SAN JOSE — Northwest Valley Conference rivals Moreau Catholic and Washington both came away with some thrilling victories in their league matchups on Monday.
The NCS’ No. 1-ranked Moreau Catholic Mariners beat Newark Memorial 62-57 to give the Mariners a one-game lead atop the league standings with two games remaining.
MVHS head coach Jim Petersen, who won his 399th game, said “That was a good win for us.”
Moreau Catholic (19-3, 8-0) trailed by nine points late in the fourth quarter.
Malik Fencl made a 3-pointer to help the Mariners close the gap and then followed with a dunk. Dana Gardner added a jump shot for Moreau Catholic to close out the game.
Fencl led the Mariners with 19 points, and Porter Green, Sam Spencer and Tobi Gebremenyo added 10 points each.
Newark Memorial (13-10, 6-2) had a 13-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and took its largest lead at 31-21 on a layup by Eric Fonseca with 2:39 left in the half.
Moreau Catholic showed its toughness in the third quarter, scoring 12 straight points to cut the deficit to 31-28 at the end of the quarter.
Gardner started the burst with a pair of free throws. After a free throw by Moreau Catholic, the Mariners’ Kevin Pagano hit a 3-pointer to tie the score at 33. Avery Turner tied the score again with two free throws with 26 seconds left in the quarter.
The Mariners led 43-41 at the end of the third quarter. The lead changed hands twice in the fourth quarter.
Washington (17-7, 6-2) had a 39-33 lead after three quarters. Malek Gardea scored 15 points and John Stone added 10 points for the Warriors. Washington got off to a hot start, scoring 10 of the first 11 points of the game.
Devon Stewart added 10 points for the Warriors.
North bound: Third-seeded Las Lomas had its biggest margin of victory in the team’s last five games, pounding visiting No. 6 Alhambra 73-44. Chris Aviles led the Knights with 19 points, and Paul Kappes added 14.
BVAL West Valley: The No. 6 Liberty Lions improved to 7-10 in the BVAL West Valley Division by beating visiting No. 3 Evergreen Valley 57-49.
North bound: No. 8 Acalanes set up a fourth-place tie with No. 9 Dougherty Valley at 9-10 in the DFAL Bay Division with a 74-60 victory over visiting Miramonte.
NEC Championship: No. 1 Bentley edged No. 5 Justin-Siena 60-57 to win the NEC. Senior Chris Hullin of Acalanes was named MVP of the eight-team tournament. Second-place Mats (12-12) got 30 points from sophomore Joey Joe and 23 from senior Dijon Sher. Bentley’s Griffin Nelson made 13 free throws in 18 attempts.
Oakland Section Division II: No. 4 Lincoln outscored visiting Golden Valley 10-1 in the final 3:30 to win 61-57. It’s the third win for the Cardinals (22-5) over the Grizzlies in the past six weeks. Golden Valley (25-5) led 55-52 with 4:30 to play when Lincoln took over. The Coyotes were led by Kyle McBride’s 24 points.
Northern California First Round: The Dublin girls won 56-53 over St. Patrick-St. Vincent in overtime to win the first round of the Division II Northern California Tournament. Junior Natalia Guillen led the Gaels with 20 points. Valeria Gomez had 15 points and five assists. Christiana Caceres added 12 points for Dublin (21-5). In the Northern California boys bracket, Pioneer’s Ryan Perkins led all scorers with 31 points as the Mustangs were upset 73-59 by No. 1 Alhambra. Pioneer finishes 10-13.