(CBS SF) — San Francisco’s Mission High School boys basketball team continued its incredible run Saturday night in Fairfield. The Bears beat host Vanden 72-68 to win the Division III NorCal Title and advance to the state championship next Friday in Sacramento.
Mission becomes the first San Francisco public school to win a NorCal Title since 2001 and is attempting to become the first team to take it one step further and win a state title in basketball.READ MORE: UPDATE: Victim, Suspect Identified In Fatal Oakland Park Shooting in Front of Children
“When I got here twelve years ago that was always the goal to build something that the city can be proud of and I think we’re here,” Mission head coach Arnold Zelaya told KPIX sports reporter Vern Glenn in the locker room following the Bears win.READ MORE: COVID: Youth, Adult Multi-Team Sports Can Resume In Alameda Co., Berkeley
Vanden cut Mission’s lead to one in the final minute, but Bears senior guard Niamey Harris converted on a three-point play to help put the game away. Harris led Mission with 23 points.
“We bringing it home. I don’t want my city to lose. We got too many L’s, I wanted to bring it home for everybody,”Harris said while mobbed on the court by Mission supporters after the game.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Missing San Francisco Girl Found Safe In Pittsburg With Michigan Runaway
The Bears are now 34-1 this season. They’ll face Villa Park of Orange County on Friday at the Golden One Center in Sacramento.