Division IV Boys: St. Joseph 's comes from behind in two-point victory
Alex Harris scored 19 points, including the last five of the game, as St. Joseph of Alameda beat Verbum Dei of Los Angeles, 49-47, to win the boys Division IV state championship . Harris’s final basket, a three-pointer with 1:43 left, gave the Pilots their first lead of the game, and neither team could score the rest of the way.

Lowell Grissom had 12 points for Verbum Dei which led by 10 points, 38-28, with 1:16 remaining in the third quarter. This was the first loss in four state championship appearances for the Eagles.

Ron Lewis added 11 points for St. Joseph, which won its third state title in five tries.

Although Verbum Dei kept the Pilots from scoring in the paint, recording 10 blocked shots, St. Joseph dominated the boards, 53-41. The Pilots struggled with their shooting all night, finishing at just 27 percent, but Harris finally got hot, scoring 11 points in the final quarter. But after he gave St. Joe’s the lead, he missed the front end of a one-on-one, and Ron Hester missed two free throws to keep Verbum Dei’s hopes alive. But Mike Pagan’s last-second jumper hit the back rim and bounced away, giving the Pilots their third state title.

Sportsmanship Award Winners: Cedric Nolden, Verbum Dei; Alex Harris, St. Joseph