The "A" Eighth Grade champion and runner up teams, Good Shepherd and St. Edward.
Lively boys' basketball playoffs
with final double-OT game
The 2014 Boys' CYO Basketball Playoffs ended with close and contested final games, including a final game that was decided only after double-overtime.
Skilled basketball was played by all grades in front of enthusiastic crowds, marking the 51st annual basketball playoff for the diocese.
In the Eighth Grade "AA" division, the team from St. Mary's, Walnut Creek, was first-time champions over Christ the King, Pleasant Hill, 63-46. St. Mary's, behind at half-time, 24-23, was led in the second half by Devin Payne, who scored 17 points in the half, with 21 overall, to clinch the victory for St. Mary. Also, Jason Holman exhibited fine outside shooting, scoring five 3-point shots in the second half for the champions. Blair Newman Jr., scored 23 points for Christ the King.
In the Eighth Grade "A" division, Good Shepherd, Pittsburg, won over St. Edward, Newark, 54-31. Brenden Riso scored 25 points for Good Shepherd, highlighting the scoring for the "Tiger" team's third diocesan championship.
The Seventh Grade finals saw tight contests with Holy Rosary, Antioch, winning the "A" division over St. Joseph, Pinole, 39-35. Holy Rosary was sparked by Dominic Pinto who scored 23 points overall. Lead scorer for St. Joseph was Adam Campos, scoring 22 points from the center position. In the "AA" division, St. John Vianney, Walnut Creek, won over Santa Maria, Orinda, 37-31. Alden Friedman led SJV with 19 points.
The double-overtime final was played in the Fifth Grade "A" division, with St. Lawrence O'Toole, Oakland, winning over St. Paul, San Pablo, 50-44. St. Lawrence O'Toole was led by Milan Tuttle scoring 21, 11 points after the third quarter. Hamiel Tiongco scored 20 points for St. Paul.
Championship games and scores in the "AA" division were:
8th grade St. Mary, Walnut Creek, d. Christ the King, Pleasant Hill, 63-46
7th grade St. John Vianney, Walnut Creek, d. Santa Maria, Orinda, 37-31
6th grade St. Leander, San Leandro, d. St. John, San Lorenzo, 50-45
5th grade St. Monica, Moraga, d. All Saints, Hayward, 32-23
4th grade St. Clement, Hayward d. St. Perpetua, Lafayette, 45-43
Championship games and scores in the "A" division were:
8th grade Good Shepherd, Pittsburg, d. St. Edward, Newark, 54-31
7th grade Holy Rosary, Antioch, d. St. Joseph, Pinole, 39-35
6th grade St. Patrick, Rodeo, d. Good Shepherd, Pittsburg, 34-23
5th grade St. Lawrence O'Toole, Oakland, d. St. Paul, San Pablo, 50-44 2OT
4th grade St. John, El Cerrito, d. St. Martin De Porres, Oakland, 35-30
The Oakland Diocese Boy's CYO Basketball playoffs featured 60 CYO basketball teams from around the diocese playing in 50 games for two weekends in February and March at St. Bede Parish, Hayward; St. Joachim Parish, Hayward; and St. Elizabeth Parish, Oakland. These teams represented six participating leagues playing in CYO boys' basketball playoffs, with more than 1,000 teams and 10,000 players competing in CYO basketball this past season. There are two divisions in each grade level of playoffs, the "AA" division for the larger leagues and parishes, and the "A" division for smaller leagues or Catholic school programs.
For complete results of the games or for more information on CYO, visit the CYO website at www.oaklandcyo.org.
(Bill Ford is CYO director for the Diocese of Oakland.)
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