SACRAMENTO -- College Park High's Peter Schoemann missed his first 10 shots and first nine 3-point attempts in Saturday's Northern California Division II regional championship game at Sleep Train Arena.
Falcons coach Craig Battle encouraged him to keep shooting, and Schoemann's 3-pointer from the wing with less than 8 seconds to go hit off the front of the rim, bounced high in the air and in to give College Park a 93-90 overtime win over Dublin.
"My confidence was a little down," Schoemann said. "I put my head down in the huddle and Coach Battle starting yelling 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."
The No. 11 seed Falcons (26-5) earned the first NorCal title in school history and will play Redondo Union-Redondo Beach in next Saturday's state title game at 4 p.m. back at Sleep Train Arena.
Both teams were making their first NorCal finals appearance and made history in the process, as the 183 combined points scored set a NorCal championship game record. Dublin's JoJo McGlaston scored 35 points to set a NorCal Division II finals record.
The Gaels (26-7) were nearly the ones celebrating after making 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 putback attempt as the game went to overtime.
"I'm very, very pleased with our comeback," Dublin coach Tom Costello said. "We did everything we could. We're a free throw and a friendly roll away from the state championship. I have nothing but positive thoughts about that game."
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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