Boys Basketball Claims Second Place in NCS After Falling to Moreau Catholic

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Jose Carlos Fajardo

Ryan Anderson (10) and Enzo Jiannatone (32) defend the basket against a barreling Terrell Brown (12). Brown notched 24 points on the night, as the Mats were unable to slow down the pace and athleticism of the Mariners. Miramonte, a three seed in the Division III playoffs, made a stellar run in the playoffs to secure second place in NCS.

Xavier Clark, Staff Writer

When Moreau’s Catholics junior guard Damari Milstead threw a lob pass to senior forward Oscar Frayer and he slammed it home, it summed up the dynamic of the one-sided affair. The Mariners shot the top off the ball, hitting 11 first half threes, many of which were three to four feet behind the three-point line, on their way to a 98-67 victory.

Moreau’s guards took over the game. Damari Milstead (35) and San Jose St-bound Terrell Brown (23) combined for 58 points. Milstead proved he could knock down the three ball as well as drive in the lane and finish through contact.

Milstead, who overwhelmed the Mats offensively, has six offers from colleges, including Cal and Washington. Milstead isn’t the only standout on the Moreau Catholic team, as four out of their five starters are committed or will be going to a Division I school for basketball.

Both seniors Ryan Anderson and Eddy Ionascu proved that they could compete with the best. They had 21 points apiece. Anderson scored a majority of his points through lay ups and attacking the rim. Ionascu once again showed his versatility, hitting jumpers and driving to the hoop. In the end, the Matadors couldn’t dig themselves out of the hole they put themselves into in the first half.

This Saturday the Matadors will take on Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory of San Francisco in the first round of the Division III state playoffs. Although the Irish went 4-10 in league, they are still a solid team and the Matadors can’t overlook them.

“Sacred Heart is a very good team and they play in arguably the best league in the state,” said assistant coach Steve Dyer.