With the regular season title already in hand, the Knights played a gritty second half to add a tournament crown to their stellar resume.
Stuart Hall staged a huge second-half comeback in front of a boisterous crowd at Kezar Pavilion on February 9 to claim the BCL West Tournament championship with a 54-49 win over rival University.
After trailing by 17 in the second quarter, Stuart Hall put together a brilliant stretch of basketball, outscoring University 36-16 in the second half. Just last year, the Knights defied convention by coming back from a 17-point deficit in the NorCal finals to earn a trip to the CIF State Championship. "That experience helped a lot," says head coach Charley Johnson. "There was no questioning our ability to come back."
Stuart Hall will open play in the North Coast Section Tournament on February 13 as the hottest team in the region. They have won 15 straight games dating back to 2018, including a 10-0 mark in regular season league contests. "Coming out of the holidays," Charley says, "I set a goal for the team to win its next six games, and it has just kept going from there."
For Stuart Hall to win its first NCS title since 2014–15, it will have to extend the streak to 19, a feat that Charley says will require his experienced team to "stay grounded."
Second half highlights of the come-from-behind win.
Cheer on Stuart Hall in the Division V North Coast Section tournament first-round game:
When: Wednesday, February 13 at 8 p.m.
Where: Kezar Pavilion
Matchup: No. 1 Stuart Hall (24-4) vs. No. 16 The Bay School (12-13)
Follow: Official NCS bracket
In the Headlines:
S.F. Chronicle: Stuart Hall, the little school that could hit it big in basketball
S.F. Examiner: Stuart Hall comes back from down 17 to win BCL West Tournament
Prep2Prep: With 17-point comeback, Stuart Hall beats University for a third time