Tuesday’s CIF-SS Quarterfinal Matchups
All games at 7 p.m.
No. 12 University Irvine at No. 4 Damien
No. 3 Keppel at No. 11 Baldwin Park
No. 4 Bishop Amat at No. 12 Lawndale
No. 6 Brentwood at No.2 La Verne Lutheran
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San Dimas’ rally falls short
By Fred J. Robledo
With visiting Morningside raining three-pointers and driving up and down the court like dragsters, it appeared San Dimas was going to get run out of its own building during Friday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA second-round boys basketball playoff game.
But not only did the Saints take a good punch, they fought back from a 15-point first-quarter deficit to take a three-point lead in the second half before eventually falling to the eighth-seed Monarchs, 80-68.
Friday’s Second-Round Results
Chino Hills 56, Walnut 38
Mayfair 52, Nogales 50
Damien 62, Westlake 50
Baldwin Park 88, Villa Park 87
Golden Valley 74, Bonita 66
Harvard-Westlake 80, South Hills 51
Centennial Compton 60, Charter Oak 54
Morningside 80, San Dimas 68
Bishop Amat 77, St. Francis 61
La Verne Lutheran 69, St. Margaret’s 52
Morningside’s Brennan Jackson sank three 3-pointers and scored 15 of his team-high 22 points in the first quarter to give the Monarchs a 25-10 lead.
“We weren’t geared in to how quick they were going to play,” Saints coach Bruce Robbins said. “Because we weren’t geared into that, it took a while to get adjusted to that game speed. Once we adjusted, we played pretty well.”
Chris Barbato’s game-high 23 points and K.J. Byrd’s 19 points helped lead the Saints back.
After trailing 39-32 at half, Barbato sank two free throws to finish an 8-0 run, trimming the Monarchs’ lead to 46-42 with 2:39 left in the third quarter.
Morningside’s Alante Young, who finished with 20 points, scored inside to push the lead to 48-42, but the Saints followed with a 9-0 run, capped by Byrd’s putback to give the Saints a 51-48 lead with 51 seconds left in the quarter.
But after missing a shot that would have extended the lead, Young scored inside and DJ Harris hit a half-court shot at the third-quarter buzzer to give he Monarchs the lead back, 53-51, heading into the fourth.
That appeared to be the back-breaker, the Monarchs scoring the first six points of the fourth quarter — an 11-0 run that pushed their lead to 59-51.
“We had a chance to extend our three-point lead and missed a big opportunity, because the crowd and the momentum were all in our favor,” Robbins said. “When they hit the half-court shot to take the lead back, the wind sort of came out of our sails.
“When they got back up (by double digits) again, it was hard to come back from. We started rushing shots, quit staying in front of the ball, allowed dribble penetration, and just stopped basically doing all the things that got us back in the game.”
Barbato’s jumper with 4:02 left cut the Monarchs’ lead to 63-58 in the fourth, but the Monarchs answered with six-straight points to close it out.
“We only played seven guys tonight, but the seven guys played extremely hard,” Robbins said. “They were a quick, physical and athletic team, we have nothing to be ashamed of.”
San Dimas finishes the season 19-9 while Morningside (18-12) advances to Tuesday’s quarterfinals to take on top-seeded Price.
“We won the coin flip and would have hosted Price (in the quarterfinals),” Robbins said. “It would have been fun to advance and watch those guys (Price) come here.”
Mayfair 52, Nogales 50
[AG-BODY]Tim Douglas 20, Marcus Harden 11, Brandon Reynolds 10, Brenton Owens 5, Dion Wright 4, Brian Wright 2.
[AG-BODY]Darnell Martin 32, Jed Marte 7, Trevon Smith 3, Stephan Maglinque 3, Joey Ng 3, Ray Santos 2.
[AG-BOLDIND]Records: [AG-INDENT]Mayfair 19-9; Nogales 17-12.
Baldwin Park 88,
Villa Park 87 (OT)
[AG-BOLD]BALDWIN PARK (88)
[AG-BODY]Tomas Montes 33, Fernie Morelos 24, Jimmy Ramirez 12, Gus Vasquez 6, Gabino Sandoval 4, Joey De La Torres 4, Jared Ojeda 3, Eddie Gamboa 2.
[AG-BOLD]VILLA PARK (87)
[AG-BODY]Andrew Selway 19, Clint Bozner 18, Josh Telbot 15, Shaquille Hunter 14, Rob Manalang 10, Bobby Roundtree 6, Isaiah Bradford 4, Brian Nogaki 2.
[AG-BOLDIND]Records: [AG-INDENT]Baldwin Park 24-4; Villa Park 13-14.
Compton Centennial 60, Charter Oak 54
[AG-BOLD]COMPTON CENTENNIAL (60)
[AG-BODY]Deonte Burton 14, Kevin Smith 11, Kurt Davis 10, Harrison Hawkins 10, Keith Smith 9, Thomas Hammock 6
[AG-BOLD]CHARTER OAK (54)
[AG-BODY]Jaden Radcliffe 22, Evan Barr 14, Anthony Franco 8, Keeny Salvana 5, Josaiah Thropay 3, Kyle Heidenrich 2.
[AG-BOLDIND]Records: [AG-INDENT]Compton Centennial 23-5; Charter Oak 20-8.
San Dimas 68
[AG-BODY]Brennan Jackson 22, Alarte Young 20, Chris Johnson 16, D.J. Harris 10, Davion Niter 8, Rayme Brooks 4.
[AG-BOLD]SAN DIMAS (68)
[AG-BODY]Chris Barbato 23, K.J. Byrd 19, Shawn Rostker 8, Michael Thompson 6, Adrian Lucero 6, Kevin Kolbeck 6.
[AG-BOLDIND]Records: [AG-INDENT]Morningside 17-12; San Dimas 19-9.
La Verne Lutheran 69,
St. Margaret 52
[AG-BOLD]LA VERNE LUTHERAN (69)
[AG-BODY]C.J. Cooper 24, Grant Jerrett 16, Nick Colletta 8, Eric Cooper 8, Bruce English 6, Jay Miller 4, Xavier Jones 3.
[AG-BOLD]ST. MARGARET (52)
[AG-BODY]Mike Kushner 16, Kevin Wang 13, Mitch Marmelstein 10, David Kushner 7, James Travis 6.
[AG-BOLDIND]Record: [AG-INDENT]La Verna Lutheran 20-8.