SANTA CLARA -- St. Francis and St. Ignatius each survived scares from Santa Clara Valley Athletic League schools Tuesday night, setting up an all-West Catholic Athletic League showdown in the Central Coast Section Division II boys basketball final.

St. Francis hung on to beat Los Altos 49-47 in the first semifinal at Santa Clara High, and St. Ignatius took Wilcox to overtime before pulling out a 48-44 victory.

The Lancers (16-12) and the Wildcats (21-6) will face off Saturday at a site to be determined.

Brian Garrett scored a game-high 23 points to lead St. Francis (16-12). The senior guard also hit a free throw that all but iced the game for the Lancers with 14 seconds to play and also blocked a shot in the waning seconds.

St. Francis led almost from start to finish, but Los Altos (18-8) nipped at the Lancers' heels the entire way. The Eagles closed to within a bucket multiple times, including when junior forward Danny Rosenbaum drained a 3-pointer with 17.5 seconds to play to cut the Lancers' lead to 48-47.

However, St. Francis' defense proved almost impenetrable, frequently clogging lanes and forcing the Eagles to fire away from the outside.

"They're a good offensive basketball team," St. Francis coach Mike Motil said. "They've got some shotmakers over there, and making those shots opens driving lanes for 'em."

Rosenbaum led Los Altos with 15 points, followed by senior guard Mike Malgesini with 13. Senior forward Alex Frazier scored 13 for St. Francis.


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St. Ignatius 48, Wilcox 44, OT

Top-seeded St. Ignatius outlasted Wilcox (22-5) in a bruising defensive battle that saw each team go long stretches without making a field goal.

In the end, it came down to free throws. After going 2-for-9 from the stripe, senior guard Trevor Dunbar made his last three in overtime to seal the win.

Dunbar finished with a game-high 20 points. Sophomore Jase Wickliffe led Wilcox with 19.

The Chargers led 26-23 at halftime and 31-28 going into the fourth quarter before St. Ignatius surged from behind to regain the lead with 2:59 left in regulation. The Wildcats led by as many as four points before senior forward Raj Singh hit a long 3-pointer from well behind the top of the key with 38.2 seconds remaining in regulation, sending the game into overtime tied at 40.

"Our matchup zone gave them problems," Wilcox coach Patrick Galos said. "When they got some buckets, we went away from our principles. When we stuck to our principles, they couldn't do anything about it."