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

Here are the game details from the I-A First Round playoff games from last night:

Mater Dei--bye

Keppel 58, Corona 42--The Aztecs broke open a close game wth an 18-4 fourth quarter run to defeat the visiting Panthers.  Guard Lamgee Wong led a balanced team scoring attack from Keppel with 15 points and Dustin Woo added 13 for Keppel.  Friday's second round figures to be much tougher for Keppel as they'll get Mater Dei. Whoopee. 

Thousand Oaks 61, West Covina 56--The Lancers buried nine 3-pointers and several clutch free throws in the closing seconds to win a first-round game at Thousand Oaks. Tim Chevalier scored 19 points to lead Thousand Oaks (17-9). Chavalier scored nine points in the first quarter to help the Lancers to an 18-11 lead after one quarter. West Covina (13-10) passed Thousand Oaks in the third quarter when it took a 36-33 lead. West Covina was led by Terrence Martin, who had 25 points. Thousand Oaks, however, rallied with the 3-point shot. Kyle Kegley (16 points) and Kasey Meyers each drilled two 3-pointers to put the Lancers back on top.

Loara 65, Anaheim 39--Wes Wardrop scored eight consecutive points during a one-minute span of the third quarter, part of a 10-0 run that built a 17-point Saxon lead, and Loara went on to a 65-39 victory over Anaheim in the opening round of the Southern Section Division I-A boys' basketball playoffs.  Loara (18-9) advances to play on Friday against Thousand Oaks, a 61-56 winner over West Covina.   Wardrop finished with 18 points, seven rebounds, five assists and a couple of steals. The Saxons committed 17 turnovers. The Colonists (14-12), making their first appearance in the playoffs since the 1989-90 season, trailed only 27-20 at halftime.   But Anaheim couldn't handle Loara's press as the third quarter started and the Colonists turned the ball over five times during that 10-0 Saxon run. Waldrop's 12-footer with 2 minutes 30 seconds left in the quarter gave Loara a 41-24 lead. Center Dan Melton, who led all scorers with 19 points and had 11 rebounds, missed five of his 11 layup attempts.  Loara made half of 46 field-goal attempts, but was one of five from behind the three-point line. Anaheim made only 13 of 56 field-goal attempts and four of 15 three-pointers.  Colonist guard Stephen Miller, one of the county's leading scorers at 19.4 points a game, was heavily guarded all night. He finished with 14 points, but made only three of 16 field-goal attempts and missed his final eight shots. 

Troy--bye

Indio 70, Santiago Corona 61-- Santiago threw a man-to-man defense at Indio and the sharp-shooting Rajahs took it from there, advancing with a 70-61 victory. Indio (15-10) plays at Freeway League champion Troy on Friday. Trailing 21-19, Indio took advantage of the defensive change and went on a 21-9 run in the second quarter. When the game was over, the Rajahs had converted on seven 3-pointers and were 15-of-20 from the free throw line. The rally came from role players as Darrell Garcia, Billy Meraz and Rodney King came off the bench to spark the Rajahs. Garcia finished with 17 points, Meraz scored 10 and King scored his six points in the third quarter. Garcia was Indio’s high scorer. 

Victor Valley 67, Riverside Poly 49--Ryan Dillon scored 27 points and had 12 rebounds to lead Victor Valley to a Division 1A first-round victory. Riverside Poly was without its leading scorer, sophomore Marvin Lea, who quit the team. Victor Valley (18-8) led by five points at the half, then went on a 21-5 run in the third quarter to open up the score.  Riverside Poly committed 32 turnovers. RIVERSIDE POLY (49) -- Masi 7, Dunaj 9, Salazar 3, Schiller 1, Clack 3, Baird 5, Lopez 6, Quezada 11, Vance 2, Hudson 2. VICTOR VALLEY (67) -- Jones 4, Stinson 12, Elzy 4, Dillon 27, Barron 11, Chavez 1, Thompson 2, Snow 1, Hill 5. Halftime score -- Victor Valley 28-23. Three-point goals -- Masi 2, Salazar, Barron, Dillon 2. Total fouls -- Riverside Poly 18, Victor Valley 18. Fouled out -- Masi.

Claremont--bye

Pacific--bye

Moreno Valley 71, Lancaster 62--Steve Brown scored a season-high 25 points, and Andre Johnson added 20 as Moreno Valley blew a 13-point first-half lead but rallied for a victory over Lancaster in a first-round Division 1A game. The Vikings (15-12) led 20-11 after one quarter, but gave up too many layups in the second quarter.  Lancaster (15-11) trailed 50-44 after three quarters, and the Vikings cruised through the fourth.MORENO VALLEY (71) -- Taylor 8, Jones 9, Johnson 20, Brooks 9, Brown 25.  LANCASTER (62) -- R.Marley 6, James 14, Gamboa 7, T.Marley 2, Myers 10, Wright 2, Golden 4, Deluzak 17.  Halftime score -- Lancaster 32-31. Three-point goals -- Jones, Johnson 4, Brown, James. Total fouls -- Moreno Valley 13, Lancaster 10. Fouled out -- None.  

University 65, Trabuco Hills 63-- After trailing by as many as seven in the final 3 1/2 minutes, University came back, with guard Andy Lawrence making two free throws with 13 seconds remaining to cap the rally and give the Trojans the lead for good, before they held on to win, 65-63.  Evan Fields had 28 points and 10 rebounds and Brennon Martin had 22 points to help Trabuco Hills (12-15) take control before University (17-10) made its final push. University used balanced scoring and some timely free-throw shooting down the stretch to offset the Mustangs' top guns. University advanced to play at Woodbridge in the second round.  Lawrence entered the game averaging 21 points, making 39% of his three-pointers. But Wednesday, he missed his first 12 shots and finished with only 13 points, making five of 23 from the field.   Trabuco Hills took a 63-62 lead with 25 seconds remaining when Martin scored on an acrobatic driving layup. But then Lawrence went the other way and drove the lane, drawing a foul from Anthony Newkirt with 13 seconds remaining.  He calmly sank both foul shots for a 64-63 University lead, but Trabuco Hills had one more shot. The Mustangs moved the ball around and Martin worked free for an open three-pointer in the left corner, but the shot rattled in and out.  Hiro Christoph, University's 5-foot-11 junior, grabbed the rebound with three seconds remaining and was fouled, then he made one free throw before Martin's heave from the back court at the buzzer  hit the gymnasium ceiling, finally ending the frantic game.  Christoph's rebound and foul shooting--he made four of five in the fourth quarter--typified University's varied contributions.  Although the team shot only 33% from the field, University kept scrapping with strong efforts from Sharif Elsherbiny, who had 10 points and eight rebounds; Ryan Zinchefsky, who had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Michael Dale, who had 13 points and seven rebounds.   Trailing, 56-49, with 3 minutes 10 seconds remaining, University went on a 9-2 run in the next 1 1/2 minutes--starting with a three-pointer from Lawrence, his only one in the game, and ending with a dunk by Zinchefsky to tie it, 58-58, with 1:35 remaining.   Then came the free throws, with University making five of its final six to help seal the victory.

Woodbridge--bye

Quartz Hill 54, Hart 53--The Quartz Hill boys' basketball team came from behind and won in the last minute.  After leading big in the first half, the Rebels melted in the second half but salvaged a 54-53 victory.   Quartz Hill trailed by three with 54 seconds to play, but Tony Johnson scored four points and, most important, set up Kevin Johnson for an easy lay-in with 13 seconds left to put the Rebels ahead by one point.  Hart had a chance to win but guard Tamir Barkan missed a running one-hander with three seconds left.  Quartz Hill plays Riverside Arlington in the second round Friday at a site to be determined by a coin flip today.  The Rebels (19-7) breezed to a 30-19 halftime lead with Tony Johnson scoring 19 points. Hart (11-16) aided Quartz Hill by making only six of 26 shots in the first half.  Hart, normally not an offensive-minded team, responded with a 23-point third quarter and led, 42-39, going into the fourth quarter.  Hart held a late three-point edge, but Quartz Hill didn't seem to mind.  It was a tough end for Hart, which started the season with a 1-6 record.  Barkan, who finished with 13 points, and Liam Waters, who scored 18, led the Indians' comeback.  Tony Johnson scored 27 points and Sahael Almuallem, who has committed to UCLA to play volleyball, added 11 points for Quartz Hill.

Arlington 82, Mission Viejo 69--Riverside Arlington was one of the hottest teams in Riverside County for much of the season until it lost 4 of 10 Ivy League games. But the Lions rediscovered their roar Wednesday, scoring a season-high 47 first-half points en route to an 82-69 victory over Mission Viejo in a California Interscholastic Federation Division 1A first-round game in Riverside. Arlington's Chad Carter and Damille Ware -- the game's high scorers with 25 points each -- shot 5 of 6 and 5 of 7, respectively, in the first half. Mission Viejo got no closer than 12 points in the second half. Carter, a sophomore center, also had 10 rebounds, and Ware added nine rebounds. Senior point guard Kurt Larsen added 12 points, six assists and four steals for the Lions (20-7). Sophomore guard Rafael Simon had eight assists and five steals as well as five points. Arlington will face Lancaster Quartz Hill in the second round Friday.  It is the fourth trip to the second round for the Lions in the tenure of Coach John Seydel, who started in the 1991-92 season. The 20 wins is the second most of Seydel's tenure. MISSION VIEJO (69) -- Ireifej 23, Cole 8, Niesen 17, Valentine 9, Engstrom 0, Million 3, Villanueva 3, Stanietsas 4, Harris 2. ARLINGTON (82) -- Aguirre 2, Larsen 12, Ware 25, Carter 25, Simon 8, Tang 8, Willman 2. Halftime score -- Arlington 47-30. Three-point goals -- Ireifej 3, Valentine, Stanietsas, Villanueva, Million, Simon 2, Ware 4, Larsen 2. Total fouls -- Mission Viejo 19, Arlington 13. Fouled out -- Niesen.  

St. John Bosco 55, Hueneme 53--Senior guard Gary Vasquez hit for 18 points including two free throws with five seconds left in regulatino to lift the visiting Braves past the Vikings (15-10) in a first round game.   Sophomore guard Giovonni St. Amant had 19 points to lead St. John Bosco (15-11) which now travels to Santa Barbara for a second round game on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Santa Barbara--bye

Simi Valley--bye

Nogales 63, Ventura 56--Ventura was led by Tyler Ebell with 16, Richards 12 and Mike Derse with 17.  The visiting Cougars had a two point lead at the end of the third, but couldn't hold on.  Nogales ends Ventura's season while now moving on to the second round on Friday against Simi Valley at Simi.   Nogales was led by Ron Quinine with 18, Carson 21 and Rogers 18.  Scoring by quarters .  Nogales 14  11  15  23--63; Ventura  15  14 13 14--56

Burbank 58, Mira Costa 51--Frank Reed had 21 points and the host Bulldogs (16-9) pulled out a win over visiting Mira Costa (15-12). Damien Jordan added 13 points for Burbank, which showed some first-quarter jitters, committing seven turnovers to fall behind early 11-4. The Bulldogs, however, rallied back and trailed just 26-22 at halftime.

Garey 61, Don Lugo 57--DON LUGO (57) Hong 4, Galindo 13, Hill 18, Fender 2, Wetzel 8, Asofo-Agyei 4, Amaya 6, Ellis 2. GAREY (61) Horigan 11, Flowers 8, Hill 16, Davis 6, Ponder 14, Delone 6. Don Lugo 15 13 11 18 -- 57 Garey 18 15 18 10 -- 61 Total fouls: DL 16, G 12. Fouled out: Galindo (DL). Technical fouls: none.

JW North--bye

Cajon 81, Jurupa Valley 40--Jurupa Valley's first playoff game was not one the Jaguars want to remember. Nick Norman, a transfer from Moreno Valley Rancho Verde, scored 22 points, and Blake Walker had 20 as San Bernardino Cajon (21-6) won a Division 1A first-round game despite missing three key players -- two starters -- because of academic ineligibility. Jurupa Valley (13-14) committed 10 turnovers, many on entry passes to the lane, in the first quarter and trailed 22-9. Cajon made four three-pointers in the second quarter, went 11 of 17 from the floor and outscored the Jaguars 27-16 to take a 24-point lead at halftime. Jurupa Valley, which entered the playoffs as an at-large team, made its first playoff appearance in the program's 10 years and had three underclassmen in the starting lineup. The Jaguars had 34 turnovers and were 15 of 39 from the floor. Justin Garcia, a 7-foot-1 senior center, had nine points on 4-of-6 shooting, eight rebounds and five blocked shots.

Royal 67, Damien 60--Adam Segal scored 14 of his game-high 33 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Highlanders to the come-from-behind victory in a first round game at Royal High. The Highlanders (15-11) took their first lead at 45-44 on a 3-pointer by Segal with 48 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Royal extended the lead to 60-51 when Kevin Krause grabbed a rebound and scored following a missed shot by Segal with 2:58 left in the fourth quarter. Krause had seven points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Highlanders.

Villa Park--bye

Marina--bye

Saugus 75, Buena 72--Mike Grisanti's consistency from the free-throw line late in the game proved to be a key factor in Saugus' victory over the visiting Bulldogs. Grisanti, who finished the night with 27 points, made seven free throws in the fourth quarter, including the game winner with 11 seconds left. The 6-7 senior also added 15 rebounds and three blocked shots. Buena (10-18) erased a seven-point deficit halfway threw the second quarter before tying the game at halftime and the end of three quarters. Tim Tampus and Marc Holmquist were key factors for the Centurions (18-9). Tampus, who scored 10 points in the final quarter, added six 3-pointers and finished with 24 points. Holmquist, a sophomore, scored just eight points, but his six assists improved him to 150 on the season, putting him at the top of the school record for assists in single season.

California 65, Sunny Hills 49--Freshman Tony Gonzalez was not shy in his first playoff experience leading Sunny Hills with 13 points and 10 rebounds in a first round loss. Sal Villegas had 18 points and David Shellman had 14 points for Whittier California (17-10), the second-place team from the Del Rio League. California will attempt to defeat a second county team when it plays Friday at El Dorado.  

El Dorado--bye

Silverado 71, Baldwin Park 43-- we couldn't find a box or game details for this one.  Sorry. 

Perris 67, Palm Springs 56--The Indians, playing with one player with playoff experience, were eliminated by Perris, 67-56, in the first round of the Southern Section Div. 1A boys basketball playoffs on Wednesday. Jordi Higueras had 25 points and 13 rebounds for Palm Springs but it wasn't enough as Perris opened the game with a 15-0 run. And the Indians turned the ball over 27 times in the game. Palm Springs came within a couple of baskets on various occasions but turned the ball over to kill the threats. Palm Springs: 5 23 16 12 -- 56 Perris: 24 13 21 9 -- 67 Palm Springs: Otteson 2, Tarrant 2, Handley 6, Rutledge 4, Caldwell 9, Higueras 25, Chandrasena 8. Team totals: 21 14-16 56. Perris: Barda 9, Johnson 10, Taylor 4, Gillian 18, Zimmer 19, Miller 7. Team totals: 23 3-10 67. 3-point goals: PS -- 0. P -- 6. Total fouls: PS -- 12. P -- 16.

Rancho Verde 66, Katella 56--J.S. Nash scored 36 points, including 15 in the second quarter, when Rancho Verde outscored visiting Katella, 17-12, to cut into the Knights' eight-point lead.  Katella (12-14) held a one-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but Nash scored 12 points to highlight a 20-9 run. Phil Tyson scored 16 points and Marcus Espinosa had 14 for the Knights.  The Mustangs (17-11) shut down Katella's Phillip Tyson in the second half. He led the Knights (12-14) with 18 points -- all in the first half. Rancho Verde will play Friday at Corona Centennial, the division's second-seeded team.  KATELLA (56) -- Espinoza 12, Luther 7, Novella 9, Sank 6, Tyson 18, Jivou 4. RANCHO VERDE (66) -- Morgan 3, Nash 36, Gayton 2, Johnson 10, Singfield 4, Rivera 2, Shaw 9. Halftime score -- Katella 35-29. Three-point goals -- Shaw, Nash 4, Luther, Novella 3, Tyson 2. Total fouls -- Rancho Verde 6, Katella 12. Fouled out -- None.  

Centennial/Corona--bye

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