Los Angeles Preps: Brandon Perez

Santa Clara upsets Flintridge Prep

February, 15, 2012

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- The Santa Clara boys' basketball team scored only 18 points in the first half and three in the second quarter, but found a way to eliminate the reigning CIF-Southern Section Division 5AA champions from the playoffs.

Santa Clara (8-19) ousted No. 5 Flintridge Prep, 55-48, in the first round Wednesday night at Flintridge Prep.

“It’s a very big win because we get to continue playing,” said Santa Clara coach Kevin Thompson.

Down two points at halftime, Santa Clara built a five-point lead in the third quarter behind the hot shooting of Brandon Perez. He hit three 3-pointers in the third quarter. His third 3-pointer of the period gave Santa Clara a 33-29 lead.

Santa Clara built a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter in a game that featured two teams with suffocating defenses.

Flintridge Prep (17-8) outscored Santa Clara, 11-3, in the second quarter to take a 20-18 lead into halftime. Neither team found easy points. Flintridge Prep’s Kory Hamane led all scorers at halftime with eight points. Blair Orr was the top scorer for Santa Clara at the half with five points.

Perez came out with the hot hand in the third quarter. His first two 3-pointers of the quarter were tie-breakers. His second 3-pointer gave Santa Clara a 28-25 lead. By the end of the period, Santa Clara was up five points, 34-29.

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Orange County: Five things from the weekend

November, 15, 2010
1. You don't have to play at a high-profile school to have a great high school career. Chris Paul caught eight passes for 191 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-39 Orange Coast League victory over Saddleback and ended his career as Orange County's all-time leader in touchdown receptions. Paul was on the receiving end of 42 scoring passes, giving him three more than Jeremy Childs, who caught 39 for Los Alamitos before graduating in 2005.

2. In his fourth consecutive week as a starting tailback, Malik Felton is making a bid for offensive player of the year honors in Orange County. He broke off a 70-yard TD run against Orange Lutheran, so six of his seven scores in that span are from 11 yards or more, and three are from at least 37. He has 83 carries for 682 yards (8.2 per carry) against St. John Bosco, Mater Dei, Santa Margarita and Lutheran. No easy marks there. Before Sean DeRosa was hurt, Felton had been a wide receiver who carried six times for 79 yards. He has reeled off consecutive games of 196, 185, 163 and 138 -- the latter against Orange Lutheran on 12 carries in a 31-13 victory. He has had TD runs of 11, 11, 87, 6, 37, 70 and 15 yards. It's a short, but impressive, resume.

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