Dublin High boys basketball coach Tom Costello was more tense than usual at school on Wednesday. His team had a chance to clinch its first league championship in 40 years, and it was affecting him around his co-workers.
Consider the weight lifted. JoJo McGlaston scored 31 points and Jamir Andrews added 21 as the Gaels pulled away from host Campolindo late for a 91-75 victory to clinch the Diablo Foothill Athletic League championship.
Dublin's last league title came in 1973 when it won the East Bay Athletic League crown.
"Man, that's a long time ago -- 40 years," has become a mantra for the Gaels, according to Costello.
Dublin (20-3, 10-0 DFAL) used strong second and fourth quarters to pull away from a gutty Campolindo team. The Cougars (16-7, 7-3) had five players in double figures, led by Walter Brennan's 13 points. However, Matt O'Reiley was held to three points by Cameron Moses, one of the keys to the game, according to Costello.
Another key was Spencer Hollie's 11 rebounds, as well as Devin Koeplin's 12 points -- all in the second half.
Costello said Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti pointed out to him that the team hadn't won a league title in 40 years. Costello and his coaching staff then had to decide whether to make it a goal for the Gaels.
"Do you tell the kids and throw it on their shoulders?" Costello said.
Dublin has a bye on Friday, so the team can celebrate for a few days. However, now there's another
K.C. Waters became the first Bishop O'Dowd player in girls program history to reach 1,000 rebounds in a career as the Dragons handled Hayward 63-16. The Cal-bound senior forward grabbed 11 rebounds in the victory. She reached the 1,000-point mark earlier in the season.
Campolindo 2, Dougherty Valley 1: The host Cougars bolstered their chance for a high seed in next week's North Coast Section Division II playoffs with a comeback win over the Wildcats.
Trailing 1-0, Campolindo (15-6-2, 7-3-1 DFAL) equalized on a Seth Kofman goal in the 32nd minute. Kyle Gavce then scored the game-winner on a rebound in the 64th minute.
Campolindo beat Las Lomas 2-1 on Jan. 30 but lost 2-1 to Alhambra two days later to dash its faint DFAL title hopes. Acalanes clinched the league title last week.
"Last week was probably our two worst performances," Campolindo coach Shane Carney said. "This week we talked a out this being a big game to show how we wanted to play in the playoffs."
Dougherty Valley's goal came in the seventh minute from Anoop Gala -- his 22nd goal of the season. The Wildcats (8-8-2, 4-6-1) could have become eligible for the Division I playoffs with a victory, but they can still become eligible with a win or tie against Las Lomas on Friday.
-- Matt Smith, correspondent