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Recap: Last Day Regular Season Game
From Friday, Feb.11--(Feb. 12, 2000)
Well, another regular season is now in the books, and here are the details from the final day of regular season play in the City and Southern Sections. We know we don't have all the game details, but these are the ones we could find. If you know the details of a game not shown below which was played on Friday, February 11, let us know either by e-mail or by posting it up on the message forum.
We'll have the Southern Section brackets starting tomorrow at about midday just as soon as the first ones are released and as soon as we can get to a phone line to post them up. In the meantime, we've already posted the City Section boys' and girls' tournaments playoff brackets. Check the Daily Articles for more.
South Gate 51, Roosevelt 49 (OT)--The Rams (15-11, 9-1) clinched their first league title since 1993 in their final regular season game. Moses Romero made two free thorws with 15 seconds to play to send the game into overtime and then scored the winning basket, a five-footer with one second remaining.
Sunset Six League
North Hollywood 48, Grant 47--Grant High School's Ryan Logan led all scorers with 21 points but missed a jumper in the final seconds, and North Hollywood held on for a 48-47 victory in a Sunset Six League boys' basketball game Friday at North Hollywood. Logan and Ken Hauser of North Hollywood (18-7, 6-4 in league) were the only players to score in double figures. Hauser finished with 10 points and David Danipour and William Kim each added nine.
Poly 60, Verdugo Hills 59--Guard Sef Vargas scored at the buzzer to give the Parrots a Sunset Six League victory at Verdugo Hills. Vargas had 16 points and Victor Chacon added 18 points for the Parrots (8-16, 3-7). Kevin Baird had 24 points and 25 rebounds for the Dons (9-16, 3-7).
Canoga Park 66, Hollywood 61--Cecil Brown and Dante Witherspoon each scored 17 points and the Hunters (11-13, 4-6) won a Sunset Six League game at Canoga Park. Brown had seven assists and teammate Jammie Harris had 13 points, 13 rebounds and four assists.
Washington 58, Gardena 52--Behind 21 points from Wyshawn Wade , the Generals (11-12, 8-2) clinched a share of the league championship at Gardena. Arnold Johnson had a team-high 18 points and David Simpson added 13 for Gardena (4-6 in league).
Narbonne 87, San Pedro 62--The host Gauchos (12-12, 3-7) made 23 of 25 free throws and used an 18-2 run in the second quarter to break the game open and cruise to victory. Umoza Mmeje led Narbonne with 22 points. Dozie Nemoza scored a career-high 17 points and Reggie Simms added 17 for the Gauchos. Malik Rahh led the Pirates (5-20, 0-10) with 22 points and 21 rebounds and Steve Fausto added 19.
Carson 58, Banning 55-- Andre Johnson scored 21 points including two free throws in the final seconds to steal the win, as the Colts (17-9, 8-2) clinched a share of the league title with a win over the host Pilots (7-3 in league).
Valley Mission League
Monroe 65, Sylmar 63--Eight seconds after John Valdez of Sylmar High made a dramatic game-tying three-point basket, Robert Palafox of Monroe drove for a layup to give the Vikings a 65-63 victory and the Valley Mission League title at Sylmar. Valdez's three-pointer with 10 seconds left prompted a roar from Sylmar fans and the bench, and the game appeared headed for overtime. But Monroe (19-6, 9-1 in league play), which was out of timeouts, quickly inbounded the ball, catching the celebrating Spartans a bit off-guard. When Palafox received the pass near the sideline at midcourt, two Spartans scrambled to trap him. But Palafox, who finished with 17 points and 10 steals, dribbled out of trouble and into an empty lane for the layup. Sylmar called a timeout with two seconds left to set up a play, but Valdez's shot from beyond midcourt was more than five feet short. Valdez finished with 17 points. Although Palafox came up with the decisive basket, it was teammate Ramall Goodrich who had the hot hand. Goodrich, a 5-11 junior guard, made 13 of 18 shots and finished with 30 points. Sylmar was forced to play catch-up in the second half after being outscored 26-8, and making 12 turnovers in the second quarter. Sylmar (12-11, 8-2) jumped to an 11-0 lead in the first 4:30 and led, 20-8, after the first quarter. But Monroe, which forced eight turnovers in the first quarter, turned up the heat in the second. Monroe led by 11 points in the third quarter, but Sylmar scratched its way back into the game with rebounds and three-pointers. Alfredo Tovar's layup with 1:50 remaining gave Sylmar a 60-59 lead and capped a 10-0 run. But Goodrich buried a three-pointer from the top of the key and Palafox added a free throw for a 63-60 lead with 40 seconds left. basket, and had 10 steals for Monroe High. Carlos Estrada of Sylmar.
West Valley League
Granada Hills 65, Birmingham 56--Midwin Francis had 12 points, 17 rebounds and four steals, and Walter Burch came off the bench to score 13 points for Granada Hills (14-11, 6-4) in a West Valley League game at Birmingham.
Cleveland 79, Taft 71--Cleveland secured itself a share of the West Valley Championship with the win Friday night at Cleveland, but Taft won the tie-breaker coin-toss to be the representative from the West Valley League to the City Championship. Cleveland can still get an at-large spot in the tournament and is likely to be seeded. In ending Taft's school-record 19-game winning streak, the Cavaliers (18-7, 9-1 in league play) started with a 9-0 burst and never let up. They battled for every rebound and hustled for every loose ball. They fired away from three-point range, connecting on nine three-pointers through three quarters. Harvey scored 18 points for Cleveland but had plenty of help. Anthony Davis scored 15 points, Grant Pledger and Matthew Awad each had 13 points, and Jeston Thompson added 12 points and 12 rebounds. Awad, a sophomore guard who was playing on the junior varsity several weeks ago, made three three-pointers. Taft (19-2, 9-1) had not trailed all season at halftime, but the Toreadors were behind, 44-36, and couldn't come closer than five points in the second half. Gregg Guenther finished with 24 points for Taft. Ronald Gray, who fouled out, added 16 points and Steve Smith had 15. The transformation of Cleveland from a struggling team to a co-champion that has won 11 of 12 games is a tribute to Levitt and the eight players who stuck around. Levitt took over when James Morris was fired just before Christmas vacation. Since then, one player was kicked off the team, another quit, another transferred and another was declared ineligible.
Westchester 73, Venice 62--Jason Breland led four Westchester players in double figures with 14 points as the Comets defeated Venice, 73-62, to clinch the Western League boys basketball title Friday night at Venice. Brandon Heath scored 12 points for the Comets (19-6, 11-1), who outscored Venice, 26-14, in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. Keith Everage and Ashanti Cook each scored 11
|Southern Section League Games|
St. Margaret's 65, Fairmont 64 (OT)--Kevin Krouse made a free throw in the closing seconds for St. Margaret's and teammate Ibraham Marouf scored four of the Tartans' seven points in overtime. Edward Ortega made two free throws with four seconds remaining in regulation for St. Margaret's (14-9, 9-3), sending the game into overtime tied at 58. William Washington scored 23 points for Fairmont (10-12, 5-7).
Alhambra 53, Keppel 48-- On Friday night, with the league championship on the line, Keppel gave up a double-digit first-half lead and watched the host Moors make 13 of 16 free throws down the stretch to seal a 64-58 victory. The Moors led, 53-48, with 1:52 left in the game and never got another opportunity to shoot from the floor. Keppel fouled on every Alhambra possession, with forward Edwin Rosario the No. 1 target. Rosario, a fan favorite for his scrappy play and aggressive defense and rebounding, stepped to the free-throw line eight times in the final 1:30 and missed only once. The victory gave Alhambra (18-8, 8-2) its first league title since 1997, one game better than Keppel (15-11, 7-3) and San Gabriel, which defeated Schurr on Friday. Alhambra won its first seven league games but lost consecutive games to San Gabriel and Bell Gardens before Friday's clincher. And early on it seemed like the Aztecs were set to make it three consecutive losses. Keppel point guard Lamgee Wong controlled play with quick drives to the basket for eight first-quarter points. Keppel led, 18-7, after the first quarter. In the teams' first meeting in January, Sylvester Allison scored 17 fourth-quarter points, including five 3-pointers, and Alhambra escaped with a 57-52 victory. Friday, Allison was held scoreless in Keppel's first-quarter onslaught but turned up his game in the second quarter. Alhambra outscored Keppel, 20-5, in the quarter, with Allison scoring 12 points, including three 3-pointers. The 5-foot-10 guard scored 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to give Alhambra its first lead of the game, 25-23, with 1:25 left in the half. Alhambra's leading scorer, who is certain to be awarded Almont League MVP honors, finished with 25 points. While the Moors celebrated their championship by cutting down the nets, Keppel coach Tony Grbac refused to comment and hastily left the gym with his team. The Moors led by as many as nine points in the third quarter as Allison, overplayed by the Keppel defenders, dribbled to the basket for two consecutive driving lay-ups and a 38-29 lead. But Keppel's Phong Lam found his outside shooting touch, making four jumpers, as the Aztecs went on a 13-4 run to tie the game 42-42 with 5:50 left. Allison responded again, scoring four points and finishing off an 11-4 run with a no-look pass to center Mike Jones, whose lay-up made it 53-46. Keppel got as close as three, 61-58 with 17.3 seconds left, when Alex Ng made three free throws after being fouled outside the arc. But Rosario, who scored 14 points, made three of four in the final 16 seconds to seal the game.
Villa Park 59, Santa Ana Valley 39--Austin Beardsey had 13 points and Tony Bryant had 10 for the visiting Spartans (24-2, 10-0). Alex Cervantes and Alex Landa had eight points each for Santa Ana Valley (9-17, 1-9).
Canyon 64, Orange 44--Jamal Taylor had 20 points and Darryl Parker had 17 rebounds for the visiting second place Comanches (14-10, 7-3). Blake Dodge scored 13 points for Orange (5-20, 2-8). Christian Amador was 5 for 5 from three-point range and had 15 points.
Foothill 89, El Modena 54--Chad Bigler had 25 points and Roger Hogan had 17 points and 15 assists for the visiting Knights (13-12, 7-3). Brock Kyler scored 15 for El Modena (12-12, 4-6).
Third Place Playoff Game
Buena 55, Dos Pueblos 46--Cody Murphy scored six points and Dan Panico had four assists in the fourth quarter, and the Bulldogs won a third-place playoff game in the Channel League at Buena. Ryan Cobos had 13 points for Buena (10-17). Murphy and Jason Plum each finished with 10. Dos Pueblos is 11-15.
Ontario Christian 78, Linfield 51--Ontario Christian won the Christian League title with a 78-51 victory over Temecula Linfield on Friday night. The Knights picked up the pace in the second half, outscoring Linfield by 27 points after leading by just one point at the half. Ryan Fuqua led Ontario Christian with 29 points, including six 3-pointers, and seven assists. Justin Veenendaal pumped in 16 points and Eugene Verkaik grabbed 12 rebounds Ontario Christian is 19-4 overall, including 11-1 in league. TEMECULA LINFIELD (51) Graham 15, Butte 29, Wilson 6, Duarte 6, Redfield 2, Gorsky 2, Schulf 1. ONTARIO CHRISTIAN (78) Fuqua 29, Veenendaal 16, Gibson 10, Verkaik 9, Hoekstra 5, Landry 3, Fulkerson 2, Santana 2, Grayson 2. Linfield 14 18 11 8 -- 51 Ontario Chr. 24 9 24 21 -- 78 Total fouls: L 15, OC 11. Fouled out: Koenig (L). Technical fouls: none.
Ontario Christian 78, Linfield 51--Ryan Fuqua hit five three-pointers and scored 29 points as Ontario Christian (11-1, 19-4) wrapped up the Christian League championship by beating Temecula Linfield (1-11, 5-14). On senior night, Ontario Christian had two of its usual starters on the bench to start the game and led by a point at halftime. But the Knights outscored Linfield 24-11 in the third quarter and 21-8 in the fourth. Fuqua had seven assists.LINFIELD (51) -- Buttes 19, Graham 15, Wilson 6, Duarte 6, Koenig 2, Gorsky 2, Schulf 1. ONTARIO CHRISTIAN (78) -- Fuqua 29, Veenendaal 16, Verkaik 9, Grayson 2, Nanninga 0, Gibson 10, Hoekstra 5, Landry 3, Fulkerson 2, Santana 2. Halftime score -- Ontario Christian 33-32. Three-point goals -- Graham 3, Buttes, Fuqua 5, Veenendaal 2, Landry. Total fouls -- Linfield 15, Ontario Christian 11. Fouled out -- Koenig.
Del Rio League
El Rancho 55, Whittier 53--El Rancho earned the right to go to the playoffs for the first time in four years with the win over crosstown rival Whittier on Friday night. The Cardinals had a final chance to win, but Snow Mendoza missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
La Serna 88, Pioneer 67--Senior Jason Edwards scored a team-high 26 points, to help the Lancers finish with a perfect 10-0 record in league.
Cypress 61, Kennedy 50--Justin Yun had 14 points and Josh Smith had 10 points and 10 rebounds for host Cypress (14-11, 3-7). Rhema McKnight scored 16 points for Kennedy (2-8 in league). Josh Smith had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the host Centurions
El Dorado 62, Century 41--Quinn Hawking scored 20 points to lead visiting El Dorado (22-4, 9-1), which, combined with Loara's loss, clinched the league title for the Golden Hawks.
Katella 63, Loara 60--Ben Jivcu made two game-breaking defensive plays Friday night, helping Katella top Loara, 63-60, in an Empire League boys' basketball game at Katella. Jivcu capped a late Katella comeback when he converted a steal into a layup with 32 seconds left, giving the Knights a 61-60 lead. Jivcu locked up Loara guard Wes Wardrop on the next play, forcing a five-second violation with 21 seconds left. Moments later, a pair of free throws by Nick Novella gave the Knights (12-13, 6-4) a cushion, and gave the Saxons (17-9, 8-2) a second-place finish in the Empire League. A victory would have given Loara a share of the league title. Instead El Dorado, which won Friday at Century, 62-41, has the championship all to itself. Katella committed eight first-quarter turnovers but still took a 22-19 lead. But Loara also would prove to be generous, with 18 turnovers for the game. Loara's Dan Melton did his part to help swing the momentum in the Katella gym, packed with boisterous fans from both sides. Melton finished with a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds and helped the Saxons take a 60-55 lead after a 14-5 fourth-quarter run. After that, it was all Katella. Jumpers by Phillip Tyson (14 points) and Darren Sack got the Knights to within one and set the stage for Jivcu's heroics. Nick Novella had 15 for Katella, which finished in third place. Wardrop and Jordan Roberson each had 10 for Loara. Jordan Roberson in the first half of the Knights' 63-60 Empire League victory Friday night.
Fullerton 56, Sunny Hills 48--Daniel Fells had 17 points and Michael Bridgeford added 14 to help the Fullerton boys basketball team defeat Sunny Hills, 56-48, and clinch third place in the Freeway League on Friday. With the victory, the Indians (18-7, 6-5) earn a playoff berth, while the Lancers (14-13, 5-6) will be a wild-card team. Sunny Hills (14-13, 5-6) got 22 points from Tony Gonzalez.
Golden West League
Ocean View 76, Tustin 55--The Seahawks got 16 points from Marques Crane and finished undefeated (8-0) in league play. They are now 25-2 overall, while the host Tillers finish the season at 2-23 and 1-7. Ryan Westbrook had seven points and seven assists for visiting Ocean View.
Santa Ana 66, Westminster 56-- Rick Montelongo had 14 points to lead the Saints, who finish with a 6-2 league record, good for second place.
Buckley 73, Avalon 43--Buckley (20-2, 14-0), ranked No. 6 in the latest Southern Section D-VAA poll, completed it's sweep through Liberty Leauge by beating Avalon twice in less than 18 hours in the final regular season game on Friday at Buckley, capturing their first league title since 1995, and their first undefeated league title since 1985 (when the school played in the Delphic League). The Griffins were led by 6'-4" junior forward Colin Ward Henninger's 24 points, and sophomore point guard David Gale's 8 points, 8 assists, 7 steal performances. Ward-Henninger grabbed 6 rebounds and Gale had 7, while 6'-5" junior swingman Murali Sivalingam pulled down 13 rebounds to go along with his 7 points. Senior Mike Lalazerian, who is one of the three-point percentage leaders in the region, had 8 points (including shooting 2 for 2 from three point range). Senior Adam Pastor, who has been out for the last six games with a broken finger, returned briefly to the lineup and had 2 points. Junior Alex Clancy had 5 points while Royal Weaver also had 5. Jake Scannell, a junior forward, had 4, while Steven Broukhim shot 3 for 4 from the field for 7 points. The game was really never in doubt as Buckley jumped out to a 28-16 first half lead, and then stretched that to a 53-31 third quarter lead. Avalon finished the season at 4-19, 1-13 in league.
Providence 52, Oakwood 31--Despite the fact that only four Providence players scored, the Pioneers (19-5, 11-3), easily handled the Gorrillas in the final league game of the season. Providence finished second in Liberty League, three games behind league champion Buckley. Providence was led by Shant Bekmezian with 23 points and 6 steals, 6 assists, while Pierre Kascinta had 12 points; Derek Jones had 13, and Gino Pedraja had 4. Oakwood was led by Stan Musgrave with 10 and Nick Mark with 11. Oakwood finishes has 6-14 overall and 4-10 in league. Providence, currently ranked No. 7 in the latest CIF/SCIBCA poll in Divsion IV-A, will look for a good seeding in the playoff brackets to be announced tomorrow.
Simi Valley 85, Royal 64--Branduinn Fullove made 11 of 12 shots en route to 27 points for the Pioneers (24-2, 12-0) in a Marmonte League victory at Simi Valley. The victory, Simi Valley's 25th in a row in league play, wrapped up the Pioneers' second consecutive league title.
Thousand Oaks 93, Newbury Park 70--Kyle Kegley had 25 points with eight rebounds and the host Lancers (16-9, 8-4) clinched second place in the Marmonte League. Tim Chevalier added 16 points for Thousand Oaks.
Westlake 69, Agoura 65--Dan Dehner scored six of Westlake's 13 points in overtime and finished with 24 as the Warriors (13-12, 3-9) won a Marmonte League game at Westlake.
Upland Christian 59, Riverside Christian 54--Upland Christian led the entire game behind the scoring of John Surmi (17 points). Matt Chiappone chipped in with 11 points for the Eagles (5-16, 4-10).RIVERSIDE CHRISTIAN (54) Je. Ayers 7, William 2, Constant 12, Chavez 6, Klex 8, Ja. Ayers 18, Decarlo 1. UPLAND CHRISTIAN (59) Surmi 17, Chiappone 11, Cromer 9, Roberds 13, Toupal 9. Riverside Chr. 13 18 17 6 -- 54 Upland Chr. 22 17 12 8 -- 59 Total fouls: RC 18, UC 15. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: Riverside Christian bench.
Long Beach Poly 667, Millikan 48--Senior center Joe Travis had 13 points nad 9 rebounds and the Jackrabbits finished the Moore League season undefeated after beating the visiting Rams (6-6 in league). Poly, which also got 9 points eachfrom AJ Diggs and Markee White, went 25-2 overall and 12-0 in league.
Compton 77, Cabrillo 52--The Tarbabes (16-7, 7-5) got off to a 22-12 start in the first quarter, and the host Jaguars (7-18, 2-10) never quite got into the game. Jeremiah Thompson led Compton with 22 points while Jonathan Henderson ahd 16. Alex Sansberry paced Cabrillo with a game high 33 points.
Lakewood 57, Wilson 41-- Armond Ivory who transferred from Artesia before the start of the season, scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half to help the Lancers (12-14, 5-7) beat the visiting Bruins (8-18, 1-11).
First Place Tournament Game
Arroyo Grande 67, Righetti 59--Arroyo Grande High, with the Northern League boys basketball title already in hand, beat Righetti 67-59 in the league tournament championship game Friday in Warrior Gym. The Eagles pulled away in the last five minutes before a standing-room-only crowd. Arroyo Grande, 21-4 going into the CIF-Southern Section playoffs, had to overcome adversity in the last week. The Eagles had a six-game win streak snapped against Santa Maria in their final regular-season league game, then lost center Phillip Johnson for the season with a broken foot. Having beaten Righetti twice with Johnson, now the Eagles have done it without him. Arroyo Grande tied Righetti 49-49 with 5:09 to play on a pair of Dustin Ensign free throws. It went ahead seconds later on a basket by David Romero. Arroyo Grande scored 27 fourth-quarter points, including going 17-for-18 from the free throw line. Ensign missed the Eagles first free throw of the quarter, then he and his teammates made 17 straight. Arroyo Grandes final 12 points were scored from the free-throw line. Romero had 18 points for Arroyo Grande, while Ryan Zimmerman had 15, Sean Shields 14 and Ensign 10. Shields, who matches up against bigger opponents in Johnsons absence, also pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds. Arroyo Grande goes into next weeks Division I-AA playoffs with a little momentum.
Third Place Game
Santa Maria 63, Lompoc 59--The Saints endured Lompocs 41-point second half to win the tournaments third-place game. Santa Maria, 9-14 overall, had four players in double figures. Matt Jimenez scored 16 points, Steven Valdez had 13, Eric Juarez 11 and Mike St. Julien 10. Lompoc was led by Lyndon Conaways 16 points. The Braves still finish in third place in the overall league standings, earning the leagues third guaranteed playoff berth. Lompoc is 14-11 overall.
Brea Olinda 77, Valencia 59--Ryan Wilber led Brea to victory scoring 28 points to help the first-place Wildcats beat Valencia, 77-59. The victory lifted the first-place Wildcats to 9-1 in Orange League play and 20-6 overall. Valencia finished at 6-4 and 13-13. The Wildcats jumped to a 21-11 lead after one quarter on the hot shooting of Ryan Wilber, who finished with a game-high 28 points, high for the game. Wilber scored the first eight points of the contest before the Tigers called a timeout to regroup. Wilber finished the first quarter with 14 points, including three three-pointers. As sizzling as the Wildcats were in the opening quarter, they cooled off in a hurry in the second quarter as the Tigers rallied to outscore them 16-8, to trail by just two at the half, 29-27. After some adjustments at intermission, the Wildcats played a near-flawless third quarter, outscoring Valencia 29-13. This time it was Landon Lewis who had the hot hand. Lewis, who had just two points in the first half, spearheaded a 22-2 Brea run over the first five minutes of the third to put the game away. Lewis finished the game with 16 points, nine in the third quarter.Emmanuel Ortega scored 24 for Valencia (12-14, 6-4)
Magnolia 69, Anaheim 50--Vincent Bryant scored 19 points and Geoffrey Clayton added 17 points and seven assists as the Sentinels (21-5, 7-3) secured second place with a season-finale victory over the visiting Colonists (14-11, 4-6)
Pacific View League
Channel Islands 56, Rio Mesa 44--Manny Berrelleza made six three-point baskets and finished with 30 points for the Raiders (13-13), who won a Pacific View League playoff game for third place at Channel Islands. Berrelleza scored 12 of his points in the second quarter. Brian Long had seven points and five assists for the Raiders.
Chadwick 68, Pasadena Poly 49--Michael Reich scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the host Dolphins (15-7, 8-0) to the Prep League championship. Peter McCaslin scored 20 points.
Rio Hondo 52, Flintridge Prep 38--Rio Hondo Prep relied on solid defense in a 52-38 upset victory over visiting Flintridge Prep on Friday night. The Kares held Flintridge Prep under 10 points in three quarters, keeping Prep from achieving a winning record in Prep League play. Rio Hondo Prep (11-10, 3-5) came out fast in the first quarter, scoring six points before the Rebels could manage a field goal. They forced Flintridge Prep to shoot from the perimeter, clogging the middle and blocking four interior shots in the first half. A quick five points by Devin Brown, who scored only in the first quarter, brought the Rebels to within four points, 10-6, as the first quarter ended. Ryan Prest (eight points, three blocks) controlled the key on both sides of the court. He amassed six rebounds and forced two steals in the paint. The Kares continued their half-court dominance in the second half, relying on Jeremiah DeLeon (17 points) to find open shooters and to find the basket himself. He scored eight of his points in the period, putting his team ahead by seven with a 3-point basket with 5:15 remaining and pushing the lead to nine with a quick layup to end the half. The Rebels (13-10, 4-4) remained cold in the second quarter, frequently failing to capitalize on solid opportunities. On one transition play, the Rebels missed an undefended layup. A no-look pass by Antonio Harrison to Brian Strand that looked like an easy two points was squelched when DeLeon came from behind to block Strand's shot. In the third quarter, the Rebels fought back, cutting a nine-point deficit to one. Sleeping giant Ben Kroop, who was held scoreless in the first half, hit six baskets in the paint and went 1-for-2 from the line for 13 points. Soussa led the Kares, answering every Flintridge Prep run. He sped up the tempo in the fourth quarter, extending the Rio Hondo Prep lead to 14.
Sea View League
Woodbridge 75, Irvine 40--Danny Lambert scored 10 points and Doug Koeller had nine as Woodbridge clinched the Sea View League boys' basketball title with a 75-40 victory over Irvine Friday at Woodbridge. Jon Tilton had five points and seven assists for the Warriors (18-8, 7-1 in league). Jorian Guinn scored 12 points for Irvine (5-20, 0-8).
Newport Harbor 60, Aliso Niguel 50-- Dustin Illingworth collected 24 points and catapulted the Sailors to a 60-50 triumph in their last Sea View League game, breaking a two-game losing streak and finishing second in league; 15 of Illingworth's points came in the second half. Newport (17-8, 6-2 in league) shook off Aliso Niguel after a 27-23 halftime lead and led by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter. Newport sophomore Tony Melum scored six key points in the second quarter for the Sailors. The Wolverines fell to 12-13, 3-5. Aliso Niguel did not help its cause with two technical fouls in the third quarter. Yarnal got three of his five points on technical free throws. Aliso Niguel 12 11 11 16 - 50 Newport Harbor 13 14 17 16 - 60 Aliso Niguel - Zanolli 13, Chambers 13, Hefty 8, Ross 4, Sieves 3, Lamela 5, Alconcel 0, Ebel 0, Garcia 2, Wagstaff 2, Hanson 0, Rodriguez 0. 3-pt. goals - Lamela 1. Fouled out - None. Technicals - Coach 1, Zanolli 1. Newport Harbor - Illingworth 24, Perrine 8, Reynolds 6, Yarnal 5, Rorden 5, Melum 12, Knutti 0, Martin 0, Spigner 0, Murray 0, Redoutey 0, Ready 0, Staudenmann 0. 3-pt. goals - Perrine 1, Rorden 1. Fouled out - None. Technicals - None.
Diamond Bar 79, Rowland 43--Khalif Ford scored 16 points and had four steals in less than two quarters of play to lead Diamond Bar (15-12, 6-4). Marc Jecmen (13 points, six rebounds), J.J. Craig (10 points, 10 rebounds), Anthony Davis (10 points) and Henry Frierson (seven assists) also starred for the Brahmas. ROWLAND (43) Merriweather 4, Smith 12, Mitchell 6, Hicks 8, Higa 1, Eldridge 12. DIAMOND BAR (79) Frierson 9, Robinson 5, Ford 16, Jecmen 13, Buller 1, Hoshi 4, Craig 10, Davis 10, Henry 2, Copeland 2, Villenueva 6. Rolwand 9 10 11 13 -- 43 Diamond Bar 25 15 24 15 -- 79 Total fouls: R 12, DB 15. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none.
Ayala 80, West Covina 37--Ayala (24-4, 10-0) completed its first ever undefeated league season in the school's 10-year history. Chris Pacana scored 20 points and had eight assists to lead the Bulldogs. Marcel Burke scored 13 points, Marc McCoy scored 12 and Ken Quinn scored 10 to help Ayala. WEST COVINA (37) Barrymore 9, Martin 14, Parker 5, Brown 5, Ly 3, Tiratira 1. AYALA (80) Pacana 20, Sterling 8, Lucas 8, Burke 13, McCoy 12, Vavakin 2, Quinn 10, Simms 3, Cradoc 2, Bautista 2. West Covina 6 14 8 9 -- 37 Ayala 16 20 20 24 -- 80 Total fouls: WC 13, A 15. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none.
Nogales 61, Damien 58--The Nobles slipped away with a 61-58 victory over the visiting Spartans in a Sierra League game. Nogales junior forward Kevin Carson, who finished with 18 points, made three of his four 3-pointers in the last quarter to key the victory. In a see-saw game during which the lead changed hands 13 times, Damien (14-12 overall, 5-5 in league) had three chances to win or tie in the last 19 seconds. With Nogales ahead, 59-58, Carson missed a runner in the lane. But Damien failed to capitalize when Spartans guard Vinnie Minjares failed to connect on a long bounce pass intended for Mike Hayden, who was cutting to the basket on a backdoor play. Nogales (14-12, 4-6) was called for a five-second violation on the ensuing in-bounds pass, but Damien gave the ball back again when the Spartans' in-bounds pass bounced on the baseline. Nobles guard Mark Pagdilao, who finished with 11 points, then made two free throws to ice the victory with five seconds left. A desperation 30-footer by Minjares, who finished with 18 points, including four 3-pointers, was off the mark. Nogales senior Ron Quinine finished with 14 points. Hayden led Damien with 14 points, and Kevin Clark scored 13.
South Coast League
Capistrano Valley 45, Trabuco Hills 40--It was a fight to the bitter end as Capistrano Valley defeated Trabuco Hills, 45-40, in a South Coast League boys basketball game Friday night at Trabuco Hills. Evan Fields led the Mustangs (12-12, 5-5) in the first half with 12 points to give Trabuco a 27-21 lead at the half. The Mustangs' lead would not hold as they committed five turnovers in the second half. The Cougars' (16-9, 7-3) sophomore threesome of Pete DeCasas, Jake Franzen and Matt Sweany scored a combined 15 points in the second half to change the momentum. Mustangs coach Rainer Wulf tried to rally his team in the closing minutes, with Fields scoring eight points, including four free throws. The Mustangs also out rebounded the Cougars, 14 to 15, in the second half to keep the game close. However, Sweany hit two free throws after a three-pointer by Franzen to give the Cougars a five point lead with 15 seconds remaining. When Trabuco's Jon Castleton missed a two-point attempt at the buzzer, the Cougars began celebrating the victory that gave them second place in the South Coast League. The Mustangs finished the season in fourth place.
El Toro 61, Dana Hills 42--Ashkan Nazeri scored 17 points, and Brian Kennard added 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the visiting Chargers (22-4, 10-0) to a league title over the Dolphins (6-20, 0-10). Andrew Spaulding added 10 points and Jimmy Jackson scored nine, including three three-pointers for the Dolphins.
Mission Viejo 86, San Clemente 60--Mykel Valentine led all scorers with 19 points, and Jordan Million added 15 to lead the host Diablos over the Tritons. Million also made two three-pointers for the Diablos (12-14, 3-7). James Hartman had 17 points, including four three-pointers, for San Clemente (5-5 in league).
Artesia 144, Cerritos 53--The Pioneers won their 14th consecutive league title in stunning fashion as they set a team record for most points scored. The 144 points wsa also a school record, beating the previous record of 127 set last January against Glenn. Sophomore guard Franklin Matos, junior forward Amaury Fernandez, and junior forward Jack Martinez each scored 24 points, while senior point guard and Nevada-signee Andre Hazel scored 22 to lead the Pioneers to their 68th consecutive victory in league play. Matos also recorded 14 steals and 11 assists for a triple-double.
Mayfair 92, Norwalk 31-- Junior forward Josh Childress scored 18 ponits and Ediwin Draughan recorded a triple-double as the Monsoons 922-4, 10-2) defeated the host Lancers, who remain winless at 0-12 in league. Draughan finished with 16 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.
Bellflower 83, Glenn 79-- Rahmaud Richardson scored 19 points and Jacor Bradford had 12 as the Bucaneers (14-12, 8-4) clinched theird place by defeating th evisiting Eagles (6-6 in league).
Bishop Diego 65, Carpinteria 57-- Jamie Sanchez was the victim of a box-and-one defense from Carpinteria after he scored 21 points in the first half, but teammate Josh Steward scored 17 points while 6-foot-9 junior Nick Scheftic came up with seven second-half rebounds and a thundering dunk off an assist by Sanchez to make the score 63-57 with 1:04 to play. Sanchez managed to finish with 28 for the night. Sanchez actually was outscored by Carpinteria's Chris Redfield, who hit seven 3-pointers while totaling 34 points. Both teams already had secured CIF playoff bids by winning the 10 games required for at-large entry. The victory allows Bishop, however, to go through the front door as the TVL's third place team. Bishop Diego is 3-5 in league and 11-13 overall while Carpinteria is 2-6 and 10-13. Bishop started Friday's game with a flourish. Sanchez scored eight points as the Cardinals took an 11-5 lead. But two 3-pointers by Redfield and a basket by Matt Smith put Carpinteria ahead 13-11 -- the only time the Warriors would lead all night. Steward scored on successive trips down the court by Bishop and Sanchez hit a 3-pointer to make it 18-13. Redfield hit two shots to make it 18-17, then Steward hit a free throw and Sanchez drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the first quarter. Bishop pulled away slightly in the second period, leading 38-27 at halftime. But Carpinteria went on an 11-2 run to open the third period and tied the game at 42-42 on a basket by Smith and again at 45 as Sanchez and Redfield traded 3-pointers. Scheftic and Steward scored to put Bishop ahead and Aaron Gilles added a free throw. Redfield stroked a 3-pointer but Gilles drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it 53-48 at the end of the quarter. Gilles scored again to open the final quarter and Matt Korsan added a rebound basket to make it 57-48. Carpinteria stayed in the hunt with some baskets by Redfield, but missed two free throw opportunities and a couple long shots before giving up the dunk to Scheftic and succumbing to a steal by Sanchez in the final minutes. CARPINTERIA--Bright 5, Blackmore 2, M. Smith 6, Hernandez 9, Redfield 34, Zoldos 2. Totals 20 10-16 57. BISHOP DIEGO--Steward 17, Capritto 2, Renick 2, Gilles 6, Sanchez 28, Scheftic 4, Korsan 6. Totals 27 6-13 65. Carpinteria . . . 17 10 21 9--57 Bishop Diego . . . 22 16 15 12--65 3-point goals--C 7 (Redfield 7), BD 5 (Sanchez 4, Gilles 1). Fouled out--none. Technical foul--Gilles.
Bloomington Christian 65, Desert Christian 37--Bloomington Christian turned up the defensive pressure and came away with a share of its first boys' basketball league championship in 15 years. The Ravens rolled past Fontana Ambassador Christian, 65-37, and finished in a first-place tie with Bermuda Dunes Desert Christian in the Victory League. Bloomington Christian (9-1, 16-4) used a half-court trap to create turnovers and fast breaks in the second quarter. The Ravens outscored Ambassador 22-10 in the period to take a 19-point halftime lead. Mike Martin scored 16 points and Kevin Jordan had 14 for Bloomington. Greg Peck led Ambassador Christian (4-6, 5-9) with 13 points. BLOOMINGTON CHRISTIAN (65) -- Martin 16, Rawlings 10, J.Jordan 7, Stearn 9, Stott 9, K.Jordan 14. AMBASSADOR CHRISTIAN (37) -- Harper 7, Harrod 1, Akingbemi 11, Peck 13, Pine 1, Madrigal 2, Glodman 2. Halftime score -- Bloomington Christian 38-19. Three-point goals -- Rawlings 2, Stott, Akingbemi. Total fouls -- Bloomington Christian 12, Ambassador Christian 16. Fouled out -- None.
Desert Christian 52, Bethel Christian 39 --Josh Johnson finished with 17 points and Bermuda Dunes Desert Christian outscored Riverside Bethel Christian 18-8 in the fourth quarter en route to a Victory League victory. Eric Heiliger scored 16 to lead Bethel Christian (6-4, 14-9) and David Kim added 15 points for Desert Christian (9-1, 16-6). DESERT CHRISTIAN (52) -- Johnson 17, Kim 15, Brattrud 9, Smith 8, Santana 2, Raley 1. BETHEL CHRISTIAN (39) -- Heiliger 16, Wilson 12, Witt 5, Holder 0, James 0, Bowman 2, Roberts 2, Rojas 2. Halftime score -- Desert Christian 20-17. Three-point goals -- Kim 2, Wilson 2. Total fouls -- Desert Christian 14, Bethel Christian 12. Fouled out -- None.
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