By Josh Levine
Junior Zio Enriquez led University High School with 20 points in its decisive 87-54 victory over Fremont Christian High School in the first round of the CIF-North Coast Section Division V playoffs at Kezar Pavilion on Wednesday.
The second-seeded Red Devils (24-6) pulled away in the second quarter, scoring 31 points in the frame on 8-of-13 shooting. The Red Devils also made 9-of-15 free throws in the quarter.
“When a team is that on fire, they can’t miss,” said Fremont Christian Head Coach Curtis Coffey. “We could triple-team their shooter, but whenever it went up, it went in.”
Four out of the five starters for the Red Devils scored in double-figures.
“We shot the ball well tonight, and I think it’s a byproduct of all the time we spent on shooting the basketball in practice,” said University Head Coach Randy Bessolo.
The 15th-seeded Warriors were led offensively by junior guard Jeremiah Herzog, who had a team-high 16 points in the game.
“When you play your hardest and a team like that is shooting the ball [like they did], it’s hard to come back in the game,” said Herzog. “They would beat us nine out of ten times, but we could beat them once. There’s always that one game.”
University senior guard Zach Karrasch added some extra excitement to the rout with two dunks in the game.
“It feels good to be able to dunk,” said Karrasch. “I’ve been able to dunk since my junior year. Hopefully there are more to come.”
University will face Valley Christian of Dublin in the quarterfinals on Saturday and Bessolo is focused on the second-round matchup.
“Our most important game is our next game,” Bessolo said. “St. Joseph [Notre Dame] is the number one seed, so we can’t possibly see them until the finals. But we need to focus on our next game. That’s our philosophy.”
The Warriors will graduate four starters, but will return Herzog.
“It was a great season,” said Coffey. “I can’t wait to be back next year. Fortunately Jeremiah [Herzog] will still be around.”