For the second straight game, the West Alameda County Conference Foothill Division showdown between Top 10-ranked teams came down to a last-second shot Friday.
This one just beat the buzzer.
Junior Maile took an inbounds pass underneath his own basket with 5.6 seconds left, drove the length of the court and scooped in a layup just before the horn, lifting ninth-ranked San Leandro to a 54-52 home win over No. 5 Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland.
On Jan. 9, O’Dowd’s Iniko McNeil made a driving layup with five seconds left to beat San Leandro 52-50.
On Friday, McNeil came to the rescue again and looked like he could get the Dragons (13-7, 5-1) to overtime.
After a follow shot by Ciri Sawyer gave San Leandro a 52-49 lead, McNeil converted a three-point play with 49.2 seconds left. A steal by Ryzon Norris gave the Dragons what looked like the final shot.
But an offensive foul with 5.6 seconds left gave San Leandro (18-4, 6-1) just enough time for Maile to go the distance. He finished with 12 points.
Keshad Johnson led the Pirates with 12 points, and T.J. Kilgore, Lawrence Long and Sawyer combined for 25 points. William Chavarin had 17 points and McNeil 14 for the Dragons.
Crush in the Valley Basketball Showcase: Nine of the nation’s top players and two of the country’s top teams will be featured during a nine-game showcase Saturday at Solano College in Fairfield.
Unbeaten Salesian-Richmond (23-0), ranked 11th nationally by MaxPreps, takes on No. 36 Clark-Las Vegas (18-2) in the last game of the night, scheduled at 8:30. Clark, led by 6-foot-7 guard Jalen Hill (17.9 points per game), lost 71-69 to Wasatch Academy-Mt. Pleasant (Utah), ranked fifth nationally, on Monday.
“Clark is really, really good,” Salesian coach Bill Mellis said. “We’ll have our hands full.”
The showcase features both academy schools and high school teams that play for state championships. Games featuring high school teams: Antelope versus Berkeley (11:30 a.m.); Stuart Hall against Vanden-Fairfield (1 p.m.); Marshall County-Benton, Ky., against St. Patrick-St. Vincent of Vallejo (2:30 p.m.); Sacramento versus St. Joseph Notre Dame-Alameda (4 p.m.); and Bishop O’Dowd against Coronado-Henderson, Nev. (5:30 p.m.).
Prolific Prep-Napa, which features four national recruits, including seniors Ibrahima Diallo and Pierra Crockrell Jr. and juniors Zach Harvey and Nimari Burnett, plays Bella Vista College Prep-Scottsdale, Ariz., at 7 p.m.
Football changes? Pending a final vote on March 29, the 2019 North Coast Section football playoffs will see some major changes, including pairing down the number of teams by approximately 25 percent.
During a board of managers meeting in Walnut Creek, it was proposed that there no longer be any 16- or four-team brackets, with the NCS instead stocking seven eight-team brackets, all based on competitive equity.
The CIF, the state’s governing body, has announced that no second-place section teams will advance to its football playoffs. Thus, NCS had to adjust. The past two seasons, the section’s four-team Open Division advanced two teams.
Max Preps senior writer Mitch Stephens, who contributed to this report, covers high school sports for The San Francisco Chronicle.
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