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Boys Division I-AA: 1st Round
Game Details--(Feb 17, 2000)

All the first round games are now complete.  We have some of the details from all of the games except two, which is pretty good considering that these games were played all over, from San Luis Obispo to South Orange County and out to the out reaches of Riverside.  The second round is Friday, February 18.  Game times are all at 7:30 p.m. but check with the schools or the local paper before making a trip.  Don't blame us if a game time or location gets changed.

LB Poly--bye

Century 45, Saddleback 32--The Centurions (11-16) beat the home Roadrunners (5-19) behind the 18-point effort of Chris Ferretti.  Century will play at top-seeded Long Beach Poly (20-2) Friday.


Fontana 72, Chino 55-- The Steelers struggled with visiting Chino, allowing the Cowboys to close within five points in the fourth quarter before pulling away for a 72-55 CIF-Southern Section Division 1AA first-round victory. While the Steelers (18-10) never trailed, they struggled to knock out the Cowboys (11-16) - an at-large entry from the Baseline League - after racing to an 18-2 first-quarter lead. Fontana, which advances to a second-round game Friday night at Alhambra, forced 12 first-quarter turnovers and kept the Cowboys from scoring on nine of their first 10 possessions in taking the 16-point lead. And then came the foul trouble. Fontana committed 14 first-half fouls, and Chino was in the double-bonus by the end of the first quarter.   And the Cowboys kept going, closing to within five points late in the second quarter, six in the third, and 49-44 early in the fourth. Fontana finally snapped out of it, led by Cory McJimson and Trayvon Williams. After sitting on the bench in early foul trouble, the duo combined for 22 second-half points while sparking a late 16-7 run to put things away. The one constant for Fontana was senior Jordan Walker, who led all scorers with 22 points. His consistency- he had at least two field goals and two rebounds in every quarter - kept the Steelers one step ahead of the Cowboys.Curtis Hardin led the Cowboys with 13 points, and Jon Cryer added 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. CHINO (55) Briggs 4, Sandoval 1, Parks 5, Thompson 9, Cryer 12, Aquino 6, Hardin 13, Malone 5. FONTANA (72) Walker 22, McJimson 13, Williams 11, Washington 4, Nelson 12, Mancha 2, Okoebar 2, Crull 2, Strickland 2, Ochoa 2. Chino 10 12 17 16 -- 55 Fontana 19 10 18 25 -- 72 Total fouls: C 20, F 21. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none.


Warren 71, Canyon Springs 52--Junior guard Julian Assibey hit seven 3 pointers en route to a career high 31 points as the host Bears downed the Cougars (11-17) in a first round game.  Warren (21-6) which travels to Rancho Cucamonga Friday at 7:30 p.m. for a second round matchup hit 12 three pointers in the win.

Peninsula 64, El Rancho 51 (Tuesday game)


Ontario 72, Lakewood 38-- Jonathan Levy led Ontario (18-9) with 20 points, 11 rebounds, eight steals, seven blocks and six assists. Marlon Mitchell led all scorers with 23 points, hitting five 3-pointers for the Jaguars, who also received 13 points, nine steals, seven assists and six rebounds from Jason Burrell. Ontario plays Friday at Rialto at 7:30 p.m. LAKEWOOD (38) Hicks 8, Carey 6, Benjamin 1, McLaurin 3, Sahagun 8, Banks 4, Ivory 4, Wagner 4.  ONTARIO (72)  Levy 20, Burrell 13, Mireles 2, Rashedd 4, Mitchell 23, Mack 2, Alhadeff 4, Dunn 2, Ringgold 2. Lakewood 10 14 4 10 -- 38 Ontario 17 13 19 23 -- 72 Total fouls: L 13, O 17. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none.

Downey 69, Santa Ana 67--Rene Herrera of Downey (19-8) scored off of a turnover with one second left in the game.  Joe Frias led Downey with 30 points, including five, three-pointers.  Santa Ana (12-14) trailed by 13 in the second quarter but rallied as Darnell Graham scored 12 of his 24 points in the third quarter to help bring the Saints within within one point to start the fourth quarter.  Santa Ana had a three point lead with less than two minutes to play. 

Valley View--bye

Arroyo Grande--bye

Murrieta Valley 55, Diamond Bar 54--Murrieta Valley survived a late run by Diamond Bar and held on for a first-round Division 1AA victory. Diamond Bar (14-12) connected on a trio of three-pointers in the final 1:26 to pull within a point but couldn't get off a final shot. Ray Mejia and Willie Campbell led Murrieta Valley (14-13) with 15 points apiece. Murrieta Valley will play at Arroyo Grande Friday in the second round. Mark Jecmen led Diamond Bar with 12 points in the first round loss to Murrieta Valley. Khalif Ford scored 11 with three 3-pointers for the Brahmas (14-12). MURRIETA VALLEY (55) Richardson 8, Mejia 15, Brown 9, Campbell 15, Linsley 8. DIAMOND BAR (54) Frierson 5, Nicholson 5, Williams 8, Robinson 2, Ford 11, Jecmen 12, Craig 5. Murrieta Valley 20 17 8 10 -- 55 Diamond Bar 12 16 14 12 -- 54 Total fouls: MV 8, DB 14. Fouled out: Craig (DB). Technical fouls: none.

Esperanza 68, AB Miller 56--Lloyd Walls scored eight of his 18 points in the first half, despite picking up three fouls, to help Esperanza to a 17-point lead.  Mark Lovein scored 12 points, including 10 in the first half, and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Aztecs (15-12), who play at El Toro Friday.  Daryl Pegram scored 18 points for Miller (12-14). 

El Toro--bye

Highland 60, San Gabriel 57-- The Bulldogs, who received an at-large berth after finishing fifth in the Golden League, nearly blew a 13-point lead fourth-quarter lead. Highland (14-12) led by as many as 14 points and 54-41 with less than five minutes to play. But San Gabriel (13-12) climbed within 58-57 on a 3-pointer by Martin Del Toro with 12 seconds to play. Senior guard Oliver Haworth made two free throws with 4.3 seconds left to extend Highland's advantage to 60-57. Del Toro, who finished with a game-high 26 points, missed a 3-pointer from the baseline at the buzzer. Haworth and Mike Kennedy scored 15 points each for Highland, which will play Ayala on Friday. Kennedy, a 6-foot-7 senior center, also had 18 rebounds and five blocks. Sophomore Mike Stevenson added 14 points.  Highland trailed 30-29 at halftime but demonstrated some of the flash that helped the Bulldogs defeated Golden League co-champion Quartz Hill to start the second half.

Crescenta Valey 82, Santa Maria 70-- Freshman guard Jimmy Goffredo scored a game-high 24 points to lead host Crescenta Valley (22-5) to a 79-70 victory over Santa Maria (10-14) Wednesday in a Division I-AA playoff game. Sophomore Chris Tarne added 17 points for the Falcons, who led by as many as 20 points in the second half.  Santa Maria cut the lead to five points, 73-68, with 58 seconds remaining, but Crescenta Valley made its free throws in the final minute to seal the victory. The Falcons play at Leuzinger on Friday. Crescenta Valley took a quick 8-0 lead just 48 seconds into the game on a James Jenkins dunk and 3-pointers by Goffredo and Tarne. The Falcons led 19-7 after one quarter. Jenkins added 15 points. Michael St. Julien led Santa Maria with 15 points.



Temecula Valley 71, Yucaipa 55--Kyle Bachelor scored 18 points, 11 in the fourth quarter, as Temecula Valley defeated Yucaipa in a Division 1AA first-round playoff game. Bachelor made all five of his free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter. Temecula Valley (19-8) trailed 46-45 as the fourth quarter began, but the Golden Bears outscored Yucaipa 26-7 over the final seven minutes of play.  Ben Osgood had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead Yucaipa (10-17), while Matt Majors added 15 points and five rebounds. James Phillips added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Golden Bears.YUCAIPA (55) -- Allen 0, Majors 15, Osgood 18, Martin 7, Carroll 3, Simmons 2, Orr 7, Craig 3. TEMECULA VALLEY (71) -- Rentie 14, Louis 5, Phillips 17, Bachelor 18, Forrest 10, Menancio 3, Moore 2, Tonkins 2. Halftime score -- Temecula Valley 30-28. Three-point goals -- Majors, Carroll, Rentie, Phillips 2, Menancio. Total fouls -- Yucaipa 20, Temecula Valley 20. Fouled out -- Louis, Forrest. Technical fouls -- Temecula Valley (bench), Phillips.

San Clemente 70, Aliso Niguel 53--Curtis Bush scored 11 of San Clemente's 15 points late in the third quarter to help the Tritons put away the Wolverines, 70-53, in a Southern Section Division I-AA boys' basketball first-round playoff game Wednesday at San Clemente.  San Clemente (15-10) will face Glendora, a 77-55 winner over Camarillo, Friday in the second round at a site to be determined by a coin toss.  The Tritons sprinted out to a 20-2 lead over Aliso Niguel (12-14), jumping out to a 30-16 halftime lead.  But after Bush made a pair of free throws to put the Tritons ahead 36-24 early in the third quarter, Aliso Niguel went on a 9-0 run highlighted by Zach Zanolli's three-point play to pull within 36-33. Zanolli finished with a team-high 16 points.  The Wolverines were hustling, slapping loose balls their way, and negating, for the moment at least, San Clemente's strong inside game that featured 6-foot-7 Tim Burnette and 6-6 Gray Garrett.  That's when Bush made two consecutive three-pointers and later added a free throw to help San Clemente regain control going into the fourth quarter. In the fourth, Bush made several dazzling moves to the basket and hit all three of his free throws to close the door.  Each team played without a regular contributor. Aliso Niguel's Sky Chambers was attending his uncle's funeral and Mississippi while San Clemente's Jordan Fleener was ineligible because of academic problems.

Glendora 77, Camarillo 55--unbelievably, not one paper ran the box for this game, at least not one that we could find, so we have none of the details. Sorry.  We thought Glendora would win, but true to form, the news blackout continues on the Tartans. . .

LB Jordan 87, Santa Ana Valley 49-- Despite a sluggish start, Jordan had little trouble finishing off the visiting Falcons in a 87-49 victory for the Panthers. Jordan (18-8) advanced to Friday's second round to play at Santa Monica, which beat Righetti, 82-69. Massey wants to make sure his team carries a lesson into the next round.  On Wednesday, it was Santa Ana Valley (10-15) which looked ready to play in the first quarter. The Falcons, who were outsized at nearly every position and certainly had no one to match up with 6-foot-8 Travon Bryant, led for nearly the entire first quarter. The biggest advantage came at 21-14 with 1:54 remaining. However, the Panthers switched to a different defensive strategy about that point and scored the final six points of the quarter.  The trapping defense forced seven Santa Ana Valley turnovers in the second period and helped the Panthers turn the 21-20 deficit into a 44-27 lead at halftime. Offensively, the key to turning the game around was getting someone besides Bryant involved. Bryant scored eight points in the first quarter, but didn't have a bucket in the second period. Picking up the scoring slack was Nick Tamarao and Ron Banks, who combined for 14 second-quarter points. Jordan wasn't threatened after halftime. Banks finished with a team-high 17 points, Rashawn Childs had 13 points, Bryant had 12 points, 10 rebounds, six blocked shots and two steals and Tumarao had 10 points, including two 3-pointers. Alex Landa scored 22 points and Alex Cervantes had 10 for visiting Santa Ana Valley (10-15).

Santa Monica 82, Righetti 69--like Glendora, no details from anywhere on this game. No paper printed the box, at least no paper we could find. Eventually, the SLO Tribune-Telegram may get around to posting a story on this game. . . we'll see.

Channel Islands 78, Glendale 57--Channel Islands was led by Manny Berrelleza with 17 points and Long with 12 and 12 assists.  Mike Keddington had 6 and 12 rebounds 5 assists, while A Solis had 9, and M. Solis 8.   Bairer also scored 8 and Bellow 9, for CI.  Glendale was led by Yousefian with 23.  Score by quarters:  Channel Islands: 25 17  16  20--76; Glendale 12  12 21  13--58.  Glendale finishes the seasn at 12-4 and Channel Islands continues at 14-13.

Los Alamitos--bye

Upland 72, Millikan 57--Jesse Pruitt led the Highlanders (19-7) with 20 points in the first round victory against Milikan. Sheldon pace also threw in 16 points along did Prentice Harris with 14 points. Upland advances to a second-round game vs. Capistrano Valley on Friday night.UPLAND (72)  Pace 16, Pruitt 20, Snyder 6, J. Harris 4, P. Harris 14, Bechler 5, Hatter 7. LONG BEACH MILIKAN (57) Moore 12, Dove 2, Filer 4, Burris 17, Benjamin 8, Spencer 5, Haynes 9.  Milikan 8 18 18 13 -- 57 Upland 25 18 17 12 -- 72 Total fouls: M 14, U 18. Fouled out: none. Tecnical fouls: none. 

Capistrano Valley 60, Fountain Valley 46--Matt Sweany scored nine of his 22 points in the opening quarter as Capistrano Valley (18-9) built a 17-4 lead. Sweany then had nine more in the third quarter as the Cougars outscored visiting Fountain Valley, 17-11.  The Barons finish 14-13. Century 45, Saddleback 32--Chris Ferretti had 23 points and 10 rebounds for visiting Century (11-16).   Ismael Isias led Saddleback (6-19) with 12 points.  The Centurions will be at top-seeded Long Beach Poly Friday night in the second round.

San Gorgonio 98, Chaffey 72--Scott Parker scored 21 points and Chris Faulkner added 17, but the Tigers (11-14) were upended in a first-round game.CHAFFEY (72) Parker 21, Faulkner 17, Hunt 12. Kitkowski 9, Santos 9, Lewis 4. SAN GORGONIO (98) Johnson 28, White 22, Bucholz 16, Harris 9, Fields 7, McIntosh 6, Blackwell 3, Stallworth 3, Dowey 2, Buckingham 2. Chaffey 13 15 23 21 -- 72 San Gorgonio 21 23 25 29 -- 98 Total fouls: n/a. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none.


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