St. Ignatius' Domingo and Co. win gold at world championships 

click to enlarge St. Ignatius' Stephen Domingo averaged 7.8 points per game and took in 3.6 rebounds during the Under-17 World Championships. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • St. Ignatius' Stephen Domingo averaged 7.8 points per game and took in 3.6 rebounds during the Under-17 World Championships.

St. Ignatius’ standout basketball player Stephen Domingo made his intentions clear as soon as he was named to the USA Basketball Men’s Under-17 team headed to the World Championships.

"Everything is the gold-medal standard here," Domingo said in June. "There is no second place."

Domingo and his teammates did not disappoint, winning all eight games in Lithuania, capped by a 95-62 win over Australia in the gold-medal game on Sunday.

Domingo started six games, averaged 7.8 points per game and took in 3.6 rebounds.

Domingo’s best game of the tournament was in the team’s opener against Australia, when he scored 17 points and brought down five rebounds.


AAA basketball gets rid of divisional format

The divisional format that has been used by the Academic Athletic Association in boys’ and girls’ basketball for more than a decade has effectively been abandoned by the San Francisco Section for the upcoming season.

The addition of San Francisco International is the reason for the shift, and now every team will play a single game against league opponents, instead of two games against divisional opponents and one against inter-division teams.

The change will also impact the playoffs, which will now feature the top seven teams for boys’ tournament and top six teams for the girls.

"There’s people who believe the section will grow in the next couple of years and we don’t want to play league games [that deep in the season]," Wallenberg coach Pat Mulligan said. "We’ll see if it’s a long-term solution."

On the boys’ side, the first-place team will receive a first-round bye in the league playoffs.

"The playoffs should be interesting," Mission coach Arnold Zelaya said. "Finishing first now means something good."

The new format will also take the top teams in the league, rather than the unbalanced divisional format of last year, where 4-12 International Studies Academy made the playoffs as the Neff Division’s fourth seed, while Balboa missed out on the postseason as the Lang Division’s fifth-place team with a 8-8 record.


Fineman earns national honor

Grant Fineman, the lone senior on Jewish Community High School of the Bay’s boys’ basketball team last season, was named to the All-Jewish Hoops American team as an honorable mention by Jewish Hoops America.

Fineman averaged 12.2 points per game for the Wolves and 6.4 rebounds while playing point guard. He also led Jewish Community in steals (2.0 per game).

"Coaching Grant the past four years is something I will always treasure," said Jewish Community athletic director and head basketball coach Tim Kjar. "He was like having a coach on the floor."

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