The CIF State Basketball Championships are being held this weekend with two Bay Area teams unlikely contenders for a state title.
The College Park Falcons went into the NorCal Championships with the No. 11 seed and was just happy to be in it. The Falcons had to win four games to get to the state championship game and none of those were easy. The most challenging was this past Saturday’s NorCal Championship Game with Dublin.
The Gaels were the top seed and certainly a huge favorite to win the game over the Falcons. Dublin star JoJo McGlaston had a great season and was awesome again in the final, scoring 35 points.
Park’s Peter Schoemann on the other hand was probably having the worst game of his life. Schoemann is a shooter, so when he missed his first 10 shots including nine three-point attempts, he was hanging his head.
But Schoemann showed up in crunch time. With the score tied and seven seconds left on the clock in overtime, he hoisted up yet another three-pointer. This time, the ball bounced up from the front of the rim and then through the basket for the game-winner.
The other Cinderella team in the Bay is Berkeley. The girls have a long tradition in the state tournament with their former coach Gene Nakamura. The Yellow Jackets have made it to NorCals 15 times with 11 wins.
Berkeley was the No. 12 seed in the Division I bracket this year, but unlike the College Park boys, all of the Berkeley girls’ games were won by a decent margin. The closest game was an eight-point victory. The Yellow Jackets beat Oak Ridge in the NorCal Championship Game by a comfortable 11 points.
Both teams now go to state where they will face tough opponents from Southern California. Both will be huge underdogs going into these games, but that's nothing new to either team. For Berkeley, a win would continue their long tradition of excellence. For College Park, it would be a historic first state title for the school.
Tune into Cal- Hi Sports Bay Area to see what happens.