Basketball for boys
Archbishop Mitty Tim Kennedy needless to say how difficult it is to win a boys’ basketball game in Serra. The longtime coach was a padre himself in the 1990s.
Kennedy took his Mitty team to San Mateo on Saturday night with an undefeated record in a Western Catholic Athletic League game, defeating San Francisco’s three league schools (Archbishop Riordan, St. Ignatius, Sacred Heart Cathedral) and St. Francis.
Bay Area News Group No. 2 Mitty faced a defensive buzz saw against Serra.
The Monarchs trailed 18-16 at halftime and 29-22 for three quarters.
Serra won 50-41, winning after stunning losses the previous Saturday at Valley Christian 50-49 and Wednesday at home against St. Francis 61-38.
No. 7 Serra improved to 11-4 overall and 4-2 in the WCAL.
Mitty fell to 11-4, 4-1.
Miles Clapper scored 23 points and Garrett Keyhani finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds ahead of Serra Brady Smith scored nine points.
Aidan Burke (17 points) and Derek Sangster (13 points) Mitty hit double digits.
No. 10 Archbishop Riordan 64, No. 19 St. Francis 62
St. Francis, playing at home in Mountain View, appeared to be on track for their second impressive win in a row as the Lancers took a 12-point lead at halftime against Riordan.
But the Crusaders held St. Francis to six points in the third quarter and then took the win when King-Njsanny Wilhite scored 25 points, stopping at the end of the time.
Riordan 9-5, 3-1.
St. Francis fell to 10-6, 2-4, with two of those WCAL losses in excruciating form – last Monday’s overtime belly-wrenching at the Mitty and then heartbreaking on Saturday.
Bellarmine 47, Sacred Heart Cathedral 33
Bellarmine lost all five of her WCAL games ahead of Saturday’s game at Sacred Heart Cathedral, averaging 22.3 points in the previous three.
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The skid ended against SHC as Nick Corbett (16 points, 12 rebounds) and Theoren Brouillette (12 points) led the Bells to a much-needed win.
Bellarmine 8-7, 1-5. SHC fell to 4-8, 2-4.
In August, the California Interscholastic Federation suspended its bylaws banning schools from playing on Sundays, giving them a chance to catch up during the pandemic.
On Sunday, Dougherty Valley and Granada took advantage in a tight East Bay Athletic League boys’ basketball game.
When it ended, fourth-placed Doherty Valley, playing at home in San Ramon, scored a 76–71 victory over 16th-placed Granada.
The Wildcats improved to 17-1, 3-1.
Granada 11-4, 3-1.
Connor Sevilla (32 points) and Ryan Beasley (22 points) led Dougherty Valley.
Granada scored 31 points. Kevin Gad, 15 points and 10 rebounds from Jonathan Mitchell and 14 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists from Andrew McKeever.
In the other place
No. 1 Campolindo extended his winning streak to nine games with a 71–56 victory over Vanden at the Crush in the Valley showcase at Contra Costa College. Aidan Mahani (18 points) Matt Rudell (15 points) and Cade Bennett (10 points) The Cougars led the way, winning 34 of their last 35 games. … Bishop O’Dowd improved to 6-5 by beating Sacramento 73-50 at Crush in the Valley. The Dragons have won three in a row after losing to University at the MLK Classic De La Salle.
Basketball for girls
Showcase Sabrina Ionescu
With WNBA superstar Sabrina Ionescu Attending Carondelet for her first high school presentation, many of Northern California’s top players and teams took part in the gaming marathon.
After several teams pulled out, a last-minute shuffle took place.
But since Saturday morning, eight games have unfolded, marked by Pinewood’s comeback victory over Monte Vista, Archbishop Mitty’s triumph over Folsom, Bishop O’Dowd outmaneuvering Lick-Wilmerding, Carondelet’s host turning his back on the Legacy, and St. Mary’s Stockton overthrowing Saint Ignatius.
At the end of a long day Carondelet Kelly Sopak, who coached Ionescu at Miramonte, tweeted: “Special thanks to @sabrina_i20 and her entire family for making the FIRST Sabrina Ionescu #SI20 presentation a huge success. Her impact on OUR game has become legendary #GrowtheGame.”
To which Ionescu replied: “No thanks!!! 1st down, a lot ahead!”
Here are the final scores:
Piedmont 83, Las Lomas 38
No. 18 Pinole Valley 66, Castro Valley 59
No thanks!!! 1st place, a lot to come!?? https://t.co/iCdPLirmEF — Sabrina Ionescu (@sabrina_i20) January 23, 2022
No. 6 Bishop O’Dowd 75, Leek-Wilmerding 63
No. 5 Pinewood 66, No. 9 Monte Vista 61
No. 2 Archbishop Mitty 68, Folsom 39
Mitty defeats Folsom 68-39 in the third game of the tournament. #SI20Showcase Best Player of the Game @MorganCheli – @sabrina_i20 in stock to deliver the MVP t-shirt pic.twitter.com/ecnAeff2h1 — CalStars (@CalStars) January 22, 2022
Clovis West 70, Oakland Tech 64
No. 1 Carondelet 79, No. 10 Heritage 60
St. Marys-Stockton 71, No. 4 St. Ignatius 52
Girls basketball loses to Carondelet 79-60 in the SI20 Classic. Amanda Muse was named MVP of the game after 27 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. Ashley McNabb, Kendall McClure, Julia Wright 10 points each. We start the BVAL game on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/ly7NBCW3y5 — Heritage Athletics (@HeritagePats) January 23, 2022
In the other place
Salesian No. 3 set his record 10-3 by holding Antelope 62-57 at Crush in the Valley at Contra Costa College. Ariel Anderson (13 points), Sylivia Fonongaloa (12 points) and Makia Azidanha (12 points) for Pride scored double figures.