Riordan outlasts SI 

Richie Forslund has grown up dreaming about making the big shot for his dad and the Riordan boys’ basketball team. Friday night at St. Ignatius, the seniorlived it.

Forslund made a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2.8 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 48-48 and the Crusaders outscored the Wildcats 4-3 in overtime to win a fantastic West Catholic Athletic League playoff semifinal 52-51.

Top-seeded Riordan (25-2), coached by Richie’s dad, Rich, advances to face second-seeded Mitty in today’s final at 8 p.m. at Foothill College.

"I’ve imagined that situation and practiced that shot since I was a little kid," Richie Forslund said of his 3-pointer, which accounted for his only points of the game. "This is incredible. I’m on cloud nine."

St. Ignatius (19-7) had a chance to win the game in the final seconds, but WCAL MVP Rob Jones deflected a shot as time expired.

Logan Shoffner scored a game-high 16 points for the Crusaders, including a layup in traffic with 1:33 left in overtime to give Riordan the 52-51 advantage. It was the 12th lead change in a game that also featured 10 ties and no team led by more than five points.

St. Ignatius seemed poised to win the game in regulation as junior guard Paul Toboni simply caught fire in the clutch. He scored 10 points in the final 1:33 in regulation, including a 3-pointer from well beyond the arc to give the Wildcats a 46-45 advantage with 50.7 seconds remaining.

Jones had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Riordan.

TODAY’S PLAYOFF GAMES

WCAL FINALS

At Foothill College

GIRLS: Sacred Heart Cathedral vs. Mitty, 6 p.m.

BOYS: Riordan vs. Mitty, 8 p.m.

BCL WEST FINALS

At Kezar Pavilion

GIRLS: Gateway vs. Leadership, 2 p.m.

BOYS: International vs. Leadership, 6 p.m.

BCL CENTRAL FINALS

At Kezar Pavilion

GIRLS: University vs. Convent, 4 p.m.

BOYS: Lick-Wilmerding vs. Stuart Hall, 8 p.m.

Riordan 52, St. Ignatius 51

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