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Thursday, February 16, 2012
Santa Clara grinds out win

By Tim Haddock

Santa Clara from Oxnard, with only seven wins during the regular season, started the basketball playoffs by eliminating the reigning Division 5AA champion.

Santa Clara beat Flintridge Prep, the fifth-seeded team in the Division 5AA playoffs, 55-48. The Saints led by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter and had to erase a two-point deficit at halftime.

Here's a look at the games involving teams from the L.A. North region in the Division 5AA playoffs:Santa Clara 55, No. 5 Flintridge Prep 48

No. 13 Desert 65, Pilibos 49

No. 3 Ribet Academy 66, Webb 47

No. 11 Yeshiva 64, Thacher 45

No. 15 Mojave 76, Public Safety Academy 31

No. 2 Village Christian 61, Bellarmine-Jefferson 38