Thursday, March 17, 2011
LA North and LA South: Oaks Christian vs. Windward in Boys Division IV Southern California Regional final
By Tim Haddock
Boys Division IV
Colony High School in Ontario
Oaks Christian (26-7) vs. Windward (25-8) Saturday, 7 p.m.
This will be the second meeting of the season between Oaks Christian and Windward. The two teams met for the first time at Windward on Feb. 5.
Windward’s Wesley Saunders had a big night shooting. The senior power forward scored 26 points and was 10-of-18 from the field. He also had 13 rebounds and five assists. Windward outscored Oaks Christian, 20-8, in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 72-53 win.
“He was the big difference in that fourth quarter,” Windward coach Miguel Villegas said.
The Harvard-bound Saunders led three players from Windward in double figures in that game against Oaks Christian. Jordan Wilson scored 14 points and Charles Dawson had 12.
Blair Holliday led Oaks Christian with 19 points and made two 3-pointers. Chass Bryan was the only other player from Oaks Christian who scored in double figures. He had 12.
Oaks Christian hasn’t lost a game since the setback to Windward in February. The Lions have an eight-game winning streak, including 66-48 over Buckley in the Southern Section Division 4A championship game.
Windward has won nine of its past 10 games. The only loss was against Orange Lutheran, 78-71, in the Southern Section Division 4AA championship.
Key players: Oaks Christian has four players who are averaging double figures in scoring. Bryan is leading the team with 15.3 points per game and 4.7 assists per game. Holliday, who’s headed to Duke to play football, is second on the team with 12.0 points per game.
Dillon van der Wal is the team’s leading rebounder at 9.3 per game and is scoring 11.0 points per game. He’s going to Vanderbilt to play football. Taylor Hange is scoring 10.3 points per game.
Windward has a triple scoring threat in Saunders, Wilson and Nick Stover. Saunders leads the team in scoring with 20.2 points per game. He is also the team’s leading rebounder at 10.0 per game and leads the team with 3.3 assists per game.
Stover is second on the team in scoring with 15.9 points per game. Wilson, the team’s sophomore guard, is averaging 11.0 points per game. Luke Silverman-Lloyd has made 65 3-pointers and is shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc.