Riordan knocks off St. Ignatius 

As if Rob Jones needed to find another way to help out the Riordan boys’ basketball team.

With 2 minutes, 32 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and his team nursing a four-point lead over St. Ignatius on Tuesday, the Crusaders’ star forward spied a wet spot on the floor and sprinted over with a towel to mop it up.

Almost 2½ minutes later, Jones pulled down a huge offensive rebound with 4 seconds left on the clock, essentially sealing Riordan’s hard-fought 42-39 West Catholic Athletic League win.

A fitting final sequence for Jones, who finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks and did a little bit of everything to help the Crusaders (16-1, 5-1 WCAL) earn the victory.

"I just had to get the job done," Jones said with a laugh, discussing his impromptu cleaning session. "Just trying to get the game going again."

Jones scored 12 points in the third quarter as Riordan battled back from a four-point halftime deficit to go ahead 33-28 entering the fourth quarter. The game was marked by tough interior defense and few easy baskets.

St. Ignatius (13-3, 4-2) had a chance to tie in the final minute, but Paul Toboni’s 3-pointer rimmed out with less than 15 seconds left.

"It almost seemed like two sumo wrestlers going at it," Riordan coach Rich Forslund said. "But we like every ugly win over pretty losses."

Serra 61, Sacred Heart Cathedral 51

Phoenix O’Rourke scored 19 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Padres (10-6, 4-2) rally past the host Irish (7-9, 2-4).

Kevin Greene scored 14 points and Jerry Brown added eight points and 10 rebounds, but it was not enough to prevent the Irish from losing for the sixth time in eight games.

O’Rourke’s virtuoso performance helped Serra outscore the Irish 28-14 in the fourth quarter. He scored 13 of his team’s first 15 points in the quarter, as Serra turned a 39-35 deficit into 49-42 lead.

"We didn’t locate their shooters in the second half and we just couldn’t seem to execute," Sacred Heart coach John Perez said. "We just have to come out from this game and play hard in our next one."

— Will Reisman


International 63, Leadership 49

Ryan Doubiago scored a game-high 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds as the Jaguars handed the host Griffin their first league loss.

After trailing 25-21 at halftime, the Jaguars went on a 25-12 run in the third quarter. Wesley Ellison-Labat contributed two big plays. First, he stole a pass, made a layup in traffic and nailed the subsequent free throw for a three-point play, putting the Jaguars up 37-35 with 2:19 left. He then hit a trey with 48 seconds left to put the Jaguars up by seven.

This was Doubiago’s first game back after sitting out last week’s match against Gateway due to illness.

"Having [Doubiago] back was huge," International coach Carl Jacobs said. "Even though he’s a sophomore, he gets a lot of buckets and a lot of rebounds."

Manwell Howard led Griffin scorers with 14 points while Dante Stuart added 11.

— Amanda Stupi

Bay 49, Pescadero 26

Junior Danny Idkowski scored 19 points as the Breakers (5-7, 0-2) beat the Vikings (0-12,

0-3). Fellow juniors Kaneja Muganda and Morgan McQuown each added 10 points.

With a 17-2 lead by the first quarter, Bay lost focus, according to coach Dennis Hartzell.

"Our challenge was to try and execute over an extended period of time and see what works and what doesn’t," Hartzell said. "In the second quarter, we were horrible."

Pescadero outscored Bay 7-4 in the second quarter, but the Breakers responded in the third with 19, including two big 3s by McQuown.

"We’re not too big. We’re not extremely quick and we’re not particularly athletic," Hartzell said. "But if we control the tempo of the game using spacing and the clock then we can compete. ... What we need now is to see if we can do that against more aggressive teams. We’ll see if we can Friday against Leadership."

— Jesse Haley


Bay 43, Pescadero 41

Christina Gee and Cara Vennari hit clutch shots in the final minutes to give the Breakers (8-6, 2-1) a comeback victory over the Vikings

(2-8, 1-2) at Letterman Gym.

Bay cut a 12-point deficit to 41-39 with 1:02 left. The Breakers forced a backcourt turnover and Gee made the layup to tie the game. Then, after two scoreless possessions and facing overtime, Vennari hit a 20-footer from the right baseline for the win.

"At the end they showed their toughness," Bay coach Larry Minnich said. "Coming from 12 down, it showed [no lead] is insurmountable."

Minnich said he was impressed by Pescadero’s play but not intimidated by the 35-23 lead the Vikings held to start the fourth quarter.

"You can see the heart [Pescadero] put on the floor, too," Minnich said. "But if my girls keep playing hard, you can’t ask for more than that."

— Jesse Haley

International 64, Leadership 52

Julia Hechanova had 33 points — 23 in the first half — and six rebounds as the Jaguars (6-9, 2-1) beat the Griffin (2-12, 1-2).

The Jaguars opened with a full-court press that resulted in a 20-14 lead and six steals after the first quarter. International then broke away, leading 42-27 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Rachel Beck (eight points, four steals) and Megan Leary (four points, two steals) continued the defensive onslaught, holding the Griffin to six points. Heidi Kyaw took control down low with a game-high nine rebounds.

Brit Kelley took care of the ball for the Griffin, scoring 18 points while Sofia Sanchez led Leadership’s defense before fouling out with 6:17 left in the game.

"We focused on getting back to our intensity," International coach Carl Jacobs said.

— Amanda Stupi

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