Bridgemont eliminated 

The Bridgemont boys’ basketball suffered a season-ending loss in the NorCal Division V quarterfinals 61-56 to Hamilton on Thursday at Holy Trinity Church.

Going into the fourth quarter, the game was tied 47-47. Bridgemont led the game within the last five minutes, but then the Vikings’ best post presence, Karrell Miller, fouled out in the last two minutes of the game.

Hamilton took advantage of that with two outstanding plays by guard Tony Cardenas and also stole an inbound pass and converted an ensuing layup with only 30 seconds left to give the Braves a four-point lead. From that point on, Bridgemont had to foul to stay in the game, but Hamilton sank its free throws and a berth in Saturday’s semifinals.

In the second quarter, the Vikings turned the momentum around by applying full-court pressure and added halfcourt pressure on Hamilton’s two guards, Craig Lohse and Tony Cardenas. At halftime, the Vikings were only behind 31-29.

"We saw those two guards were who they went to and we knew that in order to get back in this ballgame, we had to stop them," Bridgemont sophomore guard Patrick Watkins.

Miller led the Braves in scoring with 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting.

Hamilton 61, Bridgemont 56

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