Eisenhower High School is eight minutes away from going to its first-ever state championship game, as it holds a 51-46 lead over Los Angeles Loyola. The Eagles led by as many as 11 points, holding the Cubs without a point for four and a half minutes, but two three-point plays by Carl Hoffman and Miles Cartwright brought Loyola within striking distance.
A layup from Devin Garner with 5:37 left gave the Eagles their current lead. Loyola came out quick, with Carl Hoffman scoring consecutive baskets to give them a 37-36 lead, but has been scoreless for three minutes now. Ike has also ratcheted up the defensive pressure, having now forced 15 Loyola turnovers.
After a frenetic first quarter that saw Loyola take a 24-20 lead, the scoring slowed down quite a bit in period No. 2. The Eagles took the lead with 39 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Bryan Bock.
They also dealt with Carl Hoffman much better. The Loyola bruiser had 14 points and five rebounds in the first quarter alone but was less of a factor in the second, only scoring two points.
Andrew Bock leads a balanced Eagle attack with 8 points, while Keyon Sayles and Kirby Gardner came off the bench to score four points each in the second half and provide Ike with a shot in the arm.
No drama at Mater Dei tonight, as Colony has pulled away to a 69-52 lead with 1:24 left in the game. Camille Buckley is possessed, with 30 points and an unofficial 17 rebounds. Te’onna Campbell has 17 points while Jazmyne White has scored all 12 of hers in the second half.
The Titans have outscored the Cougars 34-18 in the second half and are on the verge of another CIF title.
The Titans defense did some work in the third period, holding Canyon Springs to seven points and forcing five Cougar turnovers to take a 51-41 lead. Camille Buckley and Te’onna Campbell continue to cook for Colony, with Buckley at 22 points and 12 rebounds while Campbell has 15 of her own.
Eight minutes separate Colony from a second straight CIF title.
The Titans ended the second period on a 10-3 run, edging out to a 35-34 game in a frenetic, tight game. Camille Buckley and Te’onna Campbell are the big players for the Titans, with Buckley compiling 16 points and 11 rebounds and Campbell adding 11 points.
Amber Smith has 20 points to lead Canyon Springs while Tre’shonti Nottingham has six points and five steals. Nottingham also has three fouls, as each team compiled high foul counts in the first half.
Kind of a scattershot game thus far, with Canyon Springs taking the slight 15-13 lead into the second quarter. Tre’Shonti Nottingham has seven points and four steals to lead the way for the Cougars, while Camille Buckley is ruling the boards for Colony with nine rebounds to go with her eight points.