Time running out for Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd girls basketball

The hoop dreams for the girls? basketball team at Oakland?s Bishop O?Dowd High School may be over for the season.
March 4, 2014 7:30:33 PM PST
The hoop dreams for the girls' basketball team at Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School may be over for the season. The team has been disqualified from the state playoffs over a technicality that has turned into a really big deal.

The team is exploring its post-season options and has hired a public relations team to get their message out. But, the governing body has heard enough and says the decision to disqualify the two-time defending state champion O'Dowd Dragons, stands.

"We just feel like, if it all works out, we'll be able to fulfill our goal which we created at the beginning of this season," said senior Maya Williams.

Williams is holding out hope that the latest efforts by her team, coaches, parents and a public relations push can sway the opinion of the North Coast Section and allow her team to play basketball.

"It's very disappointing that a league game that we blew out was our last game," said senior Alex Kalmbach.

The team was disqualified from the NCS after it was discovered that the Dragons had played 27 regular season games, one more than the rules allow.

"Based on that, they're eliminated from our championships and don't have any opportunity to go on to the CIF Nor-Cal Championships," said NCS Commissioner Gil Lemmon.

The team is looking for a loophole in the rules. They are hoping pressure from the public, in the form of a petition with more than 4,000 signatures, will push the NCS to reverse their decision and rule in their favor.

"That is not the policy we follow and, so, any petition really would not carry any weight," said Lemmon.


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