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CIF-SS Boys V-AA Bracket Updated:
Second Round Results & Details--(Feb. 18, 2001)

The second round in this bracket was played Friday, 2/16.   Here are the scores, followed by the bracket updated and the details following the bracket:

Upper Half of Bracket

No. 1 Verbum Dei 98, Dunn 45
Santa Clara 67, Pilibos 39
Desert 81, Ontario Christian 68
Ribet Academy 67, Oakwood 44

Chadwick 74, Lone Pine 60
Serra 96, St. Anthony 54
Arrowhead Christian 92, Whitewater 72
No. 4 Kilpatrick 93, La Sierra Academy 46

Lower Half of Bracket

No. 3 Buckley 98, Thacher 67
Montclair Prep 62, Woodcrest Christian 39
Granada Hills Hillcrst Chrstian, Boys' Republic 69
Flintridge Prep 37, Pacific Hills 36

Western Christian 69, Desert Christian 44
Sherman Indian 86, Yeshiva 66
Rolling Hills Prep 74, Valley Torah 62 (Thursday)
No. 2 Calvary Chapel Downey 66, Pasadena Poly 58

The bracket is also updated, and shows the sites of the third round where known:

First round games
February 14
  Second Round
February 16
  Third Round
Feb. 20
Feb. 23
Feb. 27
March 1
@ The Pyramid
Upper half of Bracket          
First-Quarter Bracket          
Bye @ Verbum Dei Dunn 45
Verbum Dei 98
Verbum Dei


Santa Clara

Bishop Diego 60 @ Dunn 62
S. B. Lutheran 31 @ Pilibos 47 Pilibos 39
Santa Clara 67
Bye @ Santa Clara
Bye @ Desert Ontario Christian 68
Desert 81



San Gabriel Acad. 55 @ Ontario Christian 68
Oakwood 62 (OT) @ St. Margarets 55 Oakwood 44
Ribet 67
Bye @ Ribet
Second-Quarter Bracket      
Chadwick @ Bye Lone Pine



Los Pinos 64 @ Lone Pine 87
B. Chr. Riverside 64 @ St. Anthony 66 St. Anthony
Bell Jeff 41 @ Serra 81
Riverside Christian 41 @ Arrowhead Christian 88 Whitewater
Arrowhead Chr.

@ Village Christian


AGBU 49 @ Whitewater 57
Windward 54 @ La Sierra Acad. 57 (OT) La Sierra
Bye @ Kilpatrick
Lower Half of Bracket        
Third-Quarter bracket        
Bye @ Buckley Thacher


Montclair Prep

La Verne Lutheran 49 @ Thacher 66
LA Lutheran 28 @ Montclair Prep 56 Montclair Prep
Woodcrest Chr.
Woodcrest Chr. 70 @ Bloomington Christian 48
GH Hillcrest Chr. @ Bye Boys Republic
GH Hillcrest Chr.


GH Hillcrest

Holy Martyrs 58 @ Boys Republic 69
Laguna Blanca 39 @ Flintridge Prep 74 Pacific Hills
Flintridge Prep
Capo Valley Chr. 54 @ Pacific Hills 90
Fourth-Quarter Bracket      
Western Christian @ Bye DC Lancaster
@ APU Events Center
Western Christian


Western Chr.

Fairmont 56 @ Desert Christian Lanc. 69
Upland Christian 41 @ Sherman Indian 60 Sherman Indian
@ (Frid. 1:00 p.m)
Yeshiva 66 @ Shalhavet 44
Bye @ Rolling Hills Prep Valley Torah
@ (Thurs. 2/15)
Rolling Hills Prep
Rolling Hillls Prep


CC Downey

Villanova Prep 34 @ Valley Torah 63
Pasadena Poly 70 @ Grace Brethren 56 Pasadena Poly
CC  Downey
Bye @ Calvary Chapel Downey

All games with the exception of the final round will start at 7:30 p.m. unless another time is mutually agreed upon and clearance is received from the CIF-SS Office.  Public coin flips will be held in the lobby of the CIF-SS Office at 9:00 a.m. ithe day following each playoff game [these coin flips will determine subsquent sites after the first round, i.e., which school will be the host].  Coin flips will be available after 9:30 a.m. and we'll try to keep everyone posted with them here. 

Here's what happened on Friday, 2/16:

Upper half of bracket:

No. 1 Verbum Dei 98, Dunn 45--Not surprisingly, given that this was a Verbum Dei home game, there were no details of the scoring available.   The CIF Southern Section website is equally unhelpful, since it shows * asterisks next to both Verbum Dei and Santa Clara, which is the CIF site's way of designating the home team.  Both Verb and Santa Clara had byes in the first round, and thus a coin flip was necessary to determine the host school for the upcoming third round game.    If Verbum Dei will visit Santa Clara on Tuesday, and given the coverage of Santa Clara from the Daily News, the Ventura County Star, and the LA Times, this next game shouldn't be such a secret; if the game is at Verb, well, you never know. . . .

Santa Clara 67, Pilibos 39 --Santa Clara (14-10) dominated early, leading 36-12 at halftime en route to its win. David Ramirez led Santa Clara with 22 points. Alex Minney also contributed 14 points and had a team high 13 rebounds to help beat Pilibos (18-3). Pilibos (39) — Rassi 8, Berj 7, Rezmit 9, John 4, T. Rassi 2, Harout 2, Koko 7. Santa Clara (67) — Davis 6, Santana 2, Soria 16, Payne 2, Minney 14, T. LaJoie 3, Bezerford 2, Ramirez 22.  Pilibos--5   7  15  12--39;  Santa Clara--18  18  22  9--67   Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Santa Clara 43 (Minney 13). Assists — Santa Clara 23 (Santana, Soria 5). Records — Pilibos 18-3, Santa Clara 14-10.

Desert 81, Ontario Christian 68 -- Sydney Melvin scored eight straight points in the final quarter, part of his 39-point performance, as the Scorpions broke a 56-56 tie with the Knights and pulled away for the Division V-AA playoff win.  Bobby Gibson had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists to pace Ontario Christian (18-8) in the loss. Chris Garcia scored 18 points, David Landry had 16 and Matt Hoekstra contributed nine points and eight rebounds. Ontario Christian trailed by 15 points at halftime and by five entering the fourth quarter.   Desert will host Ribet in the third round game on Tuesday.

Ribet Academy 67, Oakwood 44--Neither the LA Times nor the Daily News had a box score for this game, and thus we don't really know what happened, but we do know that Nick Mark scored 20 points in the loss for the Gorrillas in the second round. Ribet will now play at Desert in the third round on Tuesday. 

Chadwick 74, Lone Pine 60--Mike Reich scored a game-high 28 points and had 12 rebounds to lead host Chadwick (16-7) into Tuesday's quarterfinals. Peter McCaslin had 18 points and nine assists, Aaron Gleason scored 12 points and Matt Fournier had four steals in his first game back from a broken left wrist. According to the CIF-SS website, Chadwick won the coin toss and will host Serra in the third round game on Tuesday.

Serra 96, St. Anthony 54--Willie Ashbury led Serra with 26 points in the home win. Randall Odoms added 13 points, Austin Jackson scored 11, Dominic Prince contributed 10 points, and Eugene Jeter had eight assists. Serra will play Chadwick in the next round at Chadwick

Arrowhead Christian 92, Whitewater 72--Adam Dohner's 35 points, Nick Goltry's 25 and a 35-7 game-opening quarter led Arrowhead Christian Academy (21-6) into the CIF, Division V-AA third round on Tuesday, as ACA beat Whitewater 92-72 at home.  Whitewater, an all-boys school toward Palm Springs that are wards of the court, came to Redlands with a 19-2 record, the reputation of 6-4 junior Andre Conner, who reportedly had 65 points in a game this season - plus the pre-game staredown with Becerra. Carter scored 11 on Friday. ACA's Josh Breckley came up with 14 points and 15 rebounds.  The Saints (19-3), second to Masada in the Freedom League finished the season with a loss, and they trailed 18-1 in the first quarter. Nathaniel Murdock, originally from Richmond, Calif.,  and now at Whitewater, had 21 points. Whitewater's Tim Williams, originally from Los Angeles, scored 25 for the Saints.  Arrowhead Christian now gets to play yet another court-run school, Kilpatrick in the third round.   Kilpatrick won the coin toss, but the game will be played at Village Christian at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdy because Kilpatrick does not have a home gym. Whitewater - Selvano Martinez 1, Salvador Sanchez 2, Darrel Lawrence 4, Tim Williams 25, Jason Hubbard 4, Ben Pardus 4, Nathaniel Murdock 21, Andre Conner 11. Arrowhead Christian - Chris Becerra 3 (10 assists), Nick Goltry 25 (8 rebounds, 4 steals), Chris Carter 8 (3 rebounds), Adam Dohner 35 (9 rebounds, 5 assists), Kevin Greene 3, Josh Breckley 14 (15 rebounds), Jacob Goltry 2, Josh Cloud 0 (4 steals, 2 assists). Whitewater7 20 20 25 - 72 Arrowhead Chr.35 17 23 17 - 92 Three-point field goals - Greene (A) 1, Becerra (A) 1, Dohner (A) 4, Murdock (W) 2, Williams (M) 1. Fouled out - Breckley (A). Technical fouls - Lawrence (W).

No. 4 Kilpatrick 93, La Sierra Academy 46-- Kilpatrick was led by, who else, Keilon Fortune with 37 points and 9 assists and 6 steals, as the Mustangs (23-1)  easily defeated La Sierra Academy (18-7).  Kilpatrick was also led by Dena with 22 and 10 rebounds, 4 steals, La Coste 10 and 4 steals, Mora 8, Townsend 12 and 4 blocks, and La orte 4.  La Sierra was led by Kiemeney 19, Bulton 126, Paschal 3, Moya 4, . Verde 4.  Kilpatrick will host Arrowhead Christian Academy on Tuesday in a third round game which will be played at Village Christian because Kilpatrick no longer plays any games at home at Camp Kilpatrick in Malibu.

Lower half of Bracket:

No. 3 Buckley 98, Thacher 67-- All-CIF and league MVP Colin Ward-Henninger (6'-4" Sr. F) scored 36 points on 18-of-25 shooting and pulled down 13 rebounds, while All-CIF junior point guard David Gale (6'-1" Jr. PG) scored 11 and dished out 12 assists to lead the No. 3 seeded Griffins (22-3) of Sherman Oaks to the win over Thacher of Ojai.  Buckley led by 7 at the end of the first quarter, 27-20, and extended the lead to 11 at the half outscoring Thacher 23-19 in the second quarter as they took a 50-39 lead into the locker room.  The Griffins then outscored the Toads (10-10), who came in first in the Condor League, 32-9 in the third quarter to blow the game wide open.  Buckley's starters played less than a minute in the fourth quarter.  Royal Weaver scored 10 and had 4 steals while Alex Clancy scored 13. Murali Sivalingam also pulled down 13 rebounds for the Griffins.  Other scorers were Steve Broukhim 8, Nick Brar 2, Tristan Seisa 6, and Jake Scannell 1.  Thacher was led by Michael Back with 16 and senior point guard Jamaal Thornes with 15 points. Others scoring for Thacher were freshman Graham Douds 7,  Eric Butts 14, Canyon Cody 6, Willoughby 4, and Ma 2. Thacher--20  19 9  19--67;  Buckley--27  23  32   16--98.  Buckley will play Montclair Prep at Montclair Prep on Tuesday in a third round game.

Montclair Prep 62, Woodcrest Christian 39 -- Montclair Prep's Eric Kautman scored eight three-pointers in a Division VAA second round game. The Royals were able to hold 6-foot-6, 260-pound Derek Daniels to 13 points. But 31 turnovers kept the Royals' scoring opportunities few: They were held to 19 points through the first three quarters. It was the final game for Woodcrest's Coach Ricards, who has taken Woodcrest Christian basketball teams to the playoffs in each of his 17 seasons. Montclair Prep will host No. 3 seed Buckley on Tuesday in a third round game at Montclair Prep at 7:30 p.m.. The two teams have already met this year at the Montclair Prep Tournament, a game which Buckley won 71-58.  The two teams also met in the playoffs last year in the second round, a game which Buckley won 70-66. MONTCLAIR PREP (62) -- Lewis 9, Hartunian 3, Anderle 4, Johnson 4, Kautman 30, Daniels 12. WOODCREST CHRISTIAN (39) -- Carpenter 5, Musich 6, M.Reyes 8, Daniel 8, Pool 1, Lucio 6, Burdett 2, K.Reyes 2, Hawkins 1. Halftime score -- Montclair Prep 36-14. Three-point goals -- Kautman 8, Hartunian, M.Reyes 2. Total fouls -- Montclair Prep 19, Woodcrest Christian 13. Fouled out -- Anderle. Records: Woodcrest Christian 15-10, Montclair Prep 14-13.

Granada Hills Hillcrest Christian 85, Boys Republic 69--The season came to an end for the visiting Rams in a Division V-AA second-round game. Boys Republic had beaten Holy Martyrs of Encino in the first round. GHHC--Karich 4, Uri 1, Hadaddad 20, Miranda 2, Habashy 10, Amit Nat 2, AmirNat 22, and 9 rebounds, 7 assists, Newham 2, Hodgkins 19 and 8 rebounds, and 6 assists, and 9 steals, Alex Martino 3 and 9 assists.   Boys' Republic:   Valencia 2, Marquez 2, Edwards 3, Cotten 8, Lancaster 8, Warmoth 4, Manzano 22, Haines 8, Erridy 12.  GH Hillcrest improved to 18-3, and will, according to the CIF-SS's official website, play host to Flintridge Prep in the third round game on Tuesday.

Flintridge Prep 37, Pacific Hills 36-- The Rebels (14-11) came back from a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter to hold off the Bruins (17-10) of the Delphic League. Pacific Hills struggled from the field as well. The Bruins, who tied for second place in their league, shot 20.0% (four of 20) in the first half.   Bruin center Amani Daanish scored six points and blocked three shots in the first 16 minutes.  Tim Mercer hit his first two baskets from the field -- a 3-pointer and a 16-foot jump shot with 1:08 to play -- on consecutive trips down the court to lift Flintridge Prep (14-11) over Pacific Hills (17-10), 37-36, Friday night. Connor O'Byrne carried the team through the first three quarters with five 3-point baskets for a team-high 15 points. He tied the score on three of his first four shots, and gave Prep its first lead, 22-21, on his final basket with 1:14 to play in the third quarter.  Amani Daanish and Zach Jordan dominated the inside game for Pacific Hills. The duo scored 33 of the Bruins' 36 points and kept the Rebel frontcourt at bay.  Daanish, who scored a game-high 19 points and collected 11 rebounds, scored all of Pacific Hills first-quarter points. Connor O'Byrne hit three three-pointers in the third quarter, the first two tying the game for Flintridge. O'Byrne's third three-point shot gave the Rebels their first lead of the game, 22-21, with 1:10 left. Tim Mercer started for the Rebels despite a score ankle and scored seven points. Pacific Hills 5 7 11 13 -- 36  Flint. Prep 3 8 13 13 -- 37  PACIFIC HILLS--Daanish 19 and 9 rebounds, Jordan 14 and 8 rebounds, Amedu 2, Hill 1.  Three-pointers: none.  FLINT. PREP--O'Byrne 15, Mercer 7, Strand 6 and 7 rebounds, Phelps 3, Harrison 2, Lauer 2, Young 2.  Three-pointers: O'Byrne 5, Mercer.  Flintridge Prep will visit GH Hillcrest Christian on Tuesday for the third round matchup.

Western Christian 69, Desert Christian 44 --The Chin twins, Ethan (24 points) and Sean (7), combined for 31 points as the Fighting Lancers moved into the Sweet 16 of their divisional tournament. They will play Yeshiva on Tuesday.   Senior guard Shawn Lokar scored 11 points and dished out 13 assists and senior center Brad Meister pulled down 14 rebounds to go along with his 18 points for Western Christian (23-5).  Western Christian won the coin-toss to determine the host school and Yeshiva will travel to Covina for the Tuesday third round game.

Yeshiva 86, Sherman Indian 66 -- This game was played early on Friday, at 1:00 p.m. and Yeshiva outscored Riverside Sherman Indian 31-17 in the third quarter to pull away to a Division V-AA victory. YESHIVA (86) -- K. Pollack 17, Isaacs 10, Malkin 19, M. Pollack 11, Darfman 16, Gaeai 7, Nagel 2, Portnoy 2, Kalmanovich 2. SHERMAN INDIAN (66) -- Ivins 10, Key 5, Nez 16, Flores 4, Martinez 4, Palone 2, Hubbard 25.  Halftime score -- Yeshiva 37-31. Three-point goals -- Ivins 2, Key, Hubbard 3, Nez 2, Isaacs, Malkin, M. Pollack. Total fouls -- Yeshiva 10, Sherman Indian 16. Fouled out -- none. Records: Yeshiva 18-5, Sherman Indian 12-10.  Yeshiva, which finished third in Liberty League behind Buckley and Providence, will travel to Western Christian for the third round matchup. 

Rolling Hills Prep 74, Valley Torah 62 (Thursday)-- Rolling Hills Prep will meet Calvary Chapel Downey, which barely avoided the upset on Friday night.  The RHP v. CCD game will be played Tuesday in the third round, but the site location is unclear from the CIF-SS website, which mistakenly shows both teams as being the hosts.  The site was determined by a coin flip, and according to CC Downey coach Mark Berokoff, the game will be at Calvary Chapel in Downey, located on Woodruff just off Imperial Highway. 

No. 2 Calvary Chapel Downey 66, Pasadena Poly 58 --Second seeded Calvary Chapel Downey only led by 2 points with a minute to play but pulled out the win to avoid the upset at home by visiting Pasadena Poly.   Marshall Duncan and teammates Kevin Kawachi and Matt Sargeant were impressive as the Panthers just missed.    Kawachi sank a 3-pointer and a layup off a Duncan steal, and Duncan made two free throws as Poly drew within two points in the late going.  But Tim Drisdom (6'-3" Jr. SG) hit a 3-pointer and made two free throws in the last minute closing minute for the win. Drisdom finished with 36 points, 25 in the second half.  Duncan finished with 20 points and Sargeant, battling the flu, finished with 16 points

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