North Coast Section Division V crowns up for grabs 

The public-school basketball teams are not the only San Francsico squads playing in section championship games this weekend.

The International High School girls’ team and the University boys’ are both in North Coast Section Division V title games and they will both face familiar opponents — one much more familiar than the other.

University’s matchup with St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda on Saturday at Albany High School will be the seventh time the two teams have played in the last four seasons.

The top-seeded Pilots, one of the small-school basketball powers in the state, have won the last four meetings, including wins in the NCS and NorCal D-V title games in 2011. The year before, University won both meetings, one in the regular season and again in the NorCal D-V semifinals.

“We are flattered to be considered to have a rivalry with St. Joes,” University coach Randal Bessolo said. “Their history goes back to Jason Kidd and they have [four] state championships. ... Here’s another opportunity for us to gauge ourselves against one of the best programs in the state.”

In the girls’ D-V final tonight, International will take on top-seed Valley Christian of Dublin, which defeated the Jaguars 63-59 in nonleague play on Dec. 29.

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