Senior Ayo Aderoboye led all scorers with 21 points, on 8-for-12 shooting, and Lucas Harris had nine points and six rebounds to lead Priory past Eastside Prep, 53-32, in the other semifinal.
Priory and Eastside finished the regular season in a third-place tie.
Priory (17-10) meets Pinewood (14-10) on Friday at Harker School in San Jose at 7:30 p.m. for the Division V title. The schools split their WBAL meetings, each winning on their home court. Pinewood won, 57-51, and Priory took the second meeting, 59-52.
A WBAL team has appeared in the D-V title game in each of the past 23 years and have won 17 titles, nine time beating another WBAL team. Eastside Prep (7), Pinewood (5), Sacred Heart Prep (3) and Priory (2) have all won titles. Another one will be added Friday.
Bailey could barely walk on Monday -- his back seized up following his team's quarterfinal win over Alma Heights on Saturday. But on Wednesday he looked as good as new.
"You barely even feel the needles," said Bailey, describing the procedure. "They stuck one in my lower back, my ear, and the top of my head," he said. "Yeah, it was real witchcraft stuff. But it seemed to work."
In the end it was two free throws by Sean Murphy with 2.6 seconds remaining in triple overtime that finally clinched it for Pinewood -- although St. Francis got off a shot at the buzzer that bounced off the rim. That would have sent the contest to quadruple overtime.
Regulation ended at 48-all, with Cache Fields leading Pinewood with eight points in the fourth quarter -- he led all scorers with 25 points, and had four rebounds and six 3-pointers.
The first overtime ended when the Sharks hit a 3 with less than a minute left, after Pinewood missed two front ends on one-and-one free throw attempts in the final three minutes. But in the third OT, Sean Murphy and Jackson Haun were four-for-four from the line inside the final minute to finally give the Panthers the edge they needed.
"This is a senior-laden group, and they didn't want this to be their last game together," Pinewood coach Scott Alexander said. "They play for each other."
Connor Riches had 11 points for the Panthers, who opened the game 4-for-4 from the field but finished regulation at 38 percent from the floor.
Pinewood lost their primary point guard, Logan Robles, who suffered a leg cramp during the first OT.
That's when Bailey began his surge. He scored four points during regulation, less than half his total. His most effective shot was a jump stop, spin move and lean-in at the rim, which St. Francis had trouble defending.
"Their two best defenders were on Cache and Connor, and I knew I had a mismatch," Bailey said. "So I tried to exploit that."
While Bailey credits his acupuncture treatment, he said that he also saw a conventional chiropractor.
"But it may have been adrenalin more than anything," Bailey said. "We played as a family, with a lot of heart."
Priory was prepared for Eastside Prep. Priory held Eastside Prep to ... zero points in the first quarter.
Eastside didn't score until 5:36 remained in the second quarter.
Priory allowed only three field goals in the first half, when Eastside shot 3-for-26 from the field.
"I'm proud of them. They executed the game plan perfectly," said Priory coach David Moseley. "We studied a lot and played to their tendencies. That stuff works."
And when you have size and talent like Priory, that helps too.
6-foot-11 senior Emmanuel Ajanaku-Makun had six points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for the winners.
Joshua Walker-Ford had 10 points for Eastside, and Isaiah Saams-Hoy had eight points.
Priory's zone defense gave Eastside fits -- the Panthers couldn't shoot over it, and going inside wasn't really an option when you're going against a backline that stands 6-11, 6-6 and 6-6.
Add to that Priory 6-9 backup center Muti Shuman (11 points, six rebounds), and you've got yourself a dilemma.
"Shuman's only a sophomore, but he's playing older than that right now," Moseley said. "His rebounding was awesome tonight. He's coming along great."
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