SoCalHoops High School News
Recap: Boys' Games Details From
Friday, Jan. 28--(Jan. 29, 2000)
There were a lot of games played on Friday night as teams begin the run for the home stretch in league play before the playoff seedings are announced, and we've got most of the scores posted. Here are the details from the games we could find as well. Not as many as the scores, and we just don't have time the post up all the box scores, but this is better than nothing, right? If you know of a score (or have details) of a game that isn't listed below, let us know. . . either by e-mail or by posting it up on the message forum.
|LA City Section Games|
Sunset Six League
Grant 63, Verdugo Hills 52--DeWayne Anderson and Mike Charleston each had 12 points for the Lancers (6-15, 6-0) in a Sunset Six League victory at Grant.
West Valley League
Birmingham 55, Chatsworth 54--Delta Moore scored 21 points, including the decisive layup with eight seconds left in a West Valley League game at Birmingham (9-12, 3-3).
Cleveland 77, Granada Hills 65--With two Cleveland High players benched for disciplinary reasons, the stage was set Friday night for Granada Hills to get back into the West Valley League hunt, but Cleveland dominated Granada Hills from the beginning and cruised to a 77-65 victory at Granada Hills. Grant Pledger, a reserve point guard had seven assists to go with 12 points and six steals. An 11-0 start had Cleveland heading in the right direction. Anthony Davis of Cleveland scored 16 of his 24 points in the first half and had 11 rebounds. Davis, a 6-foot-5 junior transfer from Locke, said he concentrated on maintaining the momentum he had in the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers' loss to Taft on Wednesday. Davis scored 10 of his 11 points in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers (14-7, 5-1 in league play), one game behind first-place Taft, made 48% of its shots, including eight of 20 (40%) from three-point range. Quenton Harvey scored most of his 23 points on four-three pointers. Granada Hills (11-10, 3-3) pulled to within 24-19 midway through the second quarter on a layup by Midwin Francis, who had 26 points and 17 rebounds. Cleveland reclaimed a 12-point lead with a 9-2 run and didn't let Granada Hills get closer than eight points again. Justin Thompson--starting in place of Larry Knox, who along with Leveil Palmer was benched for disciplinary reasons--scored 11 points and blocked eight shots.
|Southern Section League Games|
Chino 47, Walnut 39--The Cowboys' 18-point outburst put the game away in the fourth quarter. Both teams got off to a slow start, neither hitting a field goal through the first five minutes. Bryan Thompson led Chino with 21 points (including 14 in the fourth quarter, hitting 6-of-6 free throws), and Jon Cryer added 10 points, 11 rebounds and three steals and Ryan Parks pulled down eight boards. WALNUT (39) Joseph 5, Medina 2, Tashroudian 9, Nathan 9, Park 2, Carstenson 8, Jones 4. CHINO (47) Aleman 1, Briggs 1, Nasis 2, Sandoval 4, Mena 4, Parks 2, Thompson 21, Hardin 2, Cryer 10. Walnut 4 12 11 12 -- 39 Chino 6 10 13 18 -- 47 Total fouls: W 22, C 14. Fouled out: Joseph (W), Tashroudian (W), Briggs (C). Technical fouls: none.
Claremont 66, Upland 64--Claremont blew an
eight-point lead in the final 2 minutes, but Sean Terrell made a 3-pointer from the
right corner with 7 seconds to play, lifting the Wolfpack to an intense 66-64 victory over
Upland in a Baseline League contest Friday at Claremont High School. But the game
wasn't over until Upland's Jesse Pruitt had his 3-point attempt rim out as time expired.
Terrell scored 20 points, including half of Claremont's 12 3-pointers. Claremont
(19-3 overall, 6-0 league), in the unaccustomed role of being in first place, led 63-55.
But Upland went on a 9-0 run, started by Kirk Snyder's 3-point play with 2:24 remaining.
Snyder also hit two free throws with 35 seconds to play to give Upland (14-7, 3-3) a 64-63
The intensity of the game got to both teams in the second quarter. With Claremont leading by five points, Wolfpack coach Mike Bateman got between an Upland and Claremont player, who were talking in front of the Claremont bench after an Upland foul. Upland coach Jeff Klein stepped in to defend his player and Bateman and Klein started to yell. There were no technical fouls assessed, but a fan who got involved was ejected from the gym. Moments later, Terrell was assessed a technical foul after hitting a 3-pointer and doing a little bit of talking. Tension didn't boil over again in the game. Claremont maintained its lead and was ahead by as much as 11 in the fourth quarter (57-48) before the Highlanders rallied. Thomas Taylor led all scorers with 25 points for Claremont, and Tim Taylor added nine rebounds. Pruitt led Upland with 18 points, and Prentice Harris added 15 for Upland. UPLAND (64) Pace 7, Bechler 2, P. Harris 15, Snyder 8, Davis 2, Pruitt 18, J. Harris 12. CLAREMONT (66) S. Terrell 20, Ti. Taylor 5, Aaron 9, Wilburn 2, Th. Taylor 25, Lombard 5. Upland 15 17 10 22 -- 64 Claremont 22 16 11 17 -- 66 Total fouls: U 11, C 25. Fouled out: Wilburn (C). Technical fouls: Snyder (U), S. Terrell (C)
Villa Park 57, Foothill 52-- Foothill, playing at home with a new player on the bench, gave Villa Park all it could handle before coming up short, 57-52, in a battle for a piece of first place in the Century League boys' basketball race. But the spotlight in the Knights' gym Friday night was on the Foothill bench, where much-traveled senior guard Roger Hogan has landed. Hogan, who did not play Friday, was kicked off the Servite team earlier this week for disciplinary reasons. He enrolled Friday afternoon at Foothill. According to Foothill Athletic Director Vince Brown, Roger Hogan Sr., Hogan's father, has leased a home in the Foothill attendance area. Such a move would be necessary to comply with Southern Section eligibility rules. Hogan Sr. refused comment other than to confirm that he is moving his family, and Brown refused to let Hogan, the player, talk. Brown said a school truant officer visited the new home and found Hogan Sr. moving furniture into it. Next week the school will check the family's old house in Anaheim Hills to be sure, Brown told Paul McLeod of the Orange County Edition of the LA Times. This is Hogan's third move in four seasons. He played as a freshman at Servite, then transferred to Canyon, where he helped the Comanches win the Century League title last season. He returned to Servite in the fall. Hogan figures to give the Knights depth at guard, which Foothill needs more than ever after shooting guard Alex Rasmussen left with 1 minute 24 seconds remaining in the third quarter with an injured knee. Foothill (11-11, 4-2) trailed, 38-35, at the time, and Villa Park (19-2, 6-0) went on to build a 12-point lead midway through the final quarter. About an hour before the game, as Hogan sat in the stands and munched cookies with his new teammates, Brown said the senior guard had been cleared to play. But Foothill Coach Bob Thate said after the game that Brown told him half an hour before tipoff not to play Hogan because he had finished the enrollment process at 1:30 p.m. and had not attended a full schedule of game-day classes as required by the section.
Orange 67, El Modena 64--Anthony Neal had 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists to help host Orange (4-17, 1-5) in the victory.
Santa Barbar 72, Dos Pueblos 57--Trey Putnam shot a
career-high total of 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as Santa Barbara beat Dos Pueblos
72-57 in a Channel League game at Dos Pueblos. Dommanic Ingerson added 14 points, 10
rebounds and four assists. The Dons, 19-2 overall and 5-0 in league, had trouble shaking
the Chargers (9-11 and 1-4), barely holding a lead in the first half and pulling away only
by bits and pieces through the final two quarters. A big reason was a concentrated
defensive effort by the Chargers against Ingerson, who is averaging 20 points per game.
But the Dons showed they were far from a one-man team. Ingerson and Putnam repeatedly
teamed up to beat the DP press in the second half. Santa Barbara also hurt Dos Pueblos on
the boards, outrebounding the Chargers almost 2-to-1 and inflicting particular damage on
the offensive end. Dos Pueblos hung tight to the Dons throughout the first half. The
Chargers, in fact, started the game with a 9-2 run capped by a Steve Graybill 3-pointer.
The Dons came back with 11 straight points on a mixture of baskets by Ingerson and Putnam.
Santa Barbara led 17-15 after the first period. Mike Henderson, Putnam and Chris Koester
scored to open the second period, putting the Dons ahead 24-15, but Dos Pueblos fought
back on two baskets by Kenny Sherman -- one a 3-pointer -- and 3-pointers by Cowan and
Damon Jenkins to cut the score to 29-26. A rebound basket by Cowan pulled Dos Pueblos
within one at 32-31 and the Chargers even had a couple chance to take the lead before
Putnam got two free throws and Ingerson scored on a tip at the buzzer to put Santa Barbara
ahead 36-31 at the break. Putnam hit his first four shots of the second half, mostly
on layups after passes from Ingerson, as Santa Barbara gradually built a 48-40 lead. But a
free throw by Scotty Roegner and a basket and free throw by Duane Fortune kept Dos Pueblos
in the game at 50-46. Chris Koester answered with a basket and, after a 2-for-1 exchange
of free throws, Putnam ended the quarter with a tip-in at the buzzer to put Santa Barbara
ahead 56-47 Brent Williams, the Dons' second-leading scorer, got his first points of the
game to open the fourth period and Koester scored twice on layups to run the margin to a
relatively safe 62-47. Koester finished with 10 points and six rebounds as the Dons' bench
combined for 22 points. Graybill led Dos Pueblos with 13 points while Jenkins had 12.
SANTA BARBARA--Henderson 5, Whilt 8, Walling 5, Koester 10, Ingerson 14, Putnam 24,
Williams 4, Curiel 2. Totals 28 14-24 72. DOS PUEBLOS--Ortiz 2, Graybill 13, Jenkins
12, Holbrook 6, Sherman 5, Roegner 9, Cowan 7, Fortune 3. Totals 21 9-22 57. Santa Barbara
. . . 17 19 20 16--72 Dos Pueblos . . . 15 16 16 10--57 3-point goals--SB 2 (Henderson,
Putnam), DP 6 (Graybill 2, Jenkins 2, Cowan 1). Total fouls--SB 20, DP 18. Fouled
out--Williams, Jenkins. Technical foul--Rossi
Ventura 63, San Marcos 52--Adam Nance had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Asher Kupperman had 10 points and six assists, but it wasn't enough to overcome a good Ventura team playing at home. Mike Derse scored 20 points as the Cougars improved to 15-7 overall and 4-1 in league. San Marcos dropped to 0-5 and 6-14. Tyler Ebell, Ventura's second-leading scorer, missed the game with an ankle injury. SAN MARCOS--Kupperman 10, Carlsen 3, Elwell 2, Brown 2, King 8, Pertsulakes 8, Mendez 2, Nance 17. Totals 19-58 11-18 52. VENTURA--Richards 8, Ellis 10, Prophet 2, Fraser 5, Roberts 8, Robinson 1, Easterly 5, Derse 20, Gruber 2, McSorley 1. Totals 18-53 25-31 63. San Marcos . . . 5 11 10 26--52 Ventura . . . 15 17 14 17--63 3-point goals--SM 2 (Carlsen, King). V 1 (Fraser). Total fouls--SM 21, V 19. Fouled out--none.
Ontario Christian 78, Arrowhead Christian 64--The Knights (15-4, 7-1) took a 26-7 lead after the first quarter en route to a 14-point win. Ryan Fuqua led Ontario Christian 29 points, seven assists and four rebounds, Eugene Verkaik had 14 points and 13 rebounds and Justin Veenendaal added 15 points and seven assists.ONTARIO CHRISTIAN (78) Fuqua 29, Veenendaal 15, Verkaik 14, Landry 9, Hoekstra 8, Fulkerson 2, Gibson 1. ARROWHEAD CHRISTIAN (64) Vecera 23, Paine 12, Goltry 8, Breckly 7, Carter 6, Britt 4, Hanke 4. Ontario Christian 26 14 20 18 -- 78 Arrowhead Christian 7 20 13 24 -- 64 Total fouls: OC 13, AC 12. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none.Citrus Belt League
Eisenhower 69, Fontana 64--Andre Rouzan scored 15 of his game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter to rally host Eisenhower past Fontana, 69-64, Friday night. The Eagles (22-1 overall, 6-0 league) kept their winning streak - now at 22 games - alive after sleepwalking through the game's first 28 minutes. Actually, noted Ike coach Steve Johnson, the sleepwalking began before Friday's game and after the Eagles survived a double-overtime thriller against Rialto on Tuesday night. Or perhaps, the Steelers stepped down. Fontana (14-8, 4-2) not only led most of the way, but it dominated. The Steelers led by four after the first quarter, five at halftime, and seven after three quarters. The lead swelled to 52-42 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter before the Steelers faded as Ike went on an 18-4 run. Trailing 55-52, Rouzan brought Ike even with Fontana for the first time, hitting a long 3-pointer with 3:41 remaining. Two free throws by Kynan Bush 13 seconds later gave the Eagles their first lead, and consecutive buckets by Rouzan and Bobby Wilson suddenly had Eisenhower with a 61-56 lead with 2:04 left. Fontana pulled within three after Michael Stephenson's bucket, but it was as close as the Steelers, who were plagued by seven fourth-quarter turnovers, would get. Stephenson finished with 14 points, and Shedrack Okoebor had 11. Wilson scored 11 for the Eagles.FONTANA (64) Walker 19, Washington 3, McJimson 2, Williams 10, Stephenson 14, Mancha 2, Jackson 3, Okoebor 11. EISNEHOWER (69) Bush 8, A. Rouzan 20, Wilson 11, Sams 8, Acker 10, D. Rouzan 3, Jackson 2, Marshall 3, Hart 2, Hill 2. Fontana 15 19 15 15 -- 64 Eisenhower 11 18 13 27 -- 69 Total fouls: F 22, E 22. Fouled out: Washington (F), Wilson (E), Sams (E). Technical fouls: none.
Pacific Hills 66, Campbell Hall 61 (OT)--In the battle for second and third place in the Delphic League, Pacific Hills (17-4, 4-2) came into the game ranked No. 2 in the Southern Section CIF Division V-AA poll, while Campbell Hall (15-7, 4-2) came in as the No. 1 team in the Division, and while this game may have implications for the polls to be issued this coming week, it decided nothing in the league race, as both teams left with 4-2 records, and they have now split games, with CH winning at PH, and PH winning at CH, and it's also possible that this game could have been just a preview of the Southern Section D-VAA finals if both teams continue through the playoffs as the No. 1 and 2 seeds. But on Friday night, despite Jesse Foster's 30 points, including two clutch three pointers late in the game to keep Campbell Hall in the game, and his 15 rebounds, Pacific Hills' managed to outscore Campbell Hall 10-5 in the crucial overtime period to pull off the win at Campbell Hall. Derek Williams, one of two top freshmen on the Vikings squad (the other is Robert Locke, who finished with 9 points), managed to score 6 but he was instrumental on the boards, pulling down 11 rebounds. Hassan Bassiri was simply off in his game, and it was due to a touch of the flu; he was holding his stomach during the half-time, doubled over on the bench instead of warming up for the second half, and he looked pale and just wasn't able to concentrate, finishing with only 9 points. Others scoring for Campbell Hall were Aaron Kerr with 2, and Greg Drobnick with 5 (before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter). For Pacific Hills, it was pretty much an overall effort, and the Bruins got big performances from Sharif Joshua (13 points) and Amani Daanish (15, 16 rebounds) when it really counted down the stretch. We had Jonathan Wade with 12 points (the Daily News didn't list him at all, and they also had the team records wrong. . . oh well), and Anthony Kyles with 6. Vinny Bali had 6 and Jimmy White scored 14. Great game. . . packed house, SRO, good crowds. We had a great time.
Desert Valley League
La Quinta 82, Indio 75-- Coming off a 99-94 loss to Cathedral City on Wednesday, La Quinta got another big scoring night from its entire roster. Skyler Wilson and George Gutierrez each scored 20. Mike Havens scored 10 and Daniel Martinez scored nine. Manny Pablo had eight and Mike Avon and Paul St. Angelo each had five. Martinez scored five of his nine points in overtime, the first bucket to help La Quinta close to within 3 at 75-72 and then a 3-pointer to tie it at 75. Havens put the Blackhawks up 77-75 with a short jumper with little over a minute remaining. Pablo, Gutierrez and Wilson then converted on five-of-six from the free throw line. The Blackhawks, attempting to win a playoff spot for the first time, improved to 10-12. Indio was looking for its third straight league win, having already knocked off Cathedral City and Palm Springs in consecutive outings. The Rajahs forced the extra period (4 minutes) when Frank Rodriguez hit a 3-pointer with 20 seconds to play and Richard Natividad hit a 5-foot jumper with :12 to play. The Rajahs nearly pulled it off at the buzzer but Darrell Garcias half-court shot fell short by inches. The extra period, though, worked against the Rajahs. Tied at 61, Indio had nothing left to give. After going 3-for-3 on two baskets by Garcia and a third by Todd Mendoza, Indio turned the ball over four times and went scoreless despite seven shot attempts over the final two minutes. The turnovers made it easy for the Blackhawks, who finished the game with a 12-0 run.La Quinta: 23 6 19 21 13 -- 82 Indio: 20 11 20 18 6 -- 75 La Quinta: Skyler Wilson 20, George Gutierrez 20, Mike Havens 10, Daniel Martinez 9, Manny Pablo 8, Mike Avon 5, Paul St. Angelo 5, Jon Beavers 3, Ricky Moreno 2. 24 19-24 82. Indio: Frank Rodriguez 28, Zac Balver 16, Darrell Garcia 17, Michael Torres 6, Eddie Silva 2, Todd Mendoza 2, Richard Natividad 2, Billy Meraz 2. 17 8-11 75. 3-point goals: LQ -- 5 (Wilson 2, Gutierrez, Martinez, St. Angelo). I -- 11 (Rodriguez 8). Total fouls: LQ -- 10. I -- 16. Fouled out: Avon.
Palm Springs 75, Palm Desert 51--The Indians (4-2, 11-9) got strong play from its bench as Jerad Otteson scored 12 and Caleb Barton had 10 to beat the Aztecs. Bobby Caldwell led all scorers with 14, Jordi Higueras had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Brad Handley added 12 for Palm Springs. Dionte Harris led PD with 13. Palm Desert: 20 10 15 6 -- 51 Palm Springs: 14 21 21 19 -- 75 Palm Desert: Josh Zazulia 10, Don Brady 3, Matt Jefferson 9, Adam Harasansky 4, Zach Scott 12, Dionte Harris 13. Palm Springs: Jerad Otteson 12, Justin Tarrant 2, Brad Handley 12, Caleb Barton 10, Randy Rutledge 4, Bobby Caldwell 14, Jordi Higueras 13, Jude Chandrasena 8. 3-point goals -- Palm Desert (Zazulia 2, Brady 1, Jefferson 2). Palm Springs (Chandrasena 2). Rebounds -- Palm Springs (Higueras 10). Total fouls -- Palm Desert 11, Palm Springs 11.
Loara 70, Kennedy 51--Wes Wardrop scored 19 points and Daniel Melton had 11 fourth-quarter points for Loara (15-7, 6-0).
La Verne Lutheran 66, Rolling Hills Prep 58--Mike Thomas scored 23 points and added three assists to lead La Verne Lutheran (14-5, 6-2).ROLLING HILLS PREP (58) Douglas 14, Russ 13, Elliot 13, Gillick 9, Perry 5, Rose 2, Wakabayashi 2. LA VERNE LUTHERAN (66) Thomas 23, Cumberland 16, Lee 13, Terry 9, Smith 3, Garbe 2. Rolling Hills 16 17 7 18 -- 58 La Verne 15 16 18 17 -- 66 Total fouls: RHP 13, LVL 22. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: Coach (RHP).
Whitewater 67, Webb 52--Cameron Browns 26 points keyed the Saints Freedom League win. Whitewater: 33 5 18 11 -- 67 Webb 29 3 9 11 -- 52 Trinity Whitewater: Cameron Brown 26, Jayme Thomas 2, Jason Hubbard 16, Cory Latour 4, Marques Scott 14, Eric Forks 5 Webb Claremont: J. Hatae 2, C. Hatae 9, Chang 2, Martinsen 11, Dey 17, Rhodes 3, Maloff 2, Lo 6. 3-pointers: Trinity 5 (Scott 3, Brown 2). Webb 7 (C. Hatae 3, Lo 2, Martinsen 1, Rhodes 1)
Laguna Beach 65, Corona del Mar 55--Travis Hanour had 25 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots to lead the Artists past over thevisiting Sea Kings. Laguna Beach (4-17, 1-4) had to forfeit nine victories Thursday because of an ineligible player. Laguna Beach built an 11-7 lead and all five starters had scored midway through the first quarter. Then Hanour found his range, nailing three consecutive three-pointers, giving the Artists a 22-9 lead with 1:27 left in the first quarter. Hanour hit a game-high five three-point baskets. The Sea Kings (16-6, 3-2) closed the gap to 22-13 at the end of the first quarter. They kept up the momentum as Joel Tendeton hit some inside baskets. Corona del Mar's Judd Hietbrink hit a bank shot and free throw to close out the half with the Sea Kings down only 34-31. Laguna Beach's Chris Manker came alive to start the second half. The 6-foot-10 center hit three short jumpers, grabbed a rebound and made a steal to help the Artists extend their lead to 42-31 with 5:21 left in the third quarter. Laguna Beach's Austin Butters drove the left baseline for a layup to give the Artists their biggest lead at 53-38 with 7:21 left in the game. Kevin Hansen completed an 8-0 scoring run for the Sea Kings to close the gap to seven points at 53-46, but the Sea Kings couldn't cut the gap any more. Manker had 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocks for the Artists, while Butters chipped in 12 points. Tendeton led the Sea Kings with 16 points, followed by 12 points for Hansen and 10 for Brooks Morris.
Sonora 47, Troy 42--Travis Rogers scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, keying host Sonora to a 47-42 victory over No. 3 Troy in a Freeway League basketball game Friday night. The Raiders (6-15, 1-5) led 25-15 at halftime, but the Warriors (20-2, 5-1) dominated the third quarter and entered the final period with a 30-27 lead. Rogers then heated up, leading Sonora to 20 points in the final quarter, including two key free throws that secured the victory, the Raiders' first in league this year. Robert Abreu had eight points and eight assists for Sonora. Mark Ahlberg scored 12 points for Troy (20-2, 5-1), which trailed by 10 at halftime but outscored Sonora in the third quarter, 15-2.
La Habra 70, Fullerton 56--Tristen Gadberry scored 22 points for host La Habra (12-10, 4-2). Fullerton is 14-4, 4-2.
Sunny Hills 67, Buena Park 54--Tony Gonzales, a 6-foot-4 freshman, had 23 points and 19 rebounds for visiting Sunny Hills (12-10, 3-3).
Santa Clara 56, Nordhoff 39--The Saints got it done then and they got it done Friday night, pulling away in the fourth quarter for a 56-39 victory over Nordhoff at Santa Clara. Senior forward Chris Post scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half for the Saints (13-5, 4-1 in league play). Senior center Earl Hall had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Santa Clara, the defending Division V state champion. Etienne Emmanuel, who scored 26 points against the Saints in Nordhoff's 56-49 victory earlier this season, was guarded closely and scored only 15 points. He attempted only four free throws, making two. Emmanuel made 12 of 14 free throws in the first game between the teams. Santa Clara trailed, 28-26, midway through the third quarter when Post went on a tear. He scored seven of the Saints' next 10 points, including a three-point basket that gave Santa Clara a 36-30 lead after three quarters. Emmanuel, a 6-foot-4 senior guard, was benched for the first four minutes for academic reasons, but made an impact as soon as he entered the game. He dribbled the length of the court for a layup the first time he touched the ball, then made a 20-foot jump shot to give Nordhoff (14-5, 4-1) its only lead of the first quarter, 7-6. Santa Clara, ranked No. 8 in Division V-AA, scored the final four points of the quarter on baskets by David Ramirez and Hall to lead, 10-7. Senior guard Jason Angell, who scored 20 points in the previous meeting between the teams, scored his only basket after stripping the ball from Kenny Christenson and looping in a reverse layup to put Santa Clara ahead, 21-20, as time expired in the first half.
Garden Grove League
Bolsa Grande 91, La Quinta 67--Jon James had 36 points and 14 rebounds and Will Montgomery had 23 points and five steals to help Bolsa Grande (18-5, 9-0) win its 12th consecutive game.
Garden Grove 62, Rancho Alamitos 56--Norman Smith had 15 points and 11 rebounds to help Garden Grove (5-16, 3-6) outscore Rancho Alamitos, 23-6, in the fourth quarter to overcome a 16-point deficit.
Quartz Hill 59, Littlerock 50--Sahael Almuallem and Jared Corpening were too much for the Lobos as the Rebels moved into a tie for first place with their Golden League victory. Led by twin towers Sahael Almuallem and Jared Corpening, Quartz Hill shocked a near-capacity home crowd Friday night with a 59-50 victory over Littlerock. Quartz Hill now sits atop the league standings with Littlerock, both with 5-1 records. The Rebels won last year's league title, but they returned just one starter and were expected to finish behind Littlerock in the standings. The Lobos were the consensus favorite to win their first-ever league title with a trio of players considered by many as the three best athletes in league. Gene Myvett, Frank Robinson and Brandon White helped Littlerock race to a 5-0 record in the first half of league play. However, it was Almuallem and Corpening who led their team to victory. Almuallem scored a team-high 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Corpening provided 11 points, five rebounds and a game-high five blocks. Corpening played tough despite not starting for the first time this season. Littlerock coach Ben Dale watched his team struggle on the offensive end. The Lobos had two players score in double figures, with Myvett getting 27 points and White scoring 10. Other than those two, Littlerock got 10 points from the rest of its players. The teams exchanged leads 10 times in the third quarter before Quartz Hill took the lead for good on Almuallem's basket, giving Quartz Hill a 38-37 lead with 37 seconds left in the quarter. Almuallem scored the last four points of the period for the Rebels. Almuallem then started what turned out to be a six-point play for Quartz Hill, after dunking the ball over Robinson. Robinson was called for the foul, and then was given a technical after pushing Corpening. Almuallem missed his free throw, but Grant Drake sank both shots on the technical to give Quartz Hill a 46-39 lead. Drake finished the play with a short jumper after Quartz Hill retained possession of the ball because of the technical. The technical not only gave the Rebels a nine-point lead at 48-39 with 6:36 left, it also put Robinson on the bench with five fouls.
Golden West League
Ocean View 95, Saddleback 48--Marques Crane had 22 points, Torin Beeler had 17 points and Ryan Westbrook added 13 points and six assists to lead the No. 2 Seahawks (21-2, 5-0) past the Roadrunners (1-4 in league). Israel (or Ismael, if you read the OC Register) Isais scored 25 for Saddleback.
Westminster 47, Tustin 40--Steve Marinca scored 17 points and Hugo Miranda added 15 as the visiting Lions (4-15, 1-3) defeated the Tillers (3-18, 1-3).
Los Padres League
St. Joseph 64, Santa Ynez 51--Center Matt McKinney poured in 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds but it wasn't enough to prevent the fifth Los Padres League setback in six games for the Pirates (6-14 overall). Ryan Smith, part of a four-guard starting lineup, topped St. Joseph (4-2) with 19 points. The Pirates got within six with two minutes to go before the visitors extended the lead, thanks to a flagrant foul and lots of free throws. ST. JOSEPH -- Nunez 1, Kelly 18, Miranda 12, Smith 19, Vasquez 4, Gross 10. Totals 20 21-31 64. SANTA YNEZ --Miller 3, Wooten 8, McKinney 28, Dreher 12, Jones 0. Totals 17 15-24 51. St. Joseph . . . 13 18 16 17 -- 64 Santa Ynez . . . 10 9 20 12 -- 51 3-point goals--SJ 2 (Miranda 2), SY 2 (Dreher 2). Total fouls--SJ 22, SY 24. Fouled out--Gross
Paso Robles 50, Atascadero 38-- Paso Robles used a big first quarter Friday to beat Atascadero 50-38 in a Los Padres League boys basketball game in Ewing Gym. Paso Robles, 4-2 in the LPL and 8-11 overall, still has hopes of winning the league title. They are a game behind Cabrillo with four to play. The Bearcats had one of their better quarters in quite some time. They took an 11-3 lead after three minutes and led 23-8 at the end of the first quarter. Atascadero rallied from 14 points down in the third quarter to close the gap to four points, 36-32, when Danny Sanchez beat the 35-second clock buzzer with a three-pointer. But Paso Robles scored nine straight points to assert control. Paso Robles J.R. Webb scored 20 points, while Anguiano finished with 14 one off his season best. Webb was the key to the first quarter, scoring 11 points, including 10 of Paso Robles first 11. Atascadero was led by Riley Pricketts eight points. The Greyhounds made one more shot from the floor than the Bearcats 15 vs. 14 but came us short at the free-throw line. Paso Robles was 19-for-28 and Atascadero 4-for-9. On Wednesday, Paso Robles hosts Cabrillo, while Atascadero (1-5, 4-15) hosts Santa Ynez. A win would put the Bearcats in a first-place tie.
Simi Valley 75, Agoura 66--Branduinn Fullove had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Shaun Michel added 17 points for the Pioneers (20-2, 8-0) in a Marmonte League victory at Sini Valley.
Thousand Oaks 82, Westlake 61--Kyle Kegley had 18 points and Marcus Ellis added 17 for the Lancers in a Marmonte League victory at Westlake. Tyler Adamczyk had 25 points and nine rebounds for Westlake (12-10, 2-6).
Boys Republic 61, Riverside Christian 29--Tyrell Brown scored 16 points and grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds, and Terry Anderson scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead Boys Republic (13-6, 9-1). Cecil Sagapolu scored 15 points and added 11 assists in the win for the Rams. RIVERSIDE CHRISTIAN (29) Je. Ayers 2, Williams 5, Bowlus 2, Hawk 3, Canstamp 1, Chavez 9, Siagh 2, Ja. Ayers 3, DeCario 2. BOYS REPUBLIC (61) Andreson 10, Sagapolu 15, Monzano 6, Jones 3, Butler 5, Faulalo 4, Squire 2, Brown 16. Riverside Chris. 6 7 7 9 -- 29 Boys Republic 17 17 16 11 -- 61 Total fouls: RC 12, BR 15. Fouled out: Hawk (RC). Technical fouls: none.
Christian Center Academy 69, Upland Christian 50--Nick Roberds led the Eagles with 16 points and teammate John Surmi scored 11 in the loss. Upland Christian is now 3-14 overall and 2-8 in league. UPLAND CHRISTIAN (50) Surmi 11, Chiappone 2, Cromer 4, Roberds 16, Toupal 7, Armella 3, Sears 4, Padelford 3. CHRISTIAN CENTER ACADEMY (69) Miles 30, Knox 15, Livermore 4, Torres 5, Johnson 10, Hardesty 4, Fults 1. Upland Christian 2 8 18 22 -- 50 Christian Center 13 18 12 26 -- 69 Total fouls: UC 18, CCA 24. Fouled out: Fults (CCA), Torres (CCA), Toupal (UC). Technical fouls: Fults (CCA)
Charter Oaks 72, Los Altos 55--Charter Oak (13-9, 4-2) moved into a second-place tie with Pomona while the Conquerors (13-9, 3-3) will need a strong finish to ensure a playoff berth. Justin Lozano and Sharif Elkhaldy each scored 22 points for Charter Oak. Charter Oak made 18 of its 30 first-half field goals to take a 40-20 halftime lead. Elkhaldy, a sophomore, scored seven consecutive points to cap a 15-0 Chargers run toward the end of the first quarter that erased a 7-4 Los Altos lead. Then it was Lozano's turn. The 6-foot-5 forward scored eight points in the second quarter as the Chargers gradually stretched the advantage to 40-20 by halftime. They were aided by 10 Los Altos turnovers. A 10-0 Chargers run stretched the lead to 53-23, with Lozano contributing five points and a surprising show of grace. That came on a fast-break layup when Lozano -- more suited to dirty work under the boards than glitzy moves in the open court -- whipped a sweet behind-the-back pass to Jonathan Jones for a layup. The Conquerors didn't fold, though, and scored nine points in a row after bottoming out at 53-23. It was 55-34 after three quarters, and Los Altos' half-court trap then began paying dividends. The Conquerors scored 15 of the quarter's first 17 points and cut the lead to 57-49 with 2:53 left on Josh Perez's basket. But the Chargers solved Los Altos' trap, Lozano scored a transition layup and Jones added two free throws with 2:11 left to subdue the Conquerors. Justin Van Duyne scored 28 points to lead Los Altos.
Diamond Ranch 69, Hacienda Heights Wilson 64--Diamond Ranch improves to 11-11 overall and 2-4 in league behind Richard Coombs' 25 points. Aaron Williams scored 16 and Daniel Knott chipped in with 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Panthers in the win over Wilson (0-6).HACIENDA HEIGHTS WILSON (64) Turner 3, Lee 2, Espineli 15, Recinto 18, Parker 2, Royster 4, Griffin 7, DeGiacomo 9, Cheng 4. DIAMOND RANCH (69) Coombs 25, Williams 16, Aranda 3, Davis 8, Navazi 2, Knott 12. Wilson 19 20 15 10 -- 64 Diamond Ranch 14 17 18 20 -- 69 Total fouls: W 16, DR 18. Fouled out: Davis (DR). Technical fouls: Wilson bench.
Garey 72, Pomona 63 -- Gary took control near the end of the third quarter as it beat Pomona, 72-63, to take sole possession of first place in the Miramonte League. The Vikings (15-7 overall, 5-1 league) tied the score 43-43 late in the third quarter. Garey then went on a run, leading by at least six points the rest of the way. Brian Ponder paced Garey with 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, Lataurus Davis totaled 12 points, five assists and five rebounds and Justin Horigan added 12 points. The Vikings were 21-of-32 from the free-throw line, and Pomona shot only 10-of-22 from the charity stripe. Odell Howard led the Red Devils (8-11, 4-2) with a game-high 18 points. GAREY (72) Hogan 11, Ponder 17, Davis 12, Worthams 2, Horigan 12, Hill 5, Flowers 6, Deleon 7. POMONA (63) Howard 18, Holden 7, Dang 5, Smith 2, Mitchell 2, Brown 6, Mukti 2, Russ 13, Verdon 8. Garey 13 16 20 23 -- 72 Pomona 13 17 16 17 -- 63 Total fouls: G 19, P 25. Fouled out: Hill (G), Brown (P), Holden (P). Technical fouls: Hills 2 (G), Brown 2 (P).
Chaminade 60, Crespi 55--Art D'Egidio hit three three-pointers in the fourth quarter, when the Eagles outscored the Celts, 21-11, to claim a Mission League victory at Crespi. Scott Borchart had 14 points for Chaminade (14-5, 5-2), which trailed Crespi (9-14, 1-7) by 16 points in the third quarter.
Harvard-Westlake 76, Alemany 64--The Woverines (17-4, 8-0) controlled this game from start to finish, and it was a 20-7 second quarter which proved to be the deciding factor in the game and the Indians (1-7 in league) never recovered. Eric Geffner (6'-5" Sr. F) had a great game, scoring 24 points an da record 21 rebounds. russell Lakey had his usual solid game, scoring 19 points and dishing out 6 assists. Craid Weinstein had 8, Austin Scott 7, John Karavas scored 6, chris Hooks had 4, Nicholson 2, Ogbunamiri 2, and Spencer Torgan 4. Alemany was led by Reny Maynard with 24, and Danowitz with 19.
Mt. Baldy League
Rancho Cucamonga 98, Alta Loma 59--Corey Starks scored a game-high 28 points as the Cougars (21-1 overall, 5-1 league). Rancho Cucamonga scored 38 points in the second quarter after Alta Loma kept it close at 15-11 after the first quarter. The Braves drop to 0-6 in league. RANCHO CUCAMONGA (98) Gilchrist 5, Ninotranco 3, Mcdougal 11, Andrews 26 , Starks 24, Newton 3, Berrm 2, Adams 2, Wallom 11, Taylor 2, Williams 5, Aylor 2. ALTA LOMA (59) Moore 8, Rocco 6, Paterson 1, Flemming 4, Roberts 5, Yaisreal 2, Bullard 3, Tobias 4, Johnson 10, Haynes 4, Cade 12 Rancho Cucamonga 15 38 26 17 -- 98 Alta Loma 11 23 9 16 -- 59 Total fouls: R 15, AL 21. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none.
Chaffey 74, Ontario 72(OT)-- In the extra period, the Tigers (9-11, 2-4) quickly took a six-point lead and held on for the win. Ontario's Marlon Mitchell hit a 3-pointer with six seconds left to force overtime. The Tigers trailed by 11 at the half, but then outscored the Jaguars 24-13 in the fourth quarter. David Stepney led Chaffey with 23 points eight rebounds and four assists, Chris Faulkner totaled 20 points, three steals and three assists and Daryl Sconiers added 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. ONTARIO (72) Levy 29, Burrell 10, Rasheed 5, Mitchell 10, Mack 1, Kinney 8, Ringgold 9. CHAFFEY (74) Faulkner 20, Kutkowski 9, Parker 7, Stepney 23, Sconiers 2, Lewis 5, Santos 5, Miranda 3. Ontario 19 17 17 13 6 -- 72 Chaffey 13 12 17 24 8 -- 74 Total fouls: O 19, C 15. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none.
Etiwanda 71, Montclair 41--Etiwanda (14-8, 6-0) defeated Montclair (8-12, 2-4) behind the scoring of Romel Beck (21 points) and Rico Wright (18 points). Demetrius Walk led the Cavaliers with 16 points while teammate Jamaal Smith chipped in with 14. ETIWANDA (71) Wright 18, Dowa 4, Solano 11, Beck 21, Boyd 11, Dowdin 4, Ross 2. MONTCLAIR (41) Jenkins 2, Robins 2, Walk 16, Smith 14, Avery 1, Schaar 6. Etiwanda 13 16 21 21 -- 71 Montclair 5 7 15 14 -- 41 Total fouls: E 12, M 11. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none
Arroyo Grande 42, San Luis Obispo 39--Ryan Zimmerman and Sean Shields hit three-pointers to fuel a 16-0 run and Arroyo Grande rallied from an 11-point third-quarter deficit to beat San Luis Obispo 42-39 in a Northern League boys basketball game Friday night in Tiger Gym. The Tigers led 33-22 with two minutes to go in the third period, then were held scoreless for nearly 71/2 minutes. Arroyo Grande took advantage, scoring the final four points of the period and the first 12 points of the fourth quarter to establish a 38-33 cushion with three minutes to play. San Luis Obispo mustered just five points during a nine-minute span that ended when Skylar Feltman hit a three-pointer at the buzzer ending the game.Phillip Johnson, Arroyo Grandes 6-11 junior center, scored just six points in the first three quarters and was not in the lineup when the Eagles made their run. Johnson re-entered the game with three minutes to go and promptly scored a basket, finishing with a team-high 11 points and nine rebounds. After surrendering 16 unanswered points, San Luis Obispo tried to get back into the game as Arroyo Grande missed four free throws. But the Eagles grabbed two offensive rebounds off the missed charity shots and forced a five-second violation to seal the win. Shields scored 10 points and David Romero and Mike Harrigan each added eight points for Arroyo Grande (18-3, 6-0). The Northern League has not had an unbeaten league champion in boys basketball since Lompoc went 12-0 in the 1995-96 season. San Luis Obispo (7-12, 1-6), which needs a win Wednesday at Santa Maria to gain a spot in the Northern Leagues postseason tournament, was led by Schuyler Linnemann with 13 points and a dozen rebounds. Feltman added 10 points.San Luis Obispo outrebounded Arroyo Grande 41-29, but made just 29 percent of its floor shots. Arroyo Grande was 41 percent from the field. There were just eight personal fouls called in the first three quarters of the game. The two teams combined for only 18 free throw attempts in the game. Arroyo Grande plays at Lompoc on Wednesday.
Righetti 63, Santa Maria 49-- Sylvester Swain and Robert Osorio each scored 15 points as Righetti led all the way in its win over Santa Maria.Osorio also had 17 rebounds and Swain added seven assists for the Warriors (14-7, 4-3). Michael St. Julien scored 13 points for Santa Maria (6-13, 1-5).
Orange Lutheran 56, Brethren Christian 37--Jason Whieldon scored 15 of his 30 points in the second quarter for Orange Lutheran (17-4, 5-1).
Whittier Christian 58, Calvary Chapel 52 (OT)--Steven Zieman scored 15 points and Kevin Harris had five of his 10 points in overtime for Whittier Christian (8-14, 3-3).
Anaheim 56, Savanna 52 (OT)--Nate Traynor hit a three-pointer at the buzzer in regulation to force overtime, then Stephen Miller scored 10 of his 23 points in the extra session as the visiting Colonists (13-8, 3-3) outlasted the Rebels (9-13, 2-4). Robert Mendoza added 12 points and 14 rebounds for Anaheim.
Magnolia 71, Brea Olinda 63--Scott Henry scored a season-high 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the host Sentinels (18-4, 4-2) as they upset the 10th-ranked Wildcats (16-6, 5-1). Jacob Davis, though held scoreless, had 23 rebounds for Magnolia, and the Sentinels outscored Brea Olinda, 36-23, in the middle two periods.
Valencia 53, Western 42--Emanuel Ortega scored 10 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter as the host Tigers (10-12, 4-2) defeated the Pioneers (6-14, 0-6).
Crescenta Valley 73, Muir 66-- James Jenkins had 28 points and 13 rebounds to help the Falcons move into a tie for second place in the Pacific League at Crescenta Valley. Jimmy Goffredo scored 22 points for Crescenta Valley (17-6, 4-2) Amid allegations of poor officiating, Crescenta Valley avenged a tough loss earlier in the season with a 73-66 Pacific League victory over visiting Muir Friday night. Crescenta Valley used physical play and forced the game into a halfcourt battle and perhaps that's why there were so many foul calls. CV guard Jimmy Goffredo shot effectively from the perimeter, hitting three threes and forcing the Mustang defense to the outside. The Falcon guards then concentrated on pushing the ball inside to center James Jenkins, who scored a majority of his game-leading 28 points from the high post and in the paint. The Falcons effectively kept Muir out of their transition game, forcing Muir to play halfcourt basketball on all but six possessions. The Mustangs (16-6, 4-2) and the Falcons battled back-and-forth for the lead in the first half. The half featured five ties and seven lead changes. A series of foul shots by Hall and Rowe in the final two minutes of play gave Muir 31-30 lead. But McCauley responded, nailing two foul shots of his own. Falcoln Jeff Myers (9 points, 6 rebounds), who came in off the bench in the place of Jenkins, scored a basket off an inbound pass under the basket to give Crescenta Valley a 34-31 halftime lead. After starting off the second half with a 6-0 run, which began with a jumpshot by Darelle Rowe (16 points) that tied the game at 34-34, McCauley and Jenkins simultaneously started executing their games. Trailing 51-45 with 2:47 left in the third quarter, the Mustang half-court game collapsed. Instead of working the ball inside, the Muir guards settled for low-percentage three-point attempts.
Pacific Coast League
Estancia 66, Costa Mesa 55--Jon Cantrell scored 23 points, including 19 in the second half, and Darshaun Garner added 18 as the host Eagles (14-9, 2-3) defeated the Mustangs (17-6, 3-2).
Laguna Beach 65, Corona del Mar 55--Travis Hanour had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Chris Manker had 18 points and 13 rebounds for Laguna Beach (4-17, 1-4). Joel Templeton had 16 points for Corona del Mar (15-7, 3-2).
Rio Hondo League
La Canada 58, Monrovia 51-- After two losses to Monrovia earlier this season, the Spartans used a strong inside game and clutch shooting down the stretch to defeat the host Wildcats, 58-51, in a Rio Hondo League game Friday night. The Spartans proved that from the opening tip. La Canada jumped to an early lead on a patient passing game and inside scoring from forwards Mark Moore and Gary Swaner. Robbie Neyland's three-pointer in the final seconds of the first quarter gave La Canada a 21-9 lead. But Neyland's three-pointer and two Moore free throws were the Spartans' only first-quarter points that did not come from in close. Monrovia's pressure defense tightened in the second quarter and forced the Spartans out of their offensive rhythm. Steve Ford, who led the Wildcats with 12 points, ended the half with a three-pointer at the buzzer that made it 27-25. Tyree Collier's third-quarter jumper gave the Wildcats (18-2, 5-1) their first lead, 34-33. Moore, who had a game-high 14 points and 10 rebounds, put La Canada ahead, 40-37, at the end of the third quarter with five consecutive points. Monrovia closed within a point early in the fourth quarter, but the Spartans (13-9, 4-2) slowly pulled away and made 11 of their final 13 free throws. The Spartans earlier had lost to Monrovia by a point in the Arroyo Tournament and by two points in the the first half of league play. Despite the loss, Monrovia kept a one-game hold on first place in the Rio Hondo League. La Canada and South Pasadena, which lost to Temple City on Friday night, are tied for second place.
Sea View League
Newport Harbor 70, Irvine 48--Aaron Yarnell scored 21 points for Newport Harbor (16-6, 5-0).
Woodbridge 72, Laguna Hills 46--Dan Lambert scored 20 points for Woodbridge (15-8, 4-1).
Mater Dei 65, Servite 39--Ricky Porter, Cedric Bozeman and Steve Scoggin each scored 15 points for visiting Mater Dei (23-1, 4-0).
Santa Margarita 77, St. John Bosco 42--Travis Smith scored 21 points for host Santa Margarita (17-4, 3-1).
Ayala 68, Nogales 48--Ayala improved to 20-4 overall and 6-0 in league by defeating Nogales (11-10, 2-4). Chris Pacana and Marcel Burke scored 19 points apiece. D.J. Lucas grabbed 12 rebounds for the Bulldogs. This is the eight year in a row that the Ayala boys varsity team has recorded 20 or more victories. LA PUENTE NOGALES (48) Boyd 9, Chandler 4, Quinine 17, Carson 2, Miller 5, Pagillo 5, Warthon 1, Rogers 5. AYALA (68) Pacana 19, Sterling 6, Burke 19, McCoy 9, Vadakin 3, Quinn 8, Simms 2, Donald 2. Nogales 11 13 8 16 -- 48 Ayala 17 17 15 19 -- 68 Total fouls: N 9, A 16. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: Nogales bench
Damien 70, Rowland 48-- Damien (12-10, 3-3) was led by Ralph David's 22 points. Mike Hayden scored 18 points and led the team with eight rebounds while teammate Vinnie Minjares scored 13 points and had 10 assists. David made five 3-pointers, three in the third quarter. Rowland is now 0-6 in league. ROWLAND (48) Marriweather 4, Hicks 14, Westrup 6, Eldridge 3, Martin 4, Wong 5, Smith 9, Mitchell 3. DAMIEN (70) Minjares 13, Hayden 18, Clark 6, David 22, Jackson 2, Buffum 2, A. Garcia 2, E. Garcia 3, Simon 2. Rowland 13 6 13 16 -- 48 Damien 11 16 20 23 -- 70 Total fouls: R 14, D 21. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none.
West Covina 54, Diamond Bar 51--Diamond Bar (12-10, 4-2) was led by Mark Jecmen's 13 points and 11 rebounds in the loss, while teammate Dominic Robinson scored 11. DIAMOND BAR (51) Frierson 5, Williams 3, Robinson 11, Ford 9, Jecmen 13, Craig 5, Davis 5. WEST COVINA (54) Berrymon 10, Martin 21, La Bomme 17, Parker 6. Diamond Bar 11 13 16 11 -- 51 West Covina 21 5 17 11 -- 54 Total fouls: DB 14, WC 13. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none.
Chaparral 79 Banning 65--Chaparral won its 12th straight game with an impresive win at Banning. The Pumas (20-3, 6-0) led by as many as 29 early in the 4th quarter before clearing their bench. Joe Buller scored 21 points and had nine rebounds to lead Chaparral. Ryan Cooke had 19 points, 12 rebounds and six block shots and Dan Larsen added 18 points. The Pumas shot 60 percent for the game. Banning (11-12, 4-2) was led by Tremain Williams with 20 points while Mike Davis added 17.
South Coast League
Capistrano Valley 60, Mission Viejo 52--Matt Sweany scored 16 points, including four three-pointers, to lead the Cougars (15-8, 5-2) over the host Diablos (11-12, 2-5). Francis Ireisej scored a game-high 19 points for Mission Viejo. Capistrano Valley moved into second place. Francis Ireifej scored 19 points for Mission Viejo.
El Toro 75, San Clemente 66-- Wearing down opponents with its high-octane offense, El Toro has a two-game lead in the league standings, and Friday night at El Toro against another up-tempo team, the Chargers stayed two games up by outlasting San Clemente, 75-66. El Toro (19-4, 7-0) needs a victory at Capistrano Valley Wednesday to clinch a title in its first year as a South Coast League member. Last year El Toro played in the Sea View League. The Tritons fell to 12-9, 3-4 with the loss Friday. El Toro built sizable leads in each quarter, only to see San Clemente make a run. It appeared the Chargers would coast after taking a 34-24 lead late in the second quarter, but the Tritons (12-8, 3-4) came back behind the play of junior guard Curtis Bush, who made three steals during a 14-3 run that gave the Tritons a 38-37 lead. Trailing 46-44 late in the third quarter, the Chargers went on a 7-0 run to take a 51-46 lead. El Toro eventually stretched the lead to 66-57 with 2:50 remaining, but again the Tritons came back. With San Clemente trailing, 68-60, Brian George made a three-point field goal from the baseline to cut the deficit to 68-63 with 1:15 left. That was as close as the Tritons would get. Chris Parish hit a three-pointer and the Chargers pulled away. The Tritons trailed, 66-57, with 3:18 to play, but pulled within five at 71-66 with 43 seconds remaining. El Toro sealed the victory by making four of four free throws in the waning moments. Ashkan Nazeri, who scored 16 of his game-high 26 points from the free-throw line, said the pace only fueled his team. San Clemente trailed, 12-4, with 1:47 left in the first quarter, then used three fast-break layups and a baseline drive by Curtis Bush to take a 17-16 lead early in the second. But Bush was whistled for a technical foul, his third personal foul, with 6:45 left in the first half. He sat out the rest of the half. Triton Coach Brad Davis, hounding officials about the call, picked up a technical foul a few minutes later. By the time Nazeri had made all of his free throws, El Toro had a 23-17 lead. Bush finished with 22 points and six steals.
Trabuco Hills 61, Dana Hills 55--Evan Fields scored 15 points and John Kupper added 11 as the Mustangs (11-12, 4-3) defeated the host Dolphins (6-17, 0-7). Andrew Spaulding led Dana Hills with 15 points and Travis Nelson added 14, including two three-pointers.
Marina 71, Edison 56--Dustin Kaatz scored 34 points and Beau Brown added 19 for visiting Marina (20-2, 6-0). Steve Henderson scored 17 points for Edison (8-12, 1-5).
Los Alamitos 60, Esperanza 57--Ryan Keller scored 18 points, including four free throws in the final 30 seconds, as the visiting Griffins (17-4, 5-1) defeated the Aztecs (11-11, 3-3). Jeff Grgas added 17 points and seven rebounds for Los Alamitos.
Bishop Diego 88, Fillmore 50--Following an emotional loss to county rival Carpinteria on Wednesday, Bishop Diego High gunned down Fillmore 88-50 in a Tri-Valley League boys' basketball game behind Jamie Sanchez's season-high 34 points. Sanchez scored 12 in the third quarter when Bishop expanded its 13-point halftime lead to 29 points, 67-38. Sanchez sat out the fourth quarter. Ward cited the inside play of Nick Scheftic and Matt Korsan. Bishop scored 98 in an early season game against Ventura County Christian, but the 88 points is their highest score in league in recent memory. The victory, the Cardinals' 10th of the season, autotmatically qualifies them for the Division 5-AA playoffs as announced by the CIF office earlier in the week. Bishop is 10-11 overall, 2-3 in league. BISHOP DIEGO-- Steward 6, Renick 3, Capritto 11, Um 4, Frawley 1, Leeser 6, Sanchez 34, Scheftic 10, Korsan 10, Vickers 3. Totals 30 23-30 88. FILLMORE-- Fore 6, J. Herrera 13, L. Herrera 5, Gunn 3, Sandoval 5, Ferrer 11, Hernandez 2, Vega 3, Murillo 2. Totals 21 5-11 50. Bishop Diego . . . 18 23 26 21--88 Fillmore . . . 16 12 10 12--50 3-point goals---BD 5 (Capritto, Renick Leeser, Sanchez), F 3 ( Gunn, Sandoval Ferrer). Total fouls--BD 14, F 25. Fouled out--Hernandez, Gunn. Technical foul--Sandoval.
Oak Park 78, Carpinteria 58--Chris Redfield scored 18 of his 33 points on treys at Oak Park, but it wasn't enough to bring the Warriors back from a 10-point first-half deficit that only got larger as the game progressed. Carpinteria drops to 8-11, 1-4 in league. Zachary Smith, Oak Park's center was out sick for the first half, but in the second half, Oak Park just exploded, running the fast break. Oak Park is atop the Tri-Valley league standings with a perfect 5-0 record. CARPINTERIA -- Redfield 33, Lopez 12, M. Smith, 9, Hernandez 2, Bright 2. Totals 29 7-14 58. OAK PARK-- Williams 1, McNair 5, Cheung 7, Adams 25, Murphy 13, Ross 3, Jones 5, Giangregorio 2, Jacobi 33, Kaleinbaum 2. Totals 38 11-16 78. Carpinteria . . . 11 14 14 19 -- 58 Oak Park . . . 15 24 26 13 -- 78 3-point goals--C 7 (Redfield 6, M. Smith), OP 9. Total fouls--C 14, OP 14. Fouled out--None.
Valle Vista League
Ganesha 65, Covina 49--Cedric Click scored 20 points, and Jason Romero was a point short of a triple double with nine points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists for Ganesha (10-11, 4-5). Jeremy Starks scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Shadon Knight grabbed 14 rebounds in the win for the Giants.COVINA (49) Gibbs 5, Ulrich 2, Ndubaku 10, Tran 1, Evangelista 12, Vaughn 8, Carruthers 4, Lincon 7. GANESHA (65) Click 20, Starks 11, Efeuberha 6, Knight 12, Romero 9, Tyus 7 Covina 7 18 11 13 -- 49 Ganesha 19 16 16 14 -- 65 Total fouls: C 12, G 15. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none.
Bonita 54, Covina Northview 46-- Chris Dean scored 18 of his game-high 21 points in the second half helping Bonita (14-7, 6-3) overcome an eight point deficit at half vs. Northview, which is now 4-5 in league. Alan Erving scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Bearcats. NORTHVIEW (46) Nelson 4, Samudio 13, Griffin 8, De La Torre 4, Mercado 14, Trinh 3. BONITA (54) Carr 6, Stewart 6, Musa 8, McCraven 2, Erving 11, Dean 21 Northview 17 13 10 6 -- 46 Bonita 11 11 14 18 -- 54 Total fouls: N 14, B 11. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none.
San Dimas 67, South Hills 61--Valle Vista League boys basketball was at its best when first-place San Dimas traveled to second-place West Covina South Hills and pulled off a 67-61 victory. South Hills came out strong in the first quarter as center Miquel Garcia hit four of his 15 points before the slow-starting Saints could find any rhythm. The signs were pointing to a Huskies upset, but San Dimas bounced back after a slow start that saw the Saints trail 18-12 after one quarter. The roles reversed in the last half of the second quarter as South Hills passes were off target, while San Dimas countered with a pressing man-to-man defense which caused several key turnovers. Senior guard David Malana picked up the slack like a true floor general as he hit a driving lay up between three Huskies with two minutes left in the first half. In fact, Malana quietly managed a game-high 20 points through his consistent scoring and knack to find the free-throw line. The Saints reestablished their dominance as they fought to a 29-28 lead at the half. South Hills picked up where it left off in the second quarter as bad passing crushed their once attacking offense. On top of that, their shots became very off balance and rushed. San Dimas continued to roll in the third quarter as Jason Greenlee led the way with 14 points. The fourth quarter followed suit, but Matt Froid (six points) and Kraig Smith (15 points) made it interesting when they hit back-to-back 3-pointers to pull within seven points. Nonetheless, Malana made all the difference down the stretch as he hit his crucial free throws, giving San Dimas the victory.
|Southern Section Non-League Games|
Buena 53, Rio Mesa 52--Ryan Cobos made a free throw with three seconds left and the Bulldogs (8-14, 2-2) rallied from a seven-point deficit with three minutes to play in a nonleague game at Rio Mesa. Robby Blanks had 25 points on seven three-pointers for Buena. John Moreno made one of two free throws for Rio Mesa to tie the game at 52 with eight seconds left.
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