Los Angeles Preps: Dakari Tucker
March, 17, 2012
By Sean Ceglinsky | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Sean Ceglinsky/For ESPNLA.comPrice built an early lead and stayed in control in its victory over Serra to earn a state title berth.
ONTARIO -- The fans came to see Los Angeles Price's Skylar Spencer and Gardena Serra's Daddy Ugbede. And while the one-on-one matchup between two of the Southland's premier post players had its moments, there was more at stake than individual bragging rights in this one.
"I was looking forward to going up against Daddy, he always comes to play, it's always a challenge,'' Spencer said.
In the end, Spencer got the better of the exchange as the Knights jumped out to a nine-point lead in the first half and maintained a double-digit advantage for most of the second half en route to a 73-66 Division IV victory in a Southern California Regional title game at Colony High.
Behind 15 points from the San Diego State-bound Spencer, third-seed Price (26-8) advances to next weekend's CIF state title game in Sacramento.
"I'm just glad Spencer is on our side, I'd take him over any other player in Southern California,'' Price coach Michael Lynch said.
Top-seeded Serra (31-3), on the other hand, is left to think about what could've been after Ugbede, a senior with scholarship offers, finished with 18 points.
With the focus on Ugbede underneath the basket, things opened up for teammate Dakari Tucker. In the second quarter alone, the senior scored six points and added three rebounds, two assists and two steals. It was more of the same in the second half. Tucker scored another nine points in the third quarter. Serra still trailed, 56-51, to start the fourth quarter.
Spencer scored five points in the opening minutes of the game. However, he got into foul trouble and ended up back on the bench midway through the first quarter. Making matters worse, Spencer did not play at all in the second quarter.