BEST GAME in the NorCal Finals – College Park and Dublin put on a memorable show
GetSportsFocus.com – Two teams made history this past weekend as the Gaels of Dublin squared off against the Falcons of College Park. Junior Seb Flores was on fire for the Falcons despite fouling out before the game went in to overtime. Flores went out when he got in the way of Dublin’s big man Spencer Hollie as Hollie was en route to sinking the basket that would even up the score at 83-83. The big scorer of the whole day came from Dublin’s star player Jojo McGlaston who scored 35 points and rebounded 14 for the Gaels. A great effort for both teams making their first appearance in the CIF’s NorCal Finals.
The first three quarters belonged to the Falcons as they dominated on defense and offense stretching out the lead to as much as 13. But Dublin hang in there enough and sparked a comeback late in the final period using their size to break thru College Park defense. Eric Nielsen who had game high 17 total rebounds got more aggressive as the game went on.
Dublin took a 5 point lead early in the overtime period 90-86 after one of Nielsen’s lay up. But the sharp shooting Falcons stuck with the game plan and shot from the outside and eventually caught up with the Gaels. Mikey Eggleton’s free throw shooting was key to College Parks success. Eggleton also scored 22 points for the Falcons.
In the final minute and a half of the extra period it looked as if the momentum that had shifted in favor of the Gaels would continue until McGlaston was called for a foul while going for a loose ball mid court. McGlaston ran into Eggleton and the Dublin’s stars high school career came to an end with a little over one minute left.
Eggleton missed the first free throw but made the second one to tie it up at 90-90.
With the clock ticking down, Dublin perhaps made an error by trying to score right away. Jamir Andrews drove up the middle for a lay up but missed. College Park’s Jack Corey grabbed the rebound with 1:05 left in the extra period and passes the ball to Eggleton.
Eggleton held on to the ball until the last 10 seconds where he decided to make a quick bounce pass to his senior teammate Peter Schoemann who was wide open beyond the arc. But the thing is, Schoemann was 0 for 6 up to that point from the floor and only had one point from a free throw he made towards the end of regulation. The pass from his senior captain was enough to give Schoemann the confidence to go for it. And he made it.
Half of the Sleep Train Arena erupted as Schoemann’s three point attempt bounced off the rim and in. With 6 seconds left, Dublin had an opportunity to shoot a three but the Schoemann stole the ball out of Cameron Moses and just like that, the game was over.
College Park, the 11th seed in the CIF NorCal D-1 bracket will now be playing for the State Championship next weekend.