It was one of those days, both teams claimedafter St. Ignatius’ resounding 65-45 West Catholic Athletic League win over Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Bruce-Mahoney game at Haas Pavilion on Tuesday night.
It was a remarkable shooting night for St. Ignatius 6-foot-2 senior point guard Wrenn Robinson, who drilled five three-pointers, made 9 of 13 shots overall — many under heavy duress — en route to a game-high 25 points.
“I played here as a kid at Cal camps,” Robinson said. “It love it here. It brought back a lot of good memories.”
It was even more memorable for 6-9 wing Neal Begovich, whose father Dan played at Cal in the late 1970s. Dan died nine years ago Monday.
Begovich, who is committed to Stanford, drilled four three-pointers, scored 21 points and added 11 rebounds and five blocks.
The one-two punch of Robinson and Begovich was too much to overcome for Sacred Heart Cathedral (8-5, 1-2 West Catholic Athletic League), which made 30 percent of its shots and was not in it after a 20-4 St. Ignatius run starting late in the first quarter.
The Irish, who got 10 points from Cedric Reed, had been playing superbly for more than a couple of weeks before Tuesday’s game, which was moved from its normal site at USF because of renovations to Memorial Gym.
The Bruce-Mahoney Trophy, currently owned by Sacred Heart Cathedral, will be decided in the first baseball game played between the two teams in the spring.
“It just wasn’t our night,” Sacred Heart Cathedral coach Sean MacKay said. “Those shots (by Wrenn and Begovich) broke our backs and we couldn’t make a basket. But we’ll live to play another day.”
Besides his shot-making, Wrenn also controlled tempo. His dribble-drive and no-look dish to Begovich for an uncontested layup at the end of the third quarter put a bow on this one.
#12 Sacred Heart Cathedral 61, #15 St. Ignatius 54: Talo Li-Upersa went to the free-throw line with three seconds left in the biggest regular-season game of the year down two. She needed to make both shots to give her team life.
“I definitely felt the pressure on my shoulders,” she said. “This is a big place and playing SI is really big. But I practice free throws all the time. I had to make them for my team.”
Li-Uperesa (game-high 17 points) swished both to send the game into overtime, in which the Irish dominated, scoring nine of the first 11 to pull out the back-and-forth affair.
The Irish (7-5, 2-0) seemed in control for three quarters, but St. Ignatius (11-4, 1-1) turned up the heat, forced 11 turnovers and opened the fourth on a 12-2 run to take a 46-42 lead. Carmela Marquez hit a three-pointer to close to 46-45 with 2:11 left.
The Wildcats missed three straight free-throw tries, before Sabrina Ma (12 points) made one to give them a 47-45 lead with 6.7 seconds left. “We were giving up the ball and seemingly falling apart, but I just told the girls to hang in there,” SHC coach LyRyan Russell said.
Li-Uperesa, a 5-11 wing, scored 15 of her points by midway through the third quarter before tweaking an ankle. Da’myiah Lewisscored six in the third and overtime and finished with 15 points. Dylan Kimora Benitz also had 10 points, including five free throws in six attempts in overtime.
Rachel Harvey had 11 points and Angie McAdams added 10 points — all after halftime — for the Wildcats. The team’s leading scorer and rebounder Maddie Ennis (nine points, 12 rebounds) fouled out midway through the fourth quarter.
MaxPreps senior writer Mitch Stephens covers high school sports for The San Francisco Chronicle.
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