Chance Farrell-Martin (9 points) on the opening play of the second half. 18 of Radu’s points came after the break, and the Giants also got 13 from Jack Gerson. Lincoln will face University on Wednesday in an all-City battle at 12:30.
Serra 80, Terra Linda 36: Serra’s 6-foot-7 senior Cade Rees had another 20-point outing despite not playing after the midpoint of the third quarter, as the Padres dispatched a Terra Linda team that won just one game last year. A 12-0 run late in the first quarter broke an early 8-8 tie as Serra (6-1) used its trademark defensive pressure to allow no more than 10 points in a quarter. Antonio Abeyta and Parker McDonald each scored nine off the bench for the Padres, and seldom-used reserve Jovon Jesus scored nine in the fourth quarter. Terra Linda (2-8) got seven points from sophomore Jake Sasaki. Serra will face Miramonte, double-OT winners over Arroyo Grande, at 3:30 on Thursday.
Washington-Redmond 56, Marin Catholic 51: For the first time since 2009, the Wildcats lost the opening game of their own tournament. Marin Catholic (5-5) trailed by seven in the first quarter and faced a 28-22 halftime deficit before Riley Wirth scored all eight of his points in the third quarter, putting the Wildcats up by three before Redmond (4-5) tied the score early in the fourth with five of Aidan Rolfs’ 17 points.
Philip Bury, who scored a game-high 19, then scored to give the Mustangs the lead, and a three by Darek Khabani stretched the advantage to five. The Wildcats shot just 5-of-12 at the line in the second half and cut the lead to two on a Geordie Aarsheim 3-pointer with 27.5 seconds left, but Jacob Miller made three of four free throws down the stretch to put the game away for a Redmond team that had to travel farther than any of the other 15 sides in the tournament. Eamon Davidson scored 15 for the Wildcats, who will face Huntington Park at 11 a.m. in Thursday’s consolation bracket.