Robert Jones scored 23 points, including two decisive free throws with 20 seconds remaining, helping the Riordan boys’ basketball team defeat host Sacred Heart Cathedral 44-42as the West Catholic Athletic League season tipped off.
Dominic Johnson had a chance to win it for the Irish (5-6, 0-1) with 5 seconds left, but his 3-point attempt rimmed out, sending Riordan (12-0, 1-0) to the win.
Playing in their trademark slowdown style, the Crusaders led throughout most of the game, but Sacred Heart was able to get within 39-38 on a Johnson free throw with less than a minute left.
However, Richie Forslund hit a 3-pointer off an inbounds play with 34 seconds left, giving the Crusaders a 42-38 lead.
Both teams played to the Crusaders’ deliberate style for the game’s first three quarters, but Riordan, relying heavily on Jones, was the only team consistently able to score in the halfcourt offense.
Riordan’s biggest lead of the night was 34-25 with two minutes remaining in the third quarter, but Sacred Heart went on a 9-1 run to make it 35-34 in the fourth and the game was nip-and-tuck from there.
"It’s huge for us to get a win tonight," said Jones, who also grabbed six rebounds and blocked six shots. "We know every game is going to be a battle in the WCAL, so to come out and open the conference with a win is great."
Travis Hom and Jordan Wong combined for 11 points in the third quarter as the host Cardinals (12-2, 1-0) took control after halftime to beat the Bulldogs (8-5, 0-1) as the Academic Athletic Association season tipped off.
Lowell scored the first eight points of the second half to open up a 12-point lead and Hom (15 points) banked in a back-breaking 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer to give the defending league champs a 36-23 advantage.
"We know every third quarter we have to come out and be aggressive," Hom said. "And it was real big for us tonight."
— Matt Elliser
Darnell Hadley-Garrett came off the bench to score 22 points as the host Bears (5-4, 1-0) downed the Phoenix (5-8, 0-1). Harry Howard added 20 and Demaree Hampton chipped in 18 for Mission, which outscored Marshall 50-25 in the second half. Derrick Hines scored 19 for the Phoenix.
Isiah Pfitzer fired in 19 points as the Eagles (9-6, 1-0) knocked off the Jaguars (0-1, 0-1) in Jordan’s first game as a program. Maurice Barton added 12 for host Washington, while Roland Wiley led Jordan with 10.
Dominic Stewart scored 33 points and twin brother Marseilles added 21 as the Cobras (4-5, 1-0) won a tight game at home over the Pumas (4-7, 0-1).
Lonnell Britton led Burton with 16 points, while Daniel Lindsey (15), Phillip Blueford (14) and Tyre’ Ellison (10) all reached double figures for the Pumas.
Deante Bernstine scored 15 points as the Lions (5-7, 1-0) cruised past the Boilermakers (0-8, 0-1). Asante Delacruz and John Maldonado each had nine points as Galileo emptied the bench and got 14 players into the scoring column.
Scott Schulkin fought through a triple-team to bank in a 3-pointer with less than 1 second remaining to give the host Dragons (8-5, 0-1) a thrilling win over the Gryphons (7-6, 0-1) as Bay Counties League play got under way.
Schulkin scored 10 of his game-high 27 points in the final 2 minutes to help Drew overcomea late 11-point deficit. Andrew Wallace hit a 3-pointer to cut the Crystal Springs Uplands lead to three with 45 seconds left in the game. Dan Kelly led the Gryphons with 16.
SAN RAFAEL — Nick Miller rifled in 14 points as the Tigers (8-5, 1-0) earned a road win over Wildcats (8-3, 0-1). Marcus Wells added 11 and Franco Panasci chipped in 10 for Lick-Wilmerding.
Thomas Bosc drilled two 3-pointers in the first quarter as the Red Devils (11-3, 1-0) raced out an 18-6 lead in a win over the host Blues (6-8, 0-1). Bosc finished with 18 points to lead all scorers, while Nate Smith scored 15 for Urban.
Brittany Allen (30 points) and Brittany Buster (21) combined for 10 points in overtime as the Cobras (7-5, 1-0) overcame a sluggish first half to beat the Pumas (5-7, 0-1). Allen scored with 5 seconds left in regulation after a steal by Angela Stark to force overtime for ISA, which trailed 34-19 at halftime.
Monet Peoples had 19 points and Brittney Thomas 13 for Burton, which was outscored 19-5 in the fourth quarter.
— Jesse Haley
Sophomore center Jessi Miao had 12 points to lead to Cardinals (15-1, 1-0) to a road win over the Bulldogs (1-9, 0-1). Kimberly Wong chipped in six for Lowell, as 11 Cardinals reached the scoring column.
Nneka Emeka scored 13 for Wallenberg to lead all scorers.
Vivian Ho and Hallie Meneses each scored 18 points as the Mustangs (10-6, 1-0) went on the road and beat the Lions (7-8, 0-1).
Kelli Huey added 11 for the Mustangs, while Melissa Wong scored 13 to lead Galileo.