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One evening, two venues: How Sacred Coronary heart Prep defeat Oakland Tech to get to NorCal D-I semifinal

ATHERTON — It guaranteed pays to have great neighbors, folks you can call in a pinch to preserve the working day.

So it was for Sacred Heart Prep on Thursday evening.

A electric power outage turned the Atherton school’s fitness center dim early in the 3rd quarter of its NorCal Division I boys basketball quarterfinal versus Oakland Tech.

Not able to continue, Sacred Heart Prep directors named their upcoming-doorway neighbor, Menlo University, to see if they could entire the video game there.

For whichever rationale, the lights did not go out at Menlo, wherever the school’s women team was ending off a Division II victory in excess of Caruthers.

Sacred Coronary heart Prep and Oakland Tech produced the two-minute push down Valparaiso Ave., warmed up and finished a strange night time just after an 80-additionally minute delay.

Primary by 9 when the game adjusted websites, best-seeded Sacred Coronary heart Prep held on for a 77-70 victory to advance to the semifinals at residence Saturday evening against 13th-seeded Clovis North.

“That’s just one to bear in mind, for absolutely sure,” Sacred Heart Prep senior Aidan Braccia explained.

Additional SHP coach Tony Martinelli, “You fight so challenging to get household courtroom and you conclude up on your rival’s courtroom.”

Braccia scored 28 factors — 22 in Menlo’s gym — Emmer Nichols additional 18 points and Sachit Sinha finished with 14 points to direct Sacred Heart Prep.

Omar Staples led the way for eighth-seeded Oakland Tech with 19 details.

Sacred Coronary heart Prep (25-4) held a 36-29 edge at halftime and pushed the benefit to 38-29 on a basket by Sinha.

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Times later, 50 % of the lights and the scoreboards stopped doing the job.

“I was a little perplexed at very first,” Braccia mentioned. “I just imagined the mild change went off or something and they would go ideal again on. Clearly, that did not occur. Certainly, there were some blackouts.

“Wishing everybody who was in people blackouts that they are safe and healthy and a big thank you to Menlo, our rival. Quite funny. Massive thank you to them and their directors for permitting us occur to engage in here. And a large thank you to Mr. (LJ) Quattlebaum, our head of learners, and our Ad, Mr. (Frank) Rodriguez, for figuring this all out. I know it was a demanding evening.”

Menlo women mentor John Paye didn’t know what was occurring as spectators from SHP began arriving as his team’s match was ending.

“We considered Sacred Coronary heart Prep didn’t pay their electrical monthly bill,” Paye claimed, tongue-in-cheek. “Anyway, it was wonderful to get far more recognition for our team. We’re very good neighbors.”

Even the transfer to Menlo did not go effortlessly.

Oakland Tech’s bus could not get out of the Sacred Coronary heart Prep parking good deal, so Rodriguez experienced to hustle back again to the college to support.

“Yeah, we obtained trapped around there at the rear of the gate,” Oakland Tech coach Karega Hart claimed. “We’re gritty, we’re rough. We have been just striving to figure out a way to persevere as a result of any form of impediment. Which is what we try to educate them as young men. Not give up and hold pushing ahead.”

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Oakland Tech players arrive at Menlo College to go on their recreation Thursday evening towards Sacred Coronary heart Prep following the lights went out at SHP. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Location Information Group) 

Oakland Tech (23-5) kept battling even as the deficit widened to double digits. In a physical recreation that still left some SHP players, like Nichols, bloody, Oakland Tech got as near 71-65 with 1:10 remaining.

The Bulldogs had a opportunity to slim the margin even extra following SHP skipped two totally free throws.

But a blocked shot, followed by 4 consecutive SHP foul pictures finished any hope Oakland Tech had to total the comeback.

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