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Boys Division IV-AA Quarterfinals
Game Details--(Feb 23, 2000)

Here are the game details from the IV-AA  quarterfinal games from Tuesday night, February 22.  Check the updates on the bracket for semifinal matchups in this division:

Division IV-AA

Serra 78, Pasadena Marshall 50--Aerick Sanders scored 24 points for the defending champion Cavaliers (14-15) in an quarterfinal upset of the top-seeded Eagles at Bishop Montgomery.  Serra, the defending CIF Division IV-AA Champions, went on a 15-0 run in the second quarter, behind Sanders' eight points, to break open a 19-19 tie.  Sanders dominated the boards too, scoring 10 consecutive points as well,.  But in the fourth quarter Sanders dunked the ball with the score 56-35, and that pretty much sealed the game.  When the Eagles (20-6) started hitting three pointers towards the final minutes of the game, Sanders resp;onded with another dunk.  DJ Wyatt scored 17 points and Doyle Cole contributed 13 for Serra, which will play Twentynine Palms in the semifinals on Friday.

Twentynine Palms 58, St. Paul 52--Twentynine Palms High School's height advantage Tuesday night was evident in more than just 6-foot-9 center Viliamu Morton, and the visiting Wildcats rode it to a 58-52 victory over St. Paul in a CIF-Southern Section Division IV-AA quarterfinal boys basketball game at Whittier College.   Morton was held to 15 points, nine under his season average, but his 17 rebounds, 16 on the defensive boards, was just one less than his average and played a huge role in keeping the hard-working but smaller Swordsmen from getting second and third shots.   St. Paul also appeared to have problems with 6-5 forward Bobby Phillips and 6-2 guard Ryan Freshour, whose tight defense forced shots from farther out and at higher trajectories than the Sworsdmen seemed comfortable with.  St. Paul still managed to make 10 3-pointers, but needed 28 attempts (36 percent) and shot only 31 percent from the field overall.  The Swordsmen finished the season with an 18-10 record. Morton, who also had seven assists, may be the CIF's best-kept secret.  Morton had six points as Twentynine Palms took a 15-9 first-quarter lead, then scored four more in the second.   Ray Hester came off the bench in the first half to provide a spark for Twentynine Palms when Santa Fe Springs St. Paul was double-teaming 6-foot-9 Vili Morton. Hester scored seven consecutive points, giving Twentynine Palms (22-5) a seven-point lead at the half. Twentynine Palms advanced to the 4AA semifinals for the sixth consecutive season. Despite the defensive pressure, Morton had 15 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists. TWENTYNINE PALMS (58) -- Randle 2, Bernard 10, Stratton 10, Palmer 3, Hester 12, Phillips 5, Freshour 1, Morton 15. ST. PAUL (52) -- Holloway 15, Cruz 19, Coney 11, Cardenas 4, James 2, Ramon 1. Halftime score -- Twentynine Palms 30-23. Three-point goals -- Bernard 3, Palmer, Hester, Phillips, Cruz 3, Coney 3. Total fouls -- Twentynine Palms 17, St. Paul 18. Fouled out -- Almond (SP), James, Morton.

St. Bernard 70, Oak Park 67--Brandon Williams scored 21 points and Brandon Nunnally scored 12 points as the Vikings edged the Eagles in a quarterfinal game at El Segundo High. Jeremy Murphy almost single-handedly led Oak Park (20-6) to a victory, scoring 37 points. Murphy tallied 22 of his points in the second half. The Eagles had a chance to take the lead with less than a minute left in the game and trailing 68-67. However, St. Bernard (22-6) was able to deny Murphy the ball and the Eagles ended up losing possession on a five-second violation with six seconds left. After the Vikings' E.J. Moore hit two free throws, Oak Park was unable to get off a 3-point attempt to send the game to overtime. Nunnally's 12 points came in the second half when the Vikings were finally able to find some openings in Oak Park's 2-3 zone. The game featured eight ties and 13 lead changes, with neither team leading by more than three points in the final five minutes.

Rosamond 84, Beaumont 64--Mike Williams scored a game-high 23 points and Jonathan Nave added 22 as Rosamond eliminated Beaumont from the CIF Division IVAA playoffs with a 84-64 victory in the quarterfinals Tuesday night at Hemet West Valley High school. Rosamond (21-4) advances to the semifinals for the first time since 1970. Rosamond also extends its winning streak to 19 games. Beaumont finishes 21-9  Jackson Wood led Beaumont with 17 points and Adam Stephens added 15. Rosamond jumped out to a 22-12 first-period lead. Nave and Cory Allred led the charge, combining for 14 points.  Allred scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half and made four three-pointers. Nave didn't score in the second period, but Williams hurt Beaumont with 12 points, increasing Rosamond's lead to 44-23 at halftime. Beaumont was having trouble on defense as Rosamond shooters were getting open on the pick-and-roll and screens.  The Cougars were also missing layups and their open shots weren't falling. Beaumont had just came off a dramatic upset victory over Pasadena La Salle in the second round.  Beaumont tried to help itself by choosing West Valley High's gym for its home game.  Beaumont could have played at Banning, but declined because of a playoff loss there to Twentynine Palms three years ago.  The move didn't help the Cougars.  Rosamond was ahead by as many as 28 points and things got worse for Beaumont. Point guard Aaron Stephens fouled out with 1:34 left in the third, while his twin brother Adam was playing with four fouls. Adam Stephens, who scored 30 in the first-round upset of La Salle, was held to six in the second half. Jackson had eight in the first half. Free throws were also a factor as Beaumont made only 5 of 15. Rosamond was 14 of 22. ROSAMOND (84) -- Williams 23, Blundell 8, Nave 22, Allred 18, Johnson 2, Patel 4, Kees 2, Miranda 5. BEAUMONT (64) -- Ad. Stephens 15, Aa.Stephens 2, Wood 17, Cohn 12, Bridgemon 2, L.Hackney 6, Curtis 8, Mitchell 2. Haltime Score -- Rosamond 44-23. Three-point field goals -- Nave 4, Allred 4, Wood 4, Curtis 2, Ad.Stephens. Total fouls -- Rosamond 10, Beaumont 24. Fouled out -- Aa.Stepehens.

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