La Canada survived a long road trip, as did Maranatha. Both teams will be playing on Friday night.
Baldwin, Anderson lead La Canada
The one-two punch of Will Baldwin and Clarke Anderson led third-seeded La Canada High School to a 68-48 victory over host Morro Bay in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division III-AA boys basketball playoffs Tuesday night.
Baldwin scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and Anderson had 16 points and 13 rebounds.
La Canada (22-7) had a 14-point first-half lead, but the Pirates (20-8) battled back to tie it 33-33 at the half.
The Spartans, however, scored the first 10 points of the second half and outscored Morro Bay 19-5 in the third quarter to take control. Anderson scored seven points in the quarter.
“We showed a lot of character. We gave up the lead, but we regrouped,” said La Ca ada coach Tom Hofman, whose team advances to Friday’s quarterfinals against Santa Clara. “Defensively, that (second half) might have been our best half of the year.”
Maranatha 47, at Torbut V’Torah 42
The second-seeded Minutemen (20-7) hit some big shots down the stretch to clinch their Division V-AA quarterfinal contest.
Daniel Dingle, who battled foul trouble, came off the bench with three minutes to go in the game and sank a clutch 3-pointer. Anthony Morton’s two free throws with five seconds remaining iced it.
Ronald Cole led Maranatha with 17 points.
The Minutemen advanced to the semifinals Friday against La Verne Lutheran.
“I was proud of the way we persevered, with the foul trouble and playing in a hostile gym,” Maranatha coach Doug Ravasdy said.
– From Staff Reports