It’s the dreaded 4-5 matchup, the one that messes up many a NCAA men’s basketball pool and both Summit and Etiwanda hope to pull the minor upset on Saturday.
Both the Summit girls and Etiwanda boys are seeded fifth in the Division I South Regional, and are playing at the No. 4 seeded team in the second round on Saturday. Summit is at Corona Santiago, while Etiwanda is at Los Angeles Loyola.
Summit’s matchup with Santiago is a rematch of the championship game of the Ayala Best of the West Tournament on Dec. 30. Santiago won that matchup, 76-69.
It was a game that Summit held a six-point lead in the second half, but Santiago went on a 28-10 run to take a 12-point lead (69-57). Summit got within three points, but Santiago made its free throws in the final seconds to hold on.
The teams have faced each other several times in recent years.
Summit 59, Santiago 53 in the 5th place game of the Ayala Best of the West Tournament
Santiago 65, Summit 61 in the CIF-SS playoffs
Summit 63, Santiiago 58 in the CIF State playoffs
As for Etiwanda, this is the Eagles’ first matchup with Loyola this season. But last year, Etiwanda faced Loyola twice, winning 70-61 in the Oaks Christian Tournament and losing 70-64 in a showcase event at Los Angeles Fairfax High School.