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Fowler comes off bench to fuel Capital Christian NorCal title

How about this for a coming-out party?

Producing the game of his young life just when his team needed a season-defining jolt, Marcus Fowler came off the bench to record season highs in points (18) and rebounds (14), and mainstay stars Edward Ware and Justice Shelton-Mosley had 14 and 11 points, respectively, to power Capital Christian High School past St. Mary’s of Albany 60-47 in the CIF Northern California Division IV Regional championship on Saturday night at American Canyon.

A 6-foot-3 junior forward, Fowler had 10 points and 11 rebounds in the first half, and the Cougars used a 12-2 fourth-quarter run to blow it open to win a NorCal title for the first time after reaching the Open Division finals a year ago and the D-V finals in 2013.

“It’s a big deal to get this monkey off our back and bring this NorCal championship home,” Capital Christian coach Devon Jones said.

Averaging 6.9 points and 2.9 rebounds this season, Fowler hit for double figures in scoring just seven times coming in. His season high for rebounds was seven, achieved twice. He’s mostly been a role player and stopper.

Guard play was again the strength for Capital Christian (28-8), which plays Crespi for the CIF D-IV title on Saturday at Cal at noon. Ware and Shelton-Moseley, Bee All-Metro all-purpose seniors who keyed the football program along with Fowler to a school-record 13-1 showing last fall, scored inside and out and played tenacious defense. They combined for 12 assists and six steals.

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