Boys Basketball playoffs: Covina survives Pioneer’s late run, wins 63-58 and Valle Vista goes 3-for-3 with Northviw and Wilson winning; Damien, La Verne Lutheran and Workman win big; Lutheran’s Eric Cooper Jr., dislocates finger

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
COVINA HANGS ON: After scoring just one field goal in the second quarter and clinging to a one-point halftime lead, Covina High School boys basketball coach Will Bissman spoke with his point guard and floor leader Mike Peters and told him to go to work.

That’s exactly what Peters did, scoring eight of his game-high 19 points in the third to lead Covina to a 63-58 victory over visiting Pioneer in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A playoffs on Wednesday.

Peters scored the Colts’ first four points in the third quarter, then set up Matt Hicks for an easy bucket, then found Nino Harrell open for a corner 3-pointer to go up 41-32 midway through the third to extend the lead. (To continue click thread)

Game Stories
Damien routs El Dorado 57-37
Los Altos holds on to beat Gabrielino 63-61
South Pasadena routs hapless San Dimas, 59-37


Division 3AAA
Damien 57, El Dorado 37
Beverly Hills 61, Arroyo 38
Esperanza 73, South Hills 47
Bonita 80, Cerritos 28
Division 3AA
Agoura 67, Diamond Ranch 66
Torrance 67, Rosemead 48
Los Altos 63, Gabrielino 61
Charter Oak 60, Temescal Canyon 51
Division 3A
Azusa 62, Tahquitz 60
Bishop Amat 50, Santa Paula 36
Wilson 84, Rubidoux 55
South Pasadena 59, San Dimas 37
Santa Margarita 65, La Puente 35
Estancia 44, Gladstone 43 (OT)
Northview 85, Yucca Valley 71
St. Francis 66, Mountain View 33
Division 4AA
Workman 75, Bosco Tech 38
La Verne Lutheran 72, Marshall 29

La Verne Lutheran’s University of Arizona bound forward Grant Jerrett scored a game-high 25 points to go with eight rebounds and three blocks to lead the second-seed Trojans to a 72-29 first round win over Marshall
The Trojans’ Cameron Osorno added 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists and McKay Anderson had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The news wasn’t all good for the Trojans. Junior Eric Cooper Jr., left the game with a dislocated finger after scoring nine points with four assists and seven rebounds. Cooper will be re-evaluated for the next round.

Division 1A
First-round games

Diamond Bar at Glendale, 7 p.m.
Burbank at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Yucaipa at Walnut, 7 p.m.
Division 2A
First-round games
Rowland at Don Lugo, 7 p.m.
Glendora at Whittier, 7 p.m.
Baldwin Park at Leuzinger, 7 p.m.
Division 3AAA
Second round games

Citrus Valley at Damien, 7 p.m.
Bonita at Brea Olina, 7 p.m.
Division 3AA
Second-round games

South Torrance at Los Altos, 7 p.m.
San Marcos at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.
Division 3A
Second round games

Alemany at Azusa, 7 p.m.
Wilson at Bishop Amat, 7 p.m.
Northview at Atascadero, 7 p.m.
Covina at St. Francis, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Second round games

Workman at Serra, 7 p.m.
Big-Bear-Banning winner vs. La Verne Lutheran at University of La Verne, 7 p.m.

“I told him (Peters) and our whole team that they’re trying to take away Peters,” Bissman said. “I told (Peters) don’t let them do that. He looked at me and said, ‘give me the ball coach,’ and he did the rest.”

It wasn’t smooth sailing, however.

Harrell, who nailed three 3-pointers for 12 points, opened the fourth with a 3-pointer to give the Colts their biggest lead of the night, 50-36.

“That’s what he does, he’s our shooter,” Bissman said of Harrell. “He has no conscience. He’ll miss 12 in a row and shoot the next one, I love that kid.”

The Titans didn’t go away, however, scoring 10 unanswered points in less that three minutes to claw back.

After DJ Williams’ bucket and free throw to finish a 3-point play, the Titans had cut the Colts’ lead to 50-46 with 5:45 left.

Williams kept at it, burying a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to trim the Colts’ lead to 61-58.

After Peters fell to the ground and was called for travelling with 20 seconds left, Pioneer had an opportunity to send it to overtime with the last possession.

Josh Fitten, who finished with a team-high 14 points, drove to the basket with 10 seconds left instead of trying for a game-tying 3-pointer and was turned away by Covina’s Chris Sotello, who swatted it away.

Covina’s Kevin Quach made a pair of game-sealing free throws to close it out.
“I give that team a lot of credit, they kept fighting,” Peters said. “We would make a big shot and they would come right back with a big shot. I give them a lot of props.”

Bissman didn’t want to sweat it out after nearly blowing a 14-point fourth-quarter lead, but it wasn’t the first-time Pioneer made them work.

The Colts fell behind the Titans by 15 points in a Martin Luther King showcase game back on Jan. 16 before rallying to win, 60-54.

“They’re so resilient,” Bissman said of Pioneer. “It was the same type of game as the first one, back and forth, back and forth. They’re a well coached team.”

The Titans (9-19) had four players finish in double figures.

In addition to Fitten’s 14, Jonathan Mayorga and Kyle Latimer finished with 11 each and
Williams had 10.

Titans coach Gregory Gilmore was disappointed they fell so far behind to start the fourth.

“I’m speechless,” Gilmore said. “I don’t know what to say. We clawed back but there was no way we should have been down by that much (14). We’ve been playing real well the last three or four games, but we didn’t play our best game tonight. It’s a little disappointing.”

Covina’s Chris Sotello scored eight of his 15 points in the second half as the Valle Vista League champion Colts improved to 20-8 and will play St. Francis in Friday’s second round.

“It’s great to win and keep playing,” Bissman said. “The playoffs are exciting, you never know what’s going to happen.

“I thought our guys fought hard all night. We had a lead and gave it up but all that matters is the final score at the end of the game. We’ll take it and move on.”

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  • ghsfan

    i may be insanelly crazy but i predict marshall to beat la verne luthern tonight sorry

  • Not crazy….

    “insanelly” or otherwise, but you are just jealous, envious an hopeful that Lutheran will get upset so you can talk smack. If “GHSFAN” means Glendora High School fan, it is understandable, but with your recent history of FIRST ROUND losses, you might want to focus your energy on your own team?

    Keep on hating and Lutheran will keep on winning and sending kids to college.

  • Solid

    Hey Look out For Wilson 2 make The 3rd Round this Year!! They are well Coached and Play a solid Zone D!! 8-10 Man Rotation. Solid Team! Good Luck tonight Coach!

  • SGV’s Best

    Lutheran 72
    Marshall 29

    sorry ghsfan

  • VVL Scout

    Covina wins 63-58 over Pioneer.

  • GHS fan, come out and play

    Sorry GHS fan, Lutheran won by a grillion! Keep rooting against them and watch them keep winning. Hope you get past the first round this year

  • Bonita 80 Cerritos 28

  • Colt74

    Wilson won 84 – 55

  • Colt74

    Northview won 85 – 71

  • scores


    First round, Wednesday

    Damien 57, El Dorado 37

    Citrus Valley 74, Garden Grove Santiago 49

    Arroyo Grande 63, La Mirada 41

    Citrus Hill 58, Arlington 47

    Palm Desert 70, Beckman 27

    Lawndale 69, Hart 67

    Beaumont 50, Indio 46

    Pasadena 64, Magnolia 26


    First round, Wednesday

    Lakeside 76, Jurupa Valley 66

    Bellflower 79, Firebaugh 50

    West Valley 58, Norco 47

    Garden Grove Pacifica 48, Northwood 41

    Los Altos 63, Gabrielino 61

    South Torrance 82, Buena Park 65

    #7 Servite 68, Santa Ana Valley 41

    Charter Oak 60, Temescal Canyon 51


    First round, Wednesday

    Alemany 87, Artesia 61

    Azusa 62, Tahquitz 60

    Bishop Amat 50, Santa Paula 36

    Hacienda Heights Wilson 84, Rubidoux 55

    Corona del Mar 63, Laguna Hills 41

    South Pasadena 59, San Dimas 37

    Santa Margarita 67, La Puente 35

    Oak Park 63, Littlerock 24

    Estancia 44, Gladstone 43 (OT)

    Northview 85, Yucca Valley 71

    St. Francis 64, Mountain View 33

    Ridgecrest Burroughs 55, Cathedral 53

    St. John Bosco 68, Jurupa Hills 27


    First round, Wednesday

    Serra 79, Salesian 30

    Workman 75, Bosco Tech 38

    JSerra 48, Laguna Beach 33

    Harvard-Westlake 74, Whitney 40

    Maranatha 68, Twentynine Palms 59

    Price 87, Blair 52

    Bishop Montgomery 66, Templeton 26

    Morningside 73, University Prep 34

    La Verne Lutheran 72, Marshall 29


    First round, Wednesday

    Costa Mesa 46, St. Monica 22

    Fairmont Prep 65, Verbum Dei 60

    St. Genevieve 77, Crean Lutheran 67

    Santa Maria St. Joseph 86, Orcutt Academy 35

    Cantwell-Sacred Heart 61, Loma Linda Academy 57

    St. Anthony 66, Crossroads 56

    Milken 68, Nordhoff 56

    Viewpoint 55, Los Angeles Baptist 47

    San Marino 62, Buckley 59 (OT)


    First round, Wednesday

    San Gabriel Academy 65, Cate 41

    Aquinas 66, Silver Valley 52

    Saddleback Valley Christian 86, Vistamar 53

    Santa Clara 55, Flintridge Prep 48

    Bloomington Christian 54, Arrowhead Christian 46

    Desert 65, Pilibos 49

    Mission Prep 74, Nuview Bridge 27

    Ribet Academy 66, Webb 47

    Downey Calvary Chapel 77, Academy for Academic Excellence 27

    Linfield Christian 62, Chadwick 53

    Mojave 76, Public Safety Academy 31

    Village Christian 61, Bellarmine-Jefferson 38

  • Wilson @ B Amat 2nd Round

    Wilson and B Amat met earlier in the year with Wilson winning that one, and now they get the chance to see who goes to the qtr finals (against Alemany) on Fri night, at B Amat, should be a good one

  • SGV

    I herd that Workman high school has players from mexico i wonder its that true that thier coach recruted them

  • sgvpride

    What in the world is San Dimas doing in the playoffs? I believe they won only 3 or 4 games…I mean why would you even want to go with that kind of record.You go to the playoffs because you deserved to go not because a “spot” became available.

  • sgvpride


    Yes I heard the same thing that the Workman players are in fact from Mexico. The 6’9 and 6’7 guys I believe. If you watched there games you would see that they don’t speak English, just Spanish to the head coach(not sure if they actually speak English or not). Now recruited? Most likely, but is that a violation being that they are from another contra? I have no idea

  • SGV

    Yea they dont speak a word of english

  • Lutheran Score Correction

    The final score in the Lutheran vs. Marshall game was 72 to 29 not 72 to 59. Just saying


    I wouldn’t concern myself with Workman. They play Serra next. Their run is over.

  • antiflores

    The Workman HC couldn’t coach himself out of a game anyways. Back when he had CJ and Miles they should have least gone onto the quarterfinals or semis with those two guys and that division. He always gets out coached, he uses he’s travel ball connections to his advantage that’s about it.

  • To GHS Fan

    Hey GHS fan, what happened, cat got your tongue. If you get by Whittier in the first round, you are DONE when you play Leuzinger! Another early playoff exit. By now! If you lose to Whittier, come out to see Lutheran play on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 PM at University of La Verne!

  • Thanks ESPN for getting a story on Bonita Boys Basketball. Here is the link