men’s basketball SHP wins Crusader Classic title | New

Aidan Braccia scored 14 points, one of four players to hit double digits, helping Sacred Heart Prep beat host Riordan 57-47 in the Crusader Classic Championship game on Saturday night.

Tournament MVP Kevin Carney, Emmer Nichols and Sam Norris each added 11 points for SHP, who played without starter RJ Stephens and a few others still playing football.

The Gators (3-0) will be almost complete when they play Friday, Dec. 17 at St. Francis.

SHP was leading by two at halftime and slowly started building a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter. The Gators survived a late Riordan rally to claim victory.

Carney averaged 14.3 points on 56% of shots in a game and a best team of 2.7 steals over the three days of the tournament. He made eight 3-pointers.

Braccia and Nichols were both named to the tournament’s overall squad. Braccia averaged 14.3 points per game while Nichols averaged a double-double with 10.7 points and 10.0 rebounds. He also blocked three shots. Braccia made his 10 free throws.

JP Kerrigan made four of his seven 3-point attempts (57%) and was ranked 7 of 12 (58%) overall. Norris connected on 12 of 23 shots (52%).

Gunn wins tournament final

Rogan Gibbons hit a jumper with just under a minute left and Gunn held on to beat Cupertino 45-43 in the Cupertino tournament on Saturday.

The Pioneers tied the game with a pair of free throws at the end of the fourth quarter.

The Titans (5-1) worked the ball until Gibbons broke free just inside the top of the key, from where he pierced a jumper.

Cupertino had a few chances to level the game, but a key rebound from Ethan Chang and pressure defense kept Gunn going.

Cupertino had to commit four fouls against Gunn’s players in the last minute and never reached the bonus situation, eventually intercepting a pass with just under eight seconds left. A Pioneer player made a 3 point attempt under pressure on the buzzer and the shot fell short of rum.

Gibbons, who scored 10 points in the contest, was named all-tournament. Sam Mulkey led the team with 14 points. James Ford was 12.

Sequoia fell to Bellarmine 77-44 in another tournament.

Out of league

Rostand Olama Abanda scored 14 points, but the defending West Bay Athletic League champion Priory fell at Homestead 51-49 on Saturday. Caleb Huffman scored 12 points and Tayo Sobomehin added 10.

In other games, St. Francis beat Moreau Catholic 63-56 at the Oscar Frayer Memorial, Palo Alto beat Woodside 48-27, and Los Altos edged Lynbrook 60-42.

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