The Knights will play for a CIF State Championship on March 23. Whether you plan to attend the game or follow from afar, we have you covered.
The Stuart Hall varsity basketball team won its first CIF State Regional Championship on March 17, rallying from a 17-point halftime deficit to stun St. Mary's-Berkeley in overtime, 68-62.
The Knights stormed back out of the break, going on a 16-1 run to take a 51-46 lead into the final minute of regulation. But a foul on a three-point attempt and a technical foul gave St. Mary's free throws and the ball. The Panthers made 4-of-5 from the line and hit a three to pull ahead by two. Stuart Hall junior Miles Amos made a game-tying layup in the final seconds to add to his team-high 23 points. Stuart Hall outscored St. Mary's 15-9 in overtime to clinch an appearance in the Division IV State Finals on March 23 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.
Second half highlights courtesy of Ron Amos.
To get there, No. 9 Stuart Hall had to beat four much bigger schools, including No. 1 overall seed Santa Cruz High School on the road.
Stuart Hall coach Charley Johnson admits that the heart-stopping final moments reminded him of his team's triple overtime NorCal final loss to eventual D-V state champions St. Joseph Notre Dame two years ago. The Knights had a four-point lead with 20 seconds to go in the second overtime and were unable to hang on. "Now it's in the rear view mirror," Charley says. "This win has erased those memories."
@KPIXSPORTS Did you see THIS??? Final from Albany, CA D4 Norcal Boy’s Title Game Stuart Hall @sacredheartsf 68 St. Mary’s Berkeley HS 62 OT Stuart Hall was down 34-17 at the half but advances to D4 Boys State Title BB Game. @CIFState— Vern Glenn (@vernglenn) March 18, 2018
Even after saying farewell to six seniors and all but one starter from last year's team, Charley remained confident. "I can tell you with a straight face I thought we had a chance to be special," he says. "Despite limited play from seniors, we have a solid basketball IQ for a younger team."
Charley, the only varsity basketball coach in the 18-year history of Stuart Hall High School, has coached his teams to five straight NorCal state tournament appearances. "Every year that I get to coach our guys I'm honored," he says. "I don't ever take that for granted, regardless of success, but I am very happy for our school."
Over 400 students and faculty from both high school divisions will hop on buses and head to Sacramento to watch the state final against View Park High School. Charley knows that perennial success depends on outside factors such as culture and community support. "Ultimate team success is always bigger than the team."
In the Headlines:
S.F. Chronicle: SF well represented in high school basketball state championships
S.F. Examiner: Three high school basketball teams will vie for a state title
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