RESEDA -- Cleveland's Kody Riewthong admits he was looking past his team's first round CIF City Section Division 1 playoff game against Fremont on Thursday night.
He kept his focus long enough to hit the game-winning shot with 16 seconds left in the game.
Riewthong's 3-pointer from the corner gave Cleveland a 64-62 win over Fremont at Cleveland High School.
After the game, Riewthong said he and some of his teammates want a rematch with Woodland Hills Taft, the No. 1 seed in the Division 1 playoffs. That might have contributed to some lapses during the game.
Cleveland led by as many as 10 points in the first half. But Fremont rallied to trim the lead to one point, 29-28, at halftime.
Cleveland had a five-point, 48-43, lead to start the fourth quarter. Fremont tied the score, 50-50, with 5:25 to play and again, 54-54, with 3:34 to play.
Fremont's Dillmore Conorque hit a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter and gave his team a 57-54 lead with less than three minutes to play. Shane Kizzee went on a 3-point spree in the second half. He hit four 3-pointers, two in the third quarter and two in the fourth quarter and finished with six 3-pointers in the game.
His 3-pointer with 1:07 to play in the fourth quarter gave Fremont a 62-59 lead.
Jaylen Bland put back a missed shot to pull his team within one point, 62-61, with 24 seconds left in the game.
Cleveland forced a turnover by preventing Fremont from inbounding the ball, a five-second violation, and had a chance to win the game in regulation.
Riewthong sank his only shot of the fourth quarter from the corner which resulted in an exuberant Osiris Nalls, the Cleveland coach, running run on the court and hugging his sophomore guard.