It figured to be tight, but two games into the West Catholic Athletic League boys basketball season, there are only two unbeaten squads.
They are Riordan and Serra.
Riordan (9-3, 2-0), The Chronicle’s No. 3 team, had its second straight lopsided win in WCAL play, a 72-46 victory at No. 19 Valley Christian on Saturday. Bryce Monroe had 25 points and six assists, Je’Lani Clark added 15 points and four steals and Dominic Wilson contributed nine points and 10 rebounds for the Crusaders.
Jaydah Allen-Tovar had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Warriors (9-3, 0-2).
No. 11 Serra (9-2, 2-0) got 22 points each from Parker McDonald and Cade Rees, and Antonio Abeyta and Cooper Fitz added 12 apiece in a 78-70 win at No. 13 St. Francis (7-4, 0-2), which was missing two starters because of injury.
#1 Salesian-Richmond 57, Callaway-Jackson (Miss.) 53: The Pride (16-0), ranked 19th nationally by MaxPreps, competed a 5-0 trip with a win over the Chargers (11-6) at the Mustang Madness showcase in Puducah, Ky.
Jaden McClanahan had 14 points and JoVon McClanahan and Jaden Lazo added 11 apiece for Salesian, which earlier on its trip won a championship at the Chick-ful-A Classic in South Carolina. The Pride beat two nationally-ranked teams along the way.
“Down the stretch in virtually every game we took care of the ball and made free throws and did the little things,” Salesian coach Bill Mellis said. “The guys are playing smart and making the right decisions. This was a great trip.”
Amador Valley-Pleasanton 65, #2 Dublin 64: Jaden Sheppard hit two free throws in the final minute and scored 22 points to give the host Dons (12-3, 2-0 East Bay Athletic League) a win over the Gaels (12-2, 1-1). Amador Valley appeared in control after a 28-15 run in the second quarter, but Dublin tied it at 48-48 heading into the final quarter. Robby Beasly scored 27 points to lead the Gaels.
#5 Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland 52, #20 St. Joseph Notre Dame-Alameda 51: Iniko McNeil hit a floater in the lane to cap a 6-0 run to end the game as the host Dragons (5-4) edged the Pilots (7-6) in overtime. St. Joseph sent the game into overtime on a three-pointer from Julian Vaughns (12 points) with three seconds left. In OT, St. Joseph took a 51-46 lead, but two free throws by Brenden Patrick, a layup by William Chavarin (23 points) and McNeil’s basket brought the Dragons back. Freshman Jaylen Thompson led the Pilots with 16 points.
Sacred Heart Cathedral 51, #9 Bellarmine 38: The Irish got 16 points from Oscar Cheng, 13 by Elijah Flowers and 10 from Osin McCormack against the visiting Bells (10-2, 1-1 WCAL), who were without leading scorer Kiran Kruse and Ian Elam because of the flu.
Quinn Denker had 13 and Cole Troedson 11 for Bellarmine, which got 25 from Kruse in its WCAL opener against St. Ignatius.
No. 17 St. Ignatius 62, No. 12 Mitty 51: The Wildcats (5-6, 1-1 WCAL) got huge games from Wrenn Robinson (22 points) and Neal Begovich (19 points and 22 rebounds) to knock off the visiting Monarchs (7-5, 1-1).
#1 Mitty 81, Sacramento 54: Haley Jones had 16 points, Hunter Hernandez 14 and Ashley Hiraki added 10 as the host Monarchs (10-2) put away the Dragons (9-6) with a 39-20 second-half run.
#4 Salesian 66, Sacred Heart Cathedral 60: Angel Jackson had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks and Amira Brown added 13 points as the host Pride (8-5) defeated the Irish (6-5). Salesian led 42-28 at halftime and 54-38 heading into the fourth quarter before the Irish made a game of it. Talo Li-Uperesa scored 16 points, Dylan Benetiz had 14 points and Da’Myiah Lewis added 10 for Sacred Heart Cathedral.
Bruce-Mahoney update: The St. Ignatius and Sacred Heart Cathedral boys play in the Bruce-Mahoney game at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cal’s Haas Pavilion. The St. Ignatius and Sacred Heart Cathedral girls play at 5 p.m. The doubleheader is annually played at USF, but with War Memorial Gym in the middle of a renovation that has reduced its capacity to fewer than 4,000, the doubleheader was moved across the bay. The games typically attract more than 5,000 fans.
Max Preps senior writer Mitch Stephens covers high school sports for The San Francisco Chronicle.
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