March 23, 2013
Redondo Beach ends College Park's run with D-II boys win

College Park of Pleasant Hill's amazing run through the postseason came to an end tonight with a 54-47 loss to Redondo Union of Redondo Beach in the CIF State Division II boys basketball championship game at Sleep Train Arena.

The Falcons, a small team and a No. 11 seed at the start of the Northern California Regional playoffs, won four tough games to reach the finals. They used guile and spectacular three-point shooting to upset Chico, Mt. Eden of Hayward, St. Francis of Mountain View and, in last Saturday's NorCal final, top-seeded Dublin 93-90 in overtime.

But Redondo Beach (28-8) used its superior height and jumping ability to dominate the boards and stay comfortably ahead of the Falcons in the second half.

The SeaHawks had a 48-31 rebounding advantage, including 19-3 on the offensive end, while limiting the Falcons (26-6) to 32 percent shooting from the floor and 28 percent (7 for 25) from three-point range.

"They really attacked the glass and the was the difference in the ballgame," said College Park coach Craig Battle.

Six-foot-six sophomore forward Jeremiah Headley led the way with team highs of 19 points and 13 rebounds while Ian Fox added 11 points and Derek Biale 10.
Mikey Eggleton had 14 points and Joe DeMers 13 points and 14 rebounds for College Park.

It was both schools' first state boys basketball championship appearance. The CIF started an Open Division this season with the goal of getting new faces into the state championship tournament.

"We got a taste of it, so we want to come back," Battle said. "We like your hospitality."



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