Basketball Roundup: SI takes Bruce-Mahoney, Monte Vista upsets DLS, and Granada, Palo Alto are alone in first
Before more than 4,000 in attendance, St. Ignatius (11-2, 2-1) claimed the Bruce-Mahoney trophy with a 56-46 triumph over Sacred Heart Cathedral at the Hilltop.
The Wildcats were a little tougher, better with the ball and much more efficient from three-point range, Mitch Stephens writes.
Albert Waters: “It feels amazing. We came into the game talking about getting it back and being physical. … We knew we had to be mentally and physically strong to do well in this place. It’s loud and hostile.”
Waters scored 12 points and was a part of SI’s 7-for-13 mark from three-point land.
In the first half, Sacred Heart was 2-of-16 and 0-of-8 from beyond the arc, writes Jeremy Balan.
Waters: “We wanted to keep them outside. This is a college-level three-point line, so our idea was to keep them out there and let them shoot. If we let them drive, that would give us trouble.”
SI coach Tim Reardon: “It is hard to shoot in this gym. That’s why it’s ridiculous that we made seven threes. The line is back a little bit farther and this backdrop makes it really difficult . . . If we didn’t shoot like that, they’re going to beat us.”
SH coach Darrell Barbour: “We played with no poise, we played with no discipline and that is my fault, because that is something that my teams do. I thought we played hard, but the poise and discipline was nowhere to be seen tonight. That’s disappointing for me, because that’s something I try to hang my hat on as a coach.”
Herman Pratt also tallied a dozen for Sacred Heart Cathedral (9-4, 2-1).
This was the 47th time SI has won the Bruce-Mahoney trophy since 1945.
- Elsewhere in the WCAL, Serra scored the first 13 points of the second quarter on their way to a 59-48 win at Riordan. The win was their eighth straight over the Crusaders.
The Padres were paced by Jacqui Biggins’ 17 points, while Henry Caruso scored a dozen and had 10 rebounds.
Serra (11-2, 2-1) was 20-of-24 from the foul line, while Riordan was just 11-of-28.
The Crusaders (10-3, 1-2) did cut the lead to one in the fourth quarter, and were paced by Geru Mabrey and Chiefy Ugbaja, who each scored 10 points.
- Mitty trailed 14-12 after the first quarter, but outscored St. Francis 43-16 over the second and third quarters in a 66-45 road win, their seventh straight win over St. Francis
Aaron Gordon scored 19 points and Connor Peterson contributed a dozen for the Monarchs (9-3, 3-0), who are alone in first.
Nobody for the Lancers (6-7, 1-2) scored in double figures.
- Bellarmine (11-2, 1-2) led 26-12 after the first quarter and never looked back in a 75-39 home win versus Valley Christian (5-8, 0-3). Grant Vermeer scored 21 for the Bells, who have won 11 straight over the Warriors.
- De La Salle had won 10 straight home games against EBAL teams and 10 consecutive league games overall before Monte Vista’s 49-40 win on the Spartans home floor on Tuesday. The difference for the Mustangs was defense, writes Matt Schwab.
Monte Vista coach Nick Jones: “We need to keep grinding. That’s been the theme, grinding and grinding. A win at De La Salle is huge.”
The Mustangs (11-3, 2-1) were paced by 6-8 junior Spencer Rust, who had 13 points and four blocks.
The Spartans (11-2, 2-1), who had won nine in a row, were led by Elliott Pitts, who was held to 13 points. Even with this loss, the Spartans are 49-7 at home over the last four seasons.
- Granada, who was down 10 points at halftime, is alone in first after a 47-44 win against Amador Valley (11-5, 1-2).
Sophomore Kameron Johnson scored 20 points for the Matadors (9-5, 3-0), who next has home games versus Cal and Monte Vista.
- Cal (5-7, 2-1) was a 64-57 winner over Livermore (10-5, 0-3). Blake Guardino scored a season-high 21 points and made eight of eleven shots from the floor.
- San Ramon Valley (8-7, 2-1) was a 48-38 winner over Foothill (5-8, 0-3).
- Palo Alto (12-1, 3-0) won their 10th straight and are alone in first in the De Anza after a 57-47 home win versus Saratoga (11-4, 2-1) as Aubrey Dawkins scored 27 points, had five rebounds, and four steals.
- Los Gatos (8-7, 1-2) led 35-20 at the half and had to hold on for a 54-51 win at Homestead. Corey Olivet scored 21 for the Wildcats.
- In the El Camino, Fremont (11-4, 3-0) is atop the division after a 57-30 home win over Lynbrook, and Los Altos (7-6, 2-0) was a 62-49 winner over Gunn.
- College Park (13-4, 3-0) was won all three league games by at least 25 points after a 84-46 spanking of Berean Christian (2-15, 0-3). A.J. Newell scored a season-high 23 points.
- In a rematch of last year’s NorCal playoff, Deer Valley (11-3) led 49-48 at the half in a 85-79 win versus Jesse Bethel. Kendall Smith had 27 points, 12 assists, and six rebounds, and Marcus Lee contributed 22 points, 25 rebounds, and five blocks.
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