ALAMEDA -- Temidayo Yussuf scored 16 points and Justin Brown added 11 as the host St. Joseph Notre Dame High boys basketball team hung on to beat Branson 44-41 in the Northern California Division V regional semifinals on Tuesday.

For the Bulls (20-13), Colin Joyce had a team-high 12 points.

St. Joseph overcame a slow start -- the Pilots (24-11) were called for a backcourt violation seconds after winning the opening tip -- to eventually build a 14-point second-half lead.

But the visitors did not go quietly, as consecutive baskets by Taylor Walton pulled the Bulls to within a point, 42-41, with 1:48 left in the game.

St. Joseph never trailed in the contest, but struggled to maintain a flow throughout. In terms of shooting, the Bulls actually made 16 field goals to 15 for the Pilots, with five 3-pointers to the Pilots' one.

In all, free throws made a huge impact as the Pilots went 13 of 17 from the line while the Bulls were 4 of 7.

Marcus Harris, who had the Pilots' only 3-pointer, finished with eight points, and 6-5 sophomore Lamont Banks was held to five.

For Branson, Tony Caletti came through in the clutch with three 3-pointers to account for all nine of his points. Henry Feinberg finished with eight.

St. Joseph moves on to Saturday's regional final at noon against Capital Christian at American Canyon High School.