Boys Basketball: University scores season low in semifinal loss to Branson

By Josh Levine

University High School shot poorly from the floor and lost a 41-40 overtime thriller to Branson School of Ross in the semifinal round of the CIF-North Coast Section Division V semifinals on Wednesday at City College of San Francisco.

The Red Devils (25-7) did not make a single three point shot, which is often their most effective offensive weapon, missing 19 shots from behind the arc.

“We always say we don’t worry about missing good shots, and they were good shots,” said University Head Coach Randy Bessolo. “We came in averaging 27 three point attempts a game and making nine of those.”

The 40 points for University is a season low for the Red Devils, who average scoring over 68 points per game.

Noah Springwater led the Red Devils with 17 points, including his first seven of the second quarter. However, strong Branson double-teams held Springwater to only ten points in the second half.

Down by one in the overtime period, the Devils had seven seconds to try and take the lead back. Springwater had the ball, but was double-teamed. Springwater then found an open Zio Enriquez and, with less than a second left, Enriquez put up another three point attempt that rolled off of the rim.

“If we gave him that shot again, I guarantee he would have sunk it,” said Springwater. “I have faith in my teammates, and when he shot it, I thought for sure it was in. Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way.”

The Bulls (21-6) were led by Gabe Moyninan, who had 14 points. Moyninan also hit what would be the game winning shot with two minutes left in the four-minute overtime period.

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