Los Angeles Preps: Jaheel Pinner

LA North and Orange County: Ventura 56, Mission Viejo 55 OT

March, 5, 2011
ANAHEIM -- Jared Wilson lined up with his feet positioned just beyond the 3-point arc and waited. He hoped the ball would eventually swing his way. And when it did, there was no hesitation.

Given the all-important opportunity, the senior hoisted up a shot. It ended up dropping too, giving the Ventura High boys' basketball team a one-point lead with less than two minutes left in overtime of a Southern Section Division 2AA championship game against Mission Viejo.

The basket was indeed pivotal. It provided the Cougars all the momentum they would need en route to a 56-55 title-clinching victory at the Anaheim Convention Center.

“Jared has made some big shots for us and that was a big one,'' Ventura coach Dan Larson said. “This was a great game with both teams giving 100 percent till the very end.''

Top-seeded Ventura (29-2) and second-seeded Mission Viejo (29-2) went back and forth in the fourth quarter, with the lead exchanging hands several times.

Dylan Houck hit several timely free throws for Ventura.

James Cramer countered for the Diablos. He knocked down four consecutive free throws, each more important than the last, to send the game into overtime.

Houck and teammate Jon McMurry put the game out of reach by making a combined four straight free throws in the waning moments.

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