Remarkable seasons for Salesian and El Cerrito come to an end after losses Friday

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Remarkable seasons for Salesian and El Cerrito come to an end after losses Friday

The Salesian girls and El Cerrito boys varsity basketball teams saw their remarkable seasons come to an end Friday following losses in the 2015 CIF Northern California Open Division State Championships.

El Cerrito (29-4), which this year won its first North Coast Section title since 2003, was credited by the Sacramento Bee for showing no quit in its 78-75 loss to Folsom (29-4).

The Gauchos were commended for their “physicality and quickness” and refusal to go down easily.

“The room temperature in the cramped gym mirrored the game action that was at times frenetic and fun to the wire,” the Bee writer noted.

Meanwhile, the Salesian girls varsity basketball team, the NCS Division IV champs, had an even taller order in their match-up Friday against St. Ignatius-San Francisco. The Pride (28-4)  fell to the Wildcats (22-6) 74-60 at Albany High, according to the Contra Costa Times.

Kian McNair had an impressive 30 points and Minyon Moore added 16, but the Times also noted St. Ignatius was “too big and too experienced” and included a 6-foot-1 center.

“We played very hard,” Salesian coach Stephen Pezzola told the Times. “We played in-your-face defense, which we always do, but we were a little bit too short and a little bit too late to put any pressure on in the first half.”

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