Boys Basketball: Washington pulls away late against Lowell in AAA semis

Washington senior Brenden Glapion drives past a Lowell defender on Wednesday at Kezar Pavilion. (Photo by Devin Chen)

By Bonta Hill

Washington High School advanced to the Academic Athletic Association championship game for the first time since 1986 with a 60-48 win over rival Lowell in the AAA semifinals on Wednesday at Kezar Pavilion.

Washington guard Brenden Glapion had a game-high 22 points (14 coming from the free throw line), Jeremy Jetton had 12, and Levander Moore chipped in nine points and 14 rebounds, lifting the Eagles one step closer to claiming their first AAA championship since 1982.

Washington senior forward LeVander Moore rises up for a contested shot in the lane against Lowell on Wednesday at Kezar Pavilion. (Photo by Devin Chen)

After watching his team struggle with Lowell’s slow-down style in the first half, which ended with Washington forward Kenneth Lui receiving a technical foul, head coach Jolinko Lassiter wrote one word on the board inside the locker room — composure.

The Eagles responded coming out of the locker room, going on a 13-4 run sparked by two Jonathon Lowe jumpers, and Glapion’s fast break layup off a steal put Washington up 39-32 with 4:18 left in the third quarter.

Washington outscored the Cardinals 20-6 in the third, taking advantage of the absence of Lowell’s leading scorer Ricco Price, who was mired in foul trouble. The Eagles also forced six turnovers in the quarter.

“[In] the first half, we were all over the place. We were fast breaking against four Lowell defenders and we’d turn it over,” Lassiter said. “But we came out [and] we made our run. It was 16 minutes left in the season and the guys really stepped up and responded.”

For Lowell, the end of their season certainly can’t be blamed on a lack of effort. The Cardinals flustered Washington in the first 24 minutes, making the Eagles play at their pace, diving and scrapping for loose balls that had the Lowell student section in a frenzy.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the game’s opening four minutes, but after Washington ended the first quarter on a 15-5 run, Lowell hung on without Price, who picked up two fouls in the opening frame.

Point guard Byran Robinson, who had a team-high 15 points, fueled the Cardinals with six points in the second frame, including his three-point play midway through the quarter that gave Lowell a 22-21, before going into the break leading 28-26.

“Even though we were kind of in control in the first quarter, it still was a little too fast paced for us. But I was really proud of the effort that we gave in the first half,” said Lowell head coach Robert Ray. “[In] the third quarter, the wheels kind of fell apart. Not having the senior leadership on the floor with Ricco getting in foul trouble, it caught up with us.”

Still, Lowell had its chances in the final quarter to get back in the contest. Down 46-38 with just over five minutes left, Lowell guard Casey Chow’s wide open three-point attempt to cut their deficit to five was just off the mark.

“[If] a couple of those shots drop, we get our momentum back and it’s a different ballgame. But credit Washington for doing what they do. We knew what they were going to do and we still couldn’t stop it,” Ray said. “It’s a down locker room, but not a sad one because we’re pretty proud of our effort. We’ll be back.”

Awaiting Washington is a rubber match with Mission, which beat Wallenberg 69-66 in the second semifinal to set up the showdown between the top two teams in the AAA.

Both teams won on each other’s home court in the regular season, with the Eagles winning the first meeting 89-66 back on Jan. 18, then Mission evened the score on Feb. 22 with a 77-66 win.

“It’s a great achievement for the school [to be in the AAA final],” Lassiter said. “It’s a great accomplishment, but we still have one more game.”

Scoring Leaders

Washington
Brenden Glapion – 22
Jeremy Jetton – 12
Levander Moore – 9
Johnny Fu – 7
Jonathon Lowe – 5

Lowell
Byran Robinson – 15
Thomas Kroner – 12
Ricco Price – 10
Max Pollard – 4
Three players tied with 2 points

Mission 69, Wallenberg 66

In a rematch of last season’s AAA championship game, Mission escaped with a 69-66 victory over upset-minded Wallenberg on Wednesday at Kezar Pavilion.

The Bears forced a staggering 32 Wallenberg turnovers and were led by junior forward Gione Edwards and sophomore guard Antoine Porter, who had 17 and 14 points, respectively.

– Richard Lee

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17 Comments

  1. TK God says:

    Why is there no story about the determined THOMAS KRONER and his 2 dunks? the boy never gave up.

  2. Condor says:

    Tom was the mvp of the game. Lowell was underrated the whole season. Bryan Robinson and the unknown bench player YOung Condor God Aka Antonio Chacon are bout to take champs guarantee

  3. Baybball says:

    wow SFPreps…great write up on the Mission vs. Wallenberg game. note my sarcasm.

  4. Roger Liu says:

    I must disagree with the condor. Tom was not the mvp, Nick Lam was with his amazing stats. Next year Wash will take the championship over the “Young condor and Bryan Robinson” like Wash did during the jV season. Did the Young Condor even play that year? I think not. Bryan Robinson got shook and hit the floor hard, while Jonathan Lowe sank the clutch three. Someone needs ankle Insurance.

  5. TK God says:

    excuse me @Roger Liu who is nick lam? the scrub with the yellow shoes? and from my junior sources i heard he didnt even start on jv. And i didnt see j lo break any ankles but i did see him fall and get pulled out of the game. All the while Thomas Kroner had two dunks and Bryan Robinson is throwing dimes. Wash has 4 juniors Lowell has ten. best be ready. Highlighter Shoes Hedani is not scoring next year just like last night

  6. bb fan says:

    @jbalan
    ummmm seriously whats his problem. dude look at what you guys wrote you guys wrote a tiny little paragrapgh of a game that had championship intentions.you guys have underrated the last two games of wallenberg just so you could cover glapion

    • jbalan says:

      @ bb fan

      Hopefully this ends right here, because I’m going to set this kind of sentiment straight.

      We don’t have 10 reporters to send out to every game. This site is almost entirely produced by students and we cover games based on our contributors’ availability and the resources we have to pay those contributors.

      Ask the Mercy girls basketball team, or the Sacred Heart Cathedral boys soccer team, who each made it to the CCS semifinals without a game covered in their playoff run. Heck, we were out to only one softball game today, would you like us to be out to every game in the City?

      We’d love to be out to every game, but we can only do what we can. If you would like to make a contribution, feel free to e-mail me. Or, if you feel you could do a better job, I encourage you to start your own web site.

  7. Baybball says:

    just wondering why the Wash vs. Lowell game got an entire article and the Mission vs. Wallenberg game only gets a paragraph…..

    i know that everyone writing for this website does it without pay, and I’m sure everyone has busy lives, but it would have been nice to have an article on the other AAA semi-final game.

  8. austin hedani says:

    lol TK God youre hella funny ya know talking trash on sf preps is really low haha but hey good game yesterday i guess the better team won right? but all your nonsense trash talking isnt going to get to us it actually motivates us more to get better, so nice try to phase us out and maybe next year you can get some of the bdauzzieauzz :D

  9. bb fan says:

    yeah i know you guys try hard and you guys are doing a great job , but i was just saying that because i mean the games where in the same building haha

  10. Bonta Hill says:

    I would have no doubt stayed, both Coach Zelaya and Coach Mulligan are good friends of mine. I have announcing obligations so that killed it for me. Richie Rich (Richard Lee) stepped up for the site and contributed to the report, which is better than nothing.

  11. Lil B Based God says:

    Did anyone see Galen Hall swaggin out cookin on the court? And Ohh My GOD Base God his haircut is Swagged out to the fullest Whoo Whoo

  12. Baybball says:

    I was there for both games. I think Wash is still the team to beat, even though they did lose to lincoln the last meeting. but i really loved watching wallenberg in the playoffs this year, that team plays with some heart.

    Mission is athletic but is careless with the ball at times, and Washington has seen some inconsistant play this year…….should make for a great matchup tonight at Kezar.

  13. bb fan says:

    yeah im sorry i didnt mean to attack the website or anything i was just wondering why there was less coverage ,keep doing a great job guys

  14. theman says:

    good job wallenberg im proud of yall still…you guys played hard from beginning to end and thats how a game is supposed to be played…keep ya head up guys.

  15. pablo weinstein says:

    Yeah guys tell Balan what he isn’t doing. Nevermind the fact that two years ago NONE of these games would have been given any attention at all. G-d forbid they try to cover EVERY game in San Francisco on an overwhelmingly minute budget.

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