Los Angeles Preps: Sheldon

Mater Dei wins ninth CIF state title

March, 24, 2012

SACRAMENTO -- Hometown favorite Sheldon put up a good fight, but there was no denying the Mater Dei boys' basketball team its record-setting ninth CIF State championship.

Mater Dei pulled away in the fourth quarter and beat Sheldon from Sacramento, 66-48, at Power Balance Pavilion on Saturday night.

Sheldon kept it close with clutch free throws and key 3-pointers, but eventually ran out of steam against the top team in the state and the ESPN Los Angeles rankings.

Mater Dei went on an 11-3 run to start the fourth quarter and built its first double-digit lead of the game.

Katin Reinhardt hit a 3-pointer, nailed a couple of free throws and dropped in a breakaway layup during the fourth-quarter run. He made six 3-pointers and set the CIF State Division I record for 3-point baskets in a game. He scored 30 points, was 6-for-12 from 3-point territory and 11-for-17 from the field.

“He can do that,” Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight said. “He can do that any time.”

The Mater Dei players pretty much took control of the game in the second half despite having Xavier Johnson foul out in the third quarter. He was upset after getting called for his fourth foul and started yelling obscenities on his way to the bench.

One of the referees gave him a technical foul for his foul language and Johnson had to sit out the rest of the game.

It didn’t matter though. Mater Dei built an eight-point lead in the third quarter before pouring it on in the fourth.

Mater Dei (34-2) outscored Sheldon, 33-21, in the second half. The Monarchs led by six points at halftime, 33-27.

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More CIF state basketball breakdowns

March, 22, 2012
Need more CIF state high school basketball banter? Time Warner Cable has a show set up to discuss the CIF State basketball championships.

Alemany of Mission Hills is taking on Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Division III boys' basketball championship on Saturday in Sacramento.

Village Christian from Sun Valley is making its first CIF state championship game appearance in the Division V final against St. Joseph Notre Dame from Alameda, the alma mater of Jason Kidd.

Mater Dei from Santa Ana is seeking its third CIF state championship in a row against Sheldon of Sacramento in the Division I final.

Here is a link to the show.

CIF state boys basketball finals preview

March, 21, 2012

Tim Haddock / For ESPNLosAngeles.com
Joe Shashaty scored 10 points and was one of four players from Village Christian who scored in double figures against Renaissance Academy in the Southern California Regional Division V final.

Division I

Mater Dei of Santa Ana vs. Sheldon of Sacramento

Mater Dei (33-2) has a 20-game winning streak and hasn’t lost since Jan. 7 to Gill St. Bernards from New Jersey. The Monarchs are the Southern Section Division 1A champions and won the Southern California Regional championship, 85-66, over the surprising Bullard team from Fresno. Mater Dei has won eight state championships and is in search of a record-setting ninth. Sheldon (29-5) has an 11-game winning streak and won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 championship, 49-44, over Jesuit. Sheldon played Jesuit again in the Northern California Regional final and won 61-56, erasing a 17-point deficit in the second quarter.

Division III

Alemany of Mission Hills vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco

After losing its Mission League finale to Harvard-Westlake, Alemany (32-4) has won nine playoff games in a row, including the Southern Section Division 3A championship, 72-60, over Oak Park. The Warriors had to hold off St. John Bosco in the Southern California Regional Division III final, 62-61, to advance to their first state championship game in school history. Nevada-bound Marqueze Coleman scored 24 points against St. John Bosco and had 31 against Cathedral Catholic from San Diego in the Southern California Regional semifinal. Sacred Heart Cathedral (28-5), the top seed in the Northern California Regional playoffs, beat Bishop O’Dowd, 61-57, in the Division III championship game. Josh Fox scored 21 points and had 13 rebounds for Sacred Heart. Taylor Johns had a double-double as well with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

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