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CIF-SS Playoffs: D-IVAA & A Wild Card
Game Scores & Details--(Feb. 15, 2001)

DIVISION IV-AA

Wild-card Games

29 Palms 63, Kern Valley 53-- Twentynine Palms guard Les Hester led all players with 22 points and his team rallied in the fourth quarter to win a Southern Section Division IV-AA boys basketball game over Kern Valley, 63-53, on Wednesday night.   Twentynine Palms (10-14), which has participated in the Southern Section semifinals for the past six years, will now advance to face Crespi High in Encino on Friday. Senior center Justin Anderson led Kern Valley (11-12) with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Senior forward Brandon Holguin, added 12 rebounds for the Broncs.This was Kern Valley's first trip to playoffs in seven years. The Broncs led most of game until five minutes remained in the fourth quarter when Twentynine Palms took the lead for good. The Wildcats outscored the Broncs 21-10 in the final quarter. Junior 5-10 guard Hester also had three steals. Junior 6-5 forward Jon Cooley added 12 points for the Wildcats (10-14), and pulled down eight rebounds. Senior 6-3 guard Johnny Palmer had 10 points, five assists, five steals and six rebounds. Jimmy Cummings had six assists. Ken Randle grabbed 13 rebounds and had nine points. 

Cerritos Valley Christian 61, La Salle 52-- Phil Joo opened the game with three consecutive 3-pointers to give Cerritos Valley Christian an opening margin of nine points, which turned out to be the final margin as well.   After trailing by as many as 14 points in the third quarter, La Salle battled back to trail by just seven entering the third quarter. Reserve guard Julian Harmon made a 3-pointer to cap a 9-3 run and get La Salle (16-10) within one point at 49-48 with 4:30 left. But the Crusaders switched to a half-court trap and held La Salle scoreless over the next 3:45.   Valley Christian (17-10) scored 12 of the game's final 16 points, including 8-for-8 from the free-throw line in crunch time to hold off the comeback.  Joo finished with a team-high 17 points, including five 3-pointers. Will Crammer added 13 for Valley Christian, which moves on to face El Segundo in Friday's second round.  La Salle senior Matt Kelley finished off his high school career in fine fashion with a game-high 20 points and nine rebounds.

Morro Bay 82, Paraclete 63--The Spirits of Lancaster (7-15) were were outscored 45-29 in the second half in a Division IV-AA game at Morro Bay. Matt Marquez had 26 points and Drew Gill 11 for Paraclete.  Morro Bay shook off a poor first quarter.  The Pirates trailed by as many as 12 points early in the second quarter before getting their feet under them.   Morro Bay (13-12) will now play No. 3 seed St. Bonaventure (17-6) in a first-round game on Friday.  After a 12-point first quarter, the Pirates scored 70 over the final three, giving them their second-best offensive night of the season. Humphrey and Dickson each scored 24 points, while Danny Anderson finished with eight points and nine rebounds. Morro Bay shot the ball well, making 53.7 percent of its shots, and outrebounded Paraclete over the final three quarters.

St. Paul 69, Rosamond 53-- Despite a definite height disadvantage, St. Paul pulled out the win. The visiting Roadrunners had players standing 6-foot-8, 6-7, 6-5, and 6-4, while St. Paul's tallest player was Fausto Gonzalez at 6-3.  But Gonzalez managed to score 19 points (all in the second half) and 5-8 guard Rudy Serna, scored 18 points (with four three pointers)  to lead St. Paul to the wild card win. Dontay Hollway scored 17 and Omar Cepeida had 13. Rosmond was led by 6'-5" forward Kevin Kees who had 26 points, nine in the third quarter and 10 in the fourth. Rosamond finished its season with a 15-10 record.


DIVISION IV-A

Wild-card Games

St. Bernard 57, Maranatha 48-- Donald Penn led the Vikings with 17 points in the home win. Although St. Bernard (14-13) was down 34-23 at the half, it bounced back in the third quarter and led 42-36. Bruce Bevans added 16 points. St. Bernard will play at Providence in the second round. Four-year starter David Newkirk finished out his high school career with 31 points in the Minutemen's loss.Newkirk leaves Maranatha as the school's leading scorer and rebounder. The Biola University-bound forward scored all 12 Maranatha points in the fourth quarter.

L.A. Baptist 59, Loma Linda Academy 45--Senior Brian Sanders scored a game-high 21 points as the Knights of North Hills (14-8) got past the Roadrunners in a Division IV-A wild-card game at L.A. Baptist.  L.A. Baptist wil travel to Santa Ana Friday to play Calvary Chapel, the No. 22 seed in IV-A. Sanders scored 10 points for the Knights as L.A. Baptist went on a 12-2 run during a four-minute span of the third and fourth quarters to surge ahead 50-38. Loma Linda Academy (11-11) tied the game 32-32 on a basket by Kiff Riviniuf with 3:46 remaining in the third quarter. The Roadrunners were led by Ryan Prior's 15 points. Mike Madigan got 14 points for the Knights and teammate Chris Tillman hadeight points and six blocks. Jordan Roth and Joey Chavez had seven points apiece for L.A. Baptist.  LOMA LINDA ACADEMY (45) -- Prior 15, Valdez 4, Rivinius 7, Franke 8, Aprecio 4, Stottlemyer 4, Campbell 3 LA BAPTIST (59) -- Sanders 21, Tillman 10, Roth 7, Chavez 7, Madigan 12, Snodgrass 1, Rice 1   Halftime score -- LA Baptist 27-22. Three-point goals -- Sanders 3. Total fouls -- Loma Linda Academy 16, LA Baptist 15. Fouled out -- none. Technical fouls -- none.  Records: Loma Linda Academy 11-11, LA Baptist 14-8.

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