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Robeson and O’Reilly lead Campolindo into D-II semis

MORAGA – The Campolindo boys’ basketball team knows what it takes to compete at the highest level.

Last season, the Aidan Mahaney-led Cougars won the Open Division playoffs of the North Coast Section, the section’s highest level of competition, coming on a missed buzzer-beater of playing for a state championship.

Mahaney graduated and now stars at St. Mary’s, but seniors Logan Robeson and Shane O’Reilly, as well as several other key contributors from that team, remain.

Now the No. 1 seed in the NCS’s Division II playoffs, a quarterfinal home game against Benicia wasn’t something Campolindo’s playoff-tested team couldn’t handle.

The Moraga School rolled to an easy 66-49 win.

“Once we played in the Open, we saw the magnitude of those games,” said Robeson. “Not to say that these games are less, because the size of these games is also large. But it’s a great experience and it doesn’t hurt to have played in that division before.”

MORAGA – Shane O’Reilly of Campolindo shoots a jump shot during the first quarter. Campolindo and Benicia played in the high school boys’ basketball game in the North Coast Section (NCS) Playoffs at Campolindo School in Moraga, Calif. on Friday, Feb. 18, 2023 (Joseph Dycus/Bay Area News Group)

The Cougars went down 8–6 three minutes into the first quarter, but quickly retook the lead on a reverse layup by Robeson and a free throw by Clay Naffziger. The Cougars never trailed their league rival again. Campolindo (21-7) was champion of the Diablo Athletic League’s Foothill division, while Benicia (22-6) claimed the lower DAL-Valley crown.

Robeson led all scorers with 25 points and O’Reilly scored 21. Dylan Mansour scored 12 points and made two of Campolindo’s seven 3-pointers.

Jacob French, Darrell Hurd and James Wong each scored 10 points for Benicia. Campolindo led 36–23 at halftime and held a 22-point lead midway through the third quarter.

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