Division I Boys, No. 1 De La Salle 53, No. 2 Newark Memorial 52
The Spartans have to be the favorite in this one, but if Newark brings its `A’ game then it could get interesting.
9:57 p.m.: That’s it from here. I have to put together some stuff for the newspaper now. Hope you all enjoyed it! See ya.
9:53 p.m.: DLS running the clock Newark playing solid defense. Oh, wow. A foul on Newark with 5.7 to go and the cougars aren’t in the bonus…Wow there was 1 second on the shot clock. They foul again but it doesn’t matter. Newark had 3 fouls to give and it cost them. DLS inbounds the ball and runs out the clock and wins it…53-52….Turns out Alloco complaining all that time about the foul comparison was for the wrong reason. The non fouls on Newark actually costed them a chance at winning this game in the end.
9:50 p.m.: Sankey comes up big. He drives the line makes the layup and gets fouled with 1:25 to go. He makes the free throw and Newark trails by four and intensifies the pressure. A huge block on McArthur for Newark. DLS retains possession though. We are under a minute! A steal by Sankey. WOW! DE JA VU!!?? Farris drains a 3-pointer beyond the NBA line and it is 53-52 DLS with 40.2 seconds left. Timeout DLS.
9:48 p.m.: Jose Rivera hits a HUGE 3-pointer in the corner for DLS. He was wide open and Alloco is juiced as Newark calls a timeout and the Spartans lead 53-46 with 1:40 to go. We all remember what happend at this point for Newark against Castro Valley, but this would be pretty incredible if they can come back from 7 down against DLS, the top seed.
9:47 p.m.: Sankey is short on a 3-pointer attempt and DLS has the ball with 2:430 to go. DLS misses a 3-pointer and strong rebound for Newark’s Ezeofor over McArthur, but the Cougars turn it over and DLS has it with 2 minutes to go.
9:45 p.m.: A DLS offensive board by McArthur leads to another basket and a timeout by Newark. DLS holds a 50-46 lead with 3:19 to go. Newark needs to hit the boards in the final minutes if it wants to win this game. Boxing out McArthur is huge. Newark still has four fouls to give so expect them to pick up the pressure.
9:43 p.m.: Farris drives the lane and is fouled. He makes the first free throw to tie it at 45-45 with 4:23 to go. And he gets the second one to go as Alloco tells the official, “you guys are killing us, Tommy.” DLS’s Martellaro buries a long 3-pointer to put Spartans up 48-46 with 3:45 to go.
9:42: Sankey is having a day. He gets a layup inside but DLS catches Newark napping and McArthur gets an easy layup inside to give DLS a 45-44 lead with five minutes to go.
9:40 p.m.: Sankey battles hard for an offensive board and there is Alloco again wanting a foul called. Sankey got the putback and Newark is up 42-41 with 6 minutes to go. There is a foul for Alloco. Rivera to the line to shoot two. He makes the first to tie it with 5:50 left. He makes the second to put DLS up 43-42.
9:38 p.m.: An airball by Newark on a 3-point shot to open the fourth quarter. DLS coach Alloco is right in the official ear during his squads possession. He wants some more fouls called on Newark. We will see if his complaining pays off later. Timeout DLS with 7:02 to go in the game and the Spartans up 41-40.
9:36 p.m.: Sankey drives to the lane and is hammered. He misses the first free throw. He makes the second and it is 41-40 DLS with 27.4 seconds to go. DLS will hold for the final shot…something it does naturally. A missed 3-pointer and time expires. It is 41-40 DLS at the end of the third quarter. DLS coach Frank Alloco is heated about all the fouls being called on his squad and the lack of fouls on Newark. The Spartans have six fouls to Newarks 1 in the second half.
9:35 p.m.: Wow. A charging call against Jefferson Powers and the momentum is really in Newark’s favor here. Just under a minute to go in the third quarter. Jones turns it over for Newark and Brandon Smith gets the layup for DLS ot make it 41-39 Spartans.
9:32 p.m.: Newark missed on a chance to take the lead. DLS misses badly from 3-point land and her comes Newark. Wow. Farris all the way to the rack and Newark leads 37-36 with 2:15 to go. DLS can’t buy a bucket right now and the defense is folding. Finally, Rivera quiets the Newark faithful with a 3-pointer, but Jones gets them going again. Gets a rebound and putback to tie the game at 39-39 with 1:32 left in the third quarter. Amazing!
9:30 p.m.: Another missed shot by DLS and Newark has the ball. And BAM! Farris drains a 3-pointer and it is 36-35 DLS. This is turning into quite the game. Newark is starting to heat up from the permiter. And there is a turnover by DLS _ a traveling call. 3:41 to go in the third.
9:28 p.m.: Wow! Bobby McCall is loving Oracle Arena right now. He just drained another 3-pointer from the corner to pull Newark to within 36-32. Everytime the Spartans look to runaway with it, Newark answers. The Cougars are keeping it close.
9:27 p.m.: Final at St. Mary’s is 69-51 Campolindo over Dublin. Campo wins the Division III boys title. Congrats. Meanwhile, Ezeofar at the free throw line makes a pair and Newark is down just seven now with just under five minutes to play in the third quarter.
9:25 p.m.: Chris Jones drives hard to the lane and is fouled. He will get his turn at the line now. He buries the first one. Misses the second one and a loose rebound goes out to DLS. They race the other way and miss a layup and then get called for traveling. It is 36-27 DLS with 5:20 to go in the third quarter.
9:23 p.m.: McArthur inside working on Ezeofar draws the foul and will shoot two. He makes them both and DLS is up 10 now at 36-26.
9:22 p.m.: A block by McArthur inside gets DLS the ball back. A typical DLS possession. Run the shot clock down to one second and then hit a 3-pointer. This time it was Jefferson Powers hitting. DLS up 34-26 with 6:36 to go. Timeout Newark…The start of the second half couldn’t have been any worse for the Cougars.
9:21 p.m.: We are ready to start the second quarter. It is DLS ball. Right away Jose Rivera knocks down a 3-pointer to give DLS a five point cushion.
9:14 p.m.: The two scorekeepers have united and the score is indeed 28-26. The mix up came on whether a Newark 3-pointer was counted for 3 or 2 points. … My halftime analysis is pretty simple. Newark can win this game if they win the battle on the boards. It’s obvious that the Cougars can indeed play with the Spartans. McArthur, at 6-8, is causing problems for Newark, though. We will see if DLS goes inside to the big man a little more often in the second half.
9:12 p.m.: There is a bit of a dispute with the score. While they figure it out, I have an update from St. Mary’s. It is 58-37 Campo at the end of three. Campo of course is the top seed and Dublin is the No. 6 seed.
9:09 p.m.: McArthur gets fouled and goes to the line for a 1-on-1 with 26 seconds. He hits both free throws to make it 28-23 DLS. Newark will play for the final shot. The clock is winding down and McCall hits a 3-pointer from the corner off the dribble! Wow. That was huge. It is now 28-26 DLS at the half. Folks, we have a game.
9:08 p.m.: DLS gets another offensive rebound and misses a 3-pointer. Here comes Newark the other way. They slow it up with under a minute to go. Bobby McCall hits a trey from NBA range to pull the Cougars to within three.
9:07 p.m.: Seriously, I am tired of the “you can’t do that” chants. Can we come up with something more creative. The DLS fans just chanted it after a Newark charge. McArthur spins but blows the layup. DLS gets the offensive board, though. There is 1:34 to go and DLS is up 26-20.
9:05 p.m.: Newark misses a runner in the lane and here comes the Spartans. Now they back it out and slow it down to their tradition pass 15 times before shooting…..The shot clock runs down and Smith throws up an airball.
9:04 p.m.: Dominic Martellaro hits the open 3-pointer to make it an 8-0 run for the Spartans. DLS leads 26-20 with 3:19 to go. A timeout by Newark.
9:02 p.m.: A nice pass from St. Jean to Rivera for an easy layup for DLS. It is 23-20 DLS with 3:54 remaining in the half.
9 p.m.: Wow. Nice move by Sankey of Newark to maneuvar around McArthur for a layup to make it 15-12 Newark. But DLS comes right back and hits a 3 pointer to tie it at 15-all. A layup by Farris makes it 17-15 Newark. DLS quick to the other end and McArthur is fouled and hits the layup. He makes the free throw. 18-17 DLS. The two teams just exchanged 3-point baskets. Whew! this game is picking up. It is 21-20 DLS with 4:21 to go before the half.
8:59 p.m.: Jones just picked up his second foul with 6:40 to go, but DLS was just called for a five-second vilation on the inbounds. Jones comes out of the game.
8:58 p.m.: E.J. Farris hits a jumper from the corner and the run continues to start the second quarter. It is 12-11 now DLS. Farris hit the two amazing 3-pointers for the Cougars in the semifinals to force OT…..Another DLS turnover and Farris gets another basket inside. It is 13-12 Newark now.
8:55 p.m.: A DLS turnover leads to a Jones layup at the other end and Newark pulls to within 12-8 with a 6-0 run to end the quarter. After one period of play, it is DLS 12 in the lead at 12-8…..Newark really needs to hit the boards. If DLS wins the battle on the boards this one will be over quick.
8:54 p.m. : A block by DLS’s Murphy, but Newark is battling hard for the boards now. Ezeofar got the putback on the blocked shot and it is 12-6 Spartans. Ezeofar just grabbed another board on the defensive end.
8:53 p.m.: I have to say these officials are doing some great work right now. Actually, the great Dave Murphy is on the floor officiating this one. Back to the game. Jones for Newark is at the line with 1:40 to go and his Cougars down by eight. He makes the first one…and makes the second. Newark is down 12-4.
8:52 p.m.: I am right next to the famous Frank Alloco foot stomp by the way. That thing is loud! I can’t help but look over there every time.
8:51 p.m.: Brandon Smith goes hard to the rim and is fouled. He goes to the line for DLS. He buries the first one to make it 11-2 with 2:46 to go. And he makes the second. It is 12-2 DLS.
8:49 p.m.We have an update from St. Mary’s. It is 35-24 Campolindo at halftime. Jack Trotter has 19 points and five rebounds for Campo and KJ Scott has 11 points for Dublin.
8:48 p.m.: McArthur drives to the lane and is fouled by Chris Jones. The layup counts and he goes to the line. He makes the free throw and it is 10-2 Spartans with 4:09 to go in the first quarter.
8:47 p.m.: John McArthur grabs three offensive rebounds for DLS. The guy is HUGE. But he can’t convert on any of the putback attempts. DLS gets a putback from Richie Aliotti to take a 7-2 lead with 4:20 to go. DLS is killing Newark on the boards right now.
8:45 p.m.: Jose Rivera rattles in a 3-pointer and DLS is up 5-0 with 6:20 to go. The DLS student section can be heard. There is a nice cut and layup for Newark’s Ezeofar. It’s 5-2 with just under six minutes to go.
8:44 p.m.: And we are off. DLS gets an easy bucket and is up 2-0 with 6:45 to go.
8:41 p.m.: Starting lineups are in: For Newark: Rohulla Bayanzai, 5-6, guard; Khion Sankey, 6-3, guard; E. J. Farris, 6-2, guard; Chris Jones, 6-4, guard; Ifeanyi Ezeofar, 6-6, forward.
For DLS: Brandon Smith, 6-0, guard; Jose Rivera, 6-2, guard; Brandon Thomas, 6-2, guard; Jefferson Powers, 6-2 guard; John McArthur, 6-8, forward
8:37 p.m.: Alright, we are announcing the lineups right now. Then we will do the national anthem. I will have the starting lineups in a moment.
8:30 p.m.: We are about two minutes from tip off. Here is some fun information from the Contra Costa Times website about the upcoming game.
No. 1 De La Salle (25-3) vs. No. 2 Newark Memorial (25-5) at Oracle Arena, 8:35 p.m.
How they advanced: The Spartans beat Monte Vista 47-32, Antioch 60-45; the Cougars beat Castro Valley 74-70 ,2 OT, Berkeley 70-62
Breakdown: The Spartans’ problem last season was they had one main scoring option. This season, De La Salle is 13-0 when three or more players reach double figures, including the win over Monte Vista. Jose Rivera, Jefferson Powers, Dominic Martellaro and Brandon Smith have taken turns carrying the Spartans. E.J. Farris and Chris Jones have led the Cougars, who eclipsed the 70-point mark in six of their last seven games, including their last three. De La Salle has allowed only one team to score 70 or more points this season (Westchester-L.A. in a 75-56 loss). The Spartans’ defense is allowing 38.6 points per game, which is 2.7 off the school record set in 2005-06, the last time De La Salle won a state title. The Spartans beat the Cougars 56-47 in the North Coast Section Division I final in 2004.
8:27 p.m.: We have an update from St. Mary’s College. Campolindo is up 25-13 over Dublin in the NCS Division III boys title game.
Division I Girls, No. 2 Berkeley 62, No. 1 Deer Valley 45
8:04: What a nightmare for Deer Valley in the fourth quarter. They led by 1 coming in and end up losing by 17, 62-45. Ouch. Berkeley is NCS your 2008 NCS D-I girls champs…. what’s new?
7:59: Warren goes to the line and knocks down both, the Berkeley lead is now at 12. 1:01 to play, it’s pretty much over.
7:56: Warren steals the inbounds pass, drops in a bucket, then another DV turnover gives the ball right back. Another basket from Warren makes it 54-44 Jackets. Saindon is now at the line, but it’s almost over. 54-45, 1:28.
7:54: It’s not looking good for Deer Valley. Berkeley stretches the lead to 8, but Allard buts it to 6. 50-46, 1:50 left. A charge on Berkeley gets DV the ball back.
7:51: Mixon with a layup, but Perkins answers for Berkeley, 48-42. 3:04 left.
7:49: A bucket from Allard ties it at 40, but Warren answers her own to put Berkeley back up… another Berkeley basket makes it 44-40 Jackets…. and now another 46-40.
7:44: Berkeley has taken its first lead since being up 5-2 early on, and now leads 37-36.
7:41: It’s going to be a good fourth quarter here, after three Deer Valley leads by 1.
7:38: We have a final from Saint Mary’s Miramonte is the NCS D-III girls champions after beating Hercules 61-53.
7:37: People are still filling in for the main event as you can see in the picture. WIth 1:33 left in the quarter, its DV 36, Berkley 33.
7:28: Berkeley is using a press now, it’s 30-27 Wolverines.
7:26: Miramonte up 5 with 18 seconds left in the D-III game.
7:25: Berkeley has opened the second half with a 4-0 run and the score is now 26-23 DV.
7:09: We have a little elevation sensation here at the Oracle, Deserie Azlin goes up for a sweet layup…. AND 1. It’s 26-17 Wolverines at the half.
7:04: Airika Warren did her best Jason Welch impression and threw down a Deer Valley player. She got called for a flagrant foul.
7:02: Deer Valley has opened up a 6-point lead, 15-9.
7:01: 41-34 and the end of three quarters over at Saint Mary’s. Miramonte is in the lead.
6:54: Allard with two free throws, then a steal and another break away layup to put DV up 9-5. End of the first.
6:52: Legendary poster, High School Sports Junkie, must be in frantic refresh mode right about now, waiting to see if his DV pick will come through. With 56.9 seconds left in the first, it’s still 5-all.
6:50: If Saindon is the best basketball player, DV’s Emily Allard might be the best pure athlete, she just dribbled 3/4 the court for a layup to tie the score at 5.
6:46: Patrice Saindon should be the best player in the game tonight. Though she’s just a freshman, I’d rank her as the second best girls PG in the East Bay this year. No. 1 would have to be American’s Alex Carbonel.
6:44: Both teams are still feeling each other out still we’re almost half way through the first quarter and its only 2-2.
6:42: We have an update from Matt Smith at the Miramonte Hercules game. At the half, its 30-20 Miramonte. We’ll keep you posted.
6:40: Alright, hopefully that video of the end of the Las Lomas game works, if anyone is having problems viewing it let me know. This game is 1:30 in and Berkeley is up 2-0.
Division II Boys, No. 3 Las Lomas 51, No. 1 Hayward 50
The Farmers defeated Las Lomas on Dec. 22 this season, 69-63 in overtime. Hayward is the favorite, but this should be a good one.
6:00: Blake Turner scored with 3.2 left to give LL a 1-point lead. A shot from Berry rimmed out at the buzzer and Las Lomas is your NCS D-II champion.5:58: Hayward fouled twice and still has another to give. There is 8.2 left.5:55: A by Hayward bounces on the sideline and LL gets the ball back down by 1 with 20.1 to play.5:54: Pat Evans goes for the steal of Berry, but picks up a foul. Not in the bonus yet.5:53: Berry with a board and a put back to give Hayward the lead, 50-49. The ball goes out of bounds on the other end and Hayward gets the ball back, time out Las Lomas. 37.6 ticks to go.5:51: It’s still 49-48, Berry just dove for a loose ball, called a timeout millimeters before he reached the courtside seats. Las Lomas still leads 49-48, no one can make a shot. 2:00 left.5:46: A three from Stafford gives LL the lead, 49-48.5:42: The atmosphere is getting a little better, but the place feels empty. This is must what be what it was like for the Flint Tropics (Will Ferrell, semi-pro reference– didn’t live up to the hype btw).5:41: Two free throws from Pat Eavns give the Knights their first points in about five minutes, but Nasir with a bucket to get the lead back for Hayward.5:38: Shades of the NC State national championship win to end the third quarter. Jabreel Nasir launches and airball three from the top of the key, but Ron Taylor was there to catch it and put it in at the buzzer. Hayward leads 44-42 at the end of three.5:34: Alex Brandon uses the glass from in front to tie the game, 42-42, with 2:10 left in the third. It’s a 13-4 run for Hayward over the last four minutes.5:33: Isiah “a rolling stone gathers no” Moss goes coast to coast but miss the layup, which would have tied the game for Hayward. 5:30: Bower has just pointed out that Farmer’s is also a title sponsor for the event and have a prevalent sign courtside. I also think Hayward should change it’s school colors to green and yellow so they can wear John Deere gear to go along with their Farmer mascot.5:28: Berry gets to the line with an and-1, he hits the foul shot and the Farmers trail by 4. And for the record, I don’t care what the history is, the Farmers is the worst mascot in the East Bay. I’d expect that name for a team from Firebaugh, but Hayward? Come on.5:25: Hayward is now using a full court press, but it hasn’t phased the Knights which have opened the half on a 5-0 run. 38-29 LL.5:11: We’re at the half, Las Lomas 33-29. I’m still pretty hungry, but my personal pizza + 20 oz soda went for 14 bucks. Expensing that is not going to help our company which has standing buyout offers for all employees on the table. 5:10: Brian Stafford hit a pari of free throws to double LL’s lead — 33-29. 30 secs left.5:04: A good flop from Berry gets the ball back for Hayward, which trails by five 31-26 iwth 2:41 left in the half.5:00: The lead is now 10 after a bucket from Kevin Kennick, but Hayward answers right back with a 3, its 30-23. The pace of this game is picking up (especially after that grind-it-out DII girls game we just watched)4:58: Las Lomas now leads 22-17 with 7 mins left in the first half.4:55: The last time Las Lomas won an NCS title was 1988, when they won the D-III crown. Hayward has eight titles, the last coming in 2004.4:52: I have to say I’m very impressed with LaLo so far. Fundamentally solid, back picks, jump stops, every thing you’d expect from a team that lacks athleticism but has still made it this far. Its 19-11 Knights with 1:07 left in the quarter.
4:50: Berry for threeeeee. It’s tied at 11 with 2:33 leff in the first, check that. Las Lomas takes the lead. 13-11.
4:47: Ok, we’re off an running with an 8-8 score. Davion Berry’s head is all wrapped up while his mom and brother sit in the stands with personalized t-shirts on. The shirts have a picture of Davion that ran in the Daily Review and all have different slogan’s. His older brothers reads: “Lil bra.”
4:22 p.m.: We have around 17 minutes before the start of the Hayward-Las Lomas game. We will be back soon!
Division II Girls, No. 1 Carondelet 56, No. 2 Northgate 43
Carondelet is a huge favorite in this matchup. It would be a big-time upset if Northgate can get the win.4:04:
Not a surprise at all in this one. The Broncos put up a fight in the first half, but it was all Carondelet after the break. It’s the fifth NCS title in school history for the Cougars program. It won four straight before Pinole Valley won the title a year ago.
4:00: Carondelet has this one pretty much wrapped up, it leads 53-40 with 1:30 left in the game.
3:54: The Cougars stretch the lead to 50-37 with 4:12 left.
3:52: Carondelet leads by nine with 5:30 left in the game, 46-37.
3:43: A shot at the buzzer drops for Northgate, but Carondelet leads 43-35 at the end of three. It could be a lot worse.
3:40: A nice and-1 by Emily Jing (another sophomore) cuts the lead to 11 at 39-28.
3:39: Radanovich is lighting it up from deep now, she just hit a three and the score is 39-25 Cougars with 2:57 left in the third.
3:37: The timeout didn’t help. Northgate couldn’t get a shot off on the ensuing possession and Carondelet hits a three to bring the margin to 11.
3:35: It’s all Cougars to start the second half. They are up 31-23 and Northgate is forced to call a time out.
3:31: The second half is under and Carondelet jumped up quick 25-23.
3:23: Another sophomore, Kendra Hessel, goes to the line for Northgate. She hits both her shots to tie the game at 23 with seconds left in the half. We head to the locker room with that score.
3:18: Sophomore Courtney Hamilton goes to the line with the socred tied at 17, misses the first, but hit the second to give Northgate a 1-point lead.
3:12: After going over the rosters of these two teams, I’m prediciting a rematch next year. Northgate has just one senior (Lucky Middleton, who doesn’t play a big role on the team, averaging under a point per game) and Carondlet’s key players are all underclassmen. It’s 14-13 Northgate with 5:00 left in the second.
3:09: Northgate hit a three right after the last update and the score at the end of the first is 11-10 Cougars.
3:08: This game is turning into a three-point shootout, except nobody can seem to hit a shot from deep. It’s 11-7 Carondelet with 45 seconds left in the first quarter.
2:59: Definitely some nerves on both sides, we’ve already seen a couple travels, a few airballs and some unforced turnovers. Carondelet leads 8-4.
2:56: The Cougars are off to a 4-0 start after a bucket by sophomore Ricki Radanovich. The Northgate girls look a little intimidated.
2:53: All right, Bower has gone to hunt down some food so I (Kyle Bonagura) will be taking everyone through this one. Carondelet controls the ball after the tip and were on our way…
2:47 p.m.: The starting lineups are being announced and we are a few minutes away from tip off.
2:26 p.m.: We are about 25 minutes away from game time so I am going to take a quick break and come back at around 2:45 p.m.
Division IV Boys, No. 1 St. Mary’s 88, No. 2 Kennedy 59
Most are taking No. 1 St. Mary’s in this one. Many have said the Panthers might be able to hang with McClymonds and De La Salle.
2:24 p.m.:And that’s a final. St. Mary’s is your NCS Division IV champion. Both teams advance to the NorCals. The final was 88-59 St. Mary’s over Kennedy-Richmond.
2:22 p.m.: We have under a minute to go. St. Mary’s is up 86-58. I will post the final score as soon as it’s over.
2:13 p.m.: Have to run back to the computer for this one. Dominque Lee, who is having a heck of a game, threw down a monster jam for St. Mary’s. I am talking shake-the-backboard, bend-the-rim jam. It is 82-48 St. Mary’s with 3:48 to go.
2:09 p.m.: This one is pretty much over. I am going to step away for a few moments to try to hunt down another internet outlet in case this one goes out. I have to be able to file stories later tonight. I will be back in a few minutes with an update. It is 73-47 St. Mary’s right now with 5:30 to go.
2:06 p.m.: St. Mary’s has opened the third quarter on a 4-0 run. It is 67-41 now with 6:43 to go. But Kennedy’s Marvin Boadu gets a layup and a foul to make it 67-43. Dominque Lee for St. Mary’s was fouled going for the rebound after the missed free throw and buries the first of a one-on-one. He makes the second and it is 69-43 St. Mary’s with 6:42 to go in this one.
2:04 p.m.: A layup at the buzzer for St. Mary’s just adds to the misery of Kennedy. The Panthers lead it 63-41 after three.
1:58 p.m.: It’s 59-41 Panthers with 44 seconds to go in the third quarter. Not much of a game here. St. Mary’s is running away with this one, hitting 24 of 38 from the floor at this point.
1:57 p.m.: Gerard Markham hits a pair of free throws for Kennedy to make it 56-39. But again St. Mary’s gets another basket inside and it goes to 58-39 with 1:45 to go in the third quarter. St. Mary’s has to be shooting around 65 percent with all the layups the Panthers are getting.
1:55 p.m.: Chuck Jacobs hits a trey for Kennedy, but St. Mary’s comes right down and gets an easy layup. St. Mary’s is scoring at will inside. It is 56-37 with 2 minutes left in the third quarter.
1:54 p.m.: The Panthers have a 20-point lead at 54-34 with 2:44 to go in the third quarter.
1:51 p.m.: Justin Shields hits a 3-pointer for St. Mary’s and that one had to hurt. That pushes the lead back to 18 for St. Mary’s. This game is really moving. I have to say, St. Mary’s is looking darn good.
1:51 p.m.: Another bucket inside by Williams makes it 47-32. Kennedy is going on a little run here. There is 4:46 to go in the third quarter.
1:49 p.m.: Larron Peterson gets a steal for Kennedy and the layup to make it 47-28. Kennedy gets a rebound and Williams drives the lane for a layup. It is 47-30 now. Still a long ways to go for the Eagles to get back in this one.
1:47 p.m.: A free throw makes it 47-26 Panthers with 6:20 to go in the third quarter.
1:46 p.m.: It is 44-26 Panthers. And a layup by Demetrius Lee makes it 46-26 Panthers. I don’t see Kennedy getting back into this game. St. Mary’s is playing some great basketball. My colleague, Steve Herendeen, tells me St. Mary’s was 17-for-27 from the floor at the half.
1:44 p.m.: Sorry about the no halftime analysis. We are searching for an internet connection here. Seems like I am the only one able to get one, but if I lose it then that is it. So keep your fingers crossed. Anyway, the second half has started. A technical foul was just called on Kennedy’s Marvin Boadu. I have no idea why.
1:31 p.m.: The score sits at 38-23 with 29.5 seconds left in the half. Chris Brew just hit one of two free throws to make it 39-23. A nice steal by Will Brew and he goes coast-to-coast for the layup. It is 41-23 Panthers with 8 seconds. The Eagles get off a jumper at the buzzer, but it falls well short. The score sits at 41-23 at halftime in favor of St. Mary’s.
1:29 p.m.: Had to step away for a moment. The score is 35-19 with 2:04 left in the half. The Panthers are still controlling this game. The Eagles just can’t buy a basket. Everything is hitting back rim or going in and out. Meanwhile, the Panthers are hitting everything. Justin Shields knocks down a 3-pointer and it is 38-19 Panthers.
1:27 p.m.: The two teams exchange a bucket and it is 33-17 with 2:50 to go in the game.
1:25 p.m.: Aalim Moor gets fouled on a running jumper. He goes to the line for two. He misses the first free throw with 3:41 to go. And he makes the second. It is 31-15 Panthers.
1:24 p.m.: Markham makes a couple of free throws for Kennedy and it is 30-15 with 4:09 to go. Kennedy has got a lot of work to do to get back in this one. The flow of the game right now is favoring St. Mary’s.
1:22 p.m.: Williams is working hard inside for the Eagles. He gets fouled and will go to the line with 5:03 to go. He makes the first one and he misses the second but a putback makes it 28-13. A quick basket the other way for St. Mary’s, though, makes it 30-13.
1:20 p.m.: Dominique Lee runs the floor well and he just got a layup and fouled on the break. The sophomore is 6-foot-4 and certainly a rising star. He converts the free throw and after a layup by Kennedy’s Jonathan Williams it is 28-10 Panthers with 5:24 to go in the first half. That layup by Kennedy was its first basket in 6:05.
1:19 p.m.: Will Brew drains a 3-pointer. It is 25-8 now. The Panthers might reach 100 in this game with the way it is going.
1:16 p.m.: The first quarter comes to a close with St. Mary’s up 22-8 and running the floor well. The Panthers are getting some high-percentage chances and converting. Meanwhile, the Eagles have struggled to get much going.
1:15 p.m.: Another missed shot by the Eagles and wow. An alley-oop from Will Brew to Chris Brew and Chris missed the dunk. It is showtime out here! Still 22-8.
1:13 p.m.: Whoa! St. Mary’s is running hard. Chris Brew gets a monster one-handed jam on a breakaway. The first jam of the day! This one might be over already. It is 22-8 and there is no sign of St. Mary’s slowing down. Timeout Kennedy.
1:10 p.m.: Will Brew drives the lane and gets an easy bucket. This one might be over early. St. Mary’s is just running away with this one right now. It is 17-8 with 2:45 left. Kennedy is playing a zone defense, but St. Mary’s is crashing the boards hard. Dominique Lee grabs an 0ffensive board and gets fouled. He makes the first free throw. And misses the second. It is 18-8 Panters. St. Mary’s opens the game 8-for-12 from the field.
1:08 p.m.: Aalim Moor banks home a 3-pointer. Did he call that? I don’t know, but it doesn’t matter. St. Mary’s goes up 13-6. A quick layup by Kennedy makes it 13-8. And Kennedy was just called for goaltending on a Will Brew layup. It is 15-8 with just over 3 minutes to go.
1:06 p.m.: Dominique Lee is at the line after getting fouled on a jumper. He misses the first one and the second, but the Panters grab the board. The two teams just exchanged buckets and it is 11-6 Panthers with 4:12 to go.
1:05 p.m.: Aalim Moor hits a running jumper in the lane and the Panthers are up 9-4 already. St. Mary’s won the BSAL title this season and only have one loss on the season. Many have said they could challenge McClymonds and De La Salle.
1:04 p.m.: This is going to be a fast game, I can already tell. These guys are flying around the court right now. Dominique Lee just came crashing in for a board, but stepped out of bounds. It is 7-4 Panthers still with 5:10 to go.
1:03 p.m.: A Chris Brew 3-pointer after a bucket by the Eagles made it 5-4. St. Mary’s gets a layup to take a 7-4 lead now.
1:01 p.m.: The Panthers are in white with the Eagles wearing their red jerseys. Jonathan Williams puts the Eagles up 2-0 with a layup. St. Mary’s comes right back with a jumper by Dominque Lee and it is tied at 2 with just under seven minutes.
12:55 p.m.: The starting lineups have been anounced. For St. Mary’s: Aalim Moore, Chris Brew, Will Brew, Marcues Semien and Dominique Lee. For KennedyL Marvin Boadu, Robert Weathersby, Chuck Jacobs, Gerard Markham and Jonahthon Willams. Here we go…1
2:50 p.m.: The next game up here at Oracle will be an all Bay Shore Athletic League matchup between No. 1 St. Mary’s and No. 2 Kennedy-Richmond. We are about 4 minutes away from tipoff.
Division IV Girls, No. 1 Justin Siena 60, No. 3 St. Patrick-St. Vincent 52
12:28 p.m.: That’s it! Siena celebrates a 60-52 victory over the Bruins on the court. What a comeback attempt by the Bruins, but Vicky Deely and Siena had too much at the end. A great game. These two could meet again in NorCals.
12:27 p.m.: And that might have been the dagger. And who else could it be, but Vicky Deely to deliver it. With the shot clock running down she drives and gets the layup and the foul to put the Braves back up by 8 with 30 seconds to go. Incredible. Cowling misses a short jumper and Deely gets the layup this one is all but over.
12:25 p.m. : Cowling misses the first and hits the second. St. Pat down 8 and gets a steal. The Bruins miss a jumper but retain possession down by 8 with 1:25 left. Cowling wants the ball. Instead Olivia Reed nails a 3-pointer!! Wow, Bruins down 5 with under one minute to go!
12:24 p.m.: Jameiz Terrell just hit a jumper for the Bruins but then fouls out. Bruins down 7 with 1:43 to go but Siena’s Vicky Deely is on the line for a 1-on-1. She drains the first one. She has been clutch today. She hits the second and it is back to a 9 point lead with 1:40 to go. Cowling rebound and is fouled on the putback with 1:31 to go.
12:23 p.m.: Wow! A terrible back-court call on Justin-Siena, who didn’t even have possession in a mad scramble for a loose ball after the Bruins’ Taylor Rojas made a monster block. It’s Bruins ball down 9 with 2:20 to go. The Bruins miss a wild shot and Siena misses a short jumper at the other end. Under 2 minutes to go!
12:20 p.m.: A steal by St. Patrick’s and Cowling leads the break. She dishes to Rechel Carter for an easy layup and it is 55-46, Braves, with 2:43 left. This is quite a run by Cowling and the Bruins. The fans are really getting into it now.
12:19 p.m.: Cowling grabs her own miss and puts it back and is fouled. She is going nuts in the fourth quarter here. She misses the free throw so its 55-44, Braves with 3:17 to go. Can Cowling mustar up enough to get the Bruins back in the game. It might be too late.
12:16 p.m.: A foul on St. Pats and Vicky Deely, who is having an outstanding game, goes to the line for a 1-on-1. She makes the first. She misses the second and it is 55-42, Siena. St. Pat’s shoots a long 3-ball and misses, but the Bruins’ Rechel Carter gets the rebound and is fouled on the shot. She will shoot two. She misses the first. And misses the second, but St. PAt gets the board. Cowling misses a contested layup. But St. Pats gets the board and a foul on Justin Siena sends the Bruins’ Olivia Reed to the line with 3:28 left. She misses the front-end of a 1-on-1. It remains 55-42 Braves.
12:14 p.m.: Cowling drives and gets a layup and foul. She converts the free throw to cut the deficit to 54-38. Will St. Pats have a run left? We will see, but Siena just easily broke the press again. Cowling grabs a rebound and gets a short jumper in the lane and is fouled with 4:37 left. Cowling is heating up! She makes the free throw and it is 54-42 now, Siena.
12:13 p.m.: Wow! The Bruins just grabbed four straight offensive rebounds and the Bruins’ Rechel Carter just fouled out. Things are not looking good for Bruins’ fans, as the Braves’ Britney Hyatt sinks two free throws. It is 54-36 Braves with five minutes to go.
12:11 p.m.: One of two free throws by the Bruins’ Rechel Carter cuts the deficit to 52-36, but this game could be out of reach. The Bruins really need to get their press working. But it hasn’t worked too well thus far and Siena’s shooting has been unbelievable. That has pretty much been the difference. It is 52-36 Siena with 6:02 left.
12:10 p.m.: Jessica Futo steps around a defender and gets a layup. Justin-Siena is in total control of this game right now. A rebound by Britney Hyatt leads to an easy layup by Kyleigh McAhren. And Siena looking to put this one out of reach. It is 52-35 with just over six minutes left.
12:08 p.m.: Vicky Deely just picked up her fourth foul early in the fourth quarter. She comes out of the game with 7:44 left. Jameiz Terrell misses both free throws for the Bruins. And Siena breaks the press again, but misses a layup.
12:05 p.m.: And that’s the end of the third quarter. The Bruins are really struggling right now. The press isn’t working and Cowling has been having a tough go of it. The score is 48-35 Braves heading into the fourth quarter _ the biggest lead of the game for Justin-Siena.
12:04 p.m.: Cowling gets a steal and is fould. She misses the free throw, though. It is 44-35 …. Futo drives the lane and scores for Siena. It is 46-35 Siena now. Cowling inside and misses a contested layup and back the other way an easy layup by Deely. This one is getting out of control for the Bruins. They call a timeout. It is 48-35 Siena with 29.6 seconds left. The crowd is chanting “let’s go Justin!”
12:02 p.m.: Cowling just picked up her third foul. The Bruins are letting it slip away right now. They need to calm down. But BAM! Another 3-pointer for the Braves. They are on Fire! This time it was Vicky Deely. What a game she is having. It is 44-33 now. The biggest lead of the game for the Braves.
12:01 p.m.: Vicky Deely is having quite the game. She just forced a turnover on defense. And the Braves stay hot! Wow, the crowd goes nuts after a Jessica Futo 3-pointer makes it 41-30. Cowling gets a bucket inside to make it 41-33 with 2:08 left in the third quarter
11:59 a.m.: Cowling misses a jumper and here comes the Braves. And an easy layup by Deely on the break makes it 38-31 Braves. Siena on a 8-2 run right now. Timeout St. Pats with 3:02 left in the third quarter.
11:57 a.m.: Cowling with a block, but St. Pats turns it over right away. The intensity of St. Pat’s press is beginning to pick up. I think they are sensing this game slip away a bit even though they only trail by two points. But the momentum clearly isn’t in the Bruins’ favor. And that didn’t help. Vicky Deely inside gets the layup and the foul. She makes the free throw and it is now 36-31 Braves with 3:35 to go.
11:54 a.m.: A nice block by Kyleigh McAhren inside gives the Braves the ball back after an offensive foul call. Vicky Deely inside and she will go to the line. She makes the first and the second free throws to make it 33-29 Braves. And there is the first steal that leads to a basket on St. Pat’s press. Taylor Rojas got it and made the layup to make it 33-31 with 4:20 to go.
11:53 a.m.: Courtney Pardini drives the lane and is fouled just before the shot clock buzzer goes off. She goes to the line. That is Ashley Moore’s fourth foul for the Bruins by the way. Pardini hits one of two free throws to make it 31-29 Braves.
11:52 a.m.: Siena stays hot from beyond the arc. Jessica Futo this time hits the trey and that is a good sign for the Braves. The offenses come out firing. It is 30-29 Siena with 6:27 to go.
11:50 a.m.: Cowling with another rebound after a missed layup by the Braves. She has been all over the bounds. Wow! Cowling a scoop layup is good. A good sign for the Bruins who take a 29-27 lead.
11:49 a.m.: We are about 30 seconds away from the start of the second half.
11:42 a.m.: Just a little of my halftime thoughts for everyone. The Bruins rely on their press to get easy baskets and it hasn’t really worked thus far. Justin-Siena has done a solid job breaking the press, but still haven’t had as many easy baskets as you would think. The Bruins have done a great job getting back on defense after the press is broken. Both teams have had tremendous defense. I have to think Cowling is going to show up a bit more in the second half. This is her senior season and I couldn’t imagine her not trying to take over a little bit more in the second half to get a title. Meanwhile, Justin-Siena needs to stay hot beyond the arc. The Braves haven’t gotten much inside so if they go cold, they could be in some trouble.
11:40 a.m.: St. Pats misses a trey with 4 seconds to go and the clock runs out and it is all tied up here at Oracle, 27-27. What a half! Cowling has been off her game, but the Bruins being tied still is a great sign. Cowling has just five points at the half. Pardini has three from beyond the arc and nine points for the Braves.
11:37 a.m.: The two teams trade baskets to make the score 27-24 Braves with just over a minute to go. Wow! Olivia Reed drains a long 3-pointer to tie the game at 27 with one minute. And a Siena turnover has the fans going wild. Cowling then misses a layup inside and a jump ball is called after the players are tied up going for the rebound. Cowling inside again, but called for 3 seconds in the key.
11:34 a.m.: The Bruins’ Olivia Reed gets a putback and the deficit is cut to two at 24-22. But Siena’s Courtney Pardini is fouled on the press break and hits one of two free throws to make it 25-22 with 1:53 to go.
11:32 a.m.: Cowling has the ball stripped driving in the lane and then picks up a foul. The Braves are in the bonus. Rachelle Whitehead makes the first to make it 24-18. She misses the second and SPSV’s Jameiz Terrell quickly drives and gets a layup to make it 24-20 with 2:20 to go in the half.
11:30 a.m.: And there it is. Cowling inside with a layup and the foul. That’s what the Bruins need to do. She hits the free throw and it is 22-18 Bruins. But a foul at the other end will send the Braves’ Britney Hyatt to the line for two. She buries the first making it 23-18. And she misses the second so the score stays the same. The Braves did get the rebound, though.
11:29 a.m.: Timeout Justin Siena. It is 22-15 Braves with 3:59 left in the half. SPSV needs to get Cowling going before this game starts to get away. Both teams are playing pretty solid defense, but Siena has been hot beyond the arc and that has been the difference thus far.
11:28 a.m.: A Justin Siena steal leads to a Vickey Deely putback on a missed layup. Cowling misses a layup on the other end and it is 22-15 Justin Siena. Remember, these two met earlier in the season and Siena won by 11. SPSV hasn’t lost since, though.
11:24 a.m.: The Bruins are having a tough time finding any offense. But Rechel Carter gets fouled underneath to go to the line for St. Pats. She misses the first but hits the second to cut the deficit to 20-15.
11:22 a.m.: Pardini is on fire. She hits another trey to start the second quarter. It is 18-14 Siena. This has been a game of runs thus far. Siena has the momentum getting another rebound after a miss and Vicky Deely gets fouled on a putback attempt and will go to the line. She hits the first to make it 19-14 Braves. And she makes the second for a 20-14 lead with 7 minutes to go in the first half.
11:21 a.m.: Siena gets some much-needed momentum at the end of the first quarter, as Courtney Pardini drains a 3-pointer with a few seconds left and the Braves take the 15-14 lead after one. Looks like we are set for a down-to-the-wire game here. Alex Cowling has struggled thus far, she has just two points and no field goals.
11:20 a.m.: St. Pats is playing some solid defense, forcing another turnover. Siena is struggling to get a good look, having to swing the ball around the perimeter.
11:18 p.m.: Rojas strikes again from beyond the arc for the Bruins. She is on fire! She hits her three 3-pointer of the game and Bruins go up 14-10. Siena comes back the other way and Britney Hyatt gets fouled and converts both free throws to make it 14-12 Bruins.
11:17 a.m. Jameiz Terrell didn’t miss this time and it is 11-10 Bruins now with 1:49 left in the first quarter. Another turnover by Justin Siena and the Bruins have the ball and the lead.
11:15 a.m.: St. Pats gets into its full-court man-to-man press. Siena doesn’t have a problem breaking it, but then a sloppy pass goes out of bounce and St. Pats takes possession. Jameiz Terrell misses a trey.
11:13 a.m.: And here comes Justin-Siena. Courtney Pardini and Britney Hyatt hit back-to-back 3-pointers to take the lead at 10-8 with 3:34 left in the first quarter. The Bruins are take a time out.
11:11 a.m. : The pace has picked up drastically, as the Braves are a bit flustered. Taylor Rojas hits another trey and it is 6-3. Loyola-Marymount-bound Alex Cowling drives the lane and is fouled. She hits both free throws and the Bruins go up 8-3. A layup by Siena makes it 8-5 with 4:18 to go.
11:10 a.m.: The Braves’ Vicky Deely drove to the lane and was hammered. She converts 1 of 2 from the line and we are tied at 3 with 5:30 left.
11:08 a.m. : The Bruins jump out to a 3-2 lead early behind a 3-pointer from Taylor Rojas. The adrenaline is still flowing in both teams and St. Pats is yet to show its relentless press. I expect to see it soon.
11:05 a.m.: OK, I made it into Oracle Arena here in Oakland and the Division IV girls title game between top seed Justin Siena and No. 3 St. Patrick-St. Vincent is about to tip off.