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Boys Division I-AA: 2nd
Game Details--(Feb 20, 2000)
All the second round games are now complete. The next round, the third round, or the "Sweet 16" round, is Tuesday, February 22, 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. If you want a visual view of the brackets, check the Daily Articles for the Updated Brackets.
Long Beach Poly 74, Century 40--The top-seeded Jackrabbits defeated Santa Ana Century, 74-46, for their 16th consecutive victory in the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs at Poly. There was plenty, however, for Poly (26-2) to be upset about during the first 2 1/2 quarters against undersized Century (12-17). The undersized Centurions were the ones heating things up late in the first half and early in the third quarter. Century never led, trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half and was behind at halftime, 33-24. The Centurions, however, climbed to within 35-30 with 5:16 left in the third quarter on consecutive 3-point baskets by Chris Ferretti and Ruben Pineda. The Jackrabbits responded with 16 of the next 18 points to take a 51-34 lead with 22 seconds to play in the third quarter. Century never got closer than 14 points the rest of the way. Poly received a boost from guard A.J. Diggs, who scored eight points of his 10 points on perimeter shots during the decisive run. Missouri-bound point guard Wesley Stokes made two free throws after a technical on the Century bench to also help turn the momentum. Stokes finished with 20 points, six steals and six assists. Travis contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds for Poly, which will play Fontana Tuesday.
Fontana 63, Alhambra 47--Trayvon Williams scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Jordan Walker scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead Fontana (19-10). Michael Stephenson scored 10 points, had four assists, and had four steals in the win for the Steelers.FONTANA (63) Walker 11, McKimson 6, Williams 18, Washington 4, Mancha 5, Stephenson 10, Okebor 2, Nelson 7 ALHAMBRA (47) Chung 1, Jung 3, Allison 12, Vuong 12, Rosario 9, Hon 4, Jones 6. Fontana 11 10 23 19 -- 63 Alhambra 5 15 13 14 -- 47 Total fouls: A 20, F 20. Fouled out: Jones (A). Technical fouls: Walker (F).
Warren 58, Oxnard 53--Oxnard jumped out to a big early lead, gave it all up by the start of the second quarter and then tried to fight back for the rest of the game. The Yellowjackets came up short, losing to visiting Warren, 56-53, in a CIF-Southern Section Division I-AA second-round game Friday night. Warren (22-6) was led by senior center Curtis Williams' game-high 28 points. Oxnard, which finishes the season with a 22-5 record, was paced by junior center Nicholas Curtis' 20 points. The 6-foot-3 Williams was nearly unstoppable in the first half, scoring 19 points on 9 of 13 shooting. He had just two free throws in the third quarter and then scored seven points in the fourth quarter. Oxnard got out to a 12-3 lead on a two-point and three-point basket by Curtis, a three-pointer by Erik Webb and four free throws by Ricky Hernandez and Matthew. Hernandez and Merricks scored 14 and 12 points, respectively. But Williams went to work, scoring four unanswered baskets, and together with a three-point basket by Jason Dana, overtook Oxnard, 14-12 at the beginning of the second quarter. Warren, which has qualified for the playoffs the last four years, built its lead to 30-23 at the half. Oxnard chipped away at the lead throughout the second half, pulling to within 50-47 with 2:16 left on a basket by Curtis. The teams exchanged baskets to make it 52-49 with 1:40 left. Merricks then stole the ball and scored on a layup to cut the margin to 52-51 with 53 seconds remaining. Dana scored on a short jumper with 33 seconds left to make it 54-51 and then a driving shot by Oxnard's Jonathan Davis missed. Williams buried two free throws with 13 seconds left sealed it. Curtis made 9 of 14 shots from the field and 1 of 2 free throws. He also had 16 rebounds to lead both teams. Oxnard committed 14 turnovers to 7 for Warren.
Rancho Cucamonga 68, Peninsula 62--(played Thursday)
Rialto 69, Ontario 66--Daniel Burnett's steal and layup with five seconds left secured a 69-66 CIF-Southern Section Division I-AA second round playoff victory over visiting Ontario on Friday night. The victory advances the Knights (22-5) to a third-round game against Moreno Valley Valley View on Tuesday night and ends the season for the Jaguars (18-10). Burnett finished with a team-high 17 points. The much-improved third-place Mt. Baldy League team that upset Rancho Cucamonga two weeks ago went sour at the worst time. Ontario had a 66-64 lead with 2:21 remaining after Jonathan Levy's layup, but it was the Jaguars' last points. After a free throw, a steal and layup by Montreal Willingham gave the Knights a 67-66 lead. Then, with a minute left, the Jaguars had a 3-pointer rim in and out. Jason Burrell, the game's leading scorer with 27 points, then passed out to the perimeter instead of taking the open shot in the lane. Marlon Mitchell missed a 15-footer, and then in the Jags' most crucial possession - still only trailing by one in the waning seconds - Rialto's Rickey Anderson forced a turnover to Burnett who drove three-quarters of the court for an easy basket. Down by three, Ontario had one last chance with 4.3 seconds remaining, but Levy stumbled in trying to push the ball up court in a loose press, and the Jags never attempted the tying 3-pointer. Ontario adjusted well after getting outrebounded in the first half, 27-10, and falling behind, 39-30. The Jaguars outscored the Knights 20-11 in the third quarter to tie it, 50-50, and set up the thrilling fourth quarter, which featured six lead changes. Jonathan Levy and Jason Burrell combined for 52 points in their final high school game, but it wasn't enough in a 69-66 loss at Rialto in Friday's CIF Southern Section Division 1-AA second-round playoff game. The Jaguars (18-10) led by as many as seven points in the fourth quarter, but a steal and layup by backup Knights guard Montreal Willingham gave the hosts a 67-66 lead with 1:55 remaining. Ontario withstood two missed field goals in the final two minutes to gain possession in a one-point game when Levy grabbed a defensive rebound with 21.2 seconds left. Setting up for a final shot, Ontario junior forward Andrew Alhadeff had his dribble at the top of the three-point arc swatted away. Willingham benefited by the risk-taking and scooped up the loose ball, shuffling a pass to teammate Daniel Burnett for a layup and a 69-66 lead with 5.5 seconds remaining. The Jaguars never got off a tying three-point attempt. A long pass to Ontario's Brandon Kinney came after some awkward backcourt ballhandling, giving Rialto (22-5) a ticket to Tuesday's third-round against Sun Belt League champion Valley View. Levy produced a second straight strong playoff performance, following his 20 points, 11 rebounds, eight steals, seven blocked shots and six assists Wednesday against Lakewood. Burrell, too, was most effective when he had to be. Struggling throughout the season with tweaked ankles, he scored 27 points Friday and provided an answer to Rialto's impressive interior play that resulted in a 23-10 rebounding lead at halftime. Led by senior center David Joiner's 13 points and 11 rebounds, the Knights held a nine-point halftime advantage and led 45-35 early in the third quarter before Burrell, with 10 third-quarter points, sparked a 21-6 run that gave Ontario a 58-51 lead with 6:02 left in the fourth quarter. Burrell's three-pointer and free throw with 31.8 seconds remaining created a 50-50 deadlock, and his spectacular drive to a left-handed layup made the lead seven. The Knights rallied with seven consecutive points. Burrell buried a three and Levy made a go-ahead driving basket with 2:20 left, but Jaguars guard Marlon Mitchell missed a three and a pull-up 15-footer as the clock ticked into the final minute. ONTARIO (66) Levy 25, Burrell 27, Mitchell 6, Kinney 6, Dunn 2. RIALTO (69) Davis 10, Sconiers 10, Burnett 17, Joiner 13, Gales 2, Willingham 8, Anderson 1, Williams 2, McShan 6. Ontario 15 15 20 16 -- 66 Rialto 16 23 11 19 -- 69 Total fouls: O 18, R 14. Fouled out: none. Technicals fouls: none.
Valley View 61, Downey 54--Unbelievably, we couldn't find any details of this game. Maybe we just looked in all the wrong places, but our usual sources didn't seem to have anything. Oh well.
Arroyo Grande 49, Murrieta Valley 46-- The first time Arroyo Grande High touched the basketball Friday night Matt Landros was called for travelling. David Romero then missed a gimme layup. But that was as bad as it got for an Eagle team making its first boys basketball playoff appearance in three years. Arroyo Grande rallied from the slow start, beating Murrieta Valley 49-46 in a second-round game in front of a large crowd in James Gym. The Eagles never led until the final seven minutes, but played well enough down the stretch to win their first playoff game since beating Beverly Hills in 1989. Arroyo Grande (22-4) will face fourth-seeded El Toro (23-4) in a CIF-Southern Section Division I-AA third-round game on Tuesday. Arroyo Grande trailed by 11 points, 18-7, at the end of the first quarter, but outscored Murrieta Valley 10-2 in the second to get back into the game. The Eagles tied the game 23-23 on a Shields basket with 5:20 to play in the third. They pulled even with the Nighthawks three more times before taking their first lead on a Mike Harrigan three-pointer with 6:33 left in the game. Arroyo Grande lost the lead once more, but then outscored Murrieta Valley 8-2 over the next three minutes to gain some semblance of control. Perhaps the most crucial few minutes for Arroyo Grande came during its mini 8-2 fourth-quarter run. After Luke Cawyood made a basket to put the Eagles into the lead, Arroyo Grandes defense force a shot clock violation at the other end. About a minute later, Caywood hit a three-pointer, putting Arroyo Grande ahead by four with 2:02 to play. David Romero had 13 points for Arroyo Grande 11 came in the second half while Shields finished with 12. The Eagles had their most trouble from Murrieta Valleys Willie Campbell, who finished with 13 points. Unlike their final regular-season game against Righetti in which they hit 17 of 18 fourth-quarter free throws, the Eagles made three of eight down the stretch against the Nighthawks. Murrieta Valley finishes its season 14-14.Murrieta Valley led the entire Division I-AA game until 6:31 remained in the fourth. Arroyo Grande took its first lead then, 39-38, and both teams went back and forth until 2:24 remained. Arroyo Grande, up 43-42, hit a three-pointer and made one free throw to go up by five. Peter Brown made a three-pointer for Murrieta Valley, making it 48-46. The Nighthawks (14-14) fouled Arroyo Grande (24-3) to stop the clock. Arroyo Grande made one of two free throws and the Nighthawks had four seconds to attempt a three-pointer. They got the shot off, but it didn't go. Willie Campbell led the Nighthawks with 13 points and C.J. Richardson added 11. Brown and Elliott Linsley grabbed 11 rebounds apiece.MURRIETA VALLEY (46) -- Richardson 11, Mejia 5, Brown 6, Campbell 13, Linsley 7, Ricks 4. ARROYO GRANDE (49) -- Landeros 2, Ensign 6, Zimmerman 0, Shields 12, Romero 13, Buhl 3, Harrison 5, Caywood 8. Halftime score -- Murrieta Valley 20-17. Three-point goals -- Shields 3, Harrison, Caywood, Richardson, Mejia, Brown. Total fouls -- Murrieta Valley 15, Arroyo Grande 12. Fouled out - none.
El Toro 80, Esperanza 56--The heavily favored Chargers (23-4) took control early in the first quarter when Chris Perish hit a three-pointer after being fouled, converting a four-point play. The Chargers led 15-7 at that point and never looked back, as the team hit 6 out of 8 three-pointers in the first half. However, the Aztecs (15-13) put up a good fight in the first half to keep the game close. Kyle Aase scored eight points and added a defensive spark to the Aztecs by grabbing four rebounds. Anthony Viencia drilled a three-pointer before the half to keep the Aztecs only down by three, 36-33. The momentum would not hold for the Aztecs in the second half as junior Ashjan Nazeri scored 22 of the Chargers' 44 points, including a three-pointer and two steals. The Chargers increased their lead in the fourth quarter to 59-44 when Anthony Martin stole the ball and went the distance for the score after being fouled with 5:18 left. Ashkan Nazeri scored 34 points The Chargers (23-4) will play Arroyo Grande, a 49-46 winner over Murrieta Valley, in the second round. Nazeri had 26 of his 34 in the second half, helping El Toro break it open after leading only 36-33 at halftime. He had three three-point baskets, was 11 of 16 from the field and nine of nine from the free-throw line. Nazeri's shoulder popped out of its socket when he went up for a rebound in practice Wednesday, but after seeing a doctor, he still made a scouting trip that night. Citing Nazeri's emotional team leadership, Dixon said he was not surprised by his performance Friday. Nazeri had 15 points in the fourth quarter. Seven of those came during a 12-1 Charger run to start the quarter that opened a 64-44 lead with 5:21 left to play. Esperanza, which had its only lead at 2-0, was within 47-43 after Lloyd Walls' layup with 1:56 left in the third quarter, but Nazeri made a three-pointer and a pair of free throws for a 52-43 lead after three quarters. Esperanza (15-13) was hampered by 19-of-56 shooting (34%). Freshman Kyle Aase led Esperanza with 14 points and Doug Brown had 12, despite making four of 15 shots. Anthony Vicencia had seven points on two-of-13 shooting.
Ayala 85, Highland 59-- Marcel Burke's team-high 18 points led the host Bulldogs in the Division 1-AA second-round contest. Marc McCoy contributed 15 points for third-seeded Ayala (25-4) and Chasen Jones and D.J. Lucas each scored 13. Lucas added six steals and five assists. The Bulldogs' 86-59 thrashing over visiting Palmdale Highland in the second round helped them advance to the round of 16 where they will meet Crescenta Valley on Tuesday. Following a relatively close 22-15 first quarter, the Bulldogs (25-4) went on a 19-9 run which was capped by a Chase Jones 3-point basket with 3:30 left in the first half. Jones was one of four Ayala players who scored in double figures on the night. The team was led by Marcel Burke's 18 points, 10 of which came in the first quarter. But it was the defensive press and rebounding that helped make the statement. Despite the Dawgs' 1-2-2 zone defense, Ayala consistently found itself under the boards out-hustling its opponents for the rebounds, offensively and defensively. There were two bright spots for Highland in Oliver Haworth's 20 points, including three 3-point baskets and 9-of-10 from the free-throw line, and Mike Kennedy's 15, mostly from inside for the 6-foot-5 center. However the Bulldogs balanced attack and fast breaks were too much for the visitors as Mark McCoy chipped in 15 points. D.J. Lucas added 13 and Jones finished with 12.HIGHLAND (59) M. Stevenson 4, G. Stevenson 6, Moser 6, Kennedy 15, Haworth 20, Morris 2, Lantz 2, Reese 2, Jones 2. AYALA (86) Pacana 9, McCoy 15, Burke 18, Sterling 4, Lucas 13, Jones 13, Simms 5, Quinn 5, Vavakin 4. Highland 15 13 13 18 -- 59 Ayala 22 32 23 9 -- 86 Total fouls: H 19, A 19. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: Cradoc (A), Agwuenu (A).
Crescenta Valley 58, Leuzinger 57--Brandon Conner missed a driving layup at the buzzer for host Leuzinger, preserving the second-round victory for Crescenta Valley. Conner made the first of two free throws with seven seconds remaining to pull the Olympians (18-8) within one point. He missed the second and grabbed the rebound, but the clock never started. Officials awarded Luezinger the ball out of bounds. Sophomore guard Chris Tarne, who scored 27 points for Crescenta Valley (23-5), made one of two free throws with 15 seconds left to give the Falcons the lead. Jimmy Goffredo, who averages 14.6 points for Crescenta Valley, was held to two points. Brandon Dixon added 12 for Leuzinger.
Etiwanda 80, Temecula Valley 52-- The Mt. Baldy League champion Eagles (18-9) cruised to the second-round victory and set up an all-Inland Valley third-round showdown with Glendora on Tuesday at a site to be determined by coin flip today. Etiwanda led by 29 points at halftime in this game. In the first half, Etiwanda made its shots against a shell-shocked Temecula Valley team. The Eagles raced out to a 13-1 lead that extended to 28-7 at the end of the first quarter. The lead was 51-22 at halftime and as big as 35 points in the third quarter. Etiwanda advances to play Glendora on Tuesday in the third round. Etiwanda didn't miss shots early on; not in transition or from 3-point range. Etiwanda made 10-of-20 shots in the first quarter, including five 3-pointers. Romel Beck got off to a slow start, but James Ross had 10 rebounds and played well on the offensive boards. Beck finished with a game-high 30 points, but didn't make a 3-pointer until the second quarter. Aaron Gipson scored 13 points. James Phillips led Temecula Valley with 19 points and 11 rebounds. TEMECULA VALLEY (52) Rentle 7, Phillips 19, Bachelor 9, Forrest 5, Menancio 1, Eichelburger 4, Moore 2, Locklin 3, Tonkins 2. ETIWANDA (80) Gipson 13, Beck 30, Burrell 10, Ross 4, Boyd 13, Solano 5, Driggs 3, Benn 2. Temecula Val. 7 15 17 13 -- 52 Etiwanda 28 23 17 12 -- 80 Total fouls: TV 10, E 21. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none.
Glendora 66, San Clemente 54--James Hartman had 21 points to lead the Tritons in defeat. San Clemente trailed only 43-41 going into the fourth quarter, but the host Tartans (23-5) gradually pulled away behind Jason Davis' 20 points.Jason Davis led all scorers with 20 points and teammate Duncan Reid grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds as the Tartans (23-5) advanced to the third round with a victory over the Tritons. Bruce Hatch finished second on the team with 16 points and four rebounds as Glendora streaked to a nine-point lead at the half.
Jordan 69, Santa Monica 66-- Senior forward Travon Bryant had a season high 33 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the visiting Panthers downed the Vikings (16-11) in a second-round game. Junior guard Rashawn Childs added 14 points for Jordan (19-8) which travels to Los Alamitos on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in a third round game.
Los Alamitos 68, Channel Islands 57--Jeff Grgas had 15 points and 15 rebounds for host Los Alamitos (22-5). Manny Berrelleza led Channel Islands with a game-high 35 points. efforts of El Toro's Chris Parish during the Chargers' victory Friday. Ron Prettyman added 15 to lead the host Griffins past the Raiders (15-15). Manny Berrelleza had a season-high 35 points for ChannelIslands (14-14) on the road. Channel Islands trailed by seven at halftime. Berrelleza drew his third and fourth fouls early in the third quarter as Los Alamitos (22-5) extended its lead to 17 points.
Upland 74, Capistrano Valley 48--Upland (20-7) took control of the game in the first quarter and continued to roll past Capistrano Valley in a second-round game. Prentice Harris and Kirk Snyder both led the Highlanders with 16 points a piece. Snyder also grabbed 10 rebounds as did teammate Lionel Davis. The Highlanders rolled into Tuesday's third round, where they will face No. 2 seed Eisenhower, a 79-56 winner over San Gorgonio. Glancing at the Cougars' roster, it looked like it might be a tough matchup with seven players over 6 feet 3. As it turned out, the 6-foot-3 players ended up being more like Upland's 6-foot players. With Capistrano Valley's size negated, Upland was free to use its athleticism. Harris scored back-to-back buckets to start a 9-2 run that put the Highlanders ahead 16-9 after the first quarter. Upland extended the lead to 27-17 at halftime, thanks to a straightaway three-pointer from Sheldon Pace to beat the buzzer. The Highlanders (20-7) blew the game open after halftime with a 13-3 run, capped by Harris' three-pointer. Capistrano Valley's offense, predicated on ball movement and passing, tried to hang tough but fell apart under a flood of turnovers. The Cougars (18-10) committed 18 miscues on the evening. It didn't hurt that Upland dominated on the offensive boards. With Lionel Davis, Kirk Snyder and Jason Harris patrolling the lane, Upland was able to prolong a number of possessions and turn them into scores. The Highlanders had four putbacks and numerous other second and third chances at the basket. Harris led the Highlanders with 16 points, 12 coming in the second half. Snyder had a steady effort, scoring 15 points. Pruitt was Upland's other scorer in double digits with 10 points. Matt Sweany had 20 points to lead Capistran
Eisenhower 79, San Gorgonio 56 --Alex Acker scored 21 points as No. 2 seed Rialto Eisenhower (27-1) defeated San Bernardino San Gorgonio (15-12) in a Division I-AA second-round game. Eisenhower, which has won 27 straight, outscored the Spartans 24-9 in the second quarter to break the game open. Eisenhower swarmed from every angle, pressured from every point and finally squeezed San Bernardino San Gorgonio into submission for its 27th consecutive victory - but only after a big-time wake-up call to from the Spartans. Ike (27-1) shook off the effects of an eight-day layoff and advanced to the third round of the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs with a 79-56 victory Friday at Eisenhower. The Eagles' memory jogged in time for them to force 25 turnovers by San G., and prevent the San Andreas League's third-place team from building any more momentum for an upset than the Spartans did. Alex Acker led the Eagles with 21 points and added seven rebounds. Marcus Sams tallied 10 boards. Joel Hart scored 14 for the Eagles and teammate Dante Rouzan added 12 points via four three-pointers. San Gorgonio (15-12), led by Tykie Harris' 20 points and seven rebounds, gave Eisenhower an intense struggle in the first quarter that resulted in a 17-17 tie at the end of the period. The Eagles took to that like a loud alarm clock and forced 10 turnovers in the second period to take command for good. The Eagles' trademark, high-pressure defense - a variety of half-court traps, full-court presses and man-to-man, in-your-back-pocket fare - pursued and pursued the Spartans until the harassment resulted in a 15-3 run in the first four minutes of the second quarter. Dante Rouzan knocked down a pair of three-pointers for Ike, which pulled ahead 32-20 with 4:03 to go in the first half. The Eagles forced the Spartans into 17 turnovers by halftime, 25 for the game. Eisenhower forced 10 turnovers in the second quarter and 29 in the game.SAN GORGONIO (56) -- Harris 20, White 4, Johnson 16, Buchholz 2, McIntosh 4, Fields 4, Houston 6. EISENHOWER (79) -- Bush 4, A.Rouzan 5, Wilson 9, Acker 21, James 0, Sams 1, D.Rouzan 12, Jackson 4, S.Marshall 2, Hart 14, Hill 2, Dukes 5. Halftime score -- Eisenhower 41-26. Three-point goals -- Houston 2, D.Rouzan 4, Acker 2, Jackson. Total fouls -- San Gorgonio 17, Eisenhower 18. Fouled out -- none.
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