DUBLIN -- In an entertaining game between two highly-skilled up-tempo, offensive basketball teams, the host Dublin High boys basketball team wore down El Camino in the fourth quarter and pulled away for a 86-75 victory in the second round of the Northern California Division II regional playoffs on Saturday.
El Camino scored 19 points the first four minutes of the game and had a 12-point lead at that point. Dublin (25-6) roared back with a 22-5 run to lead by five, only to see El Camino draw even at the half, 37-37.
The Colts started the third quarter much the way they started the game and opened a 55-47 lead before Dublin turned the game its way for good, leading by as many as 18 in the fourth quarter.
"That was our objective at halftime," Gaels coach Tom Costello said, "start pounding it inside."
JoJo McGlaston scored 24 points for Dublin. Cameron Moses scored 21, going 9 of 9 at the foul line, and Jamir Andrews scored 13 for the Gaels.
El Camino's Michael Smith led all scorers with 28 points. He picked up his fourth foul at the end of the third quarter and began the fourth quarter on the bench. During the two minutes he sat Dublin went on a 7-0 run to take a 70-60 lead, and once Smith returned El Camino was unable to stop Dublin's momentum.
"That's how big he is for us,'' El Camino coach Archie Junio said.
Elijah White, El Camino's 5-foot-8 point guard, scored 20 points. Alex Huerta added 16.
El Camino (23-8) got
"We made history,'' Junio said. "We never went this far before, so it's all good.''