The Bishop O'Dowd High boys basketball team was not going to allow a repeat of last season's loss to Modesto Christian in the CIF Open Division Northern regional playoffs.

The top-ranked Dragons (27-4) ran all over the Crusaders 74-51 in the regional semifinals on Tuesday at Laney College and will play Capital Christian-Sacramento in the Open Division final Saturday at 8 p.m. at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.

"Even last year we had beat them before we had to play them in the playoffs," said Bishop O'Dowd guard Paris Austin, who scored a team-high 16 points. "This year we were better than they were and we never take a game lightly."

The Crusaders (24-9) never led in this game as Bishop O'Dowd scored the first eight points, six from 6-foot-10 center Ivan Rabb, who finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

The Dragons pushed the lead to 13-1 when Austin hit a 3-pointer with 3:44 left in the first quarter and ended the period with a 17-5 lead.

Rabb, Shane Farley and Juan Anderson each scored four points in the second quarter as the Dragons extended the lead to 32-18.

Then Bishop O'Dowd pushed the throttle down, outscoring Modesto Christian 21-7 to take a 53-25 lead with 1:54 left in the period. Austin scored seven points, including a 3-pointer, and Jake Credo and Jiving Sandhog also hit 3-point shots.

Kevin Hamlet led the Crusaders with 17 points.


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Division I

Monte Vista 72, McClymonds 47: Spencer Rust scored 32 points on 11 of 12 shooting from the floor to lead the host Mustangs (30-1) over the Warriors (21-9) and into the Division I Northern regional title game.

Rust was dominant all night, taking passes from teammates as he cut into the lane for the finish. In addition, he made 10 of 11 free throws and grabbed seven rebounds.

Grant Jackson pulled down 13 rebounds for Monte Vista and also added six points and six assists.

Monte Vista will face Freedom on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the regional final at Sleep Train Arena.

McClymonds Deion Ellis, the Most Valuable Player of the Oakland Athletic League, scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but the Mustangs defense smothered him most of the night. Ellis didn't score his first basket until midway through the second quarter. He missed his first six field goal attempts and two of those were blocked.

Monte Vista scored the first 11 points of the game and built a 15-2 lead as McClymonds missed 13 of its first 14 shots. The Warriors were 18 of 59 for the game.

The Mustangs made 20 of 33 from 2-point range, seven of 15 from 3-point range and had 16 assists.

-- Damin Esper, correspondent

Freedom 78, Jesuit-Carmichael 65: The Falcons' offense came alive in the second quarter and No. 3 Freedom (26-6) pulled away in the second half to beat the host and second-seeded Marauders (29-4) and advance to the Northern regional title game against Monte Vista.

Freedom trailed 18-12 after the first quarter but took a 37-35 lead at halftime. It outscored Jesuit 19-10 in the third quarter and was never seriously threatened again as the Falcons advanced to the regional title game for the first time in school history.

-- Staff

Division III

Archbishop Riordan-San Francisco 72, Campolindo 68: Third-seeded Archbishop Riordan withheld a furious comeback from No. 2 Campolindo and held on for a thrilling win in the Division III regional semifinals.

The Crusaders (19-11) led by as much as 11 points in the third quarter as Campolindo had no answer for Crusader Jiday Ugbaja. The senior guard led Riordan with 29 points, including six 3-pointers.

Senior guard Andrew Zolintakis led the comeback for host Campolindo (23-8) in the second half. After scoring just six points in the first half, he finished with a game-high 38.

The Cougars' momentum carried into the fourth quarter when they went on a 14-3 run and took a 49-44 lead with four minutes left. Riordan reclaimed the lead but not before Ugbaja fouled out late in the quarter. That's when the craziness ensued.

Eric Galindo sank two free throws giving the Crusaders a 59-57 lead with seven seconds left. Galindo proceeded to intentionally foul Zolintakis, who was attempting a 3-pointer. He made two free throws and then buried a 17-footer as time expired to send the game to overtime.

The game shifted to a grinding, slow-down pace in overtime as the Crusaders went to the free throw line 14 times, making nine. They threw multiple bodies at Zolintakis, who scored all of Campolindo's points in overtime.

-- Erik Stordahl, correspondent

Sir Francis Drake-San Anselmo 70, Miramonte 61: Jesse Hunt scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead the host Pirates (25-7) over No. 12 Miramonte (18-13) in the Division III regional semifinals.

The ninth-seeded Pirates advance to face Riordan in Saturday night's 8 p.m. final at American Canyon High.

Drew Anderson led the Matadors' with 30 points. He was an impressive 11-for-22 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers, to help Miramonte come back from three different 10-point deficits. He sank a pair of free throws to pull the Matadors to within 60-56 with just under two minutes to play.

After Miramonte's Joey Goodreault (12 points) drilled a 3-pointer to make it a 63-59 game, Jasper Verduin tipped up a critical offensive rebound to Sam Dines that gave the Pirates an extra possession.

It resulted in a 65-59 lead on a bucket by Hunt, who also went 6-for-7 from the foul line in the last 2:10 and finished 10-for-13 from the stripe.

Division IV

Moreau Catholic 91, St. Patrick-St. Vincent 78: The host Mariners (26-6) overcame a slow start and a pair of clutch shots down the stretch to come away with a double-overtime win over visiting St. Patrick-St. Vincent (25-10) in the Division IV regional semifinals.

In a rematch of the North Coast Section Division IV title game, Moreau Catholic will take on Salesian in the regional finals on Saturday at 4 p.m. at American Canyon High.

Oscar Frayer scored 14 points and pulled down 13 rebounds while blocking five shots and Brandon Lawrence had 20 of his team-high 25 points in the second half as the Mariners continued their run in the CIF playoffs for the first time in school history.

For Moreau Catholic, Terrell Brown had four steals and scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half and overtime.

Lawrence hit a runner inside the lane and Armond Simmons followed with a 3 that gave the Mariners a 79-74 lead in the second overtime. From there, Moreau hit its final 12 free throws of the contest while outscoring the Bruins 17-4 in the period.

The Mariners looked to have the game won in regulation but BJ Standley hit a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. Jose Flores led the Bruins with 33 points while Jordan Hickman added 15 to go along with 18 rebounds.

Demari Milstead added 20 points while Simmons contributed with 12.

-- Tony Gonsalez, correspondent

Salesian 60, Half Moon Bay 43: Bernard Ward finished with 23 points to lead the second-seeded Pride (23-14) past the Cougars (26-6) and into the Division IV Northern regional final. Ward scored six points in the first quarter to help his team take a 13-7 lead after eight minutes, but both teams' offenses slowed to a crawl in the second quarter and Salesian had a 19-14 advantage at the break. Joey Galloway anchored Salesian's defense with four rebounds and two blocks shots. Tommy Nuno led Half Moon Bay with five points at halftime.

-- Nick Norvell, correspondent

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