Slate set for state finals
The Union Staff
A lineup of 10 California Interscholastic Federation state basketball boys and girls championship games is all set for this coming Friday and Saturday at ARCO Arena, capped by an 8 p.m. showdown Saturday night for the Division I boys title between De La Salle (Concord) and Clovis West.
The championship weekend begins Friday with a 2 p.m. Division IV boys matchup between Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco) and Horizon (San Diego). The Sacred Heart Cathedral girls will play Windward (Los Angeles) at 4 p.m. for the Division IV girls championship, Carondelet (Concord) will play Troy (Fullerton) at 6 p.m. for the Division III girls title and nationally ranked Mater Dei (Santa Ana) will play Palo Alto at 8 p.m.
Saturday’s action at ARCO begins at 9:30 a.m. when Pinewood (Los Altos Hills) takes on Pacific Hills (Los Angeles) in a rematch of last year’s Division V girls title tilt, a game Pinewood won. Branson (Ross) will play Santa Fe Christian at 11:15 a.m. for the Division V boys title, Sacramento High will play Bishop Amat (La Puente) at 2:45 p.m. for the Division III boys title and Berkeley will play Lynwood at 6 p.m. for the Division I girls championship.
The finalists were all decided this past Saturday at various regional championship sites.
De La Salle (30-1) advanced thanks to a 65-52 win against Tokay (Lodi) in the Northern California Regional final Saturday night at ARCO. Also on Saturday, Clovis West (30-2) won the Southern California final 55-42 against Los Alamitos at the L.A. Sports Arena. This marks a rematch of the 2000 state final in which De La Salle defeated Clovis West, 47-46.
The Division I girls final will feature a Cinderella story, as the Berkeley Yellowjackets (20-11) comes out of the Northern California bracket as a No. 7-seed after cruising past Sac-Joaquin Section champion Napa 56-28 Saturday night at ARCO.
One surprise on Saturday at Delta College in Stockyon saw Branson knock off Modesto Christian 53-52 in the Northern California final. Modesto Christian had outscored five previous postseason opponents by an average score of 99-47.
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