MORAGA -- The two best boys basketball teams in Northern California might have squared off in Tuesday's Open Division Northern California regional semifinal at Saint Mary's College.
Top-seeded Salesian High, riding a 20-game winning streak, rallied from a 12-point second half deficit but fell in overtime to Sheldon-Sacramento 63-59.
The Pride (30-4), the defending Division IV state champions, also had a one-point lead with two minutes left in overtime.
A floater by Sheldon's Antonio Lewis gave the Huskies (27-5) the lead with 1:35 left and they led 62-59 when Darin Johnson missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free-throw opportunity with 16 seconds left.
Salesian rebounded and Cal-bound Jabari Bird, a McDonald's All-American, was hacked on a game-tying 3-point attempt. A foul wasn't called and Sheldon held on to win.
Bird finished with 23 points and also topped the 2,000 career point mark in the final game of his high school career. His career ends with 2,023 points.
The Pride led 53-47 with 4:18 left in regulation when Jermaine Edmonds Jr. hit a 3.
Sheldon tied it with a 6-0 run and it was tied again when the Huskies had the ball and called time out with 12.4 left to set up a final play. But Sheldon didn't get a shot off before the shot clock expired to set up overtime.
Everything went right in the first half for the Huskies, the defending NorCal Division I champions.
Johnson drained three 3-pointers in the
But Bird kept Salesian in the game. He scored nine in the first quarter, including the Pride's final six points. A three-point play in the closing seconds trimmed Sheldon's lead to 22-16.
Salesian pulled within four in the second quarter when Edmonds hit a 3 from the top of the key. But the Huskies responded with an 8-0 run to make it 32-20.
Sheldon took the momentum in the locker room at halftime when Lewis banked in a contested 35-foot shot at the buzzer to make it 35-24.
Salesian gained some momentum when Bird delivered a reverse dunk off a lob pass from Edmonds and later had a fastbreak dunk.
That all helped ignite a 14-3 run over the final 3:40 of the quarter, which Salesian capped when Bird delivered a left-hand putback dunk near the buzzer to make it 44-42 Sheldon.
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