March 19, 2011
O'Dowd giants too much for El Cerrito in boys D-III NorCal final

Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland's height and length were too much for El Cerrito today as the Dragons defeated the Gauchos 50-32 to repeat as CIF Northern California Regional Division III boys basketball champions at Power Balance Arena.

O'Dowd's junior front-line duo of 6-foot-9 Brandon Ashley and 6-7 Richard Longrus helped to limit El Cerrito to 26 percent shooting (11 of 43) from the floor and forced 23 turnovers.

Kendall Jackson led O'Dowd (25-6) with 11 points; Ashley had nine points and eight rebounds. Jabri Jenkins led El Cerrito (25-8) with 10 points.

El Cerrito upset top-seeded Sacramento 63-51 in last Saturday's semifinals.

O'Dowd will face La Verne Lutheran at next Saturday's 2:45 p.m. D-III state championship game at Power Balance. La Verne Lutheran defeated La Canada 57-46 in today's Southern California Regional final at USC's Galen Center.

-Bill Paterson



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