Thursday, March 24, 2011
State Basketball: Div. V boys, St. Bernard vs. St. Joseph Notre Dame
By Blair Angulo
CIF STATE BOYS DIVISION V
At Power Balance Pavilion, Sacramento
Matchup: Playa del Rey St. Bernard (26-8) vs. Alameda St. Joseph Notre Dame (26-8), Friday, 1:30 p.m.
How they got here: St. Bernard: beat Redlands Adventist Academy, 81-37; Flintridge Prep, 68-54; Montclair Prep, 64-53; Sierra Canyon, 61-59 to win the Southern California Regional.
St. Joseph Notre Dame: beat Ripon Christian, 53-32; Vacaville Christian, 75-71 (OT); San Francisco University, 61-43 to win the Northern California Regional.
Key Players: Super sophomore Brandon Randolph leads St. Bernard with averages of 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. Teammate Thurman Thomas, who sank the game-winner as time expired in the regional final, averages 15.7 points. St. Joseph Notre Dame captain Brendan Keane, who is heading to Northern Colorado, had 17 points and seven rebounds to get the Pilots to Sacramento.
What to expect: Don't be surprised if St. Bernard coach Reggie Morris zeroes in on Keane, a 6-10 center who has four inches on the Vikings' tallest player. The Pilots had four players with at least seven boards in the clincher last week, meaning St. Bernard will have to be aggressive in attacking the glass. This will be St. Joseph Notre Dame's sixth appearance in the state title game and first in Division V. The most recent trip came in 2009, when the Pilots fell to champion L.A. Windward, 69-53.