By Bill Paterson
Nevada-bound 6-foot-4 senior guard Marqueze Coleman had 27 points and nine rebounds and 5-9 senior guard Max Guercy added 19 points, eight rebounds and three steals in leading Bishop Alemany of Mission Hills to a 71-67 win over Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco in the CIF State Division III boys basketball championship game today at Power Balance Pavilion.
Josh Fox's free throw for Sacred Heart (28-6) tied the game 65-65 with 1:53 to play, but a basket by Coleman and two free throws by Guercy put Bishop Alemany (33-4) ahead to stay and give the Warriors their first boys state basketball title in the school's 57 years.
Fox had 19 points and seven rebounds and Taylor Johns added 13 points and 19 rebounds for Sacred Heart.
It was a rough and physical game as four players fouled out, two from each team, and two others had four fouls.
BISHOP ALEMANY-MISSION HILLS 71, SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL-SAN FRANCISCO 67
Bishop Alemany 17 15 23 16 - 71
Sacred Heart Cathedral 15 25 11 16 - 67
BA - Moffett 8, Coleman 27, Guercy 19, Henderson 12, Coleman 3, Anderson 2.
SHC - Fox 19, Johns 13, Petroni 15, James 5, Pratt 10, Otis 5.