Mission shocks ISA with big fourth 

Harry Howard and Demaree Hampton may not be the biggest players on the court, but their impact was felt the most in Friday’s San Francisco Section boys’ basketball quarterfinal game.

Howard and Hampton scored a combined 43 points, including eight 3-pointers, as Mission (No. 3 seed, Lang Division) stunned host International Studies Academy (No. 2 seed, Neff Division) 84-74. Howard scored 12 of his points in the fourth quarter, including a basket with 2 minutes remaining that put the Bearsahead 76-74 as Mission closed the game on a 13-3 run.

The Bears (13-11) advance to Wednesday’s semifinals to face Lincoln at Kezar Pavilion.

"The first time we played them, we were shell-shocked," said Mission coach Judson Steele, whose team lost to the Cobras by 18 points in the Academic Athletic Association regular-season meeting. "This time, we stuck to the game plan and we stayed poised."

ISA (17-9) opened the game on fire, taking a 24-8 lead after the first quarter, but Mission clawed back and cut the deficit to eight entering the

final period. In addition to Howard and Hampton, guard Raffy Arradaza was huge in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 of his 13 points — including two huge 3-pointers — as Mission put up a season-high 32 points in the period.

"We played hard," said Howard, who finished a team-high 24 points. "We didn’t leave a man stranded on defense."

Lincoln 63, Galileo 49

Randall Gacayan drove to the foul line, whipped a one-handed pass to a cutting Denik Subrata and raised his arms in celebration before the ball even hit the net.

The basket gave the Mustangs (21-11) a 58-40 lead late in the fourth quarter of their impressive win over the Lions (13-15) in the section quarterfinals. It also represents just how far the team has come in one season under coach Mike Gragnani.

"Last year, we were kind of a selfish team," Lincoln’s Aaron Hall said. "But coach has shown us a new way to play ball and we’re having fun with it."

Hall scored a game-high 21 points and added seven rebounds and six assists for the Mustangs. Kevin Robinson added 16 points and point guard Andrew Bologna had two points and six assists while controlling the tempo for Lincoln, which had 17 assists as a team.

Senior Deante Bernstine had 20 points and 15 rebounds in his final game for Galileo.

— Matt Elliser

Wallenberg 70, Washington 48

Kurtis Wong scored 27 points, including 14 straight for his team during the first half, and Chibuzo Emeka added 17, helping the Bulldogs (22-7) beat the host Eagles (21-13).

The Bulldogs will face Lowell in the section semifinals on Wednesday at Kezar Pavilion.

Wallenberg, which entered the postseason as No. 3 seed despite a 13-3 record in Lang Division play, led just 11-9 with seconds to go in the first quarter before Wong took over.

The junior point guard, who also picked up five assists, nailed a long fallaway 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer to give the Bulldogs a 14-9 lead, then opened the second quarter with three 3-pointers and a pair of foul shots, building Wallenberg’s advantage to 25-15.

"I was just in a zone in the first half," Wong said. "My teammates kept finding me with good looks and thankfully I was able to knock down some shots for us."

The Bulldogs put the game away in the beginning of the second half, getting one more 3-pointer from Wong and nine points from Emeka, their undersized power forward, to go ahead 43-29 with 4 minutes remaining in the half. Washington would get no closer than 13 the rest of the game.

Isiah Pfitzer scored 18 points for the Eagles and senior forward Jahrail Taylor added 14 in his final game for Washington.

— Will Reisman

Lowell 82, Marshall 43

Guard Jordan Wong scored a game-high 26 points and the defending section champion Cardinals (26-4) steamrolled the Phoenix (10-17).

The Cardinals made a 9-2 run to open the game on the way to a 17-2 lead after the first quarter. Wong combined with his cousin, junior guard Travis Hom, for eight steals in the first quarter, most of which led to easy buckets.

"We wanted to the start the game out with a lot of intensity," Lowell coach Robert Ray said. "Applying pressure — if it’s in the backcourt, frontcourt, wherever — gives us that intensity."

The Cardinals’ high-intensity defense held Marshall scoring threat Derrick Hines to 19 points, a shade below his season average.

"What we were trying to do was force the ball out of Hines’ hands," Wong said. "A lot of their guys are pretty tall, so we tried to keep them off the boards and keep them from getting second chance baskets."

— Jesse Haley


Lincoln 65, ISA 43

Freshman Hallie Meneses scored seven of her 14 points in the fourth quarter as the host Mustangs (19-11) outscored the Cobras 29-8 in the final period to advance to the semifinals. Third-seeded Lincoln plays No. 2 Washington (14-14) on Tuesday at Kezar Pavilion.

Against sixth-seeded ISA, the Mustangs led just 36-34 entering the fourth quarter before putting together their most prolific period of the season. Lincoln opened the quarter on a 14-1 run, forced six turnovers and held the Cobras without a field goal until just 1 minute remained in the game.

Monique Thomas finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds and Kelly Huey added 13 for the Mustangs as all 10 Lincoln players scored.

"In the fourth quarter, we really turned up the defense, got some points off turnovers and started rolling," Mustangs coach Jason Lee said. "We truly got something from everyone today."

Senior center Courtney Buster had 13 points and 15 rebounds for ISA, which lost 66-63 in overtime to Lincoln last week in the regular-season finale for both teams.

— Matt Elliser

Burton 54, Galileo 37

Moné Peoples led all scorers with 21 points as the hostPumas (14-13) defeated the Lions (15-15). Fourth-seeded Burton advances to play No. 1 Lowell (27-2) in Tuesday’s semifinals Tuesday at Kezar Pavilion.

The Pumas opened the game with back-to-back turnovers, but hit their stride after Peoples and Sophia Wan nailed two 3-pointers to give the Pumas an 8-2 advantage. Peoples scored 10 points in the first quarter, helping Burton secure an 18-4 lead.

Defensive pressure and strong play from sophomore Melissa Wong helped the Lions close to within two points with 5:55 remaining in the third quarter. But Peoples and Salina Kwan combined for 13 third-quarter points to restore Burton’s dominance. The Pumas led 41-31 entering the fourth quarter.

In the fourth, the Lions failed to capitalize on their strong offensive rebounding and missed 10 of 12 free-throw attempts. Burton outscored Galileo 12-6 in the fourth quarter.

"They knew what they needed to do," Burton coach Brian Jackson said. "They just needed to go out there and execute."

— Amanda Stupi

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