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Girl's Basketball: St. Francis wins second CCS title after PCS forfeit

Modified: Sunday, Mar 9th, 2014

The Pacific Collegiate School Pumas forfeited their Central Coast Section Division-V championship Saturday because of an ineligible player giving the St. Francis Central Coast Catholic their second CCS title in as many years.

CCS commissioner Nancy Lazenby Blaser announced it Saturday.

“It was bitter sweet,” said St. Francis head coach Randy Braga. “It’s great to win another title, but we didn’t get the same emotions as winning it last year. We were really down last night.”

The Sharks lost 45-44 Friday night to the Pumas in the CCS D-V championship. The game’s outcome was determined in the final seconds.

“When I heard about it I felt a little robbed,” Braga said.

Braga added that he first learned about PCS’ forfeit Saturday afternoon and almost passed out.

“This team has brought out emotions from me that I’ve never had,” said the coach.

With the win, St. Francis will likely host a first-round match up in the California Interscholastic Federation NorCal playoffs. The seeding will be released Sunday.

Braga said that he wasn’t given the name of the player that was ruled ineligible or what the infraction was, and that his phone has exploded since the news hit.

“Everyone is calling and texting me asking what is going on and I don’t even know,” Braga said. “CCS isn’t telling me anything.”

PCS, the Coastal Athletic League champion, will be allowed to play in the NorCal playoffs despite the forfeit.

“It’s bad for everyone involved,” Braga said. “I feel really bad for PCS. For all the girls on that team.”

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