Trevor John’s shooting display jumpstarted Monte Vista and the tenacious Mustangs defense finished the job as the Mustangs won the school’s third North Coast Section Division I championship with a 57-41 win versus Freedom at St. Mary’s College.
“It’s unbelievable. I’m fortunate,” said John who finished with a game-high 20 points. “I get to play with my best friends in the entire world.”
John, a Cal-Poly commit, opened the game making five of his first seven shots, including a difficult three-pointer with the shot clock winding down and finished the opening quarter with 13 points as the Mustangs held a 18-13 lead. Continue reading
#2 Newark Memorial (23-7) vs. #5 Concord (22-7) at St. Mary’s College, Saturday 8
After winning two consecutive overtime games, including a win at top-seed Montgomery, Concord now tries to knock off two-time NCS champion Newark Memorial, a team that has won 20 consecutive games.
Newark has won 11 consecutive NCS playoff games thanks to its tenacious defense and the Cougars are allowing only 50.6 points per game this season. Continue reading
#1 Bishop O’Dowd (25-4) vs. #2 El Cerrito (28-3) at St. Mary’s College, Saturday 4
El Cerrito has its best team since its 2003 NCS championship squad but has to get through a Bishop O’Dowd team that has been regarded as Northern California’s best throughout this season.
O’Dowd has won 20 games in a row, hasn’t lost since December, and the two-time NCS champions have nine straight NCS playoff wins. This includes three NCS wins this year by an average of 36.7 points. Continue reading
#1 Moreau Catholic (23-6) vs. #3 Salesian (20-13) at Dublin HS, Saturday 7
Salesian is the three-time defending champ and has won 15 straight NCS playoff games while Moreau Catholic is in a NCS title game for the first time in its school’s history.
Moreau advanced to this point after winning three playoff games by an average of 30.3 points, including a 71-57 victory versus 25-2 Fortuna, who had won 17 games in a row. Continue reading
Doug Benton of NorCalPreps breaks down the NCS Division I, II, III, IV, V and the CCS Open boys basketball championship games and, as for the girls, also looks at the NCS Division I and IV, plus the CCS Open championship contests. Continue reading
#1 St. Joseph Notre Dame (26-5) vs. #2 Branson (25-5) at Albany HS, Saturday 7
Either Branson or St. Joseph Notre Dame has won the NCS Division V title for the last 10 years, with St. Joe’s taking home the last three championships. It’s also the fourth time in the last six seasons that these programs have met for a championship.
Overall, St. Joe’s has won seven of the last eight meetings, and this includes four straight such as a 64-62 win against the Bulls at the Leo LaRocca San Dune Classic at St. Ignatius in December.
In that game, the Pilots guards, Marcus Harris and Jade Smith, combined for 26 points and St. Joe’s could use similar production this time around after the duo combined for just nine points in a 57-56 semifinal win over University. Continue reading
#1 Archbishop Mitty (25-4) vs. #3 Junipero Serra (21-7) at Santa Clara University, Friday 8
Both programs lost their best players from last season yet regrouped and each has found its way to the Open Division championship for the second consecutive year.
Mitty has won 11 of its last 13 against Serra, which includes four straight and both meetings this season. Monarchs coach Tim Kennedy is also 13-3 versus his alma mater.
In both games this season, Serra held a halftime lead but Mitty has outscored the Padres, 71-41, after intermission. Continue reading
#1 Monte Vista (27-1) vs. #3 Freedom (24-5) at St. Mary’s College, Friday 8
In what may be the most intriguing matchup of the weekend, Monte Vista looks for its second win against a Freedom team that has won 17 of its last 18 games.
When these teams met back on December 17, the Mustangs rolled to a 71-54 home win behind 19 points each from Rishi Satoor and Grant Jackson. Monte Vista, a very good foul shooting team, was particularly spectacular on this night, going 25-of-26 from the charity stripe. Continue reading
Interviews with coaches prior to the sectional championship games
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