AMERICAN CANYON -- The Campolindo High boys basketball team pushed No. 1 seed Sacred Heart Cathedral-San Francisco to the brink before falling 55-52 in overtime in the Northern Regional Division III title game at American Canyon High.
"We are looking at it with some regret because of how close we came to pulling this off, but it was a good run," said Campolindo's Andrew Zolintakis, who scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.
The 10th-seeded Cougars (22-9) trailed 44-39 after three quarters, but Zolintakis scored five straight points to tie it in the fourth. The Cougars held the Fightin' Irish without a point for the first 4 minutes, 18 seconds of the fourth quarter.
Campolindo took a 49-46 lead with 49 seconds left in regulation on a 3-pointer by Jack Evans, but Sacred Heart Cathedral (21-11) tied it with a 3-pointer by Khalil James with 32 seconds to play. Both teams missed 3-pointers, and the game went into the four-minute overtime.
The Cougars took a 52-49 lead on three free throws by Zolintakis, but Sacred Heart Cathedral took the lead 53-52 behind two inside baskets from Liam O'Reilly. Herman Pratt IV scored the final points with two free throws with 1.0 seconds left in OT.
Evans had 16 points for Campolindo to lead all scorers. Justin Dunn also reached double digits for the Cougars with 10 points, all in the first half. Chris Hansen had a game-high six rebounds for Campolindo.
James paced Sacred Heart Cathedral with 14 points. O'Reilly and DeOndre Otis added 13 and 10 points, respectively.
The loss ended an impressive run in the NorCal playoffs for the Cougars, who beat Burlingame 58-50, El Cerrito 69-65 in overtime and Enterprise-Redding 69-52.
St. Joseph Notre Dame 50, Capital Christian-Sacramento 36: The Pilots added to their impressive resume by defeating the Cougars in the NorCal Division V final.
The Pilots, led by junior center Temidayo Yussuf's 18 points and 17 from sharp-shooting sophomore Marcus Harris, upped their record total to nine regional titles with a third consecutive championship. They have won four NorCal titles over the last five years.
St. Joseph Notre Dame coach Don Lippi believes his team is peaking at the perfect time.
"This has been happening over the last seven games," Lippi said. "We've learned to cut down on turnovers, play hard and share the ball."
The Pilots (25-11) will face Horizon Christian-San Diego in the state championship game at noon Friday at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. St. Joseph won the state Division V championship in 2011 and was runner-up in 2009 and 2012.
Saturday's game pitted the top-seeded Pilots and the No. 2 Cougars (26-5), led by heavily recruited football player Nifae Lealao Jr., a 6-foot-6 junior center.
The Pilots salted away the win by making 11 straight free throws over the final 2:49 of the fourth quarter.
St. Joseph's Justin Brown, Lamont Banks and Yussuf combined for 20 rebounds.
-- Matt Schwab