Ben Knight (15) and Ahjae Holdman (32) of Mission box out San Ramon Valley's Eric Ficken (24) and Nate Roberto (10) in a game on Nov. 28, 2018, at Archbishop Riordan High School. (Ethan Kassel / S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps: Marin Catholic season ends, AAA basketball gets off to an exciting start

Marin Catholic’s football season ends: The magic ran out for the Marin Catholic Wildcats in Saturday’s 16-15 loss to BishopO’Dowd in the NCS Division II Championship. A 51-yard touchdown pass from Moe Flynn to Jelani Warren early in the fourthquarter provided the game-winning score as Marin Catholic (10-4) was held to just 182 yards of total offense.

Quarterback Gaven Cooke, a converted wide receiver taking the place of injured freshman Michael Ingrassia, ran for a pair of one-yard touchdowns. The Dragons (12-2) got 163 yards on 27 carries from Stanford-bound running back Austin Jones.

AAA basketball opens with thriller: The condensed basketball season has forced leagues to get creative with scheduling, and the AAA played its first set of league games Monday night, highlighted by Mission’s wild 90-86 win over Washington. TheBears opened up double-digit leads in both the second and third quarters, but Washington (1-6, 0-1) got a huge performance from Jackie Luong to get back in the game, as the senior scored 23 of his 34 points in the second half.

The Eagles also got 19 points from D.J. Aranas and 15 from Caelan Wallace, but Ben Knight stole the show for Mission (2-2,1-0). After putting up a career-high 37 points in a December 1 loss to Berkeley, Knight one-upped it on Monday with 38, including a 4-of-7 performance on 3-pointers. The Bears also got 16 points from David Sonnier and 15 from Jaraughn Torno.

Lincoln (6-2, 1-0 entering Tuesday) also looks to be a major contender in the AAA this year, and the Mustangs opened leagueplay with a convincing 80-42 win over Balboa (1-7, 0-1). With returning talent in Shakur Blaylock, Pajri Samhi, Gabino Valdivia and Zev Curiel-Friedman, plus 6-foot-7 senior Gage Cross — a transfer from Riordan — the Mustangs have welcomed back longtime coach Carl Jacobs with a strong start, with their only losses against Heritage-Brentwood and De La Salle. Cross provides a post presence plus some outside shooting ability, and helps compensate for the departure of Rafiq Griffin, who moved to the East Coast.

Strong tourney showing by Riordan: The Crusaders boys’ basketball team were in good spirits during their long bus trip home from Butte County after a third-place finish at the Gridley Invitational, one of the most highly-regarded basketball tournaments in Northern California. Bryce Monroe’s last-second jumper gave them a 58-56 win over St. Joseph-Notre Dame in the first round on Thursday, and on Saturday, Riordan (4-3) beat Branson 61-51 in the third-place game, with point guardJe’Lani Clark earning All-Tournament honors. Branson had beaten Dublin in the opening round, a team that had beaten theCrusaders in November at the NorCal Tip-Off Classic. Perhaps the most encouraging sign Riordan showed was a competitive performance in Friday’s 66-57 loss to eventual tournament champion Salesian, the Bay Area’s top team. Salesian went on to blast Elk Grove-Sheldon 77-59 in the championship game.

Serra finishes third at Vontoure Classic: After opening their season with a thrilling overtime win over Regis Jesuit-Colorado, the Serra Padres finished third at De La Salle’s Chris Vontoure Spartan Classic. They were beaten by eventual tournament champion Encino-Crespi 59-31 on Friday, with Montana commit Kyle Owens scoring 20 for the Celts. Serra responded onSaturday with a 61-48 win over Las Lomas, and seniors Cade Rees and Parker McDonald were named to the All-TournamentTeam.

Lick-Wilmerding wins Cardinal Classic: With six of eight teams coming from San Francisco, there was plenty of local intrigue in the Lowell Cardinal Classic, which Lick-Wilmerding won for a third consecutive year. The Tigers defeated the host Cardinals66-56 in the tournament’s championship game, with Zach Johnson being named the tournament MVP, and junior Allen Wilson also making the All-Tournament Team. Burton won the consolation bracket, defeating Urban 56-40 and beating Gateway 56-53 after dropping the tournament opener to Lowell. The host Cardinals beat Half Moon Bay 60-45 in Friday’s semifinals.

SI girls finish third in Roseville: Maddie Ennis was named to the All-Tournament team at the Roseville Tournament as St.Ignatius (6-1) beat defending NorCal champion Chico-Pleasant Valley 54-41 in the third-place game. Ennis scored 22 points, and teammate Rachel Harvey was also named to the All-Tournament Team.

Stuart Hall takes Lions Club crown: The Stuart Hall Knights shot the lights out on Friday to win the championship game of the42nd Burlingame Lions Club Invitational, defeating Menlo 66-56. Sophomore Nigel Burris earned tournament MVP honors with20 points in the championship, going 5-of-7 from beyond the 3-point line. Stuart Hall (8-1) went 11-for-19 on threes during the championship game, with Jo Weinstein going 2-for-3 and Kyle Jasper making four of five for all 12 of his points. MilesAmos, who was also named to the All-Tournament Team, was a perfect 6-for-6 at the line and scored 14 points, while Tomas Wolber picked up seven assists while committing just one turnover. Menlo (2-1) got 20 points from Cole Kastner.

Bruce-Mahoney to be played in Berkeley: With renovations closing off 800 seats at USF’s War Memorial Gymnasium, the 2019Bruce-Mahoney basketball games will be played at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. Tip-off is set for an hour earlier than recent games, with girls playing at 5 p.m. and boys playing at 7. A win by the SHC boys would keep the trophy on Ellis Street for a second consecutive year.

SI boys soccer wins two in Santa Barbara: The reigning NorCal Division I soccer champions went 2-1 at the NCAA SoccerShowcase at Santa Barbara, beating Warren-Downey 4-0 and Brophy Prep-Phoenix 2-1 over the weekend at an event held in conjunction with the NCAA championships. The Wildcats’ lone loss came to Loyola-Los Angeles, a 3-0 defeat.

University soccer starts strong: After last year’s second-place finish in the NorCal Division III soccer tournament, theUniversity Red Devils are off to a 2-0-1 start, highlighted by Friday’s 2-1 win over Sacred Heart Cathedral.

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