Howard takes command for Mission 

Harry Howard lay down on the floor in exhaustion during a 30-second timeout. A few minutes later, he was knelt over a garbage can, sick to his stomach at Kezar Pavilion.

In between, the Mission guard was simply unstoppable in the second quarter of the Bears’ 80-43 win over Oroville a NorCal Division III boys’ basketball outbracket game Monday night.

With backcourt mate Demaree Hampton on the bench with three fouls, Howard scored Mission’s final 10 points of the first half to put the Bears up 34-14 at the intermission. He finished with a game-high 23 as Mission (26-4) advances to play at top-seeded El Camino of Sacramento (25-5) tonight at 7.

"I was a little winded and tried to eat something, but that wasn’t a good idea," Howard said with a smile. "I was ready to go though. I knew I had to step up for my team."

Hampton added 18 points, Ronell Foster chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds and the Bears used their full-court pressure defense to force Oroville (12-17) into 21 turnovers.

"We didn’t know much about them, but we knew our quickness would be an advantage," Mission coach Judson Steele said. "I’m really happy for this group of kids. We feel like we’re representing The City and the Academic Athletic Association now, and we want to take it as far as we can."

The road really gets tough now for the Bears. El Camino earned the No. 1 seed after scoring 59 points in the second half to beat Sacramento High School 89-76 in the Sac-Joaquin Section final. El Camino is led by 6-foot-7 senior forward Kyle Baxter, who scored 27 points in that win.

Girls

Carlmont 65, Lowell 54

Colleen Garrett had 27 points and 10 rebounds as the Scots (24-7) beat the Cardinals (26-5) at Kezar Pavilion in a Division I game.

Kathleen Burrell added 14 points for Carlmont, which shot 23-of-44 from the floor and had a 35-22 rebounding advantage. The Scots advance to today’s quarterfinal game and will play at second-seeded Kennedy of Sacramento (25-6) at 7 p.m.

Anna Bukareva had 14 points and six rebounds to lead Lowell. The Cardinals have won the last three San Francisco Section championships, only to be bounced in their first NorCal game each time.

"The girls gave a great effort — we just need to find a way to get over this hump," Lowell coach Aki Kuwada said. "They were up and excited for this game, but [Garrett] was tough to stop."

Garrett scored 11 of Carlmont’s final 13 points in the first quarter for a 17-10 lead and the Scots led by as many as 17.

Matt Elliser

Skyline (Oakland) 65, Lincoln 60 (OT)

OAKLAND — Nneamaka Anyanwu scored four of her 37 points in overtime as the Titans (20-9) handed the Mustangs (21-12) a season-ending loss in the Division III game.

Cindy Chao’s only basket of the game, a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left in regulation, tied the game for Skyline at 55-55 and sent it to overtime. The Titans play at top-seeded Berkeley (27-3) today.

Hallie Meneses scored 19 points to lead Lincoln, which was coming off a tough 48-46 loss to Lowell in the San Francisco Section final.

"I thought we played well coming off a tough loss Friday," Mustangs coach Jason Lee said. "We let one get away again."

Lee said his young team grew up this season and is looking forward to next season, when he loses five seniors but returns a bulk of his rotation.

"We definitely made a big stride in playing a lot of big games," Lee said. "We learned a lot by playing tough teams and learned by making crucial decisions. Hopefully we can pick up the confidence level and compete against the better teams."

— Staff report

Boys

DIVISION III

Mission 80,

Oroville 43

OROVILLE (12-17)

Craig Jeffery 14, Trey Barnes 6, Garland Berry 2, Ryan Midkiff 10, Jack Fryer 2, Massimo Zurch 6, Calvin Weinberg 3. Total 43.

MISSION (26-4)

Demaree Hampton 18, Harry Howard 23, Grant Thomas 8, Terrance Langston 6, Jerome Pusung 2, Stafone Jackson 4, Anthony Layton 2, Norman Grant 2, Ronnie Herbert 1, Ronell Foster 10, Jordan Pusung 4. Total 80.

Oroville 6 10 13 14 — 43

Mission 14 20 26 20 — 80

3-pointers: O—Midkiff 2. M—Howard 4, Langston 2, Thomas 2. Rebounding leader: O—Jeffery 6. M—Foster 7. Assists leader: O—Zurch 3. M—Hampton 4.

Lincoln 89,

Rodriguez 87

Lincoln (25-10)

Devis Koch 29, Deend Parker 19, Randall Gacayan 14, Ricky Ohisen 14,Drew Bologna 10, Rornia Marrnia 3. Total 89

RODRIGUEZ (26-7)

Cameron Richmond 22,Mike Johnson 20,Josh Keys 15,Patrick Grene 9,Roman Robinson 7,Marcel Jensen 6,Mike Badger 6,Tyler Idowu 2. Total 87

Lincoln 14 21 24 12 18 — 89

Rodriguez 20 20 15 16 16 — 87

3-Pointers: L Koch 3, Gacaya 2, Marrnia 1. R-Johnson 3. Rebounding leader: L-Koch 14. R-Keys 6.

Girls

DIVISION I

Skyline (Oakland) 65, Lincoln 60 (OT)

LINCOLN (21-12)

Vivian Ho 2, Kelly Huey 10, Hallie Meneses 19, Allison Yee 3, Jessica Jang 9, Rebecca Choi 3, Kelly Sung 4, Monique Thomas 10. Total 60.

SKYLINE (20-9)

Jenny Tern 3, Cindy Chao 3, Xermiaa Nichols 4, Danielle Thomas 6, Brittany Moses 2, Nneamaka Anyanwu 37, Markell Styles 10. Total 65.

Lincoln 18 13 7 17 5 — 60

Skyline 17 13 10 15 10 — 65

3-pointers: L—Meneses 3, Yee 1, Jang 3. S—Chao 1. Rebounding leader: L—Meneses 6. Assists leader: L—Huey 6.

Carlmont 65,

Lowell 54

CARLMONT (24-7)

Lauren Kilburg 2, Colleen Gueser 9, Emily Richard 5, Katie Cresci 2, Kathleen Burrell 14, Jenna Doyle 6, Colleen Garrett 27. Total 65.

LOWELL (26-5)

Kristina Lum 8, Ashley Ong 8, Eryn Kimura 3, Anna Bukareva 14, Amanda Chow 7, Heather Chow 7, Rachel Baskin 5, Jessi Miao 2. Total 54.

Carlmont 17 16 18 14 — 65

Lowell 10 14 13 17 — 54

3-pointers: C—Garrett 3. L—Ong 2, Baskin 1, A. Chow 1. Rebounding leader: C—Garrett 10. L—Bukareva 6. Assists leader: C—Richard 7. L—A. Chow 3.

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