Boys Basketball: Center 88, Mission 76
The Mission High School boys basketball team found much of its success this season outrunning opponents, but the Bears encountered a team that could more than keep up in the first round of the California Interscholastic Federation Division III state playoffs.
Twelfth-seeded Center High School of Antelope consistently beat the Mission full-court pressure defense with ease to score easy buckets, shot just over 62 percent from the floor and scored a staggering 58 points in the paint to take down the fifth-seeded Bears on Wednesday at Kezar Pavilion.
The Bears (23-11) got a team-high 17 points from junior point guard Antoine Porter, 16 from senior forward Miles Prescott and 15 from senior forward Gione Edwards, but were outscored in every quarter by the Cougars (22-8), who got a game-high 24 points from senior forward Christopher Smith.
“Given the choice between 2 and 20 feet, I’ll take 2 every time,” Mission head coach Arnold Zelaya said of Center’s performance in the paint. “Our defense has been a problem all year and we can certainly score, but when you play another team that can score, you gotta stop them.”
– Jeremy Balan
Boys Basketball: Cardinal Newman 53, Marshall 51
Marshall head coach Dezebee Miles knew it in his heart, but it was nice to hear from someone new.
His seven-strong Phoenix squad played an inspiring brand of basketball, even in a season-ending defeat — a very painful one.
Marshall (15-15) led most of the way, but couldn’t make shots down the stretch to drop its first-ever state playoff game on the road in Santa Rosa.
Mizell Parker had 15 points and Aumen Holliday 13 for the Phoenix. A 3-pointer by Parker at the buzzer just missed, according to Miles.
“It was hands down a great season,” Miles said. “It really couldn’t have gone any better. We would have loved to win tonight, but when all [is] said and done the boys performed at a phenomenal level – tonight and every night.”
“I had a lot of parents from Cardinal Newman come up afterward and gave us a lot of compliments,” Miles added. “They were very generous. It made the bus ride home a lot better.”
It didn’t help that Marshall was in foul trouble most of the night or that Holliday fouled out with 5:39 remaining.
A short bench got much shorter.
“The thing is we were ahead most of the game,” Miles said. “They just made some big shots down the stretch and we didn’t. I have no complaints though. The boys gave it their best shot.”
– Mitch Stephens
Girls Basketball: Ripon Christian 50, University 41
The seventh-seeded Knights (22-7) led by eight points after the first quarter and by 15 at the half, and the Red Devils (26-6) could not cut the lead below six points in the second half.
University standout senior center Amelia King ended her high school career with a game-high 18 points and freshman guard Katie Lo added 13 points in the losing effort.