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Boys Division IV-AA 1st
Round Game Details--(Feb 20, 2000)

Both Divisions IV-AA and IV-A are pretty small, and the first round games were played on Friday, February 18. Here's what happened, at least as much as we know about:

Division IV-AA

Marshall Fundamental 88, El Segundo 56--J.T. Leitch scored 20 points but the Eagles (14-15) lost to top-seeded Marshall in the second round. El Segundo's DaShawn Strong had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Jeramie Hopson had 10 points. 
In a game dominated by the referee's whistle as much as the players on the floor, the Marshall Eagles cruised to victory over the visiting El Segundo Eagles, 68-56, in a Division IV-AA first-round game.  Players got in each other's faces, cheerleaders mocked the opposing squad across the court, four players fouled out, and with a boisterous, uniformed group of El Segundo students in the stands, players glared and gestured to the crowd constantly. But when all was said and done, top-seeded Marshall simply had too many weapons for El Segundo.  El Segundo guard J.T. Leitch started the game hot. His two 3-pointers gave El Segundo a quick 7-4 lead.  But Marshall's Terrel Rener picked up the defensive pressure and the Eagles quickly took the lead, which they never surrendered.  Rener pick-pocketed El Segundo's Ron Cano at midcourt and went in for an uncontested layup for two of his seven consecutive points during Marshall's 11-0 run.  Then following four El Segundo points, Marshall answered with a 11-2 run, including eight by De'Verion Mackey, to take a 26-13 lead late in the second quarter.   What worked for Marshall all night was its strong rebounding. The high-flying combination of Mackey and Jason Sanford combined for 25 rebounds. Harvey Harris came off the bench and made an impact in the key with three blocked shots and nine rebounds.   By halftime, Marshall had opened a 17-point lead over the visiting Eagles, who defeated Carpenteria in a wild-card game Wednesday. But El Segundo (14-15) made a charge early in the second half behind some fast-break baskets.  Dashawn Strong, who scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half, scored two transition baskets and Leitch, who led all scorers with 20, made a 3-pointer to climax a 9-1 run. The basket cut Marshall's lead to nine, 37-28, with 4:25 left in the third quarter.  But Sanford scored on a layup, followed by 3-pointers by Jovan Jester and Mackey, the latter on a fortuitous bank shot, to put Marshall back ahead by 15.  Mackey led a balanced scoring attack with 17 points. Sanford scored 15 before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Rener also scored 15 and Jester had nine before also fouling out.  Marshall (20-5) will hit the road for next Tuesday's second-round game against Serra. The Cavaliers defeated Duarte, 80-62, on Friday night.  Douglas spoke with confidence after his team's victory.

Serra 80, Duarte 62--Aerick Sanders scored a game-high 30 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Cavaliers (13-15) won in the first round at Duarte (17-7). Doyle Cole finished with 18 points and nine rebounds, and Eugene Jeter had 12 points and nine assists for Serra, which outscored Duarte, 46-27, in the second and third quarters. Serra advances to play Marshall, which defeated El Segundo, 68-56. Serra's front line, which features 6-foot-8 Aerrick Sanders and 6-6 Doyle Cole, proved too much for the smaller Falcons as Duarte bowed out of the playoffs, 80-62, in a first-round game.  Sanders scored a game-high 30 points and Cole had 18 to easily offset the efforts of Duarte's senior guards Calvin Byrd, who finished with 20 points, and Steven Green, who scored 17.  Twenty first-half turnovers left the Falcons (19-8) down by five points, 35-30, at halftime.  With Duarte trailing just 40-36 midway through the third quarter, Serra (12-15), aided by a 14-1 run, surged ahead by 17 points, 54-37.  The Cavaliers, who led 58-43 after three quarters, then staved off a Duarte rally to start the fourth quarter. 

St. Paul 67, Murphy 53--The host Swordsmen got 16 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds from senior guard Abraham Cruz en route to the first round Victory over the Nobles(14-13).  Senior guard Mike Holloway added 14 for St. Paul (18-19).

Twentynine Palms 67, Salesian 55--Twentynine Palms outscored Los Angeles Salesian 16-6 in the third quarter and sank 7 of 11 free throws in the fourth en route to a Division IVAA victory. "We came out flat in the first half but then went into the locker room and came out with a huge third quarter," said Twentynine Palms coach Brian Murray.  Vili Morton finished with 32 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks to lead Twentynine Palms (21-5).SALESIAN (55) -- Harris 8, Bell 17, Lairos 2, Avila 2, Hampton 19, Burrell 7. TWENTYNINE PALMS (67) -- Randle 7, Morton 32, Bernard 8, Stratton 5, Palmer 3, Brooks 6, Freshour 6. Halftime score -- Twentynine Palms 30-27. Three-point goals -- Harris, Hampton, Bernard 2, Palmer. Total fouls -- Twentynine Palms 15, Salesian 16. Fouled out -- None.

St. Bernard 83, St. Joseph Santa Maria 52--Brandon Williams scored 23 points to lift the visiting Vikings (21-6) to a first-round victory. Brandon Nunnely contributed 17 points and 16 rebounds for St. Bernard while Chrismen Oliver finished with 14 points and 12 assists. St. Bernard advances to play Oak Park, a 48-45 winner over Big Bear.

Oak Park 48, Big Bear 45--Jeremy Murphy scored 25 points to carry Oak Park (20-5) into the quarterfinal round with a 48-45 Division IV-AA win over Big Bear on Friday night.  Zach Smith added 12 points and 15 rebounds. Big Bear's Brian Francis scored 13 points and Matt Foulks made 12 points. Oak Park struggled shooting the ball and made only three 3-pointers, two of those by Murphy. Big Bear sank five 3-pointers and its zone defense bothered Oak Park. 

Rosamond 74, Laguna Beach 58--Travis Hanour, who has been offered a scholarship by USC and is being recruited by a dozen other D-I schools, scored 31 points, including 5 three pointers,  in the loss on Friday night as Laguna Beach fell to Rosamond.  With all the forfeited wins, Laguna Beach finishes the season with a record of 7-18 overall while Rosamond improves with the win to 20-4.   Chris Manker scored 18.  Only two other players scored for Laguna Beach, Boyd 7, and Blodgett 2.  For Rosamond, Williams scored 11, Blundell 12, Nave 25, Allred 5, Johnson 3, Patel 6, Kees 7, Naramda 5.  Scoring by quarters:  Rosamond  18   16  21  19--74;  Laguna Beach 13  18 11  16--58.

Beaumont 82, La Salle 79--The Cougars' defense spurred a fourth-quarter surge, allowing Beaumont to upset Pasadena La Salle, 82-79, in the first round of the California Interscholastic Federation Division IVAA playoffs at La Salle. Beaumont (20-8) will face the Rosamond-Laguna Beach winner Tuesday. In the past three seasons, Beaumont is 15-2 in league and playoff games played on the road. The Cougars are 8-10 at home during that stretch. But knocking off La Salle (21-7) may have been the most significant road victory during the run. Beaumont trailed by seven entering the fourth quarter, but slowly caught up. Tony Cohn's layup with 2:40 left gave the Cougars the lead for good, part of a 15-2 run. La Salle's Chris Rakiewicz banked in a three-pointer that pulled the Lancers to within 80-78 with 50 seconds left, but that was as close as they came. Defense helped the Cougars outscore the Lancers 21-12. But Beaumont's inside game also helped. The Cougars stopped taking three-point shots, and went inside to Jackson Wood (27 points). Cohn's inside presence was also successful, as he scored 21 points. BEAUMONT (82) -- Ad.Stephens 30, Wood 27, Cohn 21, Aa.Stephens 4, Mendoza 0. LA SALLE (79) -- Aquino 10, Van Leeuwen 4, Remillard 10, Napolitano 4, Kenoyer 14, Kelley 29, Rakiewicz 8. Halftime score -- La Salle 45-43. Three-point goals -- Remillard 3, Kenoyer 4, Kelley, Ad.Stephens 3, Aa.Stephens. Total fouls -- Beaumont 14, La Salle 15. Fouled out -- Mendoza. Technical foul -- Olvera (B).

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