After getting another opportunity on the path to a state title, the St. Bernard High School Vikings were defeated 70-67 by host Francis Parker High School of San Diego in the state Division IV Southern California Regional quarterfinals Thursday, March 8th.
Despite falling to top-seeded Pasadena High School 79-63 in the Division II-AA playoff championship game, St. Bernard (21-11) had kept its playoff hopes alive by earning a berth in the state Division IV regional playoffs.
But it was there that the season came to an end for St. Bernard, as forward Tyler Bernardini scored 31 points to lead Parker (28-3) to the narrow regional quarterfinal victory.
In reaching the Division IV regionals, St. Bernard, which finished third in the Del Rey League, had made an impressive run, which included a spot in the Division II-AA final as an unseeded team.
In the game against Francis Parker, St. Bernard fell behind 20-12 in the first quarter but responded with 20 points in the second quarter to cut the deficit to just one point at halftime.
The Vikings got their only lead of the game at 44-42 with 4:35 remaining in the third quarter but Francis Parker racked up 23 points in the quarter to take a 56-49 lead into the fourth quarter.
St. Bernard was able to narrow the gap in the final quarter but Parker converted key free throws late in the game to close out with the win.
Senior forward Aubrey McAlpine was the top scorer for the Vikings with 15 points.
Senior forward Jourdan Sweeney finished with 12 points and senior center Clarence Ellington added 11 points for St. Bernard.