Campolindo pulls off back-to-back upsets

March 11, 2013, 5:30 pm
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It's the most exciting time of the year in high school hoops: the CIF State Championships. I was assigned to a Division III game between the seventh seeded Burlingame Panthers, who won the first Central Coast Section boys basketball championship in school history, and the tenth seeded Campolindo Cougars, and the game lived up to all of the hype.
It was a back and forth battle throughout the first period and at the end the score was locked at eleven a piece. The second quarter proved to be a similar story with neither team leading by more than five points. At intermission the Cougars claimed a 23-18 lead.
Onto the second half and both teams still battling, and after three Campolindo held a one point lead.
In the fourth things started to get interesting. The Cougars went on a 9-0 run to start the quarter off, and it appeared they were going to runaway with the win. But the Panthers had other plans and they orchestrated a 9-0 scoring spree of their own that was capped of with a three pointer by Burlingame's Mikel Floro-Cruz to cut the deficit to 48-47 with just over three and a half to play. That would be the closest they would get though as Campolindo held off and pulled off the upset with a final score of 58-50.
On Saturday, The Cougars faced the number two seeded Gauchos of El Cerrito. Not many people gave the Cougars a chance, but they came in with the intent of winning and pulled off an unbelievable 69-65 win in overtime. The Cougars will continue their quest for the Division III title on Tuesday as they take on the Hornets of Enterprise.

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