SoCalHoops CIF State Tournament News
D-IV Boys Final: Tamalpais Beats
St. Bernard at the Buzzer--(Mar. 20, 2000)
Tamalpais Red-Tailed Hawks 61, St. Bernard Vikings 60--Chrismen Oliver led Playa del Rey St. Bernard to what everyone thought was a win. . . except it wasn't. . . St. Bernard, a team with no one taller than 6'-4" had the game won until 0.03 showed on the clock. That was when Tamalpais center Jair Veldhuis (6'-10" Sr. C) tipped in a missed Tamalpais shot at the buzzer to give the Red-Tailed Hawks a 61-60 victory in one of the most dramatic finishes in state-final history.
Jeremy White of Tam took the off-balance 15-foot jumper from the baseline that Veldhuis put back for the game-winner from high above the rim. Veldhuis' basket provided Tamalapais (33-2) its only points of the final 3 minutes 15 seconds. Brandon Williams scored a game-high 25 points for St. Bernard (26-8). The Red-Tailed Hawks held the lead for much of the game before Geoffrey Hooker followed up a missed shot with eight seconds left to put the Vikings ahead by one. After a timeout, the 6-foot-10 Veldhuis rose above the pack to tip in Jeremy White's miss, and the buzzer sounded as the ball went through the net. Michael Tabb and Bryan Defares led Tamalpais, which won its first state title, with 17 points apiece, and Defares had game highs of 12 rebounds and eight assists. Brandon Williams had 25 points for St. Bernard. Chrismen Oliver finished with 19. Tamalpais controlled the first half, but a long 3-pointer by Brandon with two seconds left tied the game, 28-28, at the break, setting up a see-saw second half that culminated in Veldhuis' dramatic tip-in. The 6-foot-10 center's tap-in of Jeremy White's miss with 0.3 seconds remaining gave the Red-tailed Hawks the California Division IV state championship. Veldhuis' move stunned a St. Bernard team which had taken the lead a mere 10 seconds earlier on a gravity-defying, 3-foot, putback by Geoffrey Hooker.
The win capped the most electrifying of Tamalpais' 33 wins this year, and it was the most exciting win in State finals history in recent memory. On a couple of occasions, the Red-tailed Hawks seemed ready to blow past St. Bernard, but despite lacking a player taller than 6'-4" the Vikings simply wouldn't go away. Tamalpais held a 28-17 lead midway through the second quarter, only to see St. Bernard hit 11 straight points to tie the game going into halftime. The last three of the half came on a 26-foot bomb from Brandon Williams, the game's leading scorer, with 3.8 seconds left. Tamalpais forward Michael Tabb finished with 17 points and eight rebounds. The Red-tailed Hawks, ranked No. 1 by Cal-Hi Sports in Division IV, had managed to stretch the lead to 5, 57-52 with only five minutes to go, far from the dominating lead that most had predicted. Williams then hit a 3-pointer at the 3:35 mark, compounded by a foul for a four-point play, made it 57-56, St. Bernard. Point guard Bryan Defares who finished with 17 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, took an offensive rebound and sliced in to widen the gap to three, but St. Bernard point guard Chrismen Oliver who finished with 19 points softly floated in a tough 8-footer over Veldhuis with 1:17 on the clock. The next possession resulted in an airball by Defares, and the Vikings got their last possession. A
fter Tamalpais forced a Viking timeout, Williams threw up a desperate 3-pointer from the right corner. That's when Hooker made what would have otherwise been a miraculous, game-winning shot. But Tamalpais immediately inbounded the ball, and ith Defares bringing it up the court, looking for a quick shot, he got the ball in the left corner to White, and with two Vikings all over him, White spun to the baseline and threw up a jumper that was off from the moment it left his hand. But nobody boxed out Veldhuis, he tapped the ball in for the win. Veldhuis finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Michael Tabb and Bryan Defares led Tamalpais, which won its first-ever state title, with 17 points apiece, and Defares added a game-high 12 rebounds and a game-high eight assists.
Visitor: St. Bernard Vikings (60)
|Total FG||1st Half||9-31||29.0||2nd Half||12-25||48.0||Game||21-56||37.5|
|3PT FG||1st Half||4-8||50||2nd Half||3-5||60.0||Game||7-13||53.8|
|Free Throws||1st Half||6-6||100.0||2nd Half||5-9||55.6||Game||11-15||73.3|
Home: Tamalpais Red-Tailed Hawks (61)
|Total FG||1st Half||1-29||37.9||2nd Half||15-31||48.4||Game||26060||43.3|
|3PT FG||1st Half||2-10||20.0||2nd Half||2-8||25.0||Gmae||4-18||22.2|
|Free Throws||1st Half||4-6||66.7||2nd Half||1-2||50.0||Game||5-8||62.5|
|Points off Turnovers||19||17||Total Rebounds||35||40|
|Second Effort Points||4||19||Team Rebounds||5||3|
|Points off Bench||3||10||Off Rebound%||36.1||45.2|
|Free throw Points||11||5||Def Rebound%||54.8||63.9|
|3pt Points||21||12||Total Rebound%||44.8||55.2|
Technical Fouls: St. Bernard Vikings, none; Tamalpais Red Tailed Hawks, none.
|St. Bernard Vikings||15||13||16||16||--60|
|Tamalpais Red Tailed Hawks||19||9||20||13||--61|
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