SACRAMENTO -- The College Park High boys basketball team made school history March 16 as it earned its first trip to the California Interscholastic Federation Division II state championship with a 93-90 overtime victory over Dublin in the Northern Regional final at Sleep Train Arena.
Senior guard Peter Schoemann -- who had missed his first 10 shots and first nine 3-point attempts -- sank a 3-pointer from the wing with less than 8 seconds to go in overtime to seal the victory for the 11th-seeded Falcons (26-5), who will face Redondo Union-Redondo Beach in Saturday's state title game at 4 p.m. back at Sleep Train Arena.
"My confidence was a little down," Schoemann said. "I put my head down in the huddle and Coach (Craig) Battle starting yelling at me and asked why I was so down. He's been saying all year just to keep shooting. If I miss 12 in a row, if I make the next one, that's all that matters."
Both teams were making their first NorCal finals appearance, and the 183 combined points set a regional championship game record.
The Falcons won three games on the road just to get to the NorCal Division II final, beating Chico 55-52 on March 6, Mt. Eden 67-59 on March 9 and St. Francis-Mountain View 85-82 on March 12.
In the regional final, Dublin's JoJo McGlaston scored 35 points to set a NorCal Division II finals record, and his efforts nearly helped the Gaels (26-7) celebrate after they made a wild fourth quarter comeback.
Dublin trailed by 13 points early in the period and was down 80-73 with 49.1 seconds left in regulation.
Dublin got within 80-77 with 33 seconds left after a layup by McGlaston was followed by a Dublin steal and then a bucket by Spencer Hollie.
College Park's Mikey Eggleton responded with a pair of free throws, which Dublin answered when Cameron Moses made two free throws with 23.5 seconds left.
Schoemann made 1 of 2 free throws for the Falcons and McGlaston followed with a pair that made it 83-81 with 15.3 remaining.
Schoemann missed two free throws with 13.3 to go and Dublin rebounded and called time out with 6.4 left. McGlaston nearly lost the ball but secured a jump ball that retained possession with 3.6 remaining.
The ball was inbounded to Hollie, a big-bodied, 6-foot-5 forward with a football scholarship to Southern Methodist. He drove and scored to tie the game and was also fouled with 1.2 left. His free throw missed and Moses just missed a put back attempt as the game went to overtime.
The Gaels scored first in overtime, gaining their first advantage since the first quarter, and opened an 87-83 lead. Dublin led by four again when Eric Nielsen scored again with 1:28 to go.
AJ Newell hit a 3 for College Park and Eggleton tied the game at 90 with a free throw with 55.9 to play. That set the stage for Schoemann's heroics.
Sebastian Flores led the Falcons with 23 points and Eggleton scored 22.
Moses had 18 for Dublin. Nielsen had 12 points, seven blocks and matched a Division II title game record with 17 rebounds. McGlaston had 14 rebounds.
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