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CIF-SS: All The Boys Quarterfinal &
Semifinal Details From Friday--(Feb. 24, 2001)

A lot of really excellent games last night.  Down to just 30 teams after a couple more games which will be played tonight in the Southern Section (Antelope Valley Christian plays tonight in Division V-A at Lancaster HS against Desert Christian, and Yeshiva plays CC Downey at Brentwood in Divsion VAA).  Here are the scores from last night's games:

Division I-AAA


Upland 87, Fontana 60-- Kirk Snyder scored 25 points and Sheldon Pace and Jason Harris each scored 16 as Upland beat the Fontana Steelers in a game which was close for a while before Upland turned up the heat.   Upland (29-1), ranked No.13 in the nation, No.4 in the state and top-seeded in the largest enrollment division in CIF, is now advancing to the semifinals where they will meet Ontario.  Upland exploded for a 30-point second quarter to go up 42-33 at halftime, then really turned it up for the second half.  Upland shot 69 percent (18-for-26) in the second half, while holding Fontana's Cory McJimson to 19 points; McJimson did manage 12 in the first quarter, but his scoring effort seemed to awaken Upland, and particularly Kirk Snyder, who went scoreless in the first quarter, and Snyder shot 11-13 from the field in the remaining three quarters.  Trayvon Williams, Fontana's 6-5 sophomore, scored 15 points on only 12 shots. Senior forward Mark Mancha had seven points. Jose Gallardo and Je'Marc Perry each got six off the bench. Fontana's starting guards were nearly held scoreless;  Aaron Gipson scored two, while Shedrack Okoebor had just one point in the game. Upland's Sheldon Pace scored 16 and Jason Harris scored 16 points for Upland, including a couple of huge dunks.FONTANA (60) S. Okoebor 1, Gipson 2, McJimson 19, Williams 15, Mancha 7, Gallardo 6, Perry 6, Clayton 2, Graham 2. UPLAND (87) Pace 16, Pruitt 3, J. Harris 16, P. Harris 11, Snyder 25, Davis 3, Hathaway 7, Hatter 4, Martin 2. Fontana 20 13 11 16 -- 60 Upland 12 30 24 21 -- 87 Total fouls: F 14, U 10. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none.

Ontario 83, Highland 49-- The Highland Bulldogs (14-4) who scored major upsets over Long Beach-Jordan and unseeded but dominant Arroyo Grande, committed 38 turnovers and lost to No. 4 seeded Ontario 83-49 in the Southern Section Division I-AAA semifinals Friday night at Highland. Ontario held Highland's Idel Dawson to just six. Mike Stevenson had 22 points and Dawson had 12 and nine rebounds. But Ontario, with  three players in double figures and a defense that forced 37 turnovers, took control of the game.  Marlon Mitchell scored 24 points, David Stepney had 16 and Cameron Munoz finished with 10. Andrew Alhadeff added 12 assists and Marcel Mack contributed seven points and seven steals. Ontario (23-4) opened the game with a 9-2 run and led 34-14 midway through the second quarter. At the half, Highland had made up some ground with an 11-4 run, but still trailed 38-25. The Jaguars forced 18 first-half turnovers and 12 more in the third quarter. Ontario opened a 58-32 lead in the third.   Even though the Bulldogs scored the last five points in the third quarter to close to within 58-37, it never got closer than 19 in the fourth. ONTARIO (83) Rasheed 7, Marcel Mack 7, Munoz 10, Barbosa 2, Marcus Mack 2, Stepney 16, Mitchell 24, Taylor 6, Kinney 9, HIGHLAND (49) M. Stevenson 20, G. Stevenson 6, Dawson 14, Younan 3, Jones 2, Kennedy 4. Ontario 16 22 20 25 -- 83 Highland 9 16 12 12 -- 49 Total fouls: O 18, H 14. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none.

Capistrano Valley 64, Ayala 52--Pete DeCasas led Capistrano Valley with 18 points, including three three-pointers, and Jake Franzen scored 13 for the Cougars, who will face Rialto Eisenhower in the semifinals. The Bulldogs' bid for a return trip to the CIF championship game ended,  but it was the eighth time in nine years that Ayala reached the quarterfinals. Ayala (21-7) was led by Malik Jones with 18 points and Kyle Gregory added 11.    Capistrano Valley surged to a 25-12 first-quarter lead and led 31-24 at halftime. AYALA (52) Antolin 3, Parks 4, Sanchez 8, Hatch 4, Jones 18, Gregory 11, Quinn 4. CAPISTRANO VALLEY (64) Franzen 11, Gloger 5, Demere 12, DeCasas 20, Mallon 11, Lefler 5. Ayala 12 12 6 22 -- 52
Cap. Valley 25 6 12 21 -- 64 Total fouls: A 16, CV 17. Fouled out: none. Technicals: none.

Eisenhower 68, Oxnard 59--Eisenhower (25-4) overcame a large deficit in the first quarter to comeback against host Oxnard (25-4) to advance to the I-AAA semifinals with a 69-59 win.  Eisenhower will play Capistrano Valley at home next Tuesday.  It will be Ike's second appearance in the semis in the last nine years since Steve Johnson has been coaching at Eisenhower.    Oxnard scored 10 straight points in the first quarter, turning an 8-7 deficit into a 17-8 lead. But Eisenhower rallied to within 32-31 by halftime with some great shooting by Alex Acker who socred a game high 35 points on 12-22 shooting, five of them three-pointers. Sean Marshall added 17 points and Johnny Dukes scored 10. Nicholas Curtis, the USC-bound center, collected 13 points and 13 rebounds for Oxnard, while Erik Webb scored 11 points.  EISENHOWER (68) -- S.Marshall 17, Hart 6, Acker 35, Dukes 10, Sams 0, James 0, Proctor 0. OXNARD (59) -- Webb 9, Curtis 13, Simmons 7, Monette 8, Davis 8, Abair 9, Parker 5.  Halftime score -- Oxnard 32-31. Three-point goals -- Acker 5, Webb. Total fouls -- Eisenhower 17, Oxnard 16. Fouled out -- Abair (O).

Division I-AA


El Toro 79, Murrietta Valley 67--Ashkan Nazeri had 26 points and eight assists and Matt Green had 25 points and 10 rebounds for top-seeded El Toro (26-2), which led, 40-31, at halftime. Chris Parish chipped in 17 points and Ken Tanaka had 10 points and seven assists for the Chargers, who play fourth-seeded Thousand Oaks in the semifinals. MURRIETA VALLEY (67) -- Larsen 20, Ricks 12, Richardson 17, Rider 9, Linsley 2, Mejia 5, Campbell 2. EL TORO (79) -- Nazeri 26, Green 25, Tanaka 10, Parish 17, Aguirre 1.   Halftime score -- El Toro 40-31. Three-point goals -- Parish 3, Richardson 3, Nazeri 2, Tanaka 2, Larsen, Mejia, Ricks. Total fouls -- Murrieta Valley 16, El Toro 13. Fouled out -- none. Records: Murrieta Valley 18-10, El Toro 27-2. 

Thousand Oaks 52, Cajon 50--Kyle Kegley scored all 16 of Thousand Oaks' fourth-quarter points, including four deep 3-pointers, while playing on a sprained ankle. Thanks to Kegley, the Lancers advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 1991. They'll play top-seeded El Toro on Tuesday at Westlake High. Kegley's performance overshadowed the brilliant play of Cajon (21-7) junior forward Donavan Morris, who finished with 20 points. Thousand Oaks (23-5) will be making just its second trip to the semifinals, while the season comes to an end for Cajon. Larry Dew's three-point shot hit the front of the rim and bounced off as time expired, and the Cajon High School boys basketball team fell 52-50 to Thousand Oaks in a CIF-Southern Section Division I-AA quarterfinal game played at San Gorgonio High School. Senior guard Kyle Kegley paced Thousand Oaks with a game-high 27 points, including all 16 of his team's points in the fourth quarter. He also hit four of his five three-pointers in the final period.  Despite Kegley's heroics, Cajon still was in position to win the game. A putback by Donovan Morris put the Cowboys ahead 48-46 with just under three minutes to play. But Kegley hit a three, then another on the next possession to put the Lancers ahead 52-48. The Cowboys' Andre Payne missed a shot, and Ben Olson grabbed the rebound for Thousand Oaks with 57 seconds left. But the Lancers took too long to get the ball past halfcourt and were whistled for a 10-second violation, giving the ball back to Cajon. Morris was fouled and converted on both free throws with 43 seconds remaining to cut it to 52-50.  The Cowboys then forced a turnover when Kasey Myers lost the ball out of bounds while trapped in the corner by two Cajon defenders with less than 30 seconds left. The Cowboys got the ball to Dew for the last shot, which fell short. Morris paced Cajon with 20 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter. He also had seven rebounds. Payne also played very well for the Cowboys, scoring 14 points and grabbing six rebounds. THOUSAND OAKS (52) -- Kegley 27, Myers 8, Anderson 7, Olson 5, Rex 3, Arrechea 2. CAJON (50) -- Morris 20, Payne 14, DeArman 8, Porter 6, Dew 2. Halftime score -- Cajon 29-28. Records: Thousand Oaks 23-5, San Bernardino Cajon 21-7.

JW North 70, San Clemente 60--Tim Burnette had 16 points and James Hartman had 15 for visiting San Clemente (18-9). The Huskies (14-12) led from the middle of the first quarter.  North guard Will Wynn scored a game-high 20 points hitting back-to-back three-pointers in the final 35 seconds of the first half. North scored the first six points of the third quarter, and San Clemente (18-9) never got closer than eight points subsequently. Davell Washington added 16 points, including two on a dunk following a steal in the first quarter to expand the Huskies' early 5-4 lead and fire up his teammates. Leo Dotson scored 18 points and Isaiah Bryant added 11. North will play Glendora in the semifinals Tuesday at a site to be determined by a coin flip today. Glendora defeated North in the Division 1A semifinals in 1998. SAN CLEMENTE (60) -- Jones 7, King 11, Owens 7, Burnette 16, Hartman 15, Orahood 4. NORTH (70) -- Wynn 20, Aubert 3, Bryant 11, Washington 16, Dotson 18, Stewart 2.   Halftime score -- North 34-26. Three-point goals -- Jones, King, Owens, Hartman 2, Wynn 2, Aubert. Total fouls -- San Clemente 12, North 15. Fouled out -- none.   Records: Riverside North 14-12, San Clemente 18-9.

Glendora 73, Loyola 63--  Glendora's Kyle Bechler scored 30 points, including 13 of his team's 20 in the third quarter, and he managed to score 18 consecutive points between the end of the first half and the finish of the third quarter.  His hot hand turned a 32-30 lead into a 52-37 lead, and he hit three threes as well. Teammate Larry Monroe scored 22 points, six assists and five rebounds,  to lead the host Tartans (25-4) past the Cubs (18-9) in a Division I-AA quarterfinal game.  Loyola kept the game close in the first half, trailing 32-28 with a 1:30 to play, with Omar Wilkes scoring on a lay-up after a blocked shot by 6-foot-7 Shawn Crosner. Bechler scored the first 15 of his 30, including 3 threes, in the third quarter.  The third quarter was also critical for Loyola, and they had 7 turnovers. Loyola managed to come within 6 late in the fourth on a 3 pointer by Davis Cantor, who finished with 9, but it was as close as the Cubs would get. Omar Wilkes led Loyola with 25 points. The Tartans, smaller than the Cubs at every position, were concerned with Loyola's front court of 6-foot-7 Sean Crosner and 6-5 Chris Rucker. But Mike Mehanna and Spencer Foster shut down the Loyola big men and limited Crosner to six points and Chris Rucker to two.

Division I-A


Mater Dei 105, Anaheim Canyon 77--Jamal Sampson had 27 points and 20 rebounds and Cedric Bozeman had 21 points and 10 rebounds for top-seeded Mater Dei (27-2), which led, 59-20, at halftime. The Monarchs will play Claremont in the semifinals Tuesday.  Derron Putnam had 23 points for Canyon, who attempted 46 three-pointers and made 13. 

Claremont 64,  Arlington 55-- Shaddean Aaron scored a game-high 22 points as Claremont survived against Arlington, beating the Lions 64-55 in a CIF-SS Division I-A quarterfinal and the Wolfpack (23-6) advances to play top-seeded and nationally-ranked Santa Ana Mater Dei. Senior guard Sean Terrell finished with 15 points, including four clutch baskets in the third quarter.    Arlington (21-9), meanwhile, ends its season after going 5-5 in league before scoring upsets of Irvine Woodbridge and Whittier California. Claremont maintained an 8-to-10 point lead for much of the first half before Arlington scored nine consecutive points, tying the game at 28-28. The Wolfpack led 32-30 at halftime before surging ahead again in the third.  In the third quarter Terrell hit back-to-back 3-pointers and then added two more baskets to help the Wolfpack to a 50-38 lead. In the fourth quarter, however, trailing 57-48, Richard Glover hit two free throws and Adam Aguirre hit consecutive baskets, one a thre pointer and Arlington cut th elead to two, 57-55 with 1:50 left to play.   In the final 1:33, Arlington turned the ball over twice and missed 3-pointers, while Kevyn White sank three free throws and Shaddean Aaron hit two lay-ups to clinch Claremont's second consecutive playoff win on the road. ARLINGTON (55) Simon 3, Glover 11, Willman 4, Holgula 8, Aguirre 6, McAllister 16, Christie 4, Heru 4. CLAREMONT (64) White 7, Terrell 15, Aaron 21, Wilburn 7, Lombard 14. Arlington 11 19 12 13 -- 55 Claremont 19 13 18 14 -- 64 Total fouls: A 18, C 14. Fouled out: Simon, Aguirre. Technical fouls: none.

Villa Park 74, Newport Harbor 61-- Villa Park (24-5) beat Newport Harbor(21-7) by a score of , 74-61, in a Southern Section Division I-A boys' basketball quarterfinal game Friday.  Kyle Egkan finished with 16 for Villa Park and Sean Phaler had 13, including nine in the third quarter when Villa Park outscored Newport, 23-14, to take a 55-41 lead. Egkan had nine in the fourth quarter   The Spartans (24-5) were led by Matt MacGinnis with a game-high 22 points.  Newport Harbor's junior forward Tony Melum scored 19, Gregg Perrine had 15 and Aaron Yarnal finished with 12  Villa Park led by 12 early in the second quarter, but Newport Harbor finished the half on a 9-2 run to get within five. The Sailors then scored the first five points of the second half to tie the score, 32-32.   The No. 3 seeded Spartans, who have won seven in a row, advance to play No. 2 Corona Centennial in the semifinals on Tuesday.  Villa Park senior Matt MacGinnis, who came in with 65 three-pointers, hit 5 of 7 from beyond the arc, en route to a game-high 22 points, and Sean Phaler had two threes, Kyle Egkan hit one and so did point guard Corey Miller and Tommy Stankan. 11 of Tony Melums team-high 19 points came in the second half.  He also had 7 rebounds. Newport Harbor 8 19 14 20 - 61 Villa Park 17 15 23 19 - 74; Villa Park - MacGinnis 22, Egkan 16, Phaler 13, Prather 9, Stankan 7, Miller 3, Waldrip 2, Herrera 2. 3-pt. goals - MacGinnis 5, Phaler 2, Egkan 1, Miller 1, Stankan 1. Fouled out - none. Technicals - none. Newport Harbor - Melum 19, Perrine 15, Yarnal 12, Pajevic 9, Young 6, Peterson 0, Diefenbach 0. 3-pt. goals - Perrine 3, Young 1, Pajevic 1. Fouled out - none. Technicals - Young 1.

Corona Centennial 80, Temescal Canyon 67--The Huskies opened the game on a 17-4 run and never trailed en route to a Division 1A quarterfinal victory. Centennial (27-2) will play lay third-seeded Villa Park in the semifinals Tuesday. Centennial star Jamaal Williams, who has signed with New Mexico, scored a game-high 23 points, and pulled down 10 rebounds. CENTENNIAL (80)-- J.Williams 23, E.Soderberg 0, L.Soderberg 7, Sybesma 19, Reese 18, Gonzales 11, B.Williams 2. TEMESCAL CANYON (67) -- Maxey 18, Roberson 3, Zarbok 2, Kennedy 19, Cleary 14, Wing 6, Garrett 2, Ellenwood 3. Halftime score -- Centennial 44-32. Three-point goals -- J.Williams, L.Soderberg, Reese 4, Gonzales, Maxey 4, Roberson, Kennedy 2, Ellenwood. Total fouls -- Centennial 20, Temescal Canyon 17. Fouled out -- none. Records: Corona Centennial 27-2, Lake Elsinore Temescal Canyon 23-7.

Division II-AA


Dominguez 68, Chaparral 32-- Tyson Chandler hit 9 of 10 shots from the field for 24 points in three quarters of play, finishing with 16 rebounds and 5 blocks. Chandler, who made 25 of 28 shots in the Dons' 120-59 second-round victory over Rim of the World, is 34-for-38 in his last two games.  Junior forward Bobby Jones and senior guard Tony Bryant had 16 points each for Dominguez, which plays Paso Robles in the semifinals on Tuesday. Jones and Bryant were each 6-for-7 from the field. Jones also had 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Dominguez (25-4) pulled its starters in the third quarter and was ahead 66-23 with four minutes to play. The Dons jumped to a 11-2 advantage in the first quarter against Chaparral (21-8), the Southwestern League's No. 3 entrant.  The Dons put the game out of the reach by halftime, boosted by eight second-quarter points by Bryant, for a 33-12 halftime lead. Only four Chaparral players scored, led by Ryan Cooke and Joe Bullard, who scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. DOMINGUEZ (68) -- Chandler 24, Jones 16, Bryant 11, Kendred 8, Hernandez 4, Williams 3, Fee 2.   CHAPARRAL (32) -- Cooke 12, Buller 11, Castillo 7, Craig 2.   Halftime score -- Dominguez 33-12. Three-point goals -- Cooke 2, Castillo, Chandler, Williams. Total fouls -- Dominguez 9, Chaparral 12. Fouled out -- none.  Records: Compton Dominguez 25-4, Temecula Chaparral 21-8.

Paso Robles 49, Santa Barbara 40-- Paso Robles managed to knock off Santa Barbara to advance to the semifinals where the Bearcats will play Compton Dominguez.  Congratulations because unless they get some height to be able to counteract 7'-0" Tyson Chandler, it may be the last game for Paso Robles as well.  But on Friday night, it was all Santa Barbara could do to hang in this game as Dommanic Ingerson, Santa Barbara's Michigan-signee shooting guard picked up two fouls in the first quarter and was called twice for carrying, and there was the taunting from the crowd, and the result was that Ingerson finished out his high school career with 11 points, shooting 4-13 from the field. Santa Barbara led only once in the game, at 2-0, on a basket by Tucker Waterman. Paso Robles scored the next 9 straight points.  The Dons pulled to within five points on a 3-pointer by Preston Maloney with 30 seconds to play, but the Bearcats made four free throws to close out the game.  Trey Putnam had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Dons, who hit on only 13 of 49 shots. Paso Robles, 23-3, moves into the semifinals, where it will face Dominguez on Tuesday. SANTA BARBARA -- Putnam 10, Maloney 6, Ingerson 11, DeRose 4, Waterman 6, Russell 0. Total 40.  PASO ROBLES -- Wilder 16, Anguiano 14, Lee 0, Wesch  2, Webb 10, Freitas 2, Twidwell 0, Adams 0, Fair 0, Hynes 5. Total 49.  Santa Barbara --4 10 7 19 -- 40 Paso Robles--9 10 10 20 -- 49 ; 3-point goals -- SB 3-15 (Maloney 2-3, Ingerson 1-7, DeRose 0-1, Russell 0-1, Putnam 0-3), PR 4-14 (Anguiano 3-5, Wilder 1-2, Webb 0-1, Freitas 0-4, Adams 0-2). Total fouls -- SB 18, PR 19. Technical foul -- Maloney. Fouled out - Waterman, Anguiano, Adams.

Inglewood 78,  Pasadena 52--   The No. 3 seeded Sentinels pulled away from Pasadena with a nine-point burst in the final minute of the first half en route to a 78-52 victory that left Pasadena's championship hopes shattered.  The Bulldogs (15-13) turned over the ball 16 times in the first half, seven times in the backcourt. Inglewood (26-5), which led for all but the game's first 5:06, found success in a series of quick-scoring stretches. Ray Reed, who scored 16 points, hit four early baskets to ignite a 16-2 run in the first quarter. Anthony Davis, who scored a team-high 17 points, propelled a 9-0 run with a 3-pointer in the final minute of the second half. Dino Wilburn, who scored a game-high 25 points, hit five 3-pointers. He scored three of Pasadena's four second-quarter field goals to keep the score close. A 3-pointer by Marques Munn pulled the Bulldogs within 22-21 with 2:18 to play in
the half. A pair of backcourt turnovers and a couple of ill-advised Pasadena shots allowed Inglewood to take a 31-21 lead into the locker room. Inglewood increased its lead in the second half, leading by as many as 27 points late in the fourth quarter. Doug Thomas, who transferred from Pasadena to Inglewood at the beginning of the school year, scored 10 points and collected five rebounds for the Sentinels.  D'Angelo Collins scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.  Travis Bean pulled down a team-high nine rebounds for the Bulldogs before fouling out in the third quarter.

Santa Margarita 72, Elsinore 51-- Holding a four-point lead at halftime, host Santa Margarita (22-4) outscored Elsinore (17-11), 20-7, in the third quarter to seal the victory. R.J. Socci led the Eagles with 18 points. Travis Smith added 16 points, Lenny Collins 13 and Brandon Rohe 12 for Santa Margarita, which plays Inglewood in the semifinals. Elsinore trailed by four at halftime but struggled defensively in the second half.  Ryan Lux led Elsinore with 12 points. ELSINORE (51) -- Keahey 10, Green 10, Lux 12, Kondus 8, Wolter 9, Nelson 2.   SANTA MARGARITA (72) -- Socci 18, Smith 16, Rohe 12, Collins 13, Cancredi 8, Quijaro 1, Sessenden 2, Hoppes 2. Halftime score -- Santa Margarita 31-27. Three-point goals -- Keahey 2, Green, Lux, Wolter 2, Socci 2, Smith, Rohe 2. Total fouls -- Elsinore 14, Santa Margarita 16. Fouled out -- none. Records: Elsinore 17-11, Santa Margarita 24-4.

Division II-A


Mayfair 61, Ocean View 40--Marques Crane was held scoreless in the first half, and Torin Beeler finished with just seven points, while Ocean View's Kevin Chow added eight, Steve Clarke and Neal Smith, both starters, did not score, as Ocean View was denied the chance to contend again for a Section title as Mayfair defeated Ocean View at Gahr HS on Friday night.  Justin Hawkins, who was on the Mayfair JV for most of the season, scored 16 points to help lead Mayfair to the 21 point win over the Seahawks (22-7). The Monsoons (25-3) will advance to the finals against Redondo Union.  Marques Crane of Ocean View managed to shut down Mayfair's Josh Childress who finished with 6;points on 2-9 shooting; likewise, Crane, who finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals, was shut down in the first first half.  Edwin Draughan had 11 points, 8 boards and 3 assists. Mayfair was also led by matt McCraw with 12 points, Brian McFadden 8.  Mayfair led 24-14 at the half, but in the third quarter, after Mayfair scored the first four points of the third quarter, Crane scored the next seven points to bring the scored to 28-21. Mayfair then went on a 6-0 run. The Seahawks shot only 13 of 48 from the field and 10 of 22 from the foul line.

Redondo 58, Muir 37-- Redondo (24-5) beat Muir on Friday night, ending a 19-game win streak for Muir and sending Redondo to next Saturday's finals where they will play Mayfair. Muir had previously won 26 of its last 28 games.  The Mustangs' shooting was off the whole night, whether inside or outside. CSUN-signee Joseph Frazier's first shot went over the backboard, and his second was an airball;  from the outside, they shot 2-25 from three point range; when they went inside, the Mustangs had 12 shots blocked; they shot 5-12 from the line.Junior center Seth Davis led Muir with 10 points. Frazier had a team-high nine rebounds and three steals. Muir led 9-4 in the first quarter. But then Redondo forced five turnovers and blocked four shots, and the Seahawks went on a 12-0 run, and led 16-9, before closing out the first half with a lead of 23-15, a low scoring night in anyone's book.  In the third quarter, Dijon Thompson and Wendell White hit back to back jumpers, and the Seahawks went up by 21 points by the end of the third. Thompson finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Adam Zahn and Keith Ellison each had 12.

Division III-AA


Bishop Montgomery 74, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 45-- In Friday's Southern Section Division III-AA semifinal, defending-champion and top-seeded Bishop Montgomery proved too fast, too talented and too athletic with too many Division I-bound players, as the Bishop Knights defeated the Notre Dame Knights 74-45 at Redondo Union High. USC-bound Errick Craven scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the second half, and brother Derrick added seven of his 11 in the second half. Sophomore Fred Washington scored 10 of his 13 in the first quarter. Kenny D'Oyen had 11 points.   Bishop Montgomery (25-2) advances to Thursday's final at the Pyramid in Long Beach, while Notre Dame (23-6) will potentially get another shot at BM  in the State Regional tournament (all four semifinalits in D-IIIAA get to enter the State Tournament). Cody Pearson led Notre Dame with 18 points;  Ruben Sanchez had six points. Notre Dame led 5-0 after three minutes, but then Bishop Montgomery quick put the hammer down and led 14-5. Bishop Montgomery forced 13 first half turnovers with their relentless fullcourt press, and Notre Dame was scoreless for almost 8 minutes in the first half, losing the ball seven straight times to Bishop steals. At the half, Bishop Montgomery led by 21,   37-16.

Compton Centennial 59, San Dimas 57-- The Apaches nearly gave away an 11-point fourth quarter lead. But behind Antonio Griffin and Anthony Davis, they held on to beat San Dimas, 59-57, Friday night in a CIF-Southern Section Division III semifinal at Bonita High School.  Centennial led, 54-43, with five minutes left.  Unable to cope with Compton Centennial's size and speed running the floor, the Saints countered with a slower half-court attack and kept the game close in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter by hitting five of eight free-throw attempts. Antouan Mesropian who finished with 20 points scored all of San Dimas' points in an 8-2 run to pull the Saints to 56-51 with 1:40 left. When the Saints' Curtis Small made two free throws, San Dimas was down, 56-53, with 1:09 left. With 48 seconds left, San Dimas' Jason Greenlee made a jump shot to pull to 57-55. Trailing by just three points with 23 seconds remaining, Jason Greenlee hit a running jumper along the baseline to cut the Apaches' lead to one point. Centennial's Anthony Davis answered with two free throws in the final 10 seconds, however. Griffin was fouled with 30 seconds left. He missed his first shot of a one-and-one, but Davis saved the day with an offensive rebound. Davis was fouled while shooting. He made the first free throw but missed the second. Centennial had a 58-55 lead with 26.4 seconds left. On the next possession Greenlee scored with 7.6 seconds on a goal-tending call against Sterling Byrd, and San Dimas pulled to within one, 58-57, but without time for another possession, San Dimas had to foul Anthony Davis, who had 13 points and 15 rebounds, and he went to the line and hit two for the final margin.   San Dimas got off one last shot, a half-court at the buzzer which was blocked.    For Centennial, Antonio Griffin had 21 points and 9 rebounds.   Centennial (15-15) will play a rematch against Bishop Montgomery, whom they met in last year's Section finals and in the State Regional, losing both times.  The final is at the Pyramid on Thursday. San Dimas' season will continue March 6 when the CIF State Division 3 playoffs begin.

Division IV-AA


Crespi  62, Oak Park 43-- Top-seeded Crespi of Encino beat Oak Park convincingly on Friday night in a Southern Section Division IV boys' basketball semifinal at Agoura High. The Celts' (22-6) wil make their first trip to a section championship game. Trailing 23-22 at the half, Crespi came out in the third quarter with an 18-0 run, and by the end of the quarter, Crespi led 44-27, having held Oak Park(20-9)  to just four points in the quarter. Senior Kingsley Anyanwu scored a game-high 24 points, Ellis added 14 and Derrick O'Dwyer 10.  Andrew Moore was held to six points.  Jason Adams had 14 and Monte McNair 11 for Oak Park

St. Paul 60,  Northwood 54-- St. Paul (18-13) which entered the playoffs as a wild-card team, defeated Northwood (21-8) in a Division IV-AA semifinal boys' basketball game Friday at University High.   Sophomore guard Rudy Serna, who scored a game-high 22 points   made six three-pointers and hit four late free throws to help the Swordsmen to the win. St. Paul led by as many as 11 points before taking a 32-25 halftime lead.   Northwood then outscored St. Paul, 7-2, to start the third quarter, but with St. Paul leading by five, Northwood guard Drew Terry hit a three-pointer to tie the score at 40-40.  Adam Roggero then scored on a layup with 28 seconds  in the third to give Northwood its second lead of the game, 42-40, its last. St. Paul went ahead 48-45 on consecutive three-pointers by Serna to start the fourth.   Northwood managed to get within a point, 50-49, but Serna then closed to within one at 50-49 with 3:50 remaining, but Serna, made four free throws down the stretch.  Fausto Gonzalez scored 16 points and 9 rebounds for St Paul. Drew Terry was held to 12 points with some excellent defensive play from St. Paul's Omar Cepeida, a 5'-7" junior guard. Center Rob Selway finished with 12 points and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves.  It was Northwood's first year of varsity competition.

Division IV-A


Crossroads 64, St. Bernard  52--Crossroads defeated St.Bernard, 64-52.Issiah Fox had 22 points,and Jordon Rush had 16 points to lead the Roadrunners who led from start to finish. Crossroads led at the half, 27-18, and by as much as 15 in the third quarter before St. Bernard closed to within 2 midway into the 4th. quarter. St. Bernard was led by Donald Penn's 15 points, 8 rebs and Bruce Bevans'14 points.

St. Monica's 62, LA Baptist 37-- The LA Baptist Knights' Brian Sanders scored 18 points to lead all scorers in a Division IV-AA semifinal game at Hart.  St. Monica led by eight after one period and stretched its lead to as many as 13 in the second quarter.   St. Monica (21-7) outscored LA Baptist (17-6) in every quarter to win in convincing fashion 62-37. St. Monica was led by Sean Cole with 15, Hampton Nunley with 12, Marcus Shelby and Brandon Cruz with 9 each, Robert Rakestraw with 6 and Jamayne Potts with 5.  Sanders also had three three-pointers.  St. Monica advances to the 4A Finals next week against Crossroads, who defeated St. Bernard in the other final.

Division V-AA


Desert 54, Santa Clara 53-- Santa Clara, which had shocked No. 1 seed Verbum Dei in an exciting overtime third round game, looked to be headed to the semifinals when, with 3:25 to play they had a 7 point lead, 53-46 following point guard Andrian Santana's three  pointer.  It would be the last time Santa Clara would score this season.  Desert's Sidney Melvin (6'-3" Sr. SG) came right back with a three pointer of his own, and he scored the final 8 points of the game, to beat Santa Clara 54-53. But before it was over, Santa Clara had a couple of other chances to win, but the first was lost out of bounds, and the second resulted in two timeouts, the last with 5 seconds on the clock, and eventually, a shot by senior forward David Ramirez, who missed an 18 footer as the clock expired.  Ramirez finished with 8 points.  Melvin finished with 30 points and four 3-pointers. Minney led Santa Clara (15-11) with 15 points. Soria and Tim Lajoie added 10 points.

Kilpatrick 90, Serra 85 (OT)-- Keilon Fortune scored 31 points and recorded seven assists and three steals as the Mustangs won their Division V-AA quarterfinal game in overtime at Serra. Adam Townsend added 18 points and 19 rebounds and Dominick Lacost had 13 points for Kilpatrick (25-1). Donald Johnson of Kilpatrick made a three-point basket with less than one second remaining in the fourth quarter to force overtime and the Mustangs shut out Serra (17-11) in the extra period.   Javier Dena finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds, four steals and four blocked shots for the Mustangs.

GH Hillcrest 66, Buckley 64-- In a game which saw 20 lead changes, Hillcrest's Amrit Nat managed to break free from Buckley's full court press on an inbounds and hit a layup with just 10 seconds in the game to put Hillcrest up by two as the Eagles (21-3) surprised the No. 3 seed Buckley (24-4), 66-64 in a Southern Section D-VAA quarterainal game at Buckley Friday night. Trailing by four points midway through the fourth quarter, the Eagles came back and took a 64-58 lead with under two minutes to play, but Buckley overcame the deficit and scored six consecutive points to tie the score at 64-64.  Hillcrest called a timeout and diagrammed an inbounds play for Nat, who set a screen then released into the backcourt,  going deep for the long pass and he hit the layup with just 10 seconds showing to give Hillcrest took the lead.  With 10 seconds showing, Buckley who broke Hillcrest's press and he was fouled while shooting with just 5 seconds showing on the clock.  But Weaver, a senior guard  who finished with 11 points and who had made three free throws earlier in the game, missed the first one, and was forced to intentionally miss the second. As the ball went off the rim on the second shot, Buckley's Murali Sivalingam grabbed the rebound but was unable to control the ball, and it went out of bounds giving Hillcrest, which will play the winner of Yeshiva v. Calvary Chapel, the game.  In the first quarter, Buckley jumped out to an 18-14 lead, and at one point led 15-6.  In the second, Hillcrest came back and outscored the Griffins 19-17 to leave the deficit at two as Buckley took 35-33 lead into the locker room.  In the third quarter, the two teams played even at 19-19, with every shot being matched--Nat scored to take the lead, Gale hit a three to put Buckley up again, Martino came back and hit a three.  Steve Broukhim hit 6 of his 18 in the third, and Ward-Henninger had 6 of his 19 in the quarter. Amrit Nat had 6 in that quarter and Eric Hodgkins, who did not miss a free throw, had 6 as well, four from the line. Buckley still held a two point lead going into the fourth quarter, but then the Eagles, trailing 54-58, scored ten unanswered points to take the lead at 64-58.    Hillcrest will play the winner of the Yeshiva v. Calvary Chapel Downey game, which will be played tonight at 8:30 p.m. at Brentwood HS. Hillcrest scoring: Karich 3, Jason Haddad 2, Amit Nat 5, Amrit Nat 22,  Eric Hodgkins 25, Alex Martino 11.   Buckley scoring: Steve Broukhim 18, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists; David Gale 7, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 blocks, 4 steals; Royal Weaver 11 points, two assists, 2 rebounds; Murali Sivalingam 1 and 5 rebounds, 1 block, Tristan Seisa 2, Colin Ward-Henninger 19 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds, 5 steals; Alex Clancy 6, 3 assists, 1 rebound, Jack Scannell 1 block. Buckley--18  17  19  10--64;   Hillcrest--14  19  19 14--66  Records:  GH Hillcrest 21-3, Buckley 24-4

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