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LA North: War on the Floor Showcase: Valencia 70, Campbell Hall 67

WOODLAND HILLS – When Valencia’s Jake Kelfer launched his first 3-pointer and missed in his team’s game against Campbell Hall on Saturday night, he knew it wasn’t going to be his last. Not if his team was going to have a chance to win.

Kelfer made seven 3-pointers in leading Valencia to a 70-67 win over Campbell Hall in the War on the Floor Showcase at Pierce College.

Kelfer made three 3-pointers in the second quarter to give his team a 31-25 lead at halftime. He made three more in the third quarter as Valencia built a 10-point lead.

Valencia made 11 3-pointers in the game. Troy Hammel and Max Sommer each had two. Kelfer finished with 26 points. Hammel and Sommer each had 10 points.

But Campbell Hall battled back in the second half. Valencia was ahead, 43-33, with 3:30 to play in the third quarter.

Campbell Hall’s Skylar Jones hit a layup with a minute to play in the third quarter that cut Valencia’s lead to two, 45-43.

Valencia didn’t surrender the lead in the closing minute, scoring the last five points of the period. Kelfer hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the top of the key that banked in to push the Valencia lead from four to seven, 50-43.

Campbell Hall slowly whittled away the lead and trailed by three, 67-64, with 12.8 seconds to play in the game. Austin McBroom was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer and hit all three free throws to close the gap.

McBroom finished with a team-high 23 points. Teammate KJ Smith scored 19.

Both teams were playing without key players. Valencia’s Lonnie Jackson, the Boston College-bound senior, sat out with a foot injury. He was expected to work out on Sunday. Coach Rocket Collins said he expects Jackson to be ready for Valencia’s Foothill League game against Canyon on Tuesday night.

Campbell Hall played without 6-foot-8 junior forward Cole Huff. The San Diego State commit has an injured knee. Coach Steve Wachs said Huff will be examined this week to determine exactly what is injured in his knee. Wachs said he didn’t know when Huff would return.

In other games at the War on the Floor Showcase, Notre Dame beat Sylmar, 72-62. Notre Dame was up, 43-26, at halftime and led by 26 points, 60-34, with 2:39 to play in the third quarter.

Sylmar coach Bort Escato was ejected from the game at the end of the first quarter. The referees gave him a technical for arguing a call on the court. Escarto continued to argue with the referees, using profane, colorful and sometimes hostile language, and earned his second technical during the break between the first and second quarters.

Kennedy Edwards scored a team-high 17 points for Notre Dame. Teammate Johnathan Bell had 15.

Sylmar’s David Trujillo scored a game-high 23 points.

Alemany beat Oaks Christian, 70-67, on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Jordan Fuller. He scored 14 points in the game. Teammate Jerico Richardson scored a team-high 19 for Alemany.

Oaks Christian's Chass Bryan scored a game-high 20 points including two that tied the game, 67-67, with 3.2 seconds left in the game.

Chaminade beat Montclair Prep, 69-65, behind 25 points from sophomore Jaron Martin.

Gilles Dierickx made two free throws with 3.9 seconds left in the game to seal the victory for Chaminade, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

Trey Dickerson scored 23 points to lead Montclair Prep.

Renaissance Academy beat Brentwood, 52-49, after giving up a 10-point lead. Nick Troplant and Jessy Cantinol each scored 11 points to lead Renaissance Academy.

Brentwood tied the game, 49-49, with 1:35 to play in the game. Tra Holder scored eight of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to help Brentwood draw even with Renaissance Academy.

Sophomore Leland King scored 17 points for Brentwood.

On the girls side, Montclair Prep beat Santa Clara, 53-49. Montclair Prep erased a four-point deficit in the final two minutes of the game to rally and beat Santa Clara.

Alex Taylor scored 12 points, including two in the final two minutes, and Tassara Azad made 4-of-6 free throws at the end of the fourth quarter to lead the comeback.

Keiana Vines scored 14 points for Santa Clara.

The Granada Hills girls beat Campbell Hall, 54-25, behind 15 points from Tricia Tomita.

Campbell Hall’s Lauren Holliday scored a team-high 13 points.