Joe DeMers hit two free throws with 17.9 seconds left to lift the College Park High boys basketball team to a thrilling 56-54 win over host Newark Memorial in the Cougar Shootout on Saturday.
DeMers finished with a double-double, scoring a game-high 26 points and pulling down 12 rebounds for the Falcons (7-2).
Newark (4-4) had a couple of opportunities to tie the game or win it in the closing seconds. Joey Frenchwood missed a 3-pointer from far behind the 3-point arc with 5.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
After the ball was tipped out of bounds, the Cougars had one last chance with 2.1 seconds remaining, but Damien Banford missed a shot near the basket.
The Cougars came out firing in the third quarter, outscoring the Falcons 27-14 to erase a 20-17 halftime deficit. Matthew Thomas scored 10 points in the quarter, including a dunk right before the quarter ended. Thomas led the Cougars with 19 points.
Jeffrey Mitchell helped spark a College Park rally by scoring all seven of his points in the fourth, including a three-point play to cut the Cougars' lead to 50-46 with 4:32 left.
Kevin Crosno put College Park back in front with a 3-pointer and added a pair of free throws for a 54-51 Falcons lead with 41.4 seconds remaining, but Newark's Jordan Takayama nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game.
Monte Vista 1, San Ramon Valley 1: Arianna Zamora, Maddie Gibson, Dana Outcalt and Marissa Savoldi each scored from the penalty spot to lift the Mustangs to a 4-2 shootout victory for the Tri-Valley Classic Invitation Division championship.
Chrissy Mogannam and Morgan McGarry scored in the shootout for the Wolves after the teams had played to a 1-1 tie in regulation. The match at Danville's Mustang Soccer Complex officially counts as a tie.
Monte Vista (8-0-1) outshot the Wolves 11-4. Six of the Mustangs' shots came in the first half, but Wolves goalkeeper Zoey Bauman was more that equal to the task despite having to look into the sun in the first 35 minutes of the 70-minute game.
The game was more even than Monte Vista's shots advantage might indicate. McGarry put the Wolves ahead after taking a well-placed pass from Summer Stamates at 20 minutes. San Ramon Valley (7-0-2) was five minutes from victory when Gibson put an improbable shot inside the near post to draw the teams even at 65 minutes.
-- Mike McGreehan, correspondent