SACRAMENTO -- There are NBA and college players who have struggled trying to make shots in the challenging setting of Sleep Train Arena, but 17-year-old Michael Oguine of West Hills Chaminade calmly and confidently made big shots Friday night in the Division III state championship game.
The 6-foot-2 junior guard scored 20 of his 26 points in the first half in Chaminade's 71-51 victory over San Anselmo Sir Francis Drake. He made three of five shots from three-point range and had 13 rebounds.
"He was phenomenal," said Chaminade Coach Todd Wolfson.
Last week, in the regional final against Santa Margarita, Oguine scored 32 points and made the buzzer-beater three-pointer to send Chaminade to Sacramento. It's clear in the last two games, he has become a bona fide star. He helped the Eagles (27-6) overcome the absence of 6-8 Jack Williams, who sat out Friday's game because of illness.
"He's carried us for four years," Oguine said. "He's carried us the whole season. When we found out he wasn't going to play, it was tough. My coach tells me, 'You have to rise to the occasion. Big players make big plays in big games.' That's what I tried to do. I've never played in two bigger games in my life. I had to step up, give my all, leave nothing on the floor."
What the game turned out to be was a sneak peek at the Eagles for 2015, with underclassmen such as Oguine, 6-10 Trevor Stanback and 6-8 Jake Porath asked to assume increased roles. Stanback had 12 points. And senior guard Justin Eisen contributed 15 points and provided court leadership.
Trevor John of Danville Monte Vista tied the Division I final state record by making six three-pointers, and the Mustangs (32-1) made 11 of 16 shots from three-point range to knock off Corona Centennial, 66-55, in a final between two first-time participants. John finished with 23 points.
John, a Cal Poly commit, made five threes in the first quarter. Monte Vista made eight of nine in the first half. Centennial (29-4) was never able to force enough turnovers to create the kind of quick pace the Huskies enjoy.
Sedrick Barefield scored 16 points and Deontae North and Jordan Griffin had 14 apiece for Centennial.
Altadena Renaissance (24-8) shot 25% from the field and was two for 18 from three-point range in losing to Alameda St. Joseph Notre Dame, 57-32, in the championship game.
The Wildcats had trouble dealing with 6-7, 240-pound Temidayo Yussuf, who scored 21 points and had 16 rebounds. St. Joseph shot 61% from the field. Yussuf is one of four players in Sacramento this weekend who have signed with Long Beach State.
"Hopefully, we can all come to Long Beach with a ring," Yussuf said.
Junior guard Marquise Mosley finished with 12 points for Renaissance.