University’s boys basketball team, now 10-4 overall, went 2-2 in the Marin Catholic Tournament last week.
The Trojans opened by losing to University High of San Francisco 85-80 despite a 38-point performance by Alex Bray.
“They are 12-1 and are the number one team in the city of San Francisco,” said University Coach Mike Dinneen. “They suffered their first loss in the final of the tournament to Serra of San Mateo. They were the best team we have faced all year. We hung tough throughout the game but eventually fell 85-80.”
Bray also had nine rebounds, four assists and four steals. Shan Dharod had 12 points, all on 3-pointers and Kevin Yahampath had 10 points and nine assists for the Trojans.
The Trojans then fell to Lowell of San Francisco, 59-53, on Thursday, Dec. 28.
“We led the whole way until the last two minutes and they went 6-of-6 from the foul line in the last twenty seconds to secure the victory,” Dinneen said. “Lowell completely slowed the game down to a crawl and ran 35 seconds off the clock at least ten times during the game. They also took advantage of two on one breaks at other times during the game.
“They double teamed Bray the whole game holding him to 12points and only 12 shot attempts. Kevin Yahampath was only player to step up and play well scoring 17 points to go with seven assists. Lowell plays the slow down game for a living and is very successful at it.
“They lost in the CIF finals last year 49-48 against a very high scoring Mission San Francisco team. We only forced 15 turnovers. It was a tough lesson to learn and we lost the game as a result.”
But Dinneen said the Trojans bounced back on Friday, Dec. 29 and defeated Arcata 83-71.
Bray led University with 33 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and five steals. Sophomore guard Will Stenta recorded a double double with 14 points and 10 rebounds and also had five steals.
Yahampath contributed 9 points, nine assists and four steals.
“Our press was the difference in this game as we forced over 25 turnovers,” Dinneen said.
The Trojans finished strong and “put it all together,” in an 87-50 victory over Lincoln of San Francisco on Saturday, Dec. 30, Dinneen said.
University led 53-33 at halftime and 84-44 after three quarters.
Bray led the Trojans with 33 points and had six steals. Yahampath made 5 of 8 on 3-pointers, scoring 20 points and also had 8 assists. Junior Brandon Liu had 13 points and nine rebounds.
University will now look toward its…