Wednesday, March 7, 2012
SoCal Regional boys' basketball roundup
By Dan Arritt
The second-seeded Long Beach Poly boys' basketball team had to fight off a stiff test from No. 15 Capistrano Valley on Wednesday night in a Division 1 Southern California Regional first-round game before ultimately winning in overtime, 65-59.
The Jackrabbits finally took control by scoring the first six points of overtime while the Cougars were committing three turnovers. Capistrano Valley had led by as many as 13 points in the first half before Poly scored the final eight points of the second quarter to get back into the game.
The Jackrabbits will host seventh-seeded Orange Lutheran in Saturday’s second round. The Lancers knocked off Dorsey, 64-57.
In other Division 1 games:
Etiwanda 57, Vista 50 – Sophomore point guard Jordan McLaughlin scored 18 points as the fifth-seeded Eagles overcame a four-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter.
Mission Viejo 70, Torrey Pines 62 – The ninth-seeded Diablos surged to a 17-point lead after three quarters against No. 8 Torrey Pines.
Taft 84, Clovis West 54 – Anthony January, a 6-7 senior power forward for third-seeded Taft, scored 17 points as the Toreadors surged to a 26-12 lead after the opening quarter. Taft will host Fresno Bullard in Saturday’s second round.
Fresno Bullard 68, Westchester 53 – The sixth-seeded Knights got 32 points and 15 rebounds from senior shooting guard Aaric Armstead. Westchester trailed by just five points heading into the final quarter but were outscored, 21-9.
In Division 2:
El Camino Real 71, Colony 63 – The ninth-seeded Titans led by two heading into the fourth quarter but No. 8 El Camino Real outscored Colony, 15-7, over the next four minutes to take the lead for good.
Elsinore 56, Thousand Oaks 46 – The fourth-seeded Tigers cut the deficit to two points at the end of the third quarter on a four-point play by E.J. Twyman at the buzzer and then outscored the 13th-seeded Lancers, 20-8, in the final quarter. Elsinore moves on to host fifth-seeded Inglewood, a 65-52 winner against Garfield.
Tulare Union 72, Righetti 71 – In the biggest upset in the division, the 11th-seeded Redskins knocked off No. 6 Righetti and advanced to play third-seeded San Diego Lincoln, a 76-64 winner against visiting Sunny Hills.
Fresno San Joaquin Memorial 51, Royal 43 – The 10th-seeded Highlanders went on the road and couldn’t get past the seventh-seeded Panthers.
In Division 3:
Arroyo Grande 46, Bakersfield Ridgeview 44 – The ninth-seeded Eagles trailed by eight points with 1:30 remaining but scored the final 10 points of the game to advance to play top-seeded Alemany in Saturday’s second round.
Oak Park 72, Grant 58 – Ron Lee, a 6-2 junior point guard, scored 23 of his 34 points in the final quarter to lead fifth-seeded Oak Park back from a five-point deficit. The Eagles will travel to fourth-seeded San Diego Cathedral Catholic for Saturday’s second round.
Cathedral Catholic 65, Palm Desert 57 – The Eagles received 20 points from Xavier Williams, a 6-3 junior shooting guard, in the victory over 13th-seeded Palm Desert. The Aztecs led by one point entering the final quarter before getting outscored, 19-10.
St. John Bosco 71, Mission Bay 53 – Isaac Hamilton, a 6-5 junior forward, had 20 points, seven rebounds and nine assists for the sixth-seeded Braves, and Daniel Hamilton contributed 14 points. St. John Bosco will play at third-seeded Calabasas in Saturday’s second round. Calabasas beat Bakersfield Frontier, 86-56.
Pasadena 72, South Torrance 55 – The second-seeded Bulldogs were tied with South Torrance, 30-30, at the half before pulling away. Pasadena moves on to Saturday’s second round, where it will host seventh-seeded Bell, a 54-50 winner against Visalia Mt. Whitney.
In Division 4
Crespi 82, Kingsburg 48 – The same day USC offered Crespi junior point guard London Perrantes, the fourth-seeded Celts moved on to the second round with a one-sided victory in front of USC coach Kevin O’Neill, whowatched from the stands. Crespi will host No. 5 Pacific Hills in Saturday’s second round.
La Verne Lutheran 80, Ontario Christian 50 – Grant Jerrett had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Eric Cooper scored 22 points and McKay Anderson pitched in 15 points and eight rebounds as second-seeded Lutheran easily advanced to host Visalia Central Valley Christian in Saturday’s second round.