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CIF-SS Boys Division I-A Final:
Mater Dei 53, Simi Valley 39--(Mar. 5, 2000)

Who:  No. 1 Mater Dei (32-1) v. No. 3 Simi Valley (28-4)
Where: The Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
When:  8:45 p.m.
What:  CIF Southern Section Division I-A Championship

Mater Dei 18 10 7 18 --53
Simi Valley 10 7 10 12 --39

Mater Dei won. . . Some might have said it was predictable, but the manner in which the Monarchs shut down Simi's top two scorers was remarkable, as Branduinn Fullove shot only 2 for 20 and Brett Michel went 1 for 11.  Together, they combined for just 12 points, which is about 38 points below their collective season average.    Dustin Villepigue manged to get 13 points, but he was the only Pioneer in double figures as Mater Dei broke out to an 18-10 first quarter lead and never realy looked back. Mater Dei jumped out an 11-0 lead before Simi ever scored, and from the opening tip, this game was never in close.  First Jamal Sampson slammed it home, then Mikey Strawberry hit an inside shot, and Cedric Bozeman made a layup in transition, Rickey Porter hit another inside shot and then Steve Scoggin (who announced that he has verballed to UNLV) hit a three pointer, and Simi never knew what hit them. Cedric Bozeman led the Monarchs in that first quarter with six points, but the second quarter belonged to Mater Dei 6-foot-11 junior Jamal Sampson. He scored six in the second quarter to give him 10 for the first half. Sampson also had five blocked shots, 11 rebounds and eight blocks as Mater Dei took a 28-17 lead into halftime. Sampson had a team high 17 points, but Bozeman, who finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds  led the team from start to finish, making things happen, and while Sampson was chosen as the "Player of the Game"  by the collective media, it could as easily have been Bozeman.   Sampson also had 18 rebounds, and 8 blocked shots;  Simi's Dustin Villepigue had just one block, the only one for Simi in the game. This was the second year in a row Mater Dei has stopped Simi cold.  Last year, in a semifinal game played at the Bren Center, Simi knocked the Pioneers out of it.  This year, Mater Dei defeated Simi at the Nike Tournament in Torrey Pines. It was the first time the Pioneers had been in a CIF Section final since 1993. Mike Strawberry, who had six points and nine rebounds, clogged the inside and he and Porter really stopped Michel and Fullove from scoring.  Simi Valley's only charge came in the third quarter when the Pioneers put together an 8-0 run capped by Fullove's three-pointer. That cut Mater Dei's lead to 32-27, but Simi Valley couldn't get back to within five points until the fourth quarter. The Pioneers never got any closer.

Steve Fryer in today's Orange County Register also compiled some interesting stats on Mater Dei:  The school has now won 14 section championships; only five California schools have won more. The Monarchs, now at 32-1, have won 30 or more games 11 times, a state record.  McKnight's winning percentage of .918 is the highest of any boys basketball coach in California high school history. His lifetime record in 18 seasons at Mater Dei is 539-48.  Mater Dei probably get the No. 1 seed in the Divison I State Regionals, although it might go to Poly, but with a better record overall Mater Dei will likely get the top spot. We're guessing that Simi will probably open on the road against the Division I winnner from either Fresno, Clovis West, or the D-I winner from San Diego, although if the commitee is "nice" to them, they may get one of the runners-up, possibly Crenshaw.

Here's the box score:

Mater Dei (53)

PLAYER FGM FGA 3PTM 3PTA FTM FTA OREB DREB TR PF TOT
PTS
ASST TRN BS STS MIN
Matt Leinart 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 4:58
Geoff McKnight 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0:25
Pat Haddan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DNP
Nick Farano 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0:23
Ricky Porter 2 8 0 2 0 0 3 4 7 3 4 1 2 0 1 23:17
Cedric Bozeman 5 8 0 2 4 6 1 9 10 2 14 7 7 0 0 29:26
Steve Scoggin 2 15 1 9 2 4 1 5 6 1 7 2 0 0 2 28:21
Travis Gabler 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0:12
Brian Baker 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3:44
Jamal Sampson 8 11 0 0 1 4 9 9 18 3 17 0 4 8 0 26:48
Mike Strawberry 3 9 0 0 0 1 4 5 9 3 6 2 4 0 3 25:39
Travis Delgado 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DNP
James Webster 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1:05
Christian McQuigan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 6:41
Harrison Schaen 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 2 1 0 1 0 4:15
Totals 22 53 1 13 8 17 19 34 53 14 53 13 17 9 6  

Total FG             1st Half     13/26   500     2nd Half     9/27     333    Game     22/53   415
3PT FG              1st Half    1/7       143       2nd Half    0/6        000    Game      1/13    077
Free Throws    1st Half    1/2         500     2nd Half     7/15    467     Game      8/17    471

Simi Valley (39)

PLAYER FGM FGA 3PTM 3PTA FTM FTA OREB DREB TR PF TOT
PTS
ASST TRN BS STS MIN
Casey Bellefontaine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0:12
Danny Bellefontaine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0:12
Steve Martin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0:12
Peter Boon 0 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 1 15:29
Anish Sharda 4 7 1 4 0 0 1 1 2 2 9 2 2 0 4 30:51
Ryan Bradshaw 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2:50
Jered Weaver 2 5 1 3 0 0 1 2 3 3 5 0 0 0 0 19:00
Dustin Villepigue 5 10 0 3 3 4 3 2 5 4 13 0 0 1 1 26:38
Brett Michel 1 11 0 7 2 2 0 5 5 3 4 1 0 0 0 30:51
Branduinn Fullove 2 20 1 5 3 7 3 5 8 3 8 3 7 0 1 29:47
Totals 14 57 3 23 8 13 8 15 24 16 39 7 11 1 7  

Total FG             1st Half     6/28  214  2nd Half    6/296      276   Game    14/57     246
3PT FG              1st Half    1/10  100  2nd Half    2/13        154    Game      3/23     130
Free Throws    1st Half    4/6    667   2nd Half    4/7           571   Game      8/13     615

First round games
February 16
  Second Round
Feb. 18
  Third
Round
Feb 22
  Quarterfinals
Feb. 25
Alternate Site
  Semifinals
Feb. 29
Alternate Site
  Finals
March 4
@ The Pond
Upper half of Bracket          
First-Quarter Bracket Round of 32 Sweet 16 Elite 8 Final Four Championship
Mater Dei   @ Bye Keppel 56
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Mater Dei 111

Mater Dei 90

@ Ocean View HS

Thousand Oaks 43

Mater Dei 79

 

@Serrano HS

 

*Victor Valley 55

*Mater Dei 72

 

 

 

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Pacific 64

Mater Dei 53

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 3:45 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Simi Valley 39

Corona 42 @ Mark Keppel 58
West Covina 56 @ Thousand Oaks 61 Loara 71
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Thousand Oaks 72
Anaheim 39 @ Loara 65
Troy @ Bye Indio 49
@
Troy 89

Troy 49

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Victor Valley 69

Indio 70 @ Santiago Corona 61
Riverside Poly 49 @ Victor Valley 67 Victor Valley 72
@
Claremont 67
Claremont @ Bye
Second-Quarter Bracket Round of 32 Sweet 16 Elite 8
Pacific @ Bye Moreno Valley 63
@
Pacific 96

Pacific 64

@

Woodbridge 44

*Pacific 72

 

@San Gorgonio HS

 

Santa Barbara 54

Moreno Valley 71 @ Lancaster 62
Trabuco Hills 63 @ University 65 University 54
@
Woodbridge 75
Woodbridge @ Bye
Hart 53 @ Quartz Hill 55 Arlington 55
@
Quartz Hill 58

Quartz Hill 59

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Santa Barbara 87

Mission Viejo 69 @ Arlington 82
St. John Bosco 55 @ Hueneme 53 St. John Bosco 47
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Santa Barbara 54
Santa Barbara @ Bye
Lower Half of Bracket Second Round Third Round Quarterfinals Semifinals
Third-Quarter bracket Round of 32 Sweet 16 Elite 8 Final Four
Simi Valley @ Bye Nogales 54
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Simi Valley 108

Garey 77

@

Simi Valley 81

*Simi Valley 66

 

@Royal HS

 

Villa Park 51

Simi Valley 77

 

 

@ Perris HS

 

 

 

*Rancho Verde 58

Nogales 63 @ Ventura 56
Mira Costa 51 @ Burbank 58 Burbank 65
@

Garey 71
Don Lugo 57 @ Garey 61
JW North @ Bye Cajon 87
@
JW North 72

Cajon 42

@

Villa Park 45

Jurupa Valley 40 @ Cajon 81
Damien 60 @ Royal 67 Royal 60
@
Villa Park 67
Villa Park @ Bye
Fourth-Quarter Bracket Round of 32 Sweet 16 Elite 8
Marina @ Bye Saugus 52
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Marina 73

El Dorado 54

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Marina 59

*El Dorado 69

 

@Valencia/P

 

Rancho Verde 72

Buena 72 @ Saugus 75
Sunny Hills 49 @ California 65 California 58
@
El Dorado 61
El Dorado @ Bye
Baldwin Park 43 @ Silverado 71 Perris 48
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Silverado 63

Silverado 78

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Rancho Verde 81

Palm Springs 56 @ Perris 67
Katella 56 @ Rancho Verde 66 Rancho Verde 91
@
Centennial Corona 83 (OT)
Centennial Corona @ Bye

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