As if this high school basketball season wasn't already full of twists and turns and plenty of rich story lines, it's about to add another intriguing chapter.
The host No. 2-seeded Sheldon Huskies held off longtime powerhouse McClymonds of Oakland 59-55 in a Northern California Division I semifinal in an entertaining, if sometimes erratic, semifinal Tuesday night. And as time ran out, Sheldon public address announcer Herbie Berry dramatically announced that Jesuit had upended top-seeded De La Salle 44-41 in Concord in the other semifinal.
Two Sacramento teams will for the first time meet for the prestigious Division-I championship Saturday at Power Balance Pavilion.
That showdown will come two weeks after the Delta River League rivals squared off for the third time this season in the Sac-Joaquin Section D-I final at Power Balance, won by Sheldon.
"It'll be fun," Sheldon coach Joey Rollings said.
Earlier, the coach told his team that Jesuit "will come after you hard. We've come this close to our dream. Ice up, eat good this week, rest up because we have to be ready mentally and physically."
Sheldon jumped out early against the Warriors 16-4 only to have it tied 25-25 at the half.
The Huskies (28-5) surged ahead 51-36 in the fourth quarter, then iced it on the free throw line down the stretch as McClymonds (19-11) scored baskets when it was too late to matter.
Junior D'Erryl Williams was again superb at the point for Sheldon, laboring through a tender, heavily taped right small finger that was dislocated against Piedmont Hills of San Jose in a Saturday victory.
Williams scored 14 points, had five assists and managed to protect his hand even though the McClymonds scorekeeper and fans urged Warriors players to do what they could to slap and bang on the finger to hurt Williams.
Dakarai Allen, Sheldon's other superb junior guard, scored 12 points, Kyi Thomas had 11 points and seven rebounds, Nate Iese powered inside for 10 points and eight rebounds and Ryan Manning scored eight points and had seven rebounds.
Needing a boost off the bench, the Huskies got that, too, when guard Antonio Lewis scored four points and provided solid defense.
Lawrence Otis led McClymonds with 14 points. Dulani Robinson scored 13.
Williams was the key, however, as his team shared the ball before getting sloppy late, and the Huskies played their trademark tough defense for good stretches.
"I had to stay aggressive," Williams said. "Now we get Jesuit. We're both really good teams and there's a lot of respect for each other on both sides."