Sometimes things seem too good to be true.
When the score, SRJC 20 Fresno 1, was posted on the YSN365.com Facebook page Saturday Night someone asked if it was a typo.
The SRJC Men went on for an 83-72 win over Fresno City. The win advances the Bear Cubs to the State Final Four, which is next Saturday at Cerritos College in Norwalk.
You just don’t see a score like that in a playoff game at this level too often. Oh sure, it happens way more in high school playoff games than it should, but not at the JC level. Fresno City missed its first sixteen shots before finally hitting one nearly halfway through the first half which cut the SRJC lead to 20-3.
I am not even going to fake that I was at this game. I was living it by the updates, which I did for all three of the local games on Saturday night. It turned into the wait and time seemed to stop.
Would the start be enough? For most of the first half it appeared no problem. The closest update in the first half was 24-9 with six minutes left. Fifteen points though is a doable rally, especially on the road. Each update would tell a story. By halftime the Bear Cubs had all of the lead back from that opening run, leading 37-18.
The second half updates had the theme of a big rally in the works. SRJC 44 Fresno City 33, 12 minutes left. The next update would be so telling. Turns out that next update was still an 11 point lead with 8:38 left and the next, 10 points with 6:36 left.
As a person who does these updates I will tell you at times you just don’t want to do it. You would rather just either enjoy the moment or if you are emotionally involved (as was the case here), you want to suffer through things. According to a published report in between the update with 8:38 left and 6:36 left Fresno City had cut the lead to 53-48. Apparently the big lead was closer to being gone than what we thought Saturday Night.
SRJC then put on another run, not as big as the opening game run, but just as telling. They scored five straight which started a 14-4 streak that basically put the game away. Matthew Hayes, who leads the team in scoring with a 16.4 average, was one of four players in double figures with 20 points.
The SRJC Men have an 11 game winning streak and are 22-8 on the season. They are also the No. 1 seed from Northern California in the final four. That is because in the other Semi-Final No. 4 Chabot defeated No. 1 San Francisco 101-94.
The final four is next Saturday and SRJC will meet Chafey College, the No. 4 overall seed in the South and No. 2 for the final four. The South No. 1 seed was upset in the second round. The other game is between San Bernardino Valley College and Chabot. What order and times of the games are, hasn’t been announced.
THE REST OF THE UPDATES, NOT SUCH GOOD NEWS
The SRJC Women and St. Vincent Girls were also being updated Saturday Night and the both ended up on the wrong end.
The first update of the Women’s score was 21-9 Fresno with seven minutes left in the half. A pattern was set and Fresno City at one time had a 25 point lead before taking a 60-45 win and advancing to the State Final Four for the third straight season.
SRJC finishes the season 21-9.
As for the St. Vincent Girls, they made a spirited second half rally before falling short to International 51-41. St Vincent trailed most of the game and was behind by 8 at the half. A 7-1 run got them close and they tied the game at 29-29 with 2:30 left in the third quarter but International went on from there. A 7-2 run gave them back control of the game.
The St. Vincent Girls, who were intheir first ever NCS Championship game, are now 25-7 on the season. They aren’t done yet. They are going to the Nor Cal playoffs and are hoping for a home game in the first round.
NOR CAL PLAYOFFS
According to the CIF website the brackets for the Nor Cal brackets will be released sometime Sunday Night. We will be monitoring the situation.
We do know that five local teams will be named. They are the Boys teams from Montgomery and the Girl teams from Santa Rosa, Ukiah, Analy and St. Vincent. Also hoping for berths are the Windsor and Cardinal Newman Girls teams.
NCS CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND
The four teams that defeated local teams in the Semi-Finals went 1-3 in the NCS Championship Games.
The only team that won was Miramonte, who takes great pleasure at punishing people. The Division 3 Girls champions defeated Analy 97-21 and scored 21 points in the fourth quarter with a running clock. On Saturday they defeated Encinal 94-42 in a game they led 58-24 at the half.
That was the only one sided or the most one sided game. Cardondelet led 55-17 at the half and settled for a 100-48 win over Clayton Valley Charter.
Both those teams will be in the Open Division.
There were some close games.
Concord, after defeating Montgomery in OT in the semi-final, came this close to pulling an upset of Newark Memorial before falling 74-70. It is the third straight NCS Title for Newark Memorial and now we will see if they will be put in the Open Division like they were last season.
The fourth quarter had seven lead changes and four ties. The last tie was with :34 left.
As expected the Bishop O’ Dowd Boys defeat won the NCS Division 3 Boys championship with a 89-69 win over El Cerrito. This day was supposed to be a the very least a Bishop O’ Dowd doubleheader. The Girls team had won five straight NCS Division 3 Championships and was expected to go for number six in a highly anticipated matchup against Miramonte.
Of course, the Bishop O’ Down Girls team never got the chance to go for No. 6 after being eliminated before the tournament even started because in the paperwork they marked a scrimmage as a real game. So officially they played one too many games.
After the Bishop O’ Dowd Boys won their fourth division championship in five years they were given the championship medals. The medals were put around their necks and then they took them off and put them around a member of the Girls team’s necks.
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