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February, 28, 2012
By Tim Haddock | ESPNLosAngeles.com
MISSION VIEJO -- Michael Cramer scored 17 of his game-high 20 points in the second half for Mission Viejo and sparked a third-quarter surge to oust Crescenta Valley, 65-60, in the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 1A playoffs on Tuesday night.
Cramer was instrumental in Mission Viejo’s little third-quarter run that separated the two teams in a closely contested game.
Mission Viejo (27-3), ranked No. 17 by ESPN Los Angeles, outscored Crescenta Valley, 8-0, early in the third quarter and turned a one-point, halftime lead into a seven-point advantage. Cramer scored six of his team’s eight points in that run and Mission Viejo built a lead it would not surrender.
Tim Haddock/For ESPNLA.comMission Viejo's Michael Cramer (2) had a big second half to lift the Diablos over Crescenta Valley.
Crescenta Valley (26-5) jumped out to the early lead, 22-15, in the first quarter. But Mission Viejo rallied to take a 29-26 lead near the end of the second period.
Dylan Kilgour hit a pair of 3-pointers just before halftime to give Crescenta Valley a one-point lead, 32-31. But Mission Viejo’s Max Redfield scored a basket at the end of the first half for a 33-32 lead.
“It’s a credit to our guys’ toughness and ability to play through adversity,” Crescenta Valley coach Shawn Zarganian said. “That’s what these guys are about.”
Crescenta Valley opened the second half with a 6-2 run to take a 38-35 lead. That’s when Mission Viejo started to break away.
Cramer converted two free throws to give his team a one-point lead, 39-38. Evan Zeller made it 41-38 with a basket. Then Cramer pushed the lead to 45-38 with a basket and a pair of free throws.