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.
"The game plan was to try to tire these guys out," said Campolindo coach Matt Watson about Sacred Heart Cathedral. "I thought we did a pretty good job."
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 went on the road to beat Burlingame 58-50, El Cerrito 69-65 in overtime and Enterprise-Redding 69-52.