Boys Basketball: St. Ignatius takes down Santa Cruz to advance to Sand Dune final

By Matthew Snyder

Heading into Saturday night’s tournament semifinal against St. Ignatius in the Sand Dune Classic, Santa Cruz head boys basketball coach Patrick Jones wanted to negate junior forward Julian Marcu’s influence on the offensive end.

The Cardinals held a foul-ridden Marcu to four points, but they couldn’t contain St. Ignatius’ talented guards – particularly junior Trevor Dunbar – who propelled the Wildcats to a 69-45 win.

Girls Basketball: Lowell ousts Pinewood in Sand Dune semifinal

By Zack Farmer

Scoring 15 points in the first half of a high school basketball game usually isn’t a good thing, but when it’s five points more than the opposition, it feels a bit better.

The Lowell girls basketball team held Pinewood to 10 first-half points and turned on the offense in the third quarter en route to a 44-27 win in the semifinal round of the Sand Dune Classic on Friday at St. Ignatius.

Boys Basketball: St. Ignatius surges late to take down Burlingame in Sand Dune

By John Baker

When deciding who to schedule in its opening game of the Sand Dune Classic, the St. Ignatius boys basketball team had a dilemma – pick an easy opponent to improve its chances of getting into the championship game or a tough one to harden them for the rigors ahead.

When the opener came around Thursday, it seemed tournament host took the latter road.

In an exciting matchup with perennial Central Coast Section contender Burlingame, the Wildcats built a big lead, lost it with just over 5 minutes left, then went on a strong run to beat the Panthers 59-54.

Girls Basketball: Pinewood routs Galileo in Sand Dune opener

By Aidan Fitzsimon

Pinewood’s girls basketball team hit 11 three-pointers and shot 41 percent from the field in a 61-29 rout of Galileo in the first round of the Sand Dune Classic on Thursday at St. Ignatius Prep.

Sophomore guard Gabi Bade led the Panthers’ (7-2) three-point-shooting offense with a 4-of-6 performance from behind the arc en route to a game-high 18 points.

Girls Basketball: Convent pulls away from Bay in Urban Shootout opener

By Jeremy Balan

For Bay head girls basketball coach Larry Minnich, Thursday afternoon presented a reunion of sorts.

Minnich and the Breakers took on Convent — a team he led to a Division V state championship in 2003 — in the first round of the Urban Holiday Shootout at Kezar Pavilion.

Now a player from that team, Jennifer Hum-Traverso, is coaching Convent and the first-year head coach made the reunion an unpleasant one for Minnich with a 66-43 victory over the Breakers.