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Live from Arco Arena: CIF State Finals — Day 2

By Jimmy Durkin
Saturday, March 15th, 2008 at 10:25 am in Uncategorized.

The blogging has officially been turned over to Chace Bryson at our sister site East Bay Prep Sports for the Division I games featuring our locals — the Berkeley girls vs. Long Beach Poly and the McClymonds boys vs. Dominguez. Keep him company over there.

Div. III boys: Santa Margarita 72, Sacramento 55

4:45: Jose, no kidding. And actually, typo on my end. He had 64, not 63. That’s 77 percent of the team’s points.

4:38: Tapley left the game too so Klay will finish tied for second and Tapley tied for fifth. Great efforts by both. And it’s a final here as SM celebrates on the court.

4:36: A trey from Zaragoza makes it 70-53 with under a minute and now he gets a dunk. It’s bench clearing time. Tapley misses a three that would’ve overtaken Klay Thompson’s scoring total. Klay now leaves the game as Sac calls time. He’ll either finish the day tied for second or tied for third-highest scoring output (depends if Tapley overtakes him). 72-55 with 36.0 left.

4:33: A Tapley layin give him 35. He’s now tied for fifth with two others. Klay just missed an open trey. The whole crowed was shocked I think. With 1:39 left, Bobby Evans at the line and misses both. 67-53.

4:31: Trayce Thompson has just fouled out for SM. Chase Tapley at the line, he hits one of two and moves into sole possession of the eighth best scoring performance. 65-51. One behind Romero, who is now 7th. We’re at 2:39 left now. 67-51. Mike Henderson just fouled out for Sac.

4:30: And Klay has hit another 3. That’s a new record with 7 treys. He’s now got 37, tied for the second best scoring performance with Criag McMillan (Cloverdale, 1983). Score is 65-50 with 3:27 left.

4:27: Another 3 by Klay and now a transition layup. He’s got 34, now tied for the sixth best scoring performance (with Robert Romero of Calipatria — 1988, Div. 5). A Sac time out and it’s 62-45 with 4:45 left. I believe that was also his sixth 3, while ties him with Murray for most in a state title game along with Murray, Paul Stapleton (Servite, 1990) and Joe Kelley (Montgomery, 1998)

4:24: Jose, Tracy Murray (who played in the NBA and was the cousin of Cal and Kennedy-Fremont’s Lamond Murray) played for Glendora in the 1989 Division II title game and they lost 89-83 to Menlo-Atherton at the Oakland Coliseum.

4:22: Nice move inside by Evans to score for Sac. 57-45. Mike Henderson just picked up his fourth foul for Sac. We’ve got an SM time out with 5:50 left.

4:20: Two quick fouls called on Serna and he’s now fouled out with 7:22 left. SM has 8 team fouls, Sac only has 1. Bobby Evans misses the 1&1 for Sac. A rebound by Klay and a dish. 57-42 SM. Kyle Allen at the line for Sac, makes the first, misses second. 57-43. Sac shooting two from here on out.

4:16: Third quarter closes and it’s 55-42. Tapley leads all with 32, Klay Thompson has 29. Tapley already is having one of the 10 best scoring performances in a state title game and Klay is sure to get there. Two more points with tie him with three others (Stephen Thompson of Crenshaw, Charles O’Bannon of Artesia and Darnell Robinson of Emery — woo, woo, some local love) for the eight best.

4:15: Tapley at the line for Sac, makes both and he has a game-high 32 — already tied for the seventh most in state title game history. If he can get to 37, he’ll have the second most (he’s not touching Tracy Murray’s 63 in 1989)/ It’s 53-42.

4:11: There’s just no stopping Klay Thompson. He drops in another trey and it’s 50-36. Klay (son of former NBA player Michael Thompson and a future Washington State Cougar) has 29. Trayce Thompson then hits a 3. Two hoops for Sac also and it’s 53-40.

4:08: A jumper by Sac’s Abraham, but Klay Thompson with a trey for SM. He’s impressive. 24 points now for him. 45-31. Chase Tapley is matching him, he’s got 25. Now, Klay with a dunk and it’s 47-31. Tapley again, he hits a trey and now has 28 and it’s 47-36.

4:05: Second half is two minutes old. It’s 42-29 SM.

3:52: OK, had to do a little communicating back home but we’ve hit halftime of this one and it’s 40-29.

3:48: Lost connection for a minute. It’s now 37-27 SM.

3:43: A jumper by Zaragoza makes it 23-16. Sac coach Derek Swafford has probably slapped the padding on the table in front of my computer about 5 times already. Inside hoop for Serna. 25-16 SM. We’ve got Jason Kidd in the stands. Oh wait, no that’s just someone sporting the retro St. Joe’s Jason Kidd jersey. Now a bucket for Klay. 27-16. A win by SM would clinch SoCal winning the series again this year on the boys side, with three wins already. NorCal has five wins overall (four on the girls side plus Branson), so we’ll at least split. But a Sac High win would clinch the overall series for NorCal. That’d be nice. Chase Tapley with a nice follow for Sac. It’s a 29-20 game now midway through the second. A steal by Tapley and layup, 29-22. Klay with a jumper 31-22. Sac scores … wow, rapid fire .. It’s 31-24. Time out with 3:23 left.

3:40: SM’s size is helping them right now. Klay Thompson is 6-6, Jaime Serna (who just missed a dunk but was fouled and is at the line) is 6-8, Trayce Thompson is 6-4 , Zack Zaragoza is 6-5, Jason Pancoe is 6-3. That’s what’s on the floor right now. They’s also got a 6-10 and a 6-7 guy on the bench. Serna’s two FTs missed. Now we’ve got a dunk by Chase Tapley on a breakaway. 21-16 SM.

3:35: A trey by Klay Thompson draws an “Oh no” from Sac coach Derek Swafford. 21-12 SM now. Travon Abraham at the line for Sac, makes both. 21-14. End of first quarter, 21-14 SM.

3:31: SM is shooting lights out to start. Another 3-pointer makes it 18-7. A trey by Sac’s Tapley makes it 18-10, now a jumper by Chris Avenant makes it 18-12. Time out SM with 50.3 left in the first.

3:27: Time out Sac, trailing 14-3 at the 3:47 mark of the first. A FT by SM, then Tapley scores and it’s 15-5.

3:25: Chase Tapley will head to the line for Sac, with 5:39 left in the first. First FT misses, second swishes. 8-1. Now Klay scores inside 10-1. Tapley with a jumper then Trayce Thompson scores for SM. 12-3.

3:22: Another SM trey, this by Klay Thompson. 6-0 SM. Now a charging call on Sac’s Bobby Evans. Bad start for Sac. Miss 3 by Sac’s Chase Tapley. Evans gets hit with his second foul for Sac. Klay Thompson shooting two for SM, makes both. 8-0.

3:20: We’re underway, SM on the board first with a 3 from Trayce Thompson. 3-0 SM.

3:14: OK, my start time prediction was a little off. Anthem’s been sung, lineups are being announced. We’ll get in going in the next five minutes.

3:07: My first random interesting note of this game is that the toughest game Sacramento had in the playoffs — outside its loss to El Camino in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs — was a 69-66 win over Campolindo in the first round of NorCals. Wait to go Cougs.

2:52: This game was scheduled to start at 2:45. Obviously, not gonna happen. Expect about a 3:05 to 3:10 start time here. We’ll be back in a little while.

Div. III girls: Sacred Heart Cathedral-S.F. 48, Magnolia-Anaheim 33

2:48: Rosslyn Beard splits some FT and then leaves the game with 42 seconds left. The reserves are all in for SHC. Mag is doing the same as well. A chance to get everyone court time at Arco. SHC’s student section is chanting “No. 1″ now. We’re putting a bow on this sucker now. It’s a final now.

2:45: A steal by Mag’s Hanson and she misses the lay but gets the ball back and is fouled by Tierra Rogers. That’s her fifth so she’s gone. It won’t cost them though. SHC starting to empty its bench. 1:05 left. Hanson misses both. The SHC fans behind me are starting to chant “Three-peat, three-peat.” We’re into the final minute now. Now the chant is “Undefeated, undefeated.”

2:42: The Irish have this one. Only a catastrophic meltdown will stop them from finishing off an unbeaten 33-0 season. That’s pretty impressive. Wonder why they’re ranked No. 1 in the nation? Hopefully they aren’t the only team today to finish off a perfect season. (Shout out to McClymonds). Wow, another Mag foul out. Brianna Colon is done. That’s the fourth player from Mag to foul out. Ouch. Kiki Moore is at the line with 2:32 left and she misses both. Rebound to Kamilah Jackson and she’s fouled going up. Brittany Pennell could be the next foul out and that’s her fourth foul. K-Jax splits, 47-32.

2:38: And the foul outs continue. Mag’s Latrice Henderson gets her fifth and we’ve got a three-point play for SHC to make it 46-32.

2:35: Rogers working hard on the boards, getting a rebound, missing a putback, but rebounding again and getting fouled. The first FT misses, the second is good. 43-29. Rogers just tallied her fourth foul and Pernilla Hanson goes to the line for Mag. First misses, second is good. 43-30. Nice dribbling by Brianna Colon and she goes in for the score for Mag, 43-32. Timeout Sentinels.

2:32: I apparently was wrong about our other foul out. That one was Jhakia McDonald, who is a senior. But, Hunter did just foul out. Call my psychic. Kamilah misses to FTs. Score remains 42-29 and we’re now closing in on the 5-minute mark.

2:29: Desiree Hunter for Mag just got his with a charging foul, that’s her fifth so she’s done for the day. She’s a sophomore, so it’s not a career-ending foul out — something I always hate to see. Now, Tierra Rogers powers in a bucket inside and is fouled. The FT misses, so it’s 42-29 with under 6 to play.

2:26: This game could get decided at the line. Mag already has 10 team fouls, so SHC will shoot two FTs on every foul from here out. SHC has eight, so we’re getting close to the double bonus there too. Jazmine Jackson inside makes it a 40-29 lead. I don’t see them letting that slip away. Time out Magnolia with 6:22 left in this contest.

2:24: Kamilah Jackson working hard inside to score. Then off a steal, Tierra Rogers scores and is fouled. FT makes it a three-point play and a 36-27 lead. That could be a huge sequence. Telicia Anderson with a jumper for Mag, 36-29. Kamilah to go to the FT line for SHC with 7:09 left after a foul inside. She makes both. 38-29.

2:20: Rogers scores a layup off a baseline inbound. 31-24 now, inside the quarter’s final minute. Mag’s Brianna Colon was fouled on a drive with 4.7 left. Shooting two. Makes the first, misses the second. A rebound inside squirts to Latrice Henderson, who scores inside and it’s 31-27 as the third quarter ends.

2:17: A fadeaway jumper by Telisha Anderson cuts it to 27-24. Mag is doing a nice job of hanging around. A runner in the lane goes for Tierra Rogers, but she’s called for an offensive foul to wipe out the bucket. Still 27-24. SHC with the ball again and Rogers will go to the line. She got away with about 10-12 seconds in the key there. She makes both FTs, 29-24.

2:12: Is this just a FT contest, or an actual game. Jhakia McDonald at the line for Mag, makes both, 27-21. Gotta say this game has been a yawner so far. Now Latrice Henderson will go to the line for Mag. Kamilah Jackson picks up her fourth with that foul with 4:13 left in the third. She’ll leave and Tierra Rogers returns. That’s good to see. Henderson first is good, seconds misses. 27-22.

2:09: Jazmine Jackson at the line for SHC and she makes both. 25-18 now. Latrice Henderson is now at the line for Mag, the first goes off the back iron, the second rattles in. 25-19. Jazmine Johnson now shooting FTs for SHC again. First is good. second is also good. 27-19.

2:05: A hard foul and Tierra Rogers for SHC is down. She appears to be grasping her back. Hopefully she’s alright. We’re in an injury time out right now. She’s up now and walking off on her own power.

2:04: I’m looking over the first-half numbers and Kamilah Jackson nearly had a double-double in the first two periods — 10 points, 9 rebounds. Brianna Colon paced Mag with 8 points. At the 5:46 mark of the third, 23-18 SHC.

2:02: Second half has started. I left to grab some popcorn, pretzels and a drink. We’re a minute in and it’s 23-18 SHC.

1:49: A trey swished hom by Brittany Pennell for Mag makes it 21-18 with under a minute left in the half. Mag gets the ball back and will hold for the final shot, or at least attempt too. Mag nearly was called for a backcourt vio, but the other ref came in to say it was deflected. Pernilla Hanson misses on a late drive and at halftime, it’s 21-18 SHC.

1:45: I just got a visual of our guys cheering “Irish, St. Patty’s Day.” He’s got the look of an Irish soccer hooligan (not that he’s a hooligan, just the look). A nice, bright green felt leprechaun hat along with what looks like an Irish soccer jersey and some green shorts. That’s some Irish love there baby! Still 21-15, about 2 minutes left.

1:42: Kamilah Jackson splits two FTs, 19-15 SHC. A steal by Kiki Moore and a layup makes it 21-15 and Magnolia calls time with 3:09 left in the second quarter.

1:41: We had some jawing over a foul call here. One person from the stands yells “Don’t be like that Mitty game! Let them play.” That Mitty game was horribly officiated last night. This one hasn’t been too bad so far. It’s still 18-15 with under 3 1/2 to play.

1:38: Kamilah Jackson back to the line for SHC shooting 1&1. Makes both. 18-15. I did just spot my first Mack fans of the night, straight across from me in the third row.

1:35: Will, no I hadn’t seen the guy throwing the hats. I’ll have to turn around and check him out. I know some guy just yelled out, “Irish, St. Patty’s.” Just basically as random words. I like it. I’m Irish. Anyways, tie game now after a bucket for Mag. A steal by Pernilla Hanson and she scores to give Mag a 15-13 lead. But Kamilah Jackson answers with a bucket and she’s fouled with 5:40 left. FT is good, SHC leads 16-15.

1:33: A blocking foul call on SHC’s Rosslyn Beard and coach Harrigan doesn’t like it. He tells the ref, “Thats good D, that’s great D. You can’t teach defense better than that!” I thought it would’ve been a good no call. Kamilah Jackson with a turnaround hook shot to give SHC a 13-11 lead. Time out Mag with 6:48 left in the second quarter.

1:29: Desiree Hunter at the line for Mag, makes the first, misses the second. 11-9 Mag. I just heard from the PA announcer that Mag’s No. 55 is Brittany Pennell. We’ll go with. Rogers at the line for SHC with 40.1 left in the first. First FT is good and so is the second. Tied at 11-all. And that’s how the first quarter ends with us tied up.

1:25: Magnolia on the board and Brianna Colon drives for a bucket. 5-2. Now she drains a trey to tie it at 5. But quickly down to the other end, Jazmine Jackson lays one it. 7-5. Now Jessica Iban scores for Magnolia. Things are picking up. Ki-shawna Moore shooting two for SHC with 2:25 left, makes the first, makes the second. 9-7 SHC. A bucket for Magnolia by a girl who I don’t have on my roster. She’s No. 55 but there’s no 55 in the program. Anybody now here name? 9-9. Mag’s Colon at the line and gives them the lead by splitting a pair. 10-9 Mag.

1:20: This game has been littered with sloppy plays. Tons of traveling calls and turnovers. Let’s start performing ladies! Last week when SHC played St. Mary’s, it started slow before rallying in the fourth. The Irish isn’t losing here though, thanks to Magnolia also struggling. Tierra Rogers splits FTs and it’s 3-0 SHC. A jumper by Jazmine Jackson makes it 5-0 Irish.

1:16: Our first points maybe? Yes! Kamilah Jackson at the line for SHC, makes both with 5:18 left in the first. 2-0 Irish.

1:15: Sac High just entered the building. I wonder if they needed direction to get here? I’d expect a pretty healthy crowd for that game. Their rooting section is already starting to fill in. Our game here is still scoreless. Yaaaaaaawn!

1:13: Almost 2 minutes in and we’ve yet to see any scoring. SHC coach Brian Harrigan calls for time.

1:12: I won’t say why, but I’ve got a gut feeling the officiating might not be all that great in this game. Maybe one of the officials looks familiar and I wasn’t too impressed before. That might be it, or it might be something else. I’m not saying.

1:10: OK, now tipoff really is right around the corner. I’ve got to pick SHC to win this one. I mean, it’s two days before St. Patty’s Day, how can the Fightin’ Irish not win? Tip if won by Magnolia though. We’re underway.

1:09: The lineups are being announced and tipoff is right around the corner. Got a wild look here from Magnolia coach Michael Anderson. Some spiky hair with blonde highlights. I’ve got a feeling looking at him that he may bring a lot of energy to the sidelines. We’ll see.

1:03: The clock is winding down and we’re getting set for the anthem. It looks like a Magnolia cheerleader will be signing for us.

12:53: Branson is just clearing the court right now and SHC and Magnolia should be taking the court soon. The official countdown clock has us with 11 minutes till game time. More to come, but SHC did just take the court for warmups.

Div. V boys: Branson-Ross 40, Renaissance-La Canada 33

12:42: Branson can’t get the inbound in and calls time. Coach Honick realizes this isn’t over and sends Ryan McGuigan back into the game. It may not quite be over, but it’d take a miracle for Branson to lose now. The ‘Cats will try to immediately foul on the inbound. After the inbound is deflected away, Honick saids another starter — Curtis Elijah — back in. There’s no way he wants to see this game slip away. McGuigan at the line from Branson with 14.4 left. He makes the first, makes the second. 40-31. A bucket for Renaissance but then the time runs out (I don’t know why they didn’t call time after the make). Anyways, it’s a final. 40-33 Branson wins its third straight.

12:40: A miss by the Cats is rebounded by Branson and McNally is fouled with 24.6 left. This one’s over. The Bulls are going to the bench as the celebration is already beginning. This is going to be the third straight state title for Branson. McNally misses the front end of a 1&1. Renaissance’s Justin Cook is fouled and is shooting two. Makes both. 38-31 with 15.9 left.

12:38: In the Branson huddle, Coach Honick tells his guys “this is the most important possession … of … the … year!!!” Could be true. They force a miss and McNally rebounds for the Bulls. He’s fouled on the offensive end. One more foul to get to the bonus. Branson wants McNally to have the ball, he gets it. We’re under a minute now. The ‘Cats aren’t fouling and McNally drives all the way to the hole for two.

12:35: Traveling by Branson. ‘Cats ball. A bucket here — in particular a 3 — would make this interesting. The ‘Cats want to talk it over. Time out with 1:44 left and it’s 36-29.

12:34: It’s looking pretty good for the Bulls right now. That would guarantee NorCal at least one win on the boys side, but I hope to heck it’s not their only win. This SoCal dominance needs to start ending on the boys side. The NorCal girls have been pretty impressive, 3-for-3 so far with Branson, Mitty and St. Patrick-St. Vincent all taking titles. I’m predicting at least four titles for the NorCal girls since Sacred Heart Cathedral is the No. 1 team in the nation. It could come down to Berkeley trying to finish off a NorCal sweep. Back to this game, a trey by Renaissance cuts it to 36-29 with about 2 minutes to go.

12:30: Branson is giving the big fella Stover fits. A steal by Elijah on an entry pass to him. Elijah’s got 6 points on the day and looks frustrated. At 6-10, I’m guessing he’s used to having his way. A few nice hustle plays here by Branson chasing after and diving for balls. They’re looking pumped right now. Time out Renaissance with 4:09 left in this one. 36-26 Branson.

12:27: A steal inside by Branson’s Curtis Elijah as the 6-10 Stover tried to make a move inside. As he turned, Elijah just took it away. Nice play. As the shot clock expires, Elijah delivers again by swishing a 3-pointer to make it 34-26. The student section roars in approval. Now Elijah scores inside off a dish from Akhile. 36-26 Bulls with under 6 to play.

12:22: The ‘Cats don’t score and Branson controls possession. A dish inside goes to McNally. His pumpfake draws two defenders in the air and he’ll go to the line with 2.6 left. The Branson senior makes the first, makes the second. It’s 31-26 as the third quarter ends.

12:18: A turnover by Branson gives the ‘Cats a chance to pull closer in the third quarter’s final minute. With 10 seconds left on the shot clock and 31.4 in the quarter, they’ll call time to try to set up a play.

12:16: Branson seems to be getting the loose balls here. They’ve already had several offensive boards in the half. They’ve got the lead but Coach Honick wants more. He says to his assistants “Jeez, we can’t get over the hump.” I think they’d like to put this game away, something they are very used to doing. It’s now a 27-24 game with 2 minutes left in the third.

12:14: Will, yeah that is a rare call. The Branson bench sure liked it.

12:12: Another trey for the Bulls, this one from Cody John, has made it a 25-16 game. The ‘Cats Josh Thomas answers with a 3 and the lead is back to six, 25-19. Renaissance’s Stover with his second block of the quarter and a follow by Thomas cuts it to 25-21. Renaissance nearly had a steal off a long pass, but it goes OB off a deflection. 3:51 left in the third, still 25-21.

12:11: The third quarter is underway and Branson’s Ryan McGuigan just drained a 3 and with 5:24 left, it’s Branson leading 22-16.

12:09: Will, I’m also on press row, in the seat right next to the Branson scorekeeper.

12:00 p.m.: Halftime numbers. Branson’s Oliver McNally and Renaissance’s Josh Thomas both lead with six points. Curtis Elijah in Branson’s top rebounder with 3, Thomas leads the Wildcats with 3. Branson is shooting 39 percent, Renaissance is shooting 31. Six turnovers for the Bulls, 7 for the ‘Cats. Branson’s Kalome Akhile and Renaissance’s Anthony Stover both have 2 blocks.

11:55: We’ve reached halftime here. That’s means we’re 3/4 of the way through the first 1/3 of our action. That adds up to being one 1/4 of the way through the days action. That’s some mathematics for ya. Branson takes the lead into the break, holding a 19-14 advantage as it looks for its third straight state title.

11:49: The ‘Cats probably want to start taking advantage of their size. They just got a three-point play from 6-foot-10 junior center Anthony Stover. I’m guessing they’ll want to see some more of that. It’s 15-13 Branson inside of 2 minutes to go in the second quarter.

11:44: Cheers of “Branson, Branson, Branson” from the student section are quickly quieted by a turnover. Still, the Bulls lead this one. Cody John just drained a 3 to push Branson’s lead to 15-10 with under 5 minutes to go in the second quarter.

11:38: A trey by the ‘Cats Josh Thomas gives them a 10-8 lead. Branson’s Oliver McNally tried to answer with an attempt from NBA range but airballed. Well, what do we have here? Apparently the CIF referees learned a little from the Pac-10 officiating crew that did the Cal-UCLA game. Renaissance’s Termaine Tatum just attempted an off-balance shot that he threw from behind the backboard and went up and over. He didn’t make it like that shot in the UCLA game, but the officials did correctly blow the whistle and give the ball to Branson. Can Cal take solace in the fact that somebody benefited from the publicity surrounding their misfortune? Probably not. Anyways, first quarter just ended and it’s 10-10.

11:34: I like the pace to this game so far. Branson has a big rooting section to my left. Not surprising since they had botht he boys and girls team in the finals playing back to back. With 2:58 left in the first, it’s 8-7 Branson.

11:30: Action is underway in this one. We’ve got the Branson Bulls wearing white jerseys with green lettering outlined in blue with a green and blue stripe down the side. The Renaissance Wildcats are wearing teal uniforms, with white lettering outlined in black and a black stripe down the side with white stars. The ‘Cats scored the game’s first three points, but 3 minutes in, we’ve now got Branson leading 4-3.

11:23 a.m.: The lineups are being announced here and this D-V game will be underway very shortly. As the Renaissance lineup is being annoucned, Branson coach Jonas Honick is directing his players as to who they will guard. Wise move. No need for them to wait to get on the court to figure it out.

Div. V girls: Branson-Ross 51, Mission Prep-San Luis Obispo 39

10:53: Kind of a cool moment on the Branson bench. Coach Fulton was looking around and asking where his dad was. He located him and mouthed “Hi” to him in the stands. He’s been going nuts all day and he’s finally hit the point of relaxation and is enjoying this win … which is now final. Branson 51, Mission Prep 39.

10:51: We’re inside the final minute now and it’s just a formality now for Branson as it gets ready to collect its second straight state title. The Bulls are emptying the bench and coach Mike Fulton is giving hugs to his starters as they come off the court. I gotta say I feel a little bad for Mission Prep. This is their sixth trip to the state title game and it’s 0-for-6 now. That’s rough. Fulton’s biggest hug just went to Rachael Bilney as she came off the court.

10:43: Midway through the fourth quarter, Branson is pretty much in control here, leading 44-29. Let’s litter that comment section today folks!

10:23 a.m.: OK, so Day 2 of the CIF state basketball championships has begun and yes, I’m already chilling here on press row at Arco Arena. My guess is you’re probably thinking “Hey J-Durk, don’t you have anything better to do?!?” That’s probably a fair question. But hey, I was coming up here today anyways so I might as well check out all the action. Chace Bryson will be doing the blogging for our two big games today — Div. I girls: Berkeley vs. Long Beach Poly and the main event, Div. I boys: McClymonds vs. Dominguez-Compton — over at our sister blog East Bay Prep Sports. But I’ll throw out some updates from time to time on the other action. Currently, we’ve got the Div. V girls playing and Branson-Ross holds a 33-20 lead over Mission Prep-San Luis Obispo with 3:37 left in the third quarter. Branson is looking to win its second consecutive state title, while Mission Prep is looking for its first title in six tries.

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  • Mission Fan

    Keep updating the Bronson-Ross v. Mission Prep game. Big fans here needin’ to know.

  • Mission Fan

    Bummer for Mission Prep…Thanks for making info available for those of us at home.

  • Michael Bower

    What up, J-Durk? Nice UCLA-Cal drop on the post. Gave me a nice picture of exactly what happened.

  • Michael Bower

    Oh, BTW…A couple of your BSAL baseball boxes didn’t come in. But…I got a swimming result in there for ya. You had 11 messages on the machine by 8 p.m. and three of them were from the same swimming coach.

  • Jimmy Durkin

    I had to drop that Cal refer after seeing that play. I saw the scoreboard. OAL swimming! Gotta love it!

  • Will Whelan

    Jimmy where you sitting? I’m next to the R.A. bench on press row.

  • Will Whelan

    right on man, how about that fast break screen foul? never see that called and it is good that it was called.

  • queenbee

    Just want to throw in another request for boys vball once this is all over. Thanks!

  • Jimmy Durkin

    Can’t make any promises queenbee since our staff just shrunk big time and since a lot of the schools we cover don’t even have boys volleyball … but we’ll try. Which leagues are you most interested in? I know Kyle out in the Valley should have some good teams so we’ll bug him to pop on here with his knowledge. Is James Logan still good? When I worked in Hayward the only boys volleyball game I ever covered was a Logan NCS playoff games since the HAAL doesn’t have boys volleyball (although Castro Valley and Moreau do have teams).

  • Will Whelan

    Jimmy you see the Irish guy behind you throwing out the hats? Good stuff.
    3 straight offensive boards and no points for SHC. That sums it up for far.

  • Jose

    How in the HECK did one kid get 63 points in a title game?? What team did he play for, and who was their opponent?

  • queenbee

    Thanks Jimmy – I follow the MVAL. Even the scores would be nice and an article or two.

  • Jose

    Thanks for the info. How depressing to score so many points and still LOSE THE GAME!