Previous rankings are in parentheses.
1. (1) Bishop O’Dowd 28-5
In the Open Division state championship, The Dragons had a short-lived 13-10 lead after the opening quarter but were stifled by Mater Dei’s zone defense and couldn’t stop the undefeated Monarchs’ Stanley Johnson in a 71-61 loss.
O’Dowd, who took a 23-game win streak into the game, was paced by Paris Austin’s 23 points and Ivan Rabb finished with 10 points, 16 rebounds, and three blocks, but scored just two points in the game’s first three quarters.
With Austin and Rabb returning for their senior seasons next year, the Dragons are favorites to once again reach the Open Division state championship game.
2. (2) Monte Vista 32-1
The Mustangs won the school’s first state championship with a 71-61 Division I title game win over Centennial. Monte Vista drilled 11 of 16 three-point tries, including six made threes from Trevor John, who tied a Division I state record. John finished with 23 points and Grant Jackson added 12 as the Mustangs became the first EBAL team to win state.
With the graduation of eight seniors, including all five seniors, Nick Jones will have his hands full next season but juniors Wilson LaShells, Stefan Mitu, and Joseph Mileski were all part of the Monte Vista regular rotation.
3. (3) Mitty 27-5
The Monarchs were done in by the Capital Christian transition game in a NorCal Open Division semifinal 70-57 road loss. Connor Peterson scored 22 points.
Mitty again loses a very talented senior class but does return 6-foot-8 sophomore Ben Kone next season.
4. (4) El Cerrito 28-5
The Gauchos fell at Mitty, 67-58, in a NorCal Open Division quarterfinal despite 23 points from sophomore Sayeed Pridgett.
There was no section or NorCal title to show for it but this season’s El Cerrito team will go down as one of the best in school history.
With Tyrell Alcorn and Pridgett returning next season, the Gauchos will likely be one of the top five teams in the Bay Area again.
5. (5) St. Joseph Notre Dame 31-5
The Pilots won a Northern California record fifth state title by claiming the Division V title with a convincing 57-32 win over Renaissance Academy. St. Joe’s shot 61%, outrebounded the Wildcats, 36-16, and Temidayo Yussuf delivered 21 points, 16 rebounds, and two blocks.
Yussuf will be off to Long Beach State next season but Lamont Banks and Marcus Harris will return for senior seasons and Jade Smith, Esteban Lovato, and Miles Harris will all be part of a very deep backcourt.
6. (6) Newark Memorial 23-8
In the Open Division quarterfinals, the Cougars battled back from a 12-point hole, and a nine-point deficit in the final quarter, but fell to Modesto Christian, 56-55, thanks to a Mason Washington three-pointer with 25 seconds left. Mike Pickney finished with 19 points and Joey Frenchwood scored 13 to go with seven assists and four rebounds. Continue reading