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Mission wins D3 boys basketball title, a 1st for SF public school

The smart play would have been to pull the ball out — the Bears had a five-point lead — but there was something else in clear view. Harris said to hell with convention and went with joy, dribbling full speed down the Golden 1 Center floor before sending down an emphatic left-hand dunk, putting an end not only to the Bears’ 82-75 overtime Division 3 state championship victory over Villa Park (Orange County), but also to his brilliant four-year career and decades of San Francisco public school futility. The Bears finished off the greatest season in San Francisco Section history at 35-1 with the first state championship for a San Francisco public school. Fittingly, the 6-foot-2½ senior, considered one of the city’s greatest all-around athletes, led the charge with 31 points (10-of-16 shooting), a team-high seven rebounds, six steals and four assists. Add in lights-out perimeter shooting from Jayden Foston (21 points) and Jamison Wright (15), who combined for seven three-pointers, and it was just about a perfect ending to a nearly perfect season. The Spartans stayed in the game, largely at the line, connecting on 21 of 23 foul shots. Mission appeared to take control in fourth, taking a 65-58 lead with 1:30 remaining following a driving layup by Wright and two free throws by Foston. Harris drove to the hoop for a basket and Foston, U’Jah Pratt and Tyrese Johnson followed, setting the stage for Harris’ dunk. When the final buzzer sounded, Harris made a beeline for Zelaya, his coach and father figure the past four years, and the two embraced.

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