Basketball: Bellarmine beats St. Francis, wins outright WCAL crown

MOUNTAIN VIEW — In a ceremony before its final regular-season home game Tuesday night, St, Francis honored its seniors, including one of the best players to have ever played for the school, Logan Johnson.

The Cincinnati-bound guard posed for pictures with family and his best friend, Jake Wojcik, who happened to be the star player on the opposing side Tuesday, rival Bellarmine College Prep.

“We’re brothers off the court,” Wojcik said. “But on the court we just want to battle and compete.”

Wojcik spoiled Senior Night, scoring 23 of his 29 points in the first half as Bellarmine built a huge lead on its way to an 84-70 victory that clinched the team’s second consecutive outright West Catholic Athletic League championship, a first for the school.

“We came out and proved we do deserve another WCAL title,” Wojcik said.

Bellarmine (20-3, 12-1) held a one-game lead over St. Francis late last week, but the advantage widened to two with two to play after the Bells beat Archbishop Riordan and St. Francis lost to St. Ignatius on Friday.

Already assured of no worse than a share of the league championship, Bellarmine sizzled from the start Tuesday, hitting five of its first six to grab a lead it never surrendered.

St. Francis got as close as 32-29 in the second quarter. But then Wojcik buried back-to-back 3-pointers, and the Bells would go on to close the half on a 17-3 run that widened the lead to 49-32 at the break.

Wojcik made four 3-pointers in the second quarter and six for the half.

“That doesn’t surprise me,” said Johnson, who finished with 21 points. “When you give shooters good opportunities, good looks, they’re going to knock them down. That is somebody you can’t leave open.”

St. Francis clamped down on Wojcik in the second half, but then the Bells’ other star, Kendall Stubblefield, heated up. The big guy scored 11 of his 18 points in the third quarter despite being in foul trouble much of the night.

Archbishop Mitty, 50, Valley Christian 47: Mitty kept its Central Coast Section playoff hopes alive as Riley Grigsby scored 16 points and Charles Meng added 11 points in a narrow road victory. The Monarchs can clinch a playoff spot with a win Friday in a regular-season finale at home against Sacred Heart Cathedral. A loss will end Mitty’s season.

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