Lick ousted by Crystal Springs 

Chris Lang made a driving layup with 4 seconds remaining in regulation to lead 13th-seeded Crystal Springs Uplands to an upset win over fourth-seeded Lick-Wilmerding in the first round of the North Coast Section Division V boys’ basketball playoffs.

Lick-Wilmerding (21-8) had a chance to tie at the end, but Marcus Wells’ runner at the buzzer hit the back rim and bounced away. Crystal Springs Uplands (16-13) advances to play at No. 5 St. Bernard in Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. quarterfinal.

Franco Panasci led all scorers with 25 points for Lick-Wilmerding, which had beaten its Bay Counties League West rival in all three of the teams’ previous meetings this season (including a 40-36 decision in last week’s league playoffs). But Lang (12 points) and Ben Graham-Helwig (14) made big plays down the stretch to lead the Gryphons to the win.

International 53, Rincon Valley Christian 41

SANTA ROSA — Josh Merritt scored 13 of his game-high 17 points in the first half as the 10th-seeded Jaguars (20-9) knocked off the seventh-seeded Eagles (24-5). International will host second-seeded St. Elizabeth in Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. quarterfinals.

It was International’s defense that truly stifled the Eagles — led by a tenacious Wesley Ellison-Labatt in the backcourt — allowing only six points in the first quarter. The Jaguars stretched their 14-6 first quarter lead to 26-14 at the half with the help of seven points from Harry DiFrancesco.

Although International led the entire game, Rincon Valley managed to box out in the second half, holding the Jaguars to three rebounds in the third quarter. The Eagles also took the Jaguars outside of their usual fast-paced, give-and-go game. But International displayed patience and worked for solid outside shots, leading 44-28 heading into the third quarter.

"I think the guys are playing pretty consistent," International coach Carl Jacobs said. "We’re just trying not to make this game any more complicated than it is."

— Amanda Stupi

Stuart Hall 73, Emery 50

Winslow Hicks scored 21 of his 24 points and hit five 3-pointers in a blistering first-half performance to lead the third-seeded Knights to victory.

Stuart Hall (24-5) will now face No. 11 Head Royce in a quarterfinal game Saturday at 8 p.m. at USF.

Hicks scored seven of Stuart Hall’s first 10 points, helping Knights jump out to a 10-0 lead. After Emery (15-10) closed within 10-4, Stuart Hall responded with an 11-2 run, getting a 3-pointer apiece from Hicks, Kris Suzuki, Christian Nyembo to go up 21-6.

Stuart Hall held a 25-12 lead at the beginning of the second quarter, but Emery netted five straight points to close the gap to 25-17. After a timeout, Stuart Hall blitzed the Spartans with a 19-0 run, including eight straight by Hicks to build their lead to 44-17 with two minutes remaining in the half.

The run began after the Knights’ star player, sophomore guard Stephen Powell, went down hard on a drive to the basket at the end of the first quarter. Powell remained down on the court holding his hip for a couple of minutes, but he would return in the second half in limited playing time.

The Knights hit seven 3-pointers to help them build a 47-23 halftime advantage, and their lead never dipped below 21 in the second half.

"We’re still a young team, so it was real important to have a good first half offensively to get the jitters out of playing in the playoffs," said Hicks. "It was definitely one our best first-half performances, and we just want to build on it for the rest of the playoffs."

— WillReisman

Cloverdale 89, University 68

CLOVERDALE — The host eighth-seeded Eagles (23-5) knocked off the No. 9 Red Devils (21-8). Cloverdale advances to play No. 1 Branson Saturday at 8 p.m. at the College of Marin.

— Staff report


Riordan 74, Terra Nova 47

Robert Jones scored 23 points and Richie Forslund drilled five 3-pointers en route to 17 points as the host top-seeded Crusaders (26-3) thumped the 16th-seeded Tigers (13-13). Logan Shoffner chipped in 14 points for Riordan, which faces eighth-seeded San Lorenzo Valley (25-6) in Saturday’s quarterfinals at St. Ignatius.

— Staff report

St. Ignatius 61, North Monterey County 34

Junior Vince Legarza had 12 points as the host Wildcats (19-6) turned back the Condors (13-13).

Paul Toboni added nine points for No. 2 St. Ignatius, which had 14 players score and will host No. 7 Sobrato in a quarterfinal game Saturday at 2:45 p.m.

— Lee Hubbard


Mission 86, Balboa 70

Darnell Hadley-Garrett scored 16 points and Demaree Hampton and Greg Tucker each added 14 as the host Bears (13-11, 9-7) downed the Buccaneers (3-13, 3-21).

Mission now advances to the AAA playoffs, and will travel to ISA on Friday at 3:45 p.m. for a quarterfinal game.

Shaun Jones had 33 points for Balboa and Mark McMahon added 25.

— Staff report

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