Boys Hoops: Damien makes it look easy in 60-45 win over Wilson; Chino Hills, Glendora, all advance; Santa Fe ousts Rowland

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By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Damien sophomore point guard Jeremy Hemsley watched the lane open up late in the second quarter and took off just inside the free throw line, falling inches short of delivering a monstrous dunk in the the Spartans’ easy 60-45 victory over Wilson in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AAA boys basketball playoffs Friday.
On a night that got easier by the quarter for the second-seed Spartans, that qualified as a highlight as Damien advanced to the quarterfinals for the fifth straight season.
“I thought I had it,” said Hemsley, who dunked on a break minutes earlier. “My eyes got wide.”
Damien (22-7) advances to face unseeded Temescal Canyon, a 67-61 winner over seventh-seed Temple City, on the road Tuesday.
Hemsley scored 16 of his game-high 17 points in the first half and rested nearly all of the fourth as the Spartans built a 23-point second-half lead. (To continue click thread).

CIF-SS Boys Basketball Playoffs
Boys Basketball
Friday’s first round results
Division 1AA

Chino Hills 68, Montclair 40
Division IA
Diamond Bar 64, California 50
Edison 64, Walnut 61
Division 2AA
Santa Fe 56, Rowland 55
Division 2A
Beaumont 73, Baldwin Park 63
Glendora 58, Hemet 48
Friday’s second round
Division 3AAA
Bonita 59, Colony 54
Royal 69, Claremont 29
Division 3AA
Diamond Ranch 53, Jurupa Valley 52
Damien 60, Wilson 45
Temescal Canyon 67, Temple City 61
Division 3A
Cathedral 69, Bishop Amat 34
Tahquitz 61, Covina 58
St. Francis 61, San Dimas 38
Division 4AA
La Verne Lutheran 54, Muir 53
JSerra 65, Workman 38

Tuesday’s playoff schedule
Second Round
Division 1AA

Rancho Verde at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Division 1A
El Toro at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m.
Division 2A
Dominguez at Glendora, 7 p.m.
Division 3AAA
Bonita at Tustin, 7 p.m.
Division 3AA
Diamond Ranch at Santa Margarita, 7 p.m.
Damien at Temescal Canyon, 7 p.m.
Division 4AA
Windward vs. La Verne Lutheran at UOLa Verne 7 p.m.

Hemsley also had eight assists to go with four rebounds, showing a feel for the game that he didn’t have as a freshman.
“He’s a special kid first,” Damien coach Matt Dunn said. “The evolution from his freshman to sophomore year has been great. He’s understanding the game a lot better. He’s probably a kid who could score 30 a lot if that was his sole focus.
“But he can control the game so many ways. He can control it with rebounds, can control it defensively. He’s just a special, special, player.”
The Spartans have a lot of them.
Senior shooting guard Jared Dizon finished with 13 points to go with four rebounds and four assists and Keith Cavanaugh finished with 11 points.
Dizon, like Hemsley, does so many things, even on a night he wasn’t particularly hot from the perimeter.
“We get so many shots because of Jared,” Dunn said. “Whether he’s making shots or not, he really sets the tone for our energy and stuff. I thought he affected the game in a lot of ways.”
Wilson (16-13) got a team-high 13 points from Brandon Miramontes and 11 points from Erick Ramos.
Wilson hung tough early, trailing only 18-14 after the first quarter.
But the Wildcats only managed one field goal in the second quarter, falling behind 36-19 at half.
“We hoped coming in our length would be hard for them,” Dunn said. “They have a lot of great shooters. I thought if we could fight through their screens well enough, we could defend them.
“It took us a while to figure out their rhythm, but once we did, we changed a lot of shots and that got us our lead.”

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  • in the stands

    Wilson’s Season would have been a lot better if The Principal there cared about sports. she was and is still such a Hater of Coach Rochwerg!! would of Won 20 games easily like he did in the summer with the same guys that were on the Court at Damien last Night. Willie Allen can’t Coach Period!! check his record! Won 16 games this year with Coach Rochwerg players! Congrats to the Seniors for putting up with all the BS this past year. sorry U guys have such bad administrator’s

  • no-step

    Mr. Hemsley is talented, well spoken, and displays personal confidence.

  • Ray J

    I represent the class of 95 and I just so happen
    to be a former teammate of Willie Allen. We also coached together at
    Wilson back in 2000 when the program had not made a playoff appearance since we
    graduated in 95. As a parent I would
    think having a former Division 1 college player coaching your son would be
    impressive and exciting. I don’t know,
    how about hey Coach Allen what does it take to play at the D1 level, how was it
    playing at Pauley Pavillion against Baron Davis, Earl Watson, or how was it
    playing in the house THAT HANK BUILT.(Hank Gathers as I am sure you just know
    NJB records from the score book you have at home) I was at the game last night and John Wooden
    himself could not of pulled off that victory.
    When your players can’t hit shots, and turn the ball over based on the
    other teams talent and aggression, as a coach you tell your kids to compete and
    not give up, which WILSON DID NOT. THE
    coached some great players at Wilson, one’s that had game and went on to play
    at the next level, or have become successful in life based on what they were
    taught on and off the hardwood by myself and COACH ALLEN. I had a conversation with an Amat parent
    before the game last night and he said “good luck, Damien is loaded as they
    beat Amat by 30 and held us to 2 points in the 1st quarter” How did your playoff game last year vs Amat
    turn out when Willie was not at the helm?
    Did your coach then lead them to victory? 20 victories in summer is like counting how
    many 3’s you made during your NJB playing days, SIMPLY DOES NOT MATTER. As a
    former coach, let me inform you that Willie Allen can coach, AND HE’S ALSO A
    HELL OF A TEACHER! Wins and losses come and go, it’s the bond you create
    as a coach with your players, one that last a lifetime regardless of wins and
    losses. And yes I am upset about your post, because back in the 90’s
    Wilson was a top 5 team in the Valley which included players like Keith Van Horn’s,
    Donte Quinine’s, Cameron Murray’s, Shomario Richards, Jeremy Veal’s, Jacque
    Vaughn’s…….So please before you comment KNOW YOUR HISTORY ABOUT THE SCHOOL