Los Angeles Preps: James Floyd

LA North and LA South: Crespi 70, Artesia 42

February, 22, 2011
2/22/11
10:28
PM PT
ENCINO -- This one was practically over before it even started.

The Crespi High boys' basketball team jumped out to a particularly comfortable 14-point advantage over visiting Lakewood Artesia by the end of the first quarter during Tuesday's Southern Section Division 3A quarterfinal playoff game.

The lead ballooned to 22 points by halftime, 27 in the third quarter and approached the 30-point plateau over the course of the final eight minutes of play.

In the fourth quarter, seemingly the only thing left to do for the Celts was to send their starters to the bench for some rest and let the reserves run out the rest of the clock, which they did, of course, en route to an impressive 70-42 victory

“We came out and dominated, we needed a win like this, we made a statement and let everyone know that we're for real,'' said Crespi's London Perrantes.

The second-seeded Celts (23-7) are indeed for real.

Count Artesia (14-14) as a believer.

“We came into this game tonight knowing that Crespi was tough team, there's a reason why they were the No. 2 seed,'' Artesia coach Greg Taylor said. “We needed a lot of things to go our way if we were going to have a chance to win and that didn't happen.''

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