State playoffs: La Verne Lutheran boys hoops wins close, Bonita girls hoops win, Amat loses; Baldwin Park and Ayala girls soccer both lose …

It took the Bonita High School girls basketball team longer than expected to put away visiting Cathedral Catholic on Tuesday night, but all that matters is that the Bearcats are moving on.
Bonita, the No. 4 seed in the Division 3 Southern California Regional, opened its first double-digit lead of the game midway through the third quarter, then spent the rest of the night holding off the pesky Dons for a 70-56 win in the opening round of the CIF State playoffs.

C.J. Cooper’s 3-pointer with 12 seconds left broke a 55-55 tie and sent La Verne Lutheran to a 60-58 win over host University City of San Diego in front of a standing- room-only crowd in Tuesday’s opening round of the CIF State Division 3 Southern California Regional playoffs.

Division III

La Verne Lutheran 60, University City/San Diego 58 — CJ Cooper hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left to break a 55-55 tie. Lutheran plays, who else, Orange Lutheran in Thursday’s second round.
Division III

Bonita 70, Cathedral Catholic 56 — Bonita coach Darren Baumunk played a lot of his roster early to keep the Bearcats fresh for what could be a long week. Nikki Wheatley had 24 for Bonita, which pulled away in the second half.
Mt. Miguel 48, Bishop Amat 40 — The Lancers led 34-25 going into the fourth quarter, but were outscored 23-6 in the final period.
Division IV
Oaks Christian 73, Duarte 35
Thursday’s first round
Division I
Buchanan (Clovis) 2, Baldwin Park 0 — The Braves were down 2-0 in the first 20 minutes … but they still won CIF!
Thursday’s first round
Division I
Torrey Pines 4, Ayala 1 — Bulldogs coach Jeff Allen said it felt like his team was down 2-0 before it got off the bus. ‘Nuff said.

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  • Basic

    The Best of Luck to all our local teams, and of course a bit more luck to our Lady Bearcats…

    I think our Lady Bearcats win tonight and then face a tough Bell-Jeff team…

    I think Amat also wins tonight and I predict that they also beat OL in the next game…

  • SGV Athlete
  • Bulldog1

    Finally, picture of a winning team, this is what it’s all about.
    Winning with class an humility always.

  • Basic

    CONGRATS to out Lady Bearcats and a great team performance…And now we get Bell-Jeff, man oh man is this team scary. Best of Luck to out Lady Bearcats!

    And WOW, Amat giving up 23 in the 4th OUCH…That is shocking, I really thought they had a shot and would beat OL in the next round. Anyway, congrats ladies on a wonderful season.

  • Aaron

    Excellent job Lady Bearcats…win this one at home and keep moving!

  • Allen B

    Congratulations to all of the local lady basketball teams for an outstanding season!! Way to go BEARCAT LADIES on you victory!! Keep it up and bring home a state title!! You all have done a great job this year!!

  • Benny

    I am not a Lutheran fan at all, but I am hyped for their game tomorrow against Orange Lutheran, 7 kids with scholarship offers: Orange Lutheran’s James Douglas signed with Northern Arizona, Gabe York is a top 50 junior, Payton Banks is a young sophomore with a USC offer against La Verne with CJ and Bruce going to UTEP and LMU, and Grant Jerrett and Eric Jr who are both going to Arizona. 7 future college players tomorrow night, that should be good.