Led by a dynamic duo, the host Newark Memorial High boys basketball team claimed a 66-50 win over Las Lomas on Saturday in a North Coast Section Division II quarterfinal.
Guards Jo Jo Zamora (22 points) and Joey Frenchwood (19) helped Newark punch its ticket to the semifinals and a spot in the NorCal playoffs, which begin March 6. Newark could play in the newly formed Open Division or Division II -- where it was Northern California runner-ups last season.
Top-seeded Newark (21-7), which is also the defending section champion, will host No. 4 Montgomery-Santa Rosa (23-7) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Newark had an 8-6 lead after one quarter, but used a 7-0 run at the start of the second quarter to take a 15-6 lead. Frenchwood scored eight points in the second, including a 3-pointer, to end the half, giving Newark a 27-16 lead. for the game, Frenchwood hit 8 of 11 shots from the field and had five assists.
He continued that stellar play with eight points in the third.
But in the fourth, Las Lomas (17-11) chipped away. Led by Ben Wood's 28 points and five 3-pointers, the No. 9 Knights closed to within 46-42 after a 7-0 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters.
That's when Zamora took over. The senior, who went 8 of 15 from the floor, scored seven straight points including a 3-pointer with 5:23 left, to give the Cougars a 53-42 lead.
Salesian 78, St. Patrick-St.
Mariya Moore scored 19 points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out seven assists for No. 2 Salesian, which will host No. 6 Marin Catholic in Wednesday's semifinals.
The Pride led just 26-24 with four minutes, four seconds to go in the second quarter after St. Patrick-St. Vincent's Dot Bibb made two free throws. From that point to the end of the half, Salesian ran off 10 consecutive points.
Then the Pride scored the first 10 points of the third quarter before Patrice Yap finally made one of two free throws with 4:42 on the clock.
For good measure, Salesian scored the next six points for a 26-1 run.
"We just focused on running and playing hard defense and getting as many steals as we can," Moore said. "It was an elimination game, so everyone's going to come out hard."
Zoe Correal scored 15 points for the Pride and added eight rebounds.
-- Damin Esper, correspondent