Boys volleyball: Monta Vista wins epic NorCal Division I final

For the second year in a row, Monta Vista’s Northern California Division I championship match extended to five sets.

And once again, Monta Vista celebrated at the finish.

Saturday, the top-seeded Matadors stormed back twice from a set down against No. 2 seed Harker before emerging with a 22-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-19, 15-13 victory.

The win capped a 36-3 season for Monta Vista, which last week swept Bellarmine to win the Central Coast Section Division I crown.

Harker, which lost to Amador Valley in the NorCal Division II final last year, finished this season 34-6.

Monta Vista’s win was its fourth in five matches this spring against Harker, but Monta Vista coach Paul Chiu noted that not much separated the teams.

“Pretty much what we expected,” Chiu said in an email. “Harker had beaten us early in the season and although we have beaten them three since then, all the matches and sets were close.

“During our playoff run, we have had a ball control advantage over all of our opponents, at times a significant advantage. There would be no such advantage with Harker.”

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Gautham Dasari led Monta Vista with 26 kills. Nikhil Bapat added 17 kills and Rajas Habbu had 10.

Kevin Mathew finished with 58 assists.

“The match was back and forth with each team trading wins in the first four sets,” Chiu added. “The fifth and deciding set was a roller coaster ride.”

With both teams from the CCS, the section was guaranteed a sixth NorCal Division I title in the seven-year history of the competition and an eighth NorCal championship overall.

Other NorCal D-I champions from the CCS: Archbishop Mitty (2013), Mountain View (2014), St. Francis (2015), Bellarmine (2016) and Monta Vista last year.

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Blazers’ Leonard lights up Warriors for 25 first-half points in Game 4


The Trail Blazers are desperate.

Their backs are against the wall in a must-win Game 4.

In moments like this, teams turn to their stars to carry them through adversity. The Blazers turned to … Meyers Leonard?

The Portland center averaged 5.9 points per game in the regular season, and after the Blazers signed Enes Kanter, he became the fourth-string center behind Jusuf Nurkic, Kanter and Zach Collins.

But Monday night, Leonard lit up the Warriors in the first half with 25 points on 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point range.

Give him the ball & watch him WORK.@MeyersLeonard11 first half highlights

— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) May 21, 2019

It’s more than he’s ever scored before in a full NBA game. It’s more than he scored at any time in college at Illinois.

Steph Curry set a playoff career high for points in a first half, but he only tied the one and only Meyers Leonard. The jokes wrote themselves.

Damn Steph really just hit one from Meyers Leonard range.

— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) May 21, 2019

Here we have Steph Curry doing his best Meyers Leonard impression

— Dan Greenberg (@StoolGreenie) May 21, 2019

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Canadiens prospect Joel Teasdale gives Huskies life at Memorial Cup

Joel Teasdale picked the right time to heat up for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

The Montreal Canadiens prospect scored a pair of clutch goals on Monday night as the Huskies earned their first victory of the Memorial Cup by defeating the Prince Albert Raiders 6-3.

The top two teams in the Canadian Hockey League treated fans at Scotiabank Centre to a highly-entertaining, back-and-forth matchup all night.

Teasdale was right on the doorstep to score his first of the game on a power play just eight seconds after his team went on the man advantage late in the first period.

Just over a minute after top-ranked Rouyn-Noranda (1-1) scored the go-ahead goal in the third, Teasdale fired a slap shot from the hash marks that beat goaltender Ian Scott and gave his team some much-needed insurance.

The 20-year-old Teasdale earned a contract with the Canadiens after attending their training camp at the beginning of the season.

He was dynamite for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champions since being acquired in early January from the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, putting up 24 goals and 42 points in just 29 games.

Teasdale carried the momentum into the post-season, where he had a QMJHL league-leading 34 points.

He also wasn’t the only potential future Habs player to have a big game.

Here are some more takeaways from Day 4 at the Memorial Cup:

Another Canadiens prospect highlighted

Cole Fonstad of the Raiders (0-2), a fifth-round pick of Montreal in the 2018 NHL Draft, found the scoresheet in the first.

After being strong on the puck entering the offensive zone, Fonstad wrapped the puck around the back of the net and beat goaltender Samuel Harvey to even the game at 1-1.

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