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Saturday, January 22, 2022

High School Basketball Roundup: Boys’ Sacred Heart Prep Atop St Francis, Bellarmine Cruises Hillsdale

Sacred Heart Prep is not part of the Western Catholic Boys’ Basketball Sports League. If that were the case, Atherton would have been unbeatable with victories over two of their preseason league favorites.

Aidan Bracchia scored 23 points Friday night to lead Sacred Heart Prep, which finished eighth in the Bay Area News Group, and took a 74-61 win over St. Francis No. 6 at DJ Frandsen’s Bellarmine event.

Sacred Heart Prep led 18-10 after the first quarter, 37-28 at half-time and ended the game in the fourth quarter.

Emmer Nichols added 15 points and Kevin Carney finished with 14 to help the Alligators.

Tim Nethan, wide receiver on the football team of WCAL champion Saint Francis, scored 14 points in favor of the Lancers (4-1).

Sacred Heart Prep defeated another WCAL contender in their previous game, beating Archbishop Riordan, who came second in the Central Coast Section Open last season, 57-47.

Sacred Heart Prep may play 3-0 against WCAL schools tonight when he returns to Bellarmine to play host Bells.

No. 7 Bellarmine 61, Hillsdale 41

Bellarmine, who played his first game in 13 days, showed no sign of rust as the Bells built a 42-14 break on their way to crushing Hillsdale for their fourth straight win to open the season.

Brody Pearson (11 points, four rebounds), Nick Corbett (10 points, 11 rebounds) and Tarik Weiser (nine points, seven assists) ahead of Bellarmine.

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Hillsdale dropped to 3-6.

No. 9 Moro Catholic 97, Newark Memorial 47

Moreau, playing away against longtime Athletic League rival Mission Valley, took the lead with 14 points after the first quarter and never looked back as the Mariners improved to 5-1 in a season with a decisive win over Newark Memorial. …

Five players scored for Moro in double digits, led by Matthew Villanueva 26.

Kellen Hampton (19 points), Robert Morgan (11 points), James bell (10 points) and Trey Knight (10 points, 10 assists) also scored at least 10 points for the Sailors.

For Knight, this was the first double-double in the adult season.

Newark Memorial in its first season with longtime coach Craig Ashmore gone, dropped to 2-6.

Girls basketball

No. 2 Salesian 51, No. 7 Valley Christian 43

Leading the way for a point on the road at San Jose, the Salesians increased their lead to 11 by the end of the third quarter, giving Valley Christian their first defeat of the season.

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