Bishop Diego’s historic season came to an end Thursday with a second-round state tournament loss at Viewpoint School, 74-38.

Viewpoint started off with hot shooting and the Cardinals could never recover.

“I felt like the refs let both teams play physical and that threw us off a bit, then they got hot from 3 and it was just too much of a mountain to climb,” Bishop Diego coach James Coronado said.

“This is a tough pill to swallow, especially with this great group of guys, and it might take some time to get over, but we had an amazing season and I couldn’t be more proud of these guys.

“All I could do, besides fight through tears, was thank them for allowing me to go along for the ride. They put in the work, they believed in what we wanted to do as a team, and they stuck together through thick and thin.

Ty Williams led the Cardinals with 14 points. Viewpoint’s Giovanni Goree led all scorers with 17.

“Five or 10, even 20 years from now, these guys will get together and see one another and realize how close they bonded during this run,” Coronado said. “They will also have a banner hanging in the rafters that will have all their names on it, and that banner will hang forever.”

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