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SHP boys basketball earns Crusader Classic title

Gunn downs Cupertino in tourney finale

Kevin Carney (15) was named tournament MVP. Photo taken June 10, 2021 by Rick Eymer.

Aidan Braccia scored 14 points, one of four players to reach double figures, in helping Sacred Heart Prep beat host Riordan 57-47 in the championship game of the Crusader Classic on Saturday night.

Kevin Carney, named tournament MVP, Emmer Nichols and Sam Norris each added 11 points for SHP, which played without starter RJ Stephens and a few others still playing football.

The Gators (3-0) will be close to full strength when they play next, Friday, Dec. 17, at St. Francis.

SHP led by two at halftime and began slowly building a double-digit lead into the fourth quarter. The Gators survived a late rally from Riordan to claim the victory.

Carney averaged 14.3 points on 56% shooting and a team best 2.7 steals over the three-day tournament. He made eight 3-pointers.

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Braccia and Nichols were both named to the all-tourney team. Braccia averaged 14.3 points a game while Nichols averaged a double-double with 10.7 points and 10.0 rebounds. He also blocked three shots. Braccia made all 10 of his free throws.

SHP's Sachit Sinha. Phot taken June 10, 2021 by Rick Eymer.

J.P. Kerrigan made four of his seven 3-point attempts (57%) and was 7-of-12 (58%) overall. Norris connected on 12 of 23 shots (52%).

Gunn wins tournament finale

Rogan Gibbons hit a jumper with just under a minute to play and Gunn held on to beat Cupertino 45-43 in the Cupertino Tournament on Saturday.

The Pioneers tied the game with a pair of free throws late in the fourth quarter.

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The Titans (5-1) worked the ball until Gibbons came free just inside the top of the key, from where he drilled a jumper.

Cupertino had a couple of chances to tie the game but a key rebound by Ethan Chang and pressure defense allowed Gunn to hold on.

Cupertino had to foul Gunn players four times in the final minute and never did get to the bonus situation, finally intercepting a pass with just under eight seconds left. A Pioneers player got off a 3-point attempt under pressure at the buzzer and the shot fell short of the rim.

Gibbons, who scored 10 points in the contest, was named all-tournament. Sam Mulkey led the team with 14 points. James Ford had 12.

Sequoia fell to Bellarmine 77-44 in another tourney contest.

Non-league

Priory's Tayo Sobomehin. Photo taken June 10, 2021 by Rick Eymer.

Rostand Olama Abanda scored 14 points but defending West Bay Athletic League champion Priory fell at Homestead 51-49 Saturday. Caleb Huffman scored 12 points and Tayo Sobomehin added 10.

In other games, St. Francis downed Moreau Catholic 63-56 at the Oscar Frayer Memorial, Palo Alto beat Woodside 48-27 and Los Altos topped Lynbrook 60-42.

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SHP boys basketball earns Crusader Classic title

Gunn downs Cupertino in tourney finale

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Aidan Braccia scored 14 points, one of four players to reach double figures, in helping Sacred Heart Prep beat host Riordan 57-47 in the championship game of the Crusader Classic on Saturday night.

Kevin Carney, named tournament MVP, Emmer Nichols and Sam Norris each added 11 points for SHP, which played without starter RJ Stephens and a few others still playing football.

The Gators (3-0) will be close to full strength when they play next, Friday, Dec. 17, at St. Francis.

SHP led by two at halftime and began slowly building a double-digit lead into the fourth quarter. The Gators survived a late rally from Riordan to claim the victory.

Carney averaged 14.3 points on 56% shooting and a team best 2.7 steals over the three-day tournament. He made eight 3-pointers.

Braccia and Nichols were both named to the all-tourney team. Braccia averaged 14.3 points a game while Nichols averaged a double-double with 10.7 points and 10.0 rebounds. He also blocked three shots. Braccia made all 10 of his free throws.

J.P. Kerrigan made four of his seven 3-point attempts (57%) and was 7-of-12 (58%) overall. Norris connected on 12 of 23 shots (52%).

Gunn wins tournament finale

Rogan Gibbons hit a jumper with just under a minute to play and Gunn held on to beat Cupertino 45-43 in the Cupertino Tournament on Saturday.

The Pioneers tied the game with a pair of free throws late in the fourth quarter.

The Titans (5-1) worked the ball until Gibbons came free just inside the top of the key, from where he drilled a jumper.

Cupertino had a couple of chances to tie the game but a key rebound by Ethan Chang and pressure defense allowed Gunn to hold on.

Cupertino had to foul Gunn players four times in the final minute and never did get to the bonus situation, finally intercepting a pass with just under eight seconds left. A Pioneers player got off a 3-point attempt under pressure at the buzzer and the shot fell short of the rim.

Gibbons, who scored 10 points in the contest, was named all-tournament. Sam Mulkey led the team with 14 points. James Ford had 12.

Sequoia fell to Bellarmine 77-44 in another tourney contest.

Non-league

Rostand Olama Abanda scored 14 points but defending West Bay Athletic League champion Priory fell at Homestead 51-49 Saturday. Caleb Huffman scored 12 points and Tayo Sobomehin added 10.

In other games, St. Francis downed Moreau Catholic 63-56 at the Oscar Frayer Memorial, Palo Alto beat Woodside 48-27 and Los Altos topped Lynbrook 60-42.

Rick Eymer

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