BURLINGAME -- Burlingame's Frankie Ferrari bounced back from the disappointment of suffering an injury and losing to his former teammates from Archbishop Riordan with the biggest scoring game of his career, a 46-point outburst in an 83-69 win over Leigh in the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs.
He was not expected to play against Leigh after spraining his ankle against Riordan.
"I looked at it as having maybe only three high school games left,'' Ferrari said. "There was no reason to miss one because of a little pain.''
Ferrari averaged 22 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals per game in leading Burlingame to a 26-5 record and Peninsula Athletic League regular-season and tournament titles. Those numbers, coupled with the grit Ferrari showed against Leigh, made him the Mercury News player of the year.
"His court sense, his work ethic ... he elevated all our guys,'' Burlingame coach Pete Harames said.
But Ferrari does not view the Leigh game as the high point of his season.
"Basketball-wise, beating Serra was pretty cool,'' the guard said of a 60-57 decision in December, "But what I enjoyed the most was spending time with the guys. We had a close-knit group. I had fun every day.''
Ferrari, who has signed a letter of intent with USF, showed off a versatile offensive repertoire. He made 99 of 276 attempts from 3-point range and was 145 of 274 on 2-point shots. He got to the foul line 136 times, making 107 (79 percent).
"He meant a lot to Burlingame,'' Sacred Heart Prep coach Tony Martinelli said. "He scored when he needed to. If he didn't need to score he got other guys involved.''
Ferrari, who plans to major in communications at USF and has the long-range goal of becoming an NCAA Division I head coach, played at Burlingame as a sophomore, at Riordan as a junior and back at Burlingame as a senior. The point guard and team leader in his two years at Burlingame, he was used as more of a 3-point specialist his junior year at Riordan, but says he has no regrets about changing schools.
"Going away helped me appreciate Burlingame, having all my close friends in the community around me," Ferrari said. "I think everything happens for a reason."
The West Catholic Athletic League player of the year averaged 22 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals per game. He shot 52 percent from the floor, 75 percent from the line and made 53 3-pointers.
The USF-bound Ferrari averaged 22 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals and made 99 3-pointers in helping the Panthers to a Peninsula Athletic League title and CCS Open Division berth.
Danny Mahoney, Serra
The sharpshooting point guard averaged 18 points per game. He made seven 3-pointers in a season-high 35-point outing against St. Francis and made five 3-pointers in the first quarter of the Jungle Game vs. St. Ignatius.
Half Moon Bay
Nuno, the player of the year in the PAL North, averaged 13.3 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists despite playing limited minutes in league due to HMB's dominance.
Jared Williams, Leigh
The co-MVP of the Blossom Valley Athletic League Mount Hamilton Division averaged 15.4 points on 57 percent shooting and 11.7 rebounds per game for the league champion Longhorms.
Burlingame, center, senior
Alex Manu, Aragon, guard, senior
Connor Peterson, Archbishop Mitty, guard, senior
Archbishop Riordan, guard, senior
Archbishop Mitty, center, sophomore
Los Altos, guard, senior
Matt McAndrews, Archbishop Mitty, guard, senior
Archbishop Riordan, forward, senior
Homestead, guard, senior
COACH OF THE YEAR
Boys honorable mention
Guard: Mo Abdulrasul, Fremont; Mohamed Ali, Gunderson; Chris Bene, Sequoia; Jalen Benitez, Prospect; Corey Cilia, Half Moon Bay; Stephen Ellis, Valley Christian; Joe Giacchetti, Leigh; Matt Hearn, Westmont; Brian Houle, Hillsdale; Jaylend Jones, Terra Nova; Julian Jones, Wilcox; James Kelbert, Leland; Cole Lockwood, Santa Clara; Kurt Lojera, Lincoln; Rey Lowe, Piedmont Hills: Kyle Morrison, Leigh; Kevin Mullin, Palo Alto; Robert Noland, Mills; Deondre Otis, SHC; JP Rindfleisch, Mitty; Christian Rita, Milpitas; Marcus Tran, Yerba Buena; Josh Verner, Leigh; Sean Watkins, Serra.
Forward: David Awolowo, Gunderson; Connor Bonfiglio, Priory; Josh Bongers, Oak Grove; Alex Frazier, St. Francis; Steven Garverick, Los Altos; Corbin Koch, Sacred Heart Prep; Liam O'Reilly, SHC; Julian Marcu, St. Ignatius; Dylan Tarpening, Bellarmine; Jase Wickliffe, Wilcox.
Center: Oliver Bucka, Menlo-Atherton; Christian Lee, Santa Clara.