Coach Derek Walker admitted it.
The memories of St. Patrick-St. Vincent-Vallejo’s North Coast Section meltdown against Lick-Wilmerding began creeping into his mind during Tuesday night’s Northern California Division 4 semifinal rematch.
“I had some flashbacks. They stayed in the game and made some shots,” Walker said. “Luckily for us, we kept our poise.”
And the Bruins kept scoring, pulling away for a 73-55 victory that puts the Bruins in their first NorCal title game in 29 years.
“It’s something we talked about,” said Walker, whose team has reached the Northern California playoffs each of the past four years but had yet to make the final before Tuesday. “It’s a great moment for the kids, very proud of them.”
The fourth-seed Bruins (26-7) will travel Saturday to play top-seeded Palma-Salinas (26-4), which beat Central Catholic-Modesto, 64-59. The winner of that game will play for the state title March 25.
St. Pat’s trailed only once against Lick (26-9) — 2-0 — and held a 17-point lead early in the third quarter before a quick Lick burst cut the difference to 11. The Tigers were buoyed by the March 1 game in which they trailed by 22 in the third before rallying to win in overtime.
“We knew we did it” before, Lick coach Eliot Smith said. “We tried to get that spark, but (St. Pat’s) was determined not to let it happen again.”
St. Pat’s four-year starter BJ Standley made sure of that. The 5-foot-10 guard scored 11 of his game-high 25 points in the final quarter, eight during a 10-2 run that pushed the lead to 23.
“We really wanted to come back and prove that we’re a really good team,” Standley said. “Last time they outworked us. This time we put the hammer down.”
Guard Marquel Johnson scored 17 for the Bruins — and made five first-half three-pointers — and Tavian Henderson added 14.
Avi Leung and Nathan Craik each scored 12 to lead Lick.
Woodcreek-Roseville 51, De La Salle-Concord 46: In Open Division play, 6-foot-11 center Jordan Brown had 23 points and 16 rebounds for top-seeded Woodcreek (31-2), which eliminated visiting De La Salle (28-6) for the second time in three years. Connor O’Dea and Justin Pratt had 11 points apiece for De La Salle.
Sheldon-Sacramento 56, Mitty 43: Elishja Duplechan had 25 for host Sheldon (30-3) in the Open Division game. Riley Grigsby had 26 points for No. 6 Mitty (18-11).
Palo Alto 75, St. Mary’s-Stockton 63: At San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, ninth-seeded Palo Alto (26-4) opened with an 11-0 run and held off St. Mary’s-Stockton in a Division I semifinal. Max Dorward scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half and Spencer Rojahn had 20 of his 24 points in the first half for Palo Alto.
James Logan-Union City 58, Heritage-Brentwood 51: Ryan Parilla and Noah Conner had 16 points apiece as the Colts (27-5) beat the host Patriots (27-5) in the Division 1 semifinals.
St. Francis 75, Del Oro 57: In Division 2, Maurice Wilmer had 21 points and Logan Johnson 20 as the top-seeded Lancers (21-9) rolled over visiting Del Oro (18-15). In the final, St. Francis will host third-seeded Moreau Catholic-Hayward (24-9), an 82-66 winner over No. 15 Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa (27-5).
MaxPreps.com senior writer Mitch Stephens contributed to this report.
Mike Lerseth is a San Francisco Chronicle assistant sports editor. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter @MikeLerseth