Boys Basketball: Ferrari’s clutch shot gives Riordan slim win over Bellarmine

By Jeremy Balan

The highlight of Frankie Ferrari’s early Riordan basketball career came on a night where he couldn’t buy a bucket for the first 31 minutes and 55 seconds of game time against Bellarmine.

After starting the game 0-of-7 from the field, Ferrari showed no hesitation with the game tied in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.

Against a straight-forward, man-to-man defense, the junior shooting guard took the ball up the court, bluffed a drive to create space, then pulled up and drained a three-pointer with 5 seconds remaining to give Riordan a 47-44 West Catholic Athletic League win over the Bells at Crusader Forum on Saturday night.

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Boys Basketball: Galileo stuns Lincoln to pull into first-place tie

By Jeremy Balan

The public-school gyms in San Francisco are more utilitarian than they are glamorous and that makes winning on the road that much tougher in the Academic Athletic Association.

The Lincoln boys basketball team became the second league opponent in just over a week to find out how hard it is to win at Galileo on Thursday, dropping their first AAA game of the season to the Lions 49-48 in the Marina District.

Boys Basketball: Sacred Heart Cathedral back on track after win over St. Ignatius

By Jeremy Balan

It’s safe to say the Sacred Heart Cathedral boys basketball team’s first quarter against Bellarmine on Saturday was the low point of its season.

The Irish trailed 32-3 after the opening quarter against the Bells, en route to their third straight West Catholic Athletic League loss, but more importantly, lost their confidence.

It may not be all back, but the Irish got a boost to that confidence on Wednesday by defeating rival St. Ignatius 59-51 on the road.

Girls Basketball: Lowell shows no signs of fatigue in rout of Galileo

By John Baker

Not only has Lowell’s girls basketball team played three games in five days, including back-to-back Academic Athletic Association tilts on Monday and Tuesday, but it has shown few signs of fatigue.

In fact, the Cardinals seem to be getting stronger the more often they play.

Tuesday night’s 61-26 victory over Galileo showed Lowell at its best. The Cardinals executed all aspects of their game with the self-confidence and energy of a well-rested squad.

Girls Basketball: Lowell pulls away after halftime to secure road win over Lincoln

By Matthew Snyder

Since practice began in the preseason, the Lowell girls basketball team has worked tirelessly toward improving its fast-break offense.

For the first month of the season, the Cardinals focused exclusively upon pushing the ball upcourt. Even in midseason they must make a set number of fast-break layups during the first five minutes of practice or else suffer consequences.

That fast-paced base paid dividends in Monday’s Academic Athletic Association game at Lincoln, where the Cardinals beat the Mustangs at their own game by pushing the tempo on offense on the way to a 72-42 rout.

Girls Basketball: Revitalized Jewish Community takes down rival Kehillah

By John Baker

DALY CITY – To say the Jewish Community girls basketball team was whole on Sunday afternoon would be an overstatement.

Riddled with aches and pains, one key forward played with a broken bone in her foot and another had an injured wrist, but the Wolves were just healthy enough to have their regular starting five on the floor for the first time in almost a month and used the resulting chemistry to beat rival Kehillah of Palo Alto 40-33 at Westlake Community Center.

Boys Basketball: Gordon and Mitty take down St. Ignatius in final trip to San Francisco

By Jeremy Balan

Mitty phenom Aaron Gordon’s last trip to San Francisco in his high school career ended with him being mobbed by fans – and they were all wearing red and blue.

After Gordon scored 20 points, took in 10 rebounds and led the Monarchs to a 57-44 win at St. Ignatius on Saturday night, the same fans that gleefully cheered every time he missed a shot or free throw surrounded the state’s top recruit.

Boys Basketball: Lincoln only remaining AAA unbeaten after rout of Lowell

By Jeremy Balan

The 16 minutes didn’t come sequentially, but the Lowell boys basketball team essentially scored a single point in a half against Lincoln on Friday night.

And that’s no way to beat the Academic Athletic Association’s best team.

In the first and third quarters, the Cardinals scored just one point combined and shot 0-of-21 from the floor, allowing the Mustangs to coast to a 48-21 home win.

Girls Soccer: Mercy dominates undermanned Latino Prep

By Matthew Snyder

Mercy head girls soccer coach Walter Cortez expects his team to employ a fluid and incisive style of passing during games, instead of simply kicking the ball and running to it.

So even though the Skippers jumped out to a 5-0 halftime lead against a severely undermanned Latino Prep team in a West Bay Athletic League Skyline Division matchup on Thursday at the Crocker Amazon Soccer Fields, Cortez wasn’t satisfied until Mercy displayed improved passing and more assured possession en route to a 7-0 rout over the Golden Eagles.