Boys basketball: La Salle, La Caada draw tough tough quarterfinal matchups; Pasadena and Keppel hit the road to Mira Costa, Baldwin Park in Division 2A action.

FULL STORY IN TUESDAY’S PAPER …

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
TUESDAY’S QUARTERFINALS
ALL GAMES 7 P.M.
DIVISION 2A
Keppel at Baldwin Park
Pasadena at Mira Costa
DIVISION 3A
Centennial/compton at La Canada
DIVISION 4A
La Salle at Crespi
DIVISION 5AA
Buckley at Pasadena Poly
DIVISION 5A
Renaissance Academy vs. Holy Marthyrs
DIVISION 6AA
Ribet Academy at Rio Hondo Prep
DIVISION 6A
AGBU at Padres Pio

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Girls basketball: Monrovia muscles its way into second-round action; Long Beach Poly will be no joke for Alhambra; La Caada and Muir also at home.

GIRLS BASKETBALL
CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
TONIGHT’S GAMES, 7 P.M.
SECOND ROUND
DIVISION 1AA

Alhambra at Long Beach Poly
DIVISION 3A
Sierra Vista at Monrovia
Rancho Alamitos at Muir
DIVISION 4AA
Atescadero at La Canada, 5 p.m.
DIVISION 4A
Maranatha at Windward
La Salle at Twentynine Palms
DIVISION 5AA
Flintridge Prep at Milken Community
DIVISION 5A
Linfield Christian at Pasadena Poly, 4 p.m.
DIVISION 6AA
St. Bernard at Rio Hondo prep
DIVISION 6A
FIRST ROUND

San Fernando Valley Academy at AGBU

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Boys basketball: La Salle dominates; Keppel advances

BOYS BASKETBALL
CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
SECOND ROUND
RESULTS
DIVISION 2A

Keppel 63, Norwalk 54
Pasadena 79, Ayala 56
DIVISION3A
La Canada at Campbell Hall
DIVISION 4AA
Bishop Amat at St. Francis
DIVISION 4A
La Salle 67, Maranatha 50
DIVISION 5AA
Pasadena Poly 54, Crossroads 46
DIVISION 5A
Renaissance Academy at Chadwick
DIVISION 6AA
Rio Hondo Prep 62, California Lutheran 46
Division 6A
AGBU 71, Safety Academy 41

LA SALLE AT MARANATHA: Matt Nolan, Josh Anderson and Michael Edwards were virtually unstoppable in leading the Lancers (19-8) to a convincing 75-53 win over Blair in the first-round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 4A playoffs. Anderson scored with such ease, slashing past defenders and going to the rim with authority. He scored 17 points and Anderson also added 17 on 6-of-9 shooting. If La Salle’s front court plays as efficient as it did against Blair, then you can bet Maranatha (18-10) will have a hard time stopping them, too. The Minutemen recorded an easy 59-38 win over Kern Valley. Both teams met early in summer league, but of course, it’s not summer league anymore. It’s win or go home.

PASADENA AT AYALA: It’s around this time in the CIF-Southern Section boys basketball playoffs when Pasadena High School infamously is known for making an early exit. Sure, it’s only been in the last two years when the Bulldogs have fallen in the second round, but it’s something that will definitely be on their minds when Pasadena (21-6) visits Ayala (17-11) at 7 tonight in Division 2A action. “The second round the last couple of years have been a demon,” Bulldogs coach Tim Tucker said. “Of course you can’t not think about that when you head into this second-round game.” Pasadena is the No. 2 seed and favored to make a finals run. Tucker said anytime a team is one of the top two seeded teams they’re expected to make a deep run. “That’s part of being the No. 1 or No. 2 seed, you’re supposed to make it there (the finals),” Tucker said. “There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it. There’s a target on our backs, there’s pressure, but this is why you play the tough schedule that you play early in the season.”
Still fresh in the Bulldogs’ minds, however, are early exits at the hands of Arroyo Valley and Long Beach Poly. But don’t be quick to call it nerves. “Not nerves,” Tucker said. “I would say it’s more like in the back of our mind that’s in our past. I respect Ayala, but we’re no longer talking about Long Beach Poly and Arroyo Valley.”

LA CANADA AT CAMPBELL HALL: When La Caada (22-5) visits Campbell Hall (20-7) in Division 3A, the Spartans will play in front of the smallest crowd for a playoff game.
Campbell Hall’s gym accommodates only 200 fans, which means 100 seats are for La Caada. Those include 40 for parents and family. Fans wishing to attend the game still can do so but will have to watch from a live feed sent to a TV at another building in the school. “I guess fans who don’t want to do that can read the story in the paper,” La Caada coach Tom Hofman said. “It’s going to be a very ridiculous situation.” Nevertheless, the Spartans are still alive thanks to Omar Rady’s heads up play, when with less than 20 seconds stole the ball and converted a layup to give La Caada a 53-52 win over Brea Olinda. Trailing on Rady’s winning play was Kyle Caudill, a 7-foot, 265 pound junior forward who came close to blocking Rady’s winning shot. La Caada was up by four at halftime and had a 9-point lead in the fourth quarter that dissipated after the Spartans went scoreless for six minutes. Brea Olinda had three shot attempts in the final 20 seconds but couldn’t convert.

KEPPEL AT NORWALK: Fourth-seeded Keppel (22-5) visits Norwalk (16-12) in Division 2A, and the host Lancers have a formidable weapon in guard Anthony Holliday, who averages 18 points per game. But the Aztecs quickly are building a reputation of slowing down the big man on the opposite team. In its 58-50 first-round win over West Valley, Keppel held guard Lekeith Kimbrough to only 12 points. He entered the game averaging 30.6 points. “This kid was legit,” Keppel coach Hung Duong said. “We face-guarded him and were able to have other kids help out and we focused on limiting his drive to the basket.” The fourth-seeded Aztecs have another plan for stopping Holiday. “We were fortunate to have film on Norwalk,” Duong said. “We definitely need to stop (Holliday). He’ll be a handful, but we’ll have to make him earn and work for his shots. We can’t make it easy for him.” Keppel has improved drastically since last year’s first-round exit to Summit. It loaded its schedule with the likes of La Caada and Renaissance Academy, a team the Aztecs beat twice this season. Renaissance Academy is the top seed and favored to win the Division 5A crown.

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Girls Soccer: Arcadia faces tough task; Maranatha is at San Marino in area matchup of first-round action.

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
FIRST ROUND
TODAY, 3 p.m.
DIVISION 2

Arcadia at Saugus
DIVISION 3
Estancia vs. Flintridge Prep at Glendale Sports Complex
DIVISION 4
La Salle at Pacifica/Oxnard
DIVISION 5
South Pasadena at Cerritos Valley Christian, 5 p.m.
Maranatha at San Marino
La Canada at Oak Park
Ramona Convent at Paloma Valley
DIVISION 7
Azusa vs. San Gabriel Mission at Salesian HS, 3:30 p.m.

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Boys Basketball: PHS, La Salle, St. Francis, Maranatha win big; La Caada, Keppel squeeze into the 2nd round.

FRIDAY’S SECOND-ROUND GAMES
ALL GAMES 7 P.M.
DIVISION 2A

Keppel at Norwalk
Pasadena at Ayala
DIVISION3A
La Canada at Campbell Hall
DIVISION 4AA
Bishop Amat at St. Francis
DIVISION 4A
La Salle at Maranatha
DIVISION 5AA
Pasadena Poly at Crossroads/Santa Monica
DIVISION 5A
Renaissance Academy at Chadwick
DIVISION 6AA
Rio Hondo Prep at California Lutheran
FIRST-ROUND
DIVISION 6A
Public Safety Academy at AGBU

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
WEDNESDAY’S FIRST-ROUND SCORES

DIVISION 1AA
Pacifica 64, Arcadia 37
DIVISION 2A
Keppel 58, West Valley 50
Pasadena 96, Culver City 68
DIVISION 3A
Campbell Hall 70, Rosemead 50
La Canada 53, Brea Olinda 52
Pacifica 89, Temple City 58
DIVISION 4AA
Cathedral 55, Monrovia 46
Price 87, South Pasadena 45
St. Francis 76, Gabrielino 44
DIVISION 4A
La Salle 75, Blair 53
Maranatha 59, Kern Valley 38
Oaks Christian 79, Muir 58
DIVISION 5AA
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 76, San Marino 54
Pasadena Poly 67, Calvary Murrieta 42
Santa Clara 46, Flintridge Prep 44
DIVISION 5A
Bell-Jeff 75, San Gabriel Academy 51
DIVISION 6AA
Rio Hondo Prep 74, Maricopa 23

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Girls Hoops: Today’s schedule features 12 home games

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
FIRST ROUND
TONIGHT, 7 P.M.
DIVISION 1AA

Los Osos (Baseline 3) at Alhambra (Almont 1)
DIVISION 1A
Arcadia (Pacific at-large) at Santa Monica (Ocean 1)
DIVISION 2A
Culver City (Ocean at-large) at Keppel (Almont 2T)
Pasadena (Pacific 4) at Jurupa Valley (Sunkist 2)
DIVISION 3A
Monrovia (Rio Hondo at large) at Rosemead (Mission Valley 1)
Gabrielino (Mission Valley at-large) at Bonita (Miramonte 2)
Charter Oak (Miramonte at-large) at Muir (Pacific 1)
DIVISION 4AA
Chaminade (Mission at-large) at Duarte (Montview 2)
Corona del Mar (Pacific Coast at-large) at La Canada (Rio Hondo 1)
Centennial/Compton (Pioneer 3) at South Pasadena (Rio Hondo 2)
DIVISION 4A
Blair (Rio Hondo 3) at Santa Ynez (Los Padres 3)
Big Bear (De Anza at-large) at Maranatha (Alpha 2)
Flintridge Sacred Heart (Mission at-large) at Notre Dame Academy (Sunshine 2T)
San Marino (Rio Hondo at-large) at La Salle (Camino Real 3)
DIVISION 5AA
Brentwood (Olympic at-large) at Alverno (Horizon 1)
Westridge (Prep 4) at Animo Leadership (Harbor 1T)
St. Matthias (Santa Cruz 3) at Flintridge Prep (Prep 2)
DIVISION 5A
Mayfield (Prep at-large) at St. Anthony (Santa Cruz 2)
DIVISION 6AA
Rio Hondo Prep (Prep at-large) at L.A. Adventist (Mulholland 1)
Waverly (International 4) at Laguna Blanca (Condor 1)
Valley Christian/SM (Coast Valley 2) at AGBU (International 2)

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Boys Soccer: La Caada, Temple City, Maranatha and Pasadena Poly open CIF-SS first-round playoffs at home; St. Francis, Muir, Pasadena hit the road.

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
FIRST ROUND
ALL MATCHES 3 P.M.
TODAY
DIVISION 1

St. Francis (Mission 4) at West Torrance (Bay 1)
DIVISION 4
Muir (Pacific 2) at Hueneme (Pacific View 2)
Pasadena at Pacifica/Oxnard
DIVISION 5
Perris (Sunbelt 3) at La Caada (Rio Hondo 1)
St. Genevieve (Santa Fe 2) at Temple City (Rio Hondo 2)
DIVISION 6
San Jacinto (Mountain Pass 1) at Maranatha (Alpha 1)
Barstow (Desert Sky 3) at Pasadena Poly

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Girl pitcher making strides on varsity baseball team

You want a healthy debate? How’s this: According to the Los Angeles Times, Marti Sementelli, is playing with Birmingham’s varsity baseball team and her coach said she’s doing well. Sementelli is a junior who used to pitch on Burbank’s junior varsity baseball team last year and has since transferred to Birmingham. The New York Times wrote a story on Sementelli almost a year ago.

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So much for Matt Nolan vs. Marcus Bagnerise matchup

La Salle (18-8), for the first time, is hosting a team that is not from out of town and the Lancers are not having to drive far for the opening round.

Blair (10-14) presents an unlikely matchup that otherwise wouldn’t have happened if not for the playoffs. With Blair and Muir joining the division, Goldstein scouted both schools in case the Lancers drew them at some point. Goldstein got feedback from the Blair-La Caada game last week, which the Vikings lost 74-56.

Blair finished fourth in the Rio Hondo League and is an at-large entrant. The Vikings were to present a tough challenge courtesy of a formidable front court, led by 6-foot-7 junior forward Marcus Bagnerise, who is averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds per game.

The Vikings, though, will have to go without Bagnerise and senior Jasper Cobb, both of whom are academically ineligible. They did not play in the season finale against Monrovia last week.

“Obviously now it’s a little different because you don’t know who will be the main guy scoring,” Goldstein said. “I feel bad for Blair. I know if we lost Matt Nolan or another one of our guards that would be a huge blow.”

The matchup most would have wanted to see was Nolan (6-6, 200 pounds) against Bagnerise. Nolan also is averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Fans, however, can still expect to see two varied styles. Blair thrives in a run-and-gun offense, though the Vikings can also play the halfcourt and opt for mid-range jumpers. La Salle also likes to push the pace and runs sets and motion in an effort to create mismatches that would give Nolan or fellow guard Michael Edwards some open space for high percentage shots.

Blair coach Sean Bankhead brought up Sherman Simpson, a 6-foot-4 freshman playing small forward, from the junior varsity. Simpson played some varsity this year but wanted to work on other aspects of his game and opted to play in the lower levels. Bankhead, though, is high on Simpson, a good ballhandler who’s athletic and quick. Lance Green and Marcus Spruill will share the load in scoring.

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