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CIF San Diego Section Boys' Championship
Game Details--(March 5, 2000)

The San Diego Section of the CIF played their sectional finals last Friday, March 3 at Cox Arena, and these games are posted below not necessarily in the order that they were played, but we've organized the results by division instead so that it makes some sense. Most of the details came from either the San Diego Union-Tribune or the North County Times, and if the coverage down in the southern part of the State is somewhat spotty at times, for these games it was excellent. . . . Here are the results we were able to find:

Division I Boys San Diego Section Championship

Carslbad 59, El Camino 57 (OT)--The Carlsbad High boys basketball team beat El Camino 59-57 to capture the CIF-San Diego Section Division I title.  Behind 32 points from Tim Crenshaw and 10 from Derek Stockalper, Carlsbad (23-8), no more than a No. 5 seed, won its first title since 1966.  El Camino's Junior Woods had an opportunity to win the game with :01 left in the second OT, but his three-pointer was off the mark.  Crenshaw, who scored five of the Lancers' seven points in the second overtime, scored 27 points in the second half and the additional two periods. Crenshaw's two free throws with 27 seconds remaining in the first OT prompted a second overtime.  The Lancers, who sank 11 three-pointers in their semifinal win over San Diego, were positively pedestrian in the first half. In addition to hitting just 1-of-6 from three-point range, Carlsbad went without a field goal for a staggering 10:50. Through three quarters the Lancers were 1-of-11 beyond the arc.  Last night's game marked the third time this season that the two teams have met. In Avocado League play, El Camino (18-12) won the initial meeting 56-53, while the Lancers won the second 60-59.   Unable to pull in the reins against El Camino center Jean Pierre, a 6-foot-6 senior who dropped in 11 points in the first half while collecting 11 rebounds, Carlsbad was fortunate to go to the locker room at intermission trailing only by six at 22-16.   The Lancers still found themselves down 34-28 after three periods, but then came Crenshaw, who at one point in the third single-handedly outscored El Camino 10-6.  A pair of free throws by Nick Ortega brought the Lancers even at 38-38 with 4:19 remaining in regulation before Carlsbad took the lead 34 seconds later on two free throws by Aaron Vaeao.  Crenshaw, just the second Carlsbad player this season to score more than 30 points in a game, had a chance to win the game with 1.8 seconds left in regulation but was unable to hit the second of two free throws, leaving the game knotted 47-47.

Thanks to a 32-point effort by junior forward Tim Crenshaw, including 27 points after halftime, the Lancers captured the CIF Division I boys basketball championship with a 59-57 victory over El Camino in double overtime at Cox Arena on Friday.  This was the first time a boys basketball title game has gone beyond one overtime period.  Were it not for Crenshaw's heroics starting late in the third quarter, when the Lancers (23-8) trailed 30-23, El Camino (18-11) might have claimed yet another title.  Instead, the Lancers have their first boys title in 34 seasons.   Only the second Lancer to score more than 30 points in a game this season, Crenshaw tallied 12 points in the fourth quarter for a 19-13 Carlsbad edge that tied the game 47-47 after regulation. He then made two of four free throws in the first OT period, which was tied 52-52.  Then, the 6-foot-3 Crenshaw added the final five points of the game, including a driving basket with 43 seconds left and one of two charities with 9.1 seconds to go to clinch the win.  Crenshaw had a chance to win the game in regulation, but he missed the second free throw that would have won it with 1.8 seconds left.  He did just that, although Junior Woods got off a 3-point shot with one second remaining that hit the rim and fell off.  El Camino played both overtime sessions without 6-foot-5 center Jean Pierre, who fouled out with
1.8 seconds left in the game.  He took 17 points and 13 rebounds to the bench.   Without Pierre, the scoring load fell to Woods and McCullough, who scored 11 and 14 points, respectively.  The Wildcats could have given themselves a huge cushion at halftime, but a cold-shooting effort from the floor prevented that. Holding Carlsbad scoreless for 7:33 in the second quarter produced only an 11-0 run, partly because the Wildcats were just 9-for-32 from the field.  El Camino was also just 4-for-10 at the free-throw line. Instead of building on what was a 12-point lead at 21-9 after the run, the Wildcats took just a 22-16 lead into the locker room at halftime.  Carlsbad got a layup from Derek Stockalper with 30 seconds left in the first half and perhaps the biggest shot of the first half was Travis Jasmer's 3-pointer at the buzzer.  That pride especially extends to Crenshaw, who scored 13 straight points for the Lancers to turn a 30-23 deficit into just a two-point deficit at 38-36. 

Division II Boys San Diego Section Championship

Serra 68, Orange Glen 59--James Profit had 31 points and eight rebounds as the top-seeded Conquistadors beat the Patriots, 68-59, in Cox Arena.   The win avenges Serra's 29-point loss to OG in last year's title game. Profit, who came into that game averaging 18.6 points, scored just six.  He entered Friday's game averaging 19 points.  Profit had 14 points at the half, but OG (14-15) fought back from a 10-point deficit to tie the game at 31 at the intermission.  Lemler, who was tagged with his third foul with 1:35 to play in the first quarter, sat out the entire second quarter.  He returned for the start of the third quarter, but played just 39 seconds before picking up his fourth foul.  With Lemler out, Serra immediately looked inside, and Profit scored 14 points in the quarter as the Conquistadors went on an 18-4 run and led 49-35 before Lemler came back in with 1:50 to play in the quarter.  In the fourth quarter, OG never got closer than eight, and Lemler fouled out with 5:47 to play.  Isiah Orange tried, moving from guard to forward, but he fouled out with 4:47 remaining.  Orange, who scored 11 points in the first half, didn't score in the second half. He also grabbed 11 rebounds.  Junior Ian McKeithan tried to pick up the slack, playing perhaps his best game of the season, scoring 22 points and grabbing eight rebounds, but the Patriots couldn't match Serra's firepower.  The CIF title is Serra's first in boys basketball, just like last year's was OG's first boys basketball championship. No team in Division II has won back-to-back titles since Oceanside did it in 1984 and '85. Both teams advance to the CIF State Tournament. Serra will get a home game. Orange Glen will go on the road, perhaps to play Compton Dominguez, the top-rated team in the country.  Serra High wasn't to be denied this time.  After suffering a lopsided loss to Orange Glen in the 1999 CIF Division II final, the Conquistadors returned to the scene of that disaster last night and proved to the Cox Arena crowd that they are indeed a team of championship caliber.  Profit converted 12-of-18 shots and 7-of-11 free throws.  Julius Profit added 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds for Serra, which also got 12 points and seven rebounds from John Williams.  Orange Glen (14-15), which was plagued by foul problems to 6-5 senior Shelby Lemler and team leader Isaiah Orange, closed the deficit to 52-44 on an Ian McKeithan basket with 6:02 remaining. But the Patriots would get no closer as Lemler and Orange fouled out early in the final period.  McKeithan, a 6-1 junior guard, paced the Patriots with 22 points on 9-for-16 shooting. He scored 12 points in the final period, but it wasn't enough to make up for the loss of Lemler and Orange (11 points, 10 rebounds).  Serra's superior quickness rattled the Patriots into 26 turnovers.  Serra used a 12-2 scoring surge to carve out an 18-8 advantage with 1:12 left in the first quarter. But the Patriots countered with an 11-0 spurt to edge ahead 19-18 with 6:49 remaining in the half.  The Conquistadors regained the lead 23-19 on consecutive baskets by Williams and James Profit. They were sitting on a 31-25 cushion with 1:41 left before Orange keyed a 6-0 rush that ended the half.

Division III Boys San Diego Section Championship

USDHS 64, St. Augustine 49-- Chris Walton tormented St. Augustine by scoring 21 points to lead the Dons to their seventh consecutive Division IV section title -- all with at least one Walton in the lineup.  Walton also tore down 13 rebounds to lead the Dons (22-6) to a 64-49 victory last night before an estimated crowd of more than 5,000 at Cox Arena. His team down 40-39 to start the final eight minutes, Walton made certain that didn't last long, scoring six of the team's first eight points in forging a 47-46 lead. Chris Ganan and Mike Stockalper were hitting their three-point attempts, opening up the middle for Walton. After Walton got the Dons rolling, Ganan, another player who thrives against St. Augustine, hit back-to-back treys. Now on a roll, the Dons even got the breaks. With the Dons up 53-46 and three minutes to play, Ganan hit the first of two free throws. When the second fell out, the ball went right to Stockalper, who scored on a layup. The 56-46 deficit was too much for St. Augustine to overcome despite stalwart play from junior Floyd North (12 points, nine rebounds) and senior Jamaal Williams (12 points, 10 rebounds). Although USDHS won the first two games against its parochial school rival, St. Augustine had beaten the Dons 61-59 the last time. In that game, Ganan, a 5-10 senior, erupted for a season-high 23 points in leading a fourth-quarter comeback. He didn't wait as long this time, hitting six long-range shots en route to 21 points. With the win, USDHS is assured at least one more home game in the Southern California Regionals, which start Tuesday. St. Augustine, too, will continue its season, but probably on the road.

Division IV Boys San Diego Section Championship

Horizon 66, San Diego Lincoln 63--Jarrha Bolden and his Horizon High Panthers teammates upset No. 1-ranked Lincoln for the CIF-San Diego Section Division IV title last night at Cox Arena.  Bolden had 19 points on a near-perfect 7-of-8 day shooting from the field and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line, leading Horizon to its sixth consecutive section title and a strong possibility of the No. 1 seed in the Southern California Regional playoffs that start Tuesday.  Lincoln (21-6) led almost the entire game, building a 46-36 margin with 2:26 left in the third quarter.  Former Lincoln player Ron Coleman hit three straight field goals for Horizon, and by the end of the period, the Panthers were just three back, 49-46.  Bolden then scored nine fourth-quarter points, including two free throws with 1:12 left to give the Panthers a 66-62 lead.  Before that, it had been a frantic back-and-forth game since the two teams were tied at 57 with half the final quarter remaining. Neither team could lead by more than a field goal.  And even with the 66-63 advantage, Horizon (22-7) had to survive a last-second effort by freshman Shawn Davis. Although his three-point attempt didn't get far, he appeared to be sandwiched as he shot. Horizon got big efforts from numerous players. Bolden's 19 points were a season high, 6-foot-6 Fred Hooks pulled down 15 rebounds and Coleman played a fine all-around game with 13 points and six boards.   Senior John Davis never let up, scoring 20 points, and Shawn Davis showed his cool under pressure by hitting 14-of-18 free throws, eight in the last quarter as the Hornets struggled to regain the lead. 

Division V Boys San Diego Section Championship

La Jolla Country Day 56, Christian 51--In the opening game of the section's boys basketball championships at San Diego State's Cox Arena, the third-seeded Torres, behind 20 points from Chris Robinson and 17 from Rashawn Allen, hung on in the final minutes to deal the top-seeded Patriots (26-3) their first loss in 19 games.  Utilizing a stifling defense that limited Christian (71.5 points per game) to its lowest point total of the season, La Jolla Country Day (26-5) used 14 first-half points from Robinson, a sophomore, to take a 27-15 lead at the break.  That margin swelled to 16 by the end of the third quarter, but Christian stormed back, going on a 14-2 run to cut the deficit to 51-49 on a three-pointer by Chris Carter with 1:31 to play.   The Patriots were in position to tie with 16 seconds left, trailing 54-51, but an errant inbounds pass resulted in a foul, allowing LJCD's Cesar DonJuan to go to the line and with 11 seconds remaining and put the game away with two free throws.  Tim Brown led Christian with 14 points and Ben Wohlfeil added 12. 

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