Sakai wins it for Lowell 

It took three dribbles, a long leap and a little spin on the ball for Yuhki Sakai to announce himself as the next big-time player for the Lowell boys’ basketball team.

The junior forward got the ball in the left corner with 12 seconds remaining and the Cardinals trailing Washington 55-54 Friday night at Kezar Pavilion. He pump-faked a 3-pointer, drove baseline and somehow spun in a reverse layup with his right hand, the final basket in a 56-55 Lowell win.

"As soon as I took that first dribble, I knew I was going right at the basket," Sakai said. "And words can’t describe how great this feels right now."

Sakai’s shot gave the Cardinals (16-5, 7-1 Academic Athletic Association) just their third lead of the game, as Washington raced out to a 17-2 lead and seemed poised to turn the annual Battle of the Birds into a rout. But Travis Hom hit three

3-pointers in the second quarter to steady Lowell, and neither team led by more than five for the entire second half.

BAY COUNTIES LEAGUE WEST

Stuart Hall 59, University 48

Sophomore Frank Duncan and senior John Bickle scored 17 points apiece as the Knights (11-9, 4-3) beat the Red Devils (16-5, 4-2).

It looked as if it was going to be a blowout when Stuart Hall jumped out to a 10-0 lead. But behind timely shooting by Evan Saunders (20 points), the Red Devils got back into the game and had the lead at 28-25 at halftime. After a back-and-forth third quarter, timely plays by Bickle and Hicks down the stretch — and suddenly cold shooting by University — were enough for Stuart Hall to hang on.

Lee Hubbard

PAL CENTRAL

Burlingame 52, San Mateo 48

SAN MATEOBrendan Kelly had 17 points and led three Panthers in double-figure scoring as they knocked off the host Bearcats to take sole possession of the Peninsula Athletic League Central lead.

The Bearcats, trailing by six late in the game, rallied to take a one-point lead behind Andre Robinson and Don Washington, who combined for nine points. But Peter Pappageorge (14 points) knocked down two free throws, a layup and one more from the stripe to key the Panthers.

David Agrell

Girls

ACADEMIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Lowell 51, Washington 35

Aki Kuwada never hesitated, not even in front of a loud crowd against his team’s biggest rival.

The Lowell coach continued a year-long trend Friday night by replacing all five starters with his second unit midway through the first quarter. And by the time the first unit got back onto the floor more than eight minutes later, a one-point lead had been extended to 23-15 and the momentum belonged to the Cardinals.

The Lowell reserves scored 15 of the team’s 27 first-half points, paving the way for a 51-35 Cardinals win at Kezar Pavilion in a battle between the Academic Athletic Association’s top two teams. Rachel Baskin came off the bench to score all six of her points in the second quarter as Lowell improved to 16-4 overall and 5-0 in the AAA.

"I think it was a great confidence booster for the bench players to perform so well in a game like this," Kuwada said. "And when the starters saw what they did, they were determined to build on it."

Starting center Jessi Miao led Lowell with 14 points and 12 rebounds, with nine of the points and eight of the rebounds coming after the intermission. The 6-foot-1 junior had seven points in a 14-4 third-quarter run that gave the Cardinals a 41-24 lead with 1:50 remaining in the period.

Matt Elliser

PAL CENTRAL

San Mateo 61, Burlingame 50

SAN MATEO — Freshman Grace Ujihara had 12 points, including two clutch 3-pointers down the stretch, to rally the Bearcats past the Panthers.

— David Agrell

BAY COUNTIES LEAGUE WEST

Urban 54, Marin Academy 36

Rachael Pecota scored 20 points and Jen Marquez hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter as the Blues (13-6, 7-0) dropped the Wildcats (11-9, 4-3). Marquez, a senior point guard, finished with 13 points as Urban improved to 7-0 with her in the lineup. She was held out of the pre-BCL West schedule while recovering from a knee injury.

— Staff report

FRIDAY'S SUMMARIES

Boys

ACADEMIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Lowell 56, Washington 55

LOWELL (16-5, 7-1)

Alex McNabb 11, Yuhki Sakai 13, Matt Wong 5, Travis Hom 24,Darrin Mock 3. Total 56.

WASHINGTON (12-9, 4-4)

Kendel Glapion 4, Byron Jones 10, Aaron Garrette 20, Isiah Pfitzer 15, Darnell Batte 6. Total 55.

Lowell 4 20 14 18 — 56

Washington 20 10 14 11 — 55

3-pointers: L—Hom 5, McNabb 3, Sakai 2, Mock 1. W—Garrette 2, Jones 2, Pfitzer 2. Rebounding leader: L—Sakai 6. W—Batte 15.

BAY COUNTIES LEAGUE

Stuart Hall 58, University 49

Stuart Hall (11-9, 4-3)

Frank Duncan 17, John Bickle 17, Winslow Hicks 11, Aeon Wong 8, Justin Camo 4, Joe Hurd 1. Total 58.

University(16-5, 4-2)

Evan Saunders 20, Brian Park 12, Dylan Leong 11, Sam Shapiro 3, Nick Blum 3. Total 49.

Stuart Hall 19 6 14 19 — 58

University 12 16 10 11 — 49

3-pointers: SH—Bickle 2, Hicks 1, Duncan 1, Wong 1. U—Saunders 4, Leong 3, Park 1, Shapiro 1.

PAL CENTRAL

Burlingame 52,

San Mateo 48

BURLINGAME (15-6, 5-1)

Brendan Kelly 17, Matt Binkerhoff 4, Kian Talai 2, Peter Pappageorge 14, Max Keleher 2, Payam Almasi 13. Total 52.

SAN MATEO (12-10, 4-2)

Sean Cervania 1, Kevin Chew 2, Andre Robinson 16, Marcus Jackson 9, Steven Lopez 3, Luka Vidovic 7, Don Washington 10. Total 48.

Burlingame 15 19 11 7 — 52

San Mateo 15 14 10 9 — 48

Girls

ACADEMIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Lowell 51,

Washington 35

LOWELL (16-4, 5-0)

Kenny Ludlow 2, Kristina Lum 7, Ashley Ong 4, Eryn Kimura 3, Anna Bukareva 7, Amanda Chow 4, Heather Chow 4, Rachel Baskin 6, Jessi Miao 14. Total 51.

WASHINGTON(10-9, 4-1)

Rachelle Hwee 6, Nina Mametsuka 1, Tierney Jones 8, Olivia Wong 4, Lauren Ishii 5, Brittany Woo 9, Kkemdilim Okwechime 2. Total 35.

Lowell 13 14 16 8 — 51

Washington 8 12 6 9 — 35

3-pointers: L—A. Chow 1, Kimura 1, Lum 1, Ong 1. W—Ishii 1. Rebounding leader: L—Miao 12. W—Woo 8. Assists leader: L—Lum 4. W—Ishii 2.

BAY COUNTIES LEAGUE WEST

Urban 54,

Marin Academy 36

MARIN ACADEMY (11-9, 4-3)

Leaf 2, Bassett 13, Wilson 3, Neville 5, Wilks 13. Total 36.

URBAN (13-6, 7-0)

Jen Marquez 13, Rachael Pecota 20, Anneli Eddy 4, Shaunre Clendinen 7, Lily Burns 4, Lynn Stills 6. Total 54.

Marin Academy 4 10 10 12 — 36

Urban 10 16 13 15 — 54

3-pointers: MA—Wilks 3, Wilson 1. U—Marquez 3, Pecota 3. Rebounding leader: U—Pecota 15. Assists leader: U—Marquez, Pecota 3.

WEST CATHOLIC ATHLETIC LEAGUE

Sacred Heart Cathedral 62, Presentation 43

PRESENTATION

Hernandez 3, McIves 3, Walker 2, Nichols 5, Kwan 4, Gilvoy 12, Saso 9, Reid 2. Total 43.

SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL (17-0, 7-0)

Danica Navales 2, Tierra Rogers 2, Kirsten Michler 2, Ashley Boggs 4, Lauren Bell 10, Ki-Ki Moore 12, Rosslyn Beard 3, Gina Giovannetti 2, Mellisa Koike 2, Jazmine Jackson 13, Kamila Jackson 10. Total 62.

Presentation 8 6 8 21 — 43

Sacred Hearth 18 12 22 10 — 62

3-pointers: P—Hernandez 1, Nichols 1, Kwan 1, Saso 1. SHC—Moore 3, J. Jackson 1.

PAL CENTRAL

San Mateo 61, Burlingame 50

BURLINGAME (10-12, 4-2)

Caitlin Breen 2, Erin Scattini 12, Alex Donati 2, Rachel Gardner 4, Ashley Posey 13, Trish Malaspina 17. Total 50.

SAN MATEO (15-8, 5-1)

Grace Ujihara 12, Taylor Kaizoji 6, Danielle Shenson 4, Lauren Yamauchi 16, Yukato Kawakatsu 11, Keisarina Hafoka 6, Alisi Niupalau 6. Total 61.

Burlingame 19 18 10 3 — 50

San Mateo 19 21 9 15 — 61

3-pointers: B—Scattini 1. SM—Ujihara 2, Yamauchi 3. Rebounding leader: B—Posey 10. SM—Hafoka 10. Assists leader: B—Posey 3. SM—Kawakatsu.

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