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CIF-SS Boys I-AAA Bracket Updated:
First Round Results & Details--(Feb 18, 2001)

Here's what happened on Friday night in the first round games:

Upland 71, El Rancho 38
Alhambra 52, Long Beach Wilson 47
Diamond Bar 55, Esperanza 53
Fontana 76, Peninsula 65
Arroyo Grande 77, Santa Monica 63
Highland 63, Long Beach Jordan 61
Fountain Valley 68, Lynwood 55
Ontario 64,  AB Miller 62
LB Poly 87, Rialto 47
Ayala 59, Chaffey 56
Los Alamitos 78, Leuzinger 64
Capistrano Valley 58, Downey 51
Oxnard 91, Lakewood 74
Canyon Springs 71, Arcadia 41 (Thursday)
Etiwanda 67, LB Millikan 62
Eisenhower 106, Paramount 46

We've updated the bracket, and also designated the home team where known:

First round games
February 16
  Second Round
Feb. 20
Feb. 23
Feb. 27
Alternate Site
March 3
The Pond
Upper Half of Bracket        
El Rancho 38 @ Upland 71 Upland
LB Wilson 47 @ Alhambra 52
Esperanza 53 @ Diamond Bar55 Fontana
Diamond Bar
Peninsula 65 @ Fontana 76
Santa Monica 63 @ Arroyo Grande 77 Arroyo Grande
Highland 63 @ Jordan 61
Lynwood 55 @ Fountain Valley 68 Fountain Valley
AB Miller 62 @ Ontario 64
Lower Half of Bracket      
Rialto 47 @ LB Poly 87 LB Poly
Chaffey 56 @ Ayala 59
Leuzinger 64 @ Los Alamitos 78 Los Alamitos
Capistrano Valley
Downey 51 @ Capistrano Valley 58
Lakewood 74 @ Oxnard 91 Oxnard
Canyon Springs
Arcadia 41 @ Canyon Springs 71
Millikan 62 @ Etiwanda 67 Eisenhower
Paramount 46 @ Eisenhower 106

And here are the details of the games played in the First Round:

Upland 71, El Rancho 38 -- The Highlanders went on a 23-1 run in the first half, putting their Division I-AAA first-round playoff game away early. Kirk Snyder had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Upland (27-1), which led 40-17 at the half. Prentice Harris added 15 points, while Sheldon Pace chipped in with six points and 10 assists. 

Alhambra 52, Long Beach Wilson 47-- The Moors were led by junior Marcus Harris, who scored a game-high 25 points. Senior Chris Miller chipped in with 15 points to help Alhambra advance to the second round. 

Diamond Bar 55, Esperanza 53-- Matt Brunelle scored 18 points, none bigger than the jumper he hit with 12 seconds to play to give the Brahmas (13-14) a one-point lead over the Aztecs. Andrew Villanueva then hit one of two free-throw attempts to ice the Division I-AAA game. Brunelle added 11 rebounds, while Mark Jecmen contributed 16 points, 10 rebounds, nine blocks and four assists. Dominic Robinson had six rebounds and four steals for Diamond Bar, the tri-champion of the Sierra League. 

Fontana 76, Peninsula 65 -- The Steelers opened the Division I-AAA playoffs with a home victory over the Panthers. Fontana will face Diamond Bar in the second round.

Arroyo Grande 77, Santa Monica 63-- With 6'-10" senior Ryan Zimmerman battling an off night and 6'-11" senior Phillip Johnson battling the flu, Arroyo Grande (25-4) still managed to pull off the first round I-AAA game at home on Friday night behind David Romero's 24 points, 7 rebounds and two key steals in the final minute.  Sean Shields also scored 17 points for the Eagles and both comgined to shoot 16-22 from the field. Although the Eagles won by 14 points, the game was much closer. Santa Monica led by as many as five points in the second quarter and was ahead 51-50 at the end of three periods of play. But Arroyo Grande scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter, sparked in part by Zimmerman’s lone three-pointer of the game, and the Vikings (13-13), seventh-place team from the Bay League, could get no closer than five points the rest of the way. Santa Monica trailed 68-63  with 1:20 to go, but Arroyo Grande scored the final nine points of the game. Two steals by Romero led to easy baskets, Luke Caywood also had a steal and layup and Shields capped the final run with a slam dunk.  Santa Monica’s small but quick lineup also presented problems for Arroyo Grande at the start, explaining in part the Vikings’ early five-point leads. Caywood finished with 12 points for the Eagles, who will play at Highland of Palmdale in the second round Tuesday. Highland beat Jordan 65-63. Santa Monica, which made 50 percent of its floor shots but was badly outrebounded 32-19, was led offensively by Pablo Dresie with 21 points. Dresie, however, scored just two points in the final 13 minutes of the game after picking up his fourth foul with five minutes to go in the third quarter. Seshah Wolde-Tsadik added 13 points for the Vikings, who were 4-for-5 from three-point range. Jared Brunk contributed nine points, nine assists and seven steals.

Highland 65, Long Beach Jordan 63-- The Panthers tried to pull off a comeback after falling behind by as many as 25 points in the second quarter, but they then gave up a five point lead with one minute in the game and Highland pulled off the upset win, 65-63, Friday in the first round of the CIF Southern Section I-AAA playoffs. With 1:12 left, Rashawn Childs scored off a pass from Ron Banks to give Jordan a 63-58 lead.  Highland's Mike Stevenson made a 3-point field goal to pull to 63-61 with 54 seconds left. Then Gabe Stevenson (5'-8" Sr. PG) stole the ball from Anthony Massey at midcourt and drove for a layup to tie it, 63-63. Massey was then called for a carry,  and Highland got the ball with 22 seconds left. Gabe Stevenson drove the lane, and Banks knocked the ball away, but Stevenson recovered the ball, and hit a jumper in the key with 3.7 seconds to win the game. Childs finished with 17 points.

Fountain Valley 68, Lynwood 55--Kevin Edmunds scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Barons (17-10) outscored Lynwood, 20-11.

Ontario 64, Miller 62 --AB Miller's Malcolm Taylor missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have tied the score of the Division I-AAA first-round game. Ontario led by as much as 10 in the second quarter, but Miller was able to cut the score to 39-36 at the half and trailed by two after three quarters. Ontario was led by Marlon Mitchell, with 32 points and six rebound. Miller's Dennis Kingsland had 15 points, while Jacob Ramirez added 12 points. Records: Ontario 20-5, Miller 15-12. Ontario High's boys' basketball team fought through the emotion of losing three classmates in a Thursday car crash, including freshman basketball player Curtis Workman.  A.B. Miller had a chance to tie at the end of regulation but Malcolm Taylor couldn't get his 15-foot jumper to fall.   The fourth-seeded Jaguars (23-4) opened a 10-point lead early in the second quarter, but the Rebels closed the gap to 39-36 at the half and trailed by just two points heading into the final quarter.  Marlon Mitchell had 32 points and six rebounds for Ontario and David Stepney had 18 points. The Rebels were led by Dennis Kingsland (15), Jacob Ramirez (12) and Malcolm Ward (11).  Ontario moves on to face Fountain Valley, which defeated Lynwood on Friday, in the second round at a site to be determined

Long Beach Poly 87, Rialto 47-- In a game that lasted just 68 minutes, the Jackrabbits used their superior size advantage to power past the visiting Knights, 87-47 in a first-round game. Poly advances to Tuesday's second round, when they will face the winner of the Ayala/Chaffey contest at a site to be determined. Markee White finished with 14 points while Sean Green led Rialto with 16 points, and Autry added 13. Poly's Marcedes Lewis (6-8 Jr. F) led all scorers with 20 points. Long Beach Poly went on a 25-8 run in the second quarter to eventually run away with the game. RIALTO (47) -- Gales 2, Autry 13, Brock 2, Higgins 12, Fuller 2, Green 16. LONG BEACH POLY (87) -- Pagan 2, Gay 2, Rives 6, Phillips 1, Harper 8, Butler 7, Roche 9, Lewis 20, White 13, Justice 4, Williams 10, Love 5. Halftime score -- Poly 41-22. Three-point goals -- . Total fouls -- . Fouled out -- . Technical fouls -- . Records: Rialto 15-12, Long Beach Poly 23-5.

Ayala 59, Chaffey 56 --Chaffey stuck with a 2-2-1 attack too long in the second half and the result was a 64-56 Bulldogs' victory, sending Ayala to a second-round rematch of last year's Division I-AA championship game with Long Beach Poly on Tuesday. Ayala (20-7), which made it nine consecutive seasons with at least 20 victories, was led by Quinn with 15 points and Gregory and Sanchez each with 14. Malik Jones finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Los Alamitos 78, Leuzinger 64--The Griffins (18-9) outscored Leuzinger by 15 points in the third quarter. Host Los Alamitos (18-9) led by one at the half, but broke the game open by outscoring Leuzinger, 25-10, in the third quarter. Brian Rakusin had 22 points and eight rebounds for the Griffins, who play Capistrano Valley in the second round Tuesday.  Los Al: Parnal 1, Courtemarche 8, Whalley 13, Lotman 15, Martini 1, Hahraman 3, Hayes 1, Yarger 6, Jones 8, Rakusin 22.   Leuzinger:  Clark 21, Smith 14, Fogg 6, Gilliam 14, Shepard 7, Wilson 2.

Capistrano Valley 58, Downey 51--The Cougars (24-3) got 18 points from Jeff Gloger and 15 from Pete DeCasas in their first-round victory.  Downey: Day 6, Craig 2, Black 4, Topete 4, Cunningham 14, Lucero 14, Perez 7, Cap Valley:  Mallon 6, Franzen 3, Decases 15, Gloger 18, Hair 2, Whittman 4.

Oxnard 76, Lakewood 52-- Oxnard outscored Lakewood 76-52 in the last three quarters to capture a 91-74 Division I-AAA first-round victory on Friday night at Oxnard.  After trailing 4-0, Lakewood took a 15-10 lead with 3:15 remaining in the first quarter. Oxnard was forced to tone down its uptempo style of offense and USC-bound Nick Curtis, who faced double and triple-teams, was held to just two points.  A majority of Lakewood's points were scored from the free-throw line as Oxnard was plagued by early foul trouble, giving up 14 points on free-throws in the first eight minutes.  Lakewood guard Robert Hicks scored nine of his 17 points in that span.   The second quarter belonged to the Yellowjackets. Oxnard switched to a zone defense and held Lakewood to only seven points.  Eric Webb jump-started the offense, hitting two 3-pointers from the left wing and the momentum belonged to Oxnard. Shamir Simmons added a three at the buzzer to cap a 13-1 run and send Oxnard into the half with a 39-29 lead.  Curtis took over after the half, scoring 14 points in the third quarter to finish with a game-high 28. Lakewood struggled to keep up with Oxnard's full-court assault, trailing by 29 points at the 2:48 mark of the third. Oxnard cruised through the fourth to pick up its 14th consecutive victory.  Jonathan Davis orchestrated the offense by dishing off 13 assists. Eric Webb added 23 points, six rebounds and four assists while Shamir Simmons registered 17 points, six rebounds and three steals.  Armand Ivory led Lakewood with 18 points, including a crowd-pleasing dunk that gave Lakewood its first lead at 7-6. The loss finished its season at 13-15. The win moves Oxnard to 24-3. The Pacific View League champion will have a chance to extend its streak in the second round on Tuesday where they will face Canyon Springs.   Lakewood (74) — Carey 1, Hicks 17, Anderson 2, McLauren 7, Wegner 3, Green 3, Lemusu 13, Peterson 5, Ivory 18. Oxnard (91) — Webb 23, Curtis 28, Beltran 5, Murray 3, Simmons 17, Monette 4, Kurz 2, Davis 6, Abair 3.  Lakewood --22 7  20   25--74;  Oxnard--15  24  31  21--91; 3-Point goals — Lakewood 4 (Hicks 2, Ivory 2). Oxnard 6 (Webb 4, Simmons 2). Fouled out — Lemusu (L), Wegner (L). Rebounds — Oxnard (Curtis 13). Assists — Oxnard (Davis 13). Technicals — Beltran (O). Records — Lakewood 13-15, Oxnard 24-3. 

Canyon Springs 71, Arcadia 41 (Thursday)

Etiwanda 67, LB Millikan 62 -- John Boyd and Nate Dowd each poured in 23 points and Jacob Johnson had 12 as the Eagles, No. 2 seeds from the Mount Baldy League, advanced to the second round of the Division I-AAA playoffs against Eisenhower. Etiwanda (15-11) led by two points at halftime and just one at the start of the fourth quarter. Then the Eagles exploded for 29 points to seal the win. 

Eisenhower 106, Paramount 46-- Five players scored in double figures to help Rialto Eisenhower defeat Paramount. Eisenhower outscored Paramount 44-18 in the second quarter to take control of the game. Marcus Sams 14 pulled down a game-high rebounds. Eisenhower led 66-26 at the half, and for all intents and purposes, it was over early int he second quarter. The Eagles' size was a clear problem for the tiny Pirates, and Ike's quickness was even more noticeable. Paramount committed 34 turnovers, was outrebounded 43-19 and rarely was able to get shots off. Senior Alex Acker led the Eagles with 21 points.  Paramount trailed 8-4 with 4:11 left in the first quarter. The Eagles padded a small lead with a 14-4 run to end the quarter. Ike then scored 44 points in the second quarter, with senior Aaron Proctor knocking down four three-pointers. The 66 first-half points was the most the Eagles have scored in a half this season. The Eagles should get a much stiffer test on Tuesday when they play a second-round matchup against Etiwanda. PARAMOUNT (46) -- Frierson 15, Booth 9, Wicker 6, Hilton 4, Hood 2, Figerora 2, Moefaauo 2, Espy 2, Rodriguez 4.  EISENHOWER (106) -- Acker 23, Markham 11, S.Marshall 11, Sams 10, Proctor 14, Nelson 9, Shields 7, Jackson 3, Perry 2, Burke 3, Hart 2, Lewis 8, Dukes 6.  Halftime score -- Eisenhower 66-26. Three-point goals -- Markham 3, Acker 3, Proctor 4, Jackson, Nelson. Total fouls -- Paramount 28, Eisenhower 18. Fouled out -- none. Records: Eisenhower 23-4 

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