Boys Basketball: St. Ignatius falls in OT, Riordan shocks Monterey and Sacred Heart Cathedral rolls in CCS playoffs

By Josh Levine

Sacred Heart Cathedral 70, Willow Glen 61

Sacred Heart Cathedral's Joshua Fox streaks toward the basket in the Fightin' Irish's 70-61 win over Willow Glen in the quarterfinal round of the CIF-Central Coast Section Division III playoffs at St. Ignatius Prep on Saturday. (Photo by AJ Canaria)

Sacred Heart Cathedral never lost the lead in its 70-61 victory over Willow Glen High School of San Jose in the CIF-Central Coast Section quarterfinals on Saturday at St. Ignatius High School.

Fightin’ Irish (12-14) were led by Jamal Ford, who was 8-for-12 from the field with 16 points.

Willow Glen’s (14-11) Adbi Muktar led all scorers with 24 points. Jimmy Renneke and Todd Meeker each scored in double-digits and the trio of Renneke, Todd Meeker and Muktar combined for 56 of the Rams 61 points.

“We were just trying to score any way we could, run our plays, and take any shot that was open,” said Muktar.

With the win, the Fightin’ Irish will face top-seeded Mills High School in the semifinals on Wednesday.

Riordan 69, Monterey 58

Riordan High School, led by senior Ivan Dorsey, pulled out a 69-58 upset win over second-seeded Monterey High School on Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the CIF-Central Coast Section Division III playoffs at St. Ignatius High School.

Dorsey, led the way for the seventh-seeded Crusaders (13-14) with a game-high 32 points.

Monterey (25-2) had four players score in double-figures, but it wasn’t enough to stop Dorsey and the Crusaders. Tyler Pappas had 18 points, Shawn Casardo had 13 points, and Shawn Hall and Maurice Gaines each contributed 11 points each for the Toreadores.

Mills 58, St. Ignatius 57 OT

St. Ignatius Prep could not find an answer for Kyle Wong and top-seeded Mills High School of Millbrae as Mills won a 58-57 overtime thriller in the CIF-Central Coast Section Division III playoffs on Saturday at St. Ignatius.

St. Ignatius players visibly upset after their heartbreaking overtime loss against Mills on Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the CIF-Central Coast Section Division III playoffs. (Photo by AJ Canaria)

Wong led all scorers with 27 points, but it was his teammate Darryl Wong, not related, who was the key factor in overtime. Six of his 16 points came on two key three point shots in the extra period.

At the end of regulation, Kyle had an opportunity to win the game. Down by one with seven seconds left, Kyle had two free throws. The first one rolled out but he made the second to send the game into overtime.

“I think Kyle missed that first free throw intentionally just so he could get another four minutes out of the season,” joked Vikings’ Head Coach Rick Hanson. “I told the team [going into overtime] to enjoy these next four minutes.”

The Wildcats got solid contributions from Johnny Mrlik and Michael Crocker, who had 18 and 10 points respectively. As a team, they made only shot 2-of-15 from three-point range, a factor that Hanson said was crucial.

Both teams made 40 percent of their shots, but the Vikings made 11 three-pointers.

At the end of the overtime period it looked like the Wildcats were fouled and were going to get free throws down only one point with about a half a second left, but the referees ruled that the buzzer had been sounded.

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