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Bay Area Saturday Section finals roundup

MORAGA, Calif. — In a game that was rough-and-tumble, the Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) boys basketball team showed a soft and compassionate heart.

After Ivan Rabb scored 29 points and grabbed 14 points and Paris Austin added 18 points in an 89-69 North Coast Section Division III title-game winner over El Cerrito, the Dragons (26-4) gave their championship medals to members of the O’Dowd girls team.

The girls, the defending CIF State Open Division champions, were barred from the NCS tournament for playing one too many games. The boys team wore T-shirts to honor the girls, who sat right behind the O’Dowd bench.

“It’s for them,” Austin said. “When they got DQ’d it hurt all of us. But it also motivated us. We’re out there to defend their title.”

The boys have won three straight, four of five and 16 NCS titles overall and now will undoubtedly be the top Northern California Open Division seed.

El Cerrito, which got 16 points each from Tyrell Alcorn and Sayeed Pridgett, along with 11 by Anthony Sullen, made it close for a half but then couldn’t hold down the 6-foot-10 Rabb, who finished things off with a couple of dunks of all-oop passes.

NCS girls: After losing three straight times to top-seed Salesian. St. Mary’s-Berkeley finally defeated the Pride when it counted most, 65-57 behind 22 points from Cal-bound Mikayla Cowlings. … Senior Breanna Alford had 21 points and Megan Reid 14 as top-seed Miramonte (Orinda) (28-1) rolled to a 94-42 D4 win over Encinal-Alameda (21-7), making its first NCS finals’ appearance.


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