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San Marin Beats Center, Advances to NorCal Semifinals

From Hank Moroski Gym on the San Marin campus, it's the host Mustangs vs. Center High of Antelope

Live from Novato, it's San Marin High boys basketball. Tonight the Mustangs (29-4) take on Center High of Antelope in the quarterfinals of the CIF Northern California Division III tournament. This story will be updated periodically during the game. Hit refresh often!

6:25 p.m.: The gym has been packed for the past 30 minutes and the doors have been shut. If you aren't here now, it's too late!

6:30 p.m.: The principal got on the microphone to ask people to scoot together to make more room for people in the seats. It's jammed. Still 29 minutes until tipoff.

6:45 p.m.: Both teams are now warming up on the court. Still 14 minutes to tipoff. Reminder that the game is being shown live on NPAT, Comcast Channel 30. Unbelievable effort from those guys getting the live feed ready. There's a separate press table for all their gear and "on-air talent" -- Kevin Conklin & crew. Great to have them aboard.

6:51 p.m.: Getting ready for the national anthem from the San Marin High jazz choir and the cast of "Oklahoma," which starts next month at the school's Emily Gates Center.

6:58 p.m.: When I got here around 5:30, the line was at least 200 people deep and there were at least 300 people inside already. Crazy.

6:59 p.m.: Buzzer has sounded and introductions are about to begin.

7:12 p.m.: Tipoff, and a 2-pointer by Jimmy Burrows. SM 2-0.

SM 2-1. Foul shot Center.

SM 4, Center 1. Wesonga tipin.

SM 6, Center 1. Glennon jumper.

SM 8, Center 1. Wesonga rebound & tipin. Timeout Center. 4:43 left in 1st Q.

SM 10, Center 1. Wesonga bucket & fouled. Misses free throw.

SM 10, Center 3. 3:56 1st Q

SM 12, Center 3. Wesonga rebound & tipin.

SM 12, Center 5.

SM 14, Center 5. Jimmy Burrows.

SM 14, Center 8. 3-pointer by Clements.

SM 14, Center 11. Haysbert jumper.

SM 14, Center 14. Smith 3-pointer. 1:33 left in 1st Q.

END FIRST QUARTER

(Wesonga has 8 of SM's 14 points and 4 rebounds)

SM 16, Center 14. Wesonga rebound & tipin.

16-16. Smith jumper.

Center 18, SM 16. Smith jumper .. .first lead for Center. 5:12 left in 2nd Q.

Center 20, SM 16. Parker layin. Timeout San Marin, 4:27 left in 2nd Q.

Center 20, SM 18. Wesonga rebound & short jumper.

SM 20, Center 20. Zirkle 2 foul shots.

Center 23, SM 20. Smith 3-pointer.

Center 23, SM 22. Wesonga short jumper.

SM 24, Center 23. Wesonga jumper under basket & fouled, 44 seconds left in 2nd Q.

SM 25, Center 23. Wesonga makes foul shot.

SM 25, Center 24. Parker free throw.

HALFTIME, San Marin 25, Center 24.

Halftime notes: Wesonga has 17 points and 10 rebounds for San Marin. Burrows 4 points, Glennon 2 points, Zirkle 2 points. For Center, Christopher Smith 10 points, Kenneth Parker 5 points, Devon Taubodo 4 points, Alonzo Clements 3 points, Chad Haysbert 2 points.

San Marin will have to hit some shots from the outside and relieve the pressure on Wesonga down low to pull away. Strong defensive effort thus far by the Mustangs; Center has missed a ton of shots and hasn't really found a groove yet.

Second half under way, 7:50 p.m.

Center 26, SM 25. Taubodo drive & jumper.

SM 27, Center 26. Burrows layin and fouled. Misses foul shot.

Center 28, SM 27. Haysbert layin. 6:14 left in 3rd Q.

SM 29, Center 28. Burrows layin from Wesonga assist.

Center 30, SM 29. Andrew Zan jumper.

SM 31, Center 30. Glennon credited 2 points on goaltending call on Center.

31-31. Haysbert foul shot.

SM 33, Center 31. Seavey foul shots. 3:50 left in 3rd Q.

SM 35, Center 31. Wesonga rebound & putback.

SM 35, Center 33. Haybert bucket.

35-35, Haybert bucket. 2:20 left in 3rd Q.

SM 36, Center 35. Glennon foul shot.

SM 39, Center 35. Glennon 3-pointer.

SM 39, Center 38. Almazan 3-pointer.

END 3RD QUARTER

Wesonga held to 1 point in the quarter, has 18 points.

SM 41, Center 38. Zirkle layin after Zirkle block and pass from Wesonga.

SM 43, Center 38. Triantafyllos layin. Timeout Center. 6:23 left in 4th Q.

SM 45, Center 38. Wesonga jumper.

SM 45, Center 40. Zan jumper.

SM 47, Center 40. Wesonga foul shots. 5:10 left in 4th Q.

SM 47, Center 42. Haysbert jumper.

SM 49, Center 42. Glennon jumper.

SM 49, Center 45. Smith 3-pointer.

SM 51, Center 45. Triantafyllos layin.

SM 53, Center 45. Zirkle juke and layin. 3:01 left in 4th. Timeout Center.

SM 56, Center 45. Seavey 3-pointer, Zirkle assist. 2:00 left in 4th Q.

SM 56, Center 47. Haysberg rebound & putback. 1:41 left in 4th Q.

SM 56, Center 50. 3-pointer.

SM 56, Center 52. Haysbert bucket. Timeout Center (final), 1:15 left in 4th Q.

Zirkle fouled, 1:11 left. Misses front end of 1-and-1.

SM 56, Center 55. Taubodo 3-pointer.

SM 58, Center 55. Glennon layin, 36 seconds left in 4th Q

Glennon fouled, 28.8 seconds left. Misses both shots.

Wesonga fouled. At line, misses both.

SM 60, Center 55. Wesonga fouled on a rebound, at line with 11.6 seconds left. Makes both.

Seavey rebounds ball, is fouled with 3.6 seconds left.

SM 61, Center 55. Seavey makes one foul shot, misses second.

Center misses shot at buzzer.

FINAL: San Marin 61, Center 55.

San Marin plays at 7 p.m. Saturday at Redwood High against a team to be determined.

Dick Steinbach March 11, 2011 at 06:11 AM
Congrats Mustangs cheers to Craig Pitti
Dick Steinbach March 11, 2011 at 06:12 AM
...and thanks to Brent Ainsworth for keeping us informed in the moment
Hayward Youth Academy March 11, 2011 at 07:07 AM
Thank you for the play by play---Great work San Marin Hs
Brent Ainsworth March 11, 2011 at 07:54 AM
Yes, I'll even accept compliments from my neighbors.
Dennis Lindsey March 11, 2011 at 02:02 PM
Brent, Your moment to moment updates were great, but the television broadcast was very well done. Novato Public Access Television did a wonderful job of covering the game. Congratulations San Marin. Dennis

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