CCS Open Division Semifinal Previews (AUDIO)

#1 Archbishop Mitty (24-4) vs. #5 Sacred Heart Cathedral (18-10) at Independence HS, Tuesday 5:30

Mitty has defeated Sacred Heart Cathedral 14 consecutive times but only five of those games were decided by double-figures and the Irish gave the Monarchs all it could handle the last two times this season.

While the Monarchs took the first game, 60-49, Sacred Heart Cathedral had a seven point lead with about three minutes left in San Francisco before Mitty ended the game on a 16-0 run for a 62-53 win. In the WCAL finals a week and a half ago, the Irish held a brief quarter lead before Mitty emerged 61-56 victors.

In the three games versus the Irish, Mitty center Ben Kone is averaging 12 points and had 14 rebounds in the WCAL Final. J.P. Rindfleisch is chipping in at a 15.7 scoring clip against the Irish, Connor Peterson is averaging 11.3, and Matt McAndrews is scoring 9.3 points but also contributed huge plays down the stretch.

Sacred Heart Cathedral has seen the emergence of junior David Parsons as a go-to player in recent weeks and it was Parsons who gave Mitty fits with 20 points in the WCAL Final. Parsons is part of a terrific backcourt with Deondre Otis.

Also for the Irish, Liam O’Reilly is averaging 13 points and Alfred Hollins is scoring 9 points per game versus Mitty.

Mitty has won four straight CCS titles and is 64-5 versus WCAL teams over the last four seasons.

Mitty coach Tim Kennedy   Kennedy

Sacred Heart Cathedral coach Darrell Barbour   Barbour


#3 Junipero Serra (20-7) vs. #7 Archbishop Riordan (17-9) at Independence HS, Tuesday 7:30

The WCAL schedule opened on January 7 and these teams played a classic, won by Serra in double overtime, 64-63.

When the teams met in San Francisco, it was a 52-44 Riordan win, ending a string of 10 consecutive Padres wins over the Crusaders.

Serra turned the ball over 21 times in the loss and had just 12 in the 40 minutes of the WCAL-opening win.

Riordan needs to do a better job from the foul line and was just 50% in each game against Serra but made up for it with a 58% mark from the field in the win over Serra.

In the two games, Riordan’s Jiday Ugbaja averaged 25 points and cousin Chiefy averaged 11.5 points but this game could come down to which team’s supporting cast outperforms the other.

Serra’s top two scorers are guards Danny Mahoney (17ppg vs. Riordan) and Sean Watkins (15ppg vs. Riordan), but it was Jimmy Wohrer who scored 14 points in the Padres win over Riordan.

Serra is looking for its fourth straight appearance in a CCS title game while Riordan hasn’t played in one since 2008.

Riordan coach Rich Buckner   Buckner

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One Response to CCS Open Division Semifinal Previews (AUDIO)

  1. David Mc Laughlin says:

    Let`s go Crusaders back it home.

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