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St. Ignatius basketball coaches on parallel paths to NorCal regional semifinals

St. Ignatius basketball coaches on parallel paths to NorCal regional semifinals

Maya Fok and Jason Greenfield share a lot in common.

Both are sophomore coaches for the St. Ignatius basketball programs. The two have adjacent coaches offices and share gym time. Both love canines.

“We both bring our dogs to training,” Greenfield said. “We are on the same page in many ways.”

The two lead their respective teams on the road at 6 p.m. Saturday against second seeds in the CIF Northern California Division I Regional Semifinals after winning back-to-back games at home this week.

The fourth-seeded SI boys (22-7) played their best game of the year on Thursday in a 53-38 quarter-final win over Lincoln-Stockton 90 minutes after the third-seeded girls (20 -6) got two free throws from Sabrina Ma in the dying seconds to force overtime before winning 54-50 over Vanden-Fairfield.

Fok and the SI girls travel to second-seeded St. Mary’s-Stockton (21-7), winner of the quarter-final 50-46 over Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa, while Greenfield and the boys play Inderkum- Sacramento (28-2), who managed a very strong Granada-Livermore team 83-69 behind 39 points from Derrick Claxton, a 6-foot-5 winger.

“Inderkum is averaging 82 points per game, loves to run and plays high-pressure defense,” Greenfield said. “We might need to run more sprints (Friday) in training.”

Then again, if the Wildcats play like they did on Thursday, Inderkum will be running defensively. Lincoln, who averaged 72.9 points per game, barely got half that because the Wildcats worked their offense effectively and then hit nearly 60% of their tries.

And the best part, according to Greenfield? “We didn’t take a single bad hit.”

And he means it. It’s a category that the former East Coast Division III player, Wall Street worker, three-year assistant in college and one year with Todd Golden at USF actually follows. He was the director of analysis at USF.

“It was the first time this year that we didn’t take a single bad one and shot selection is important in our system,” he said. “We could have beaten a lot of good teams (Thursday).”

They held 6-foot-7 wing Miles Byrd, a San Diego State commit, to just nine points while getting 15 from Ryan Conroy and a total of 17 from Giancarlo Toledo and Sean Quanico. The even score has been there all season for the Wildcats, battle tested in the rugged West Catholic Athletic League.

Toledo leads the team at 12 points per game, followed by 6-6 junior John Squire (11 points, nine rebounds), Quanico (9.0) and Conroy and Rory Kenneally at 8.0 apiece.

“That’s the beauty of our system: it’s different guys coming in every night.” said Greenfield.