Sure, it was a two seed against a one seed — hardly an upset possibility in the making based on that. But the one seed happened to be unbeaten in conference play, had already topped the two seed by 10 points in the regular slate, and had not lost a game since opening night.
No. 2 Kolbe Cathedral pulled off the upset, holding off a tough Immaculate Mustang team 63-57 in the SWC boys' basketball championship game, at neutral site Masuk on March 5.
Jalen Sullivan and Tyrell Staples-Santos both scored 14 points and Daniel Wellington dropped in 11 for the Cougars. Kolbe made eight of nine fourth-quarter free throws to help seal the win.
Sullivan earned MVP honors, and teammates Jaden McLellan (nine points) and Wellington earned All Tournament Team accolades. Immaculate's Sean Guiry and Diego Echavarria were also named to the All Tourney Team.
Echavarria had 18 points and Mike Iannetta scored 14 for Immaculate.
Kolbe led 21-12 after one quarter but trailed 30-29 at the half. It was 45-42 Kolbe going to the fourth. Echavarria hit a couple late-game 3-pointers to keep things close but the Cougars sealed the win at the foul line.
"I feel great, obviously. I'm really proud of my kids," said Kolbe Coach John Pfohl, adding that he was impressed with poise of his mostly-young players. "They kept battling, kept battling, kept battling."