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Boys Division II-A Quarterfinal Details & 
Bracket Updates--(Feb 27, 2000)

The quarterfinal round in this bracket took place on Friday, February 25, 2000, and there were really no surprises at all, and the top seeds all won and are still very much alive at this point:  Artesia hammered Laguna Hills, Muir beat Elsinore, Mayfair beat Bolsa Grande and Ocean View got past Magnolia, setting up a No. 1 v. No. 4, and No. 2 v. No. 3 semifinal round this coming Tuesday, February 29.    We don't have the locatinons yet, but we'd anticipate the Muir v. Artesia game will probably be somewhere in Pasadena (maybe Pasdena CC?) because Muir is the host, and likewise, the Mayfair v. Ocean View game will probably be somewhere like Gahr because Mayfair is hosting.  

In any event, here's what happened on Friday, followed by the updated bracket.  Remember, the finals is Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Pond in Anaheim.  See you there.

Division II-A

Artesia 94, Laguna Hills 53--Talk about confusing.  Here's what the Times said in it's Playoff Roundup:   "Jack Martinez scored 19 points and had 16 rebounds and Amaury Fernandez had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the the top-seeded Pioneers (26-2) in a II-A quarterfinal at Cerritos Gahr."  Ok, but then in a short one paragraph article elsewhere in the paper, they wrote: " Amaury Fernandez scored 20 points and Jack Martinez had 17 for top-seeded Artesia (27-2) at Cerritos Gahr High. Marshall Houser scored 19 points for Laguna Hills (17-11)."  We're so confused.. . .  But one thing we're not confused about is that Artesia will once again advance to the semifinals this time against Muir on Tuesday.  The Long Beach Press-Telegram had this:  "Despite sleepwalking through the first quarter--Artesia led 13-12 after the first quarter--the Pioneers used a 30-8 second quartre to build an insurmountable lead and crushed th evisiting Hawks in a quarterfinal game at Gahr.  Junior fowards Jack Martinez (19 points, 16 rebounds) Amaury Fernandez (19 points, 13 rebounds) and Malcolhm Heron (12 points, nine rebounds) proved too much for Laguna Hills (17-11, which got a team high 19   points from Marshall Houser.  Artesia (27-2) will  face Muir, a 71-59 winner over Elsinore in a semifinal Tuesday at a site to be determined by a coin flip."   And just in case you're still confused, just look at the box score from the OC Register.  Can't anyone agree on anything:   Artesia scoring:   Thornton 2, Matos 8, Fernandez 20, Reyes 11, Hazel 4, Roberts 9, Steffanson 9, Heron 12,  Meilleur 2, Martinez 17."  Here's the Laguna scoring:   Dimick 2, Steiger 3, Brown 6, Lee 8, Bresnahan 2, Homyak 7, Anderson 2, Stone 4, Houser 19.  Scoring by quarters:  Laguna Hills 12  8  13  20--53; Artesia 13  30  23  28--94.  Three point goals:  Laguna Hils 7 (Brown 2, Lee 2, Steiger 1, Homyak 1, Houser 1)  Artesia 6 (Roberts 2, Matos 2, Reyes 1, Steffanson 1).

Muir 71, Elsinore 59--Joseph Frazier and Darelle Rowe each scored 15 points for the Mustangs (23-7) in a II-A quarterfinal at Pasadena City College.  The Mustangs employed a smothering man-to-man defense and blazing team speed to knock off Elsinore, 71-59, in a CIF-Southern Section Division II-A quarterfinal game at Pasadena City College.  No. 4 seeded Muir had 12 steals, four each by senior guards Jonathan Williams and Darelle Rowe, but most importantly, kept the Tigers out of offensive rhythm for much of the game.  There wasn't much defense on either side during a break-neck first quarter. The Mustangs could not match up with Elsinore forward Josh Mativa early. Mativa used his 6-foot-4 height and muscular build to terrorize Muir inside, scoring nine of Elsinore's first 11 points. Nick Desaniello's steal and lay-up gave the Tigers a 13-6 lead midway through the first half.  Williams' steal and two-handed dunk got Muir within 15-12. But on Elsinore's next possession, Muir got out of position attempting a steal and Mativa got open underneath and powered up a basket. Three Mustangs went for the block, including starting forward Brandon Willis, who came crashing down to the floor, grabbing his left knee.  This season, Muir had already lost two seniors who quit the team and two key reserves to injury. Five junior varsity players suited for the Mustangs. Willis stayed down for several minutes and was helped off the court by teammates.  Elsinore led 23-21 after one quarter and Willis returned for the second.  One minute into the quarter, reserve guard Malcolm Johnson hit his second 3-pointer of the game to give Muir its first lead at 26-23. Elsinore answered, scoring nine of the next 11 to go back ahead, 32-28.  But Muir turned up the defensive pressure and, literally, took the game right out of Elsinore's hands.   Over the next eight minutes, the Mustangs smothered the Tigers up and down the court. Elsinore had trouble getting into its front court and couldn't set up the half-court offense that worked so brilliantly in the first quarter. Muir outscored Elsinore, 18-3, over the eight-minute span and were in full control with a 46-35 lead.   Mativa, who led all scorers with 29 points, had just four in the middle quarters and was benched with four fouls midway through the third. He fouled out late in the fourth.  The victory sets up a semifinal date against No. 1 seed Artesia next Tuesday at a site to be determined. Artesia, ranked among the top teams in the nation, defeated Laguna Hills, 96-53, on Friday.  Five Mustangs scored in double figures with Rowe and Frazier each scoring 15. Williams and Jamaal Hall each had 12, Johnson 11. Josh Mativa had 29 points and 17 rebounds. Mativa was held to four points over the second and third quarters. ELSINORE (59) -- Mativa 29, Bagwell 11, Wolter 3, Cirilo 0, Pesaniello 4, Maxey 2, Keahey 5, Lux 5. MUIR (71) -- Williams 12, Willis 6, Frazier 15, Hall 12, Rowe 15, Johnson 11. Halftime score -- Muir 36-34. Three-point goals -- Mativa, Keahey, Lux, Rowe, Johnson 3. Total fouls -- Elsinore 20, Muir 14. Fouled out -- Mativa. Technical foul -- Mativa.

Mayfair 67, Bolsa Grande 32--Josh Childress scored 20 points to lead the Monsoons (26-4) to a II-A quarterfinal victory at Bellflower. Third-seeded Mayfair outscored Bolsa Grande, 24-3, in the third quarter after the teams were tied at 20 at halftime.  Jon James scored 12 points for Bolsa Grande (23-6), which had an 18-game winning streak snapped and ended its season with the most wins in school history.  Bolsa Grande scoring:  Amaral 4, Chau 3, Montgomery 9, Doan 4, James 12.  Mayfair scoring:  Key 4, Graughn 4, Pittman 15,  McCraw 2, Childress 20,  Washington 2, Bonds 16, Bragg 4.  Bolsa Grande  6 14   3  9-- 32;  Mayfair  12  8  24  23--67.    Three point goals:  Bolsa Grande 2  (Chau 1,  Doan 1)   Mayfair 3  (Pittman 3).   Mayfair will face Ocean View at a site to be determined in a semifinal game this coming Tuesday.

Ocean View 52, Magnolia 41--Ocean View went on a 21-0, four-minute run to start the fourth quarter in a II-A quarterfinal victory at Marina. Trailing by three points early in the fourth quarter to Magnolia, the Seahawks turned on the jets. They outscored the Sentinels, 21-0, during a four-minute span in the final quarter en route to a 52-41 victory in a quarterfinal game of the Southern Section Division II-A playoffs.  The Seahawks (28-2) play Lakewood Mayfair in a semifinal game at a site to be determined. Seahawk swingman Jeremiah Bell finished with 12 points and four steals. The Seahawks (28-2) grabbed their first lead midway through the second quarter and extended it to 22-16 on Casey Ortiz's buzzer-beating three-pointer.  A basket by Jacob Davis as the third quarter ended capped a Sentinel rally that turned a 10-point deficit into a 32-31 lead. When guard Geoffrey Clayton fed Davis on the opening play of the fourth quarter, Magnolia was up, 34-31.  After that, Magnolia's seven-player lineup began to wear down and Ocean View, with its superior bench, responded.   Marques Crane's dunk with 1:30 left punctuated the 21-0 run and put the Seahawks in command, 52-34.  This is the third consecutive season Ocean View has advanced to the semifinals. Two seasons ago, the Seahawks won a section title, and last season they were eliminated in the semifinals.  Scoring by quarters:  Magnolia 10  6   16  9--41;  Ocean View: 9  13  9  21--52;  Magnolia:   Asouau 4, Bryant 10,  Henry 3,  Davis 6,  Clayton 18.  Ocean View:  Westbrook 13  Crane 132, Bell 12 Beeler 6, Smith 3,  Ortiz 6.   Three point goads:  Magnolia 3  (Bryant 2,  Clayton 1). Ocean View   2 (Ortiz 2).

February 18   Second Round
February 22
Feb. 25
Alternate Site
Feb. 29
Alternate Site
March 4
The Pond
Upper half of Bracket        
Savanna 54 @ Artesia 102 Artesia 104
Bloomington 45
Laguna Hills 53

@ Gahr HS

*Artesia 94








Saturday 12:30 p.m. 

Bloomington 76 @ Southwest 48
South Hills 72 @ Pacifica 76 Pacifica 53
Laguna Hills 75
Temple City 72 @ Laguna Hills 78
Culver City 62 @ Elsinore 77 Charter Oak 56
Elsinore 77
Elsinore 59

@Pasadena CC

*Muir 71

Brawley 48 @ Charter Oak 80
Servite 60 @ Burbank Burroughs 54 Muir 78
Servite 74
Lompoc 51 @ Muir 89
Lower half of Bracket Second Round Quarterfinals Semifinals
Los Altos 41 @ Mayfair 70 Mayfair 59
Fullerton 41

Bolsa Grande 32

@Bellflower HS

*Mayfair 57







Ocean View

Fullerton 59 @ Rosemead 48
Barstow 62 @ Bonita 74 Bonita 70
Bolsa Grande 78
Newbury Park 75 @ Bolsa Grande 88
Glenn 58 @ Magnolia 59 Magnolia 71
Bishop Amat 54

Magnolia 41

@Marina HS

*Ocean View 59

Bishop Amat 77 @ Central Union 71
Burroughs Ridgecrest 62 @ La Habra 47 Ocean View 59
Ridgecrest Burroughs 56
Rancho Alamitos 50 @ Ocean View 84

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