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CINDERELLA GLADSTONE FALLS TO NO. 2 ST. FRANCIS: Cinderella’s glass slipper was decided by athleticism.
Gladstone High School was making its first CIF-Southern Section boys basketball playoff quarterfinal appearance in 41 years. St. Francis was trying to make a semifinal game for the first time in school history.
The Golden Knights will still live that Cinderella dream after scoring a 55-43 Division 3A victory on Tuesday night. St. Francis will play cross-lawn rival La Canada in Friday’s semifinals
GREAT OAK 71, DAMIEN 65
TEMECULA — Damien High School coach Matt Dunn, despite seeing his team team win 23 of 31 games during the regular season, believed something wasn’t quite right with his Spartans this season.
Those concerns came to fruition Tuesday night.
Torrin Webb scored 24 points and Latrelle Franklin had 18 and host Great Oak ousted Damien from the CIF-Southern Section playoffs with a 71-65 victory in a Division IAA second-round game.
Great Oak, also getting 11 points from Isaiah Wesby and 10 from Jeremy Smith, improved to 20-8 and will travel to Inglewood for Friday’s quarterfinals.
Jeremy Hemsley scored 37 points for the Spartans, who finished 24-9. It’s the Spartans earliest playoff exit since 2008.
Damien coach Matt Dunn: “You have to give them credit. They’re a great team and they played really well. All year long we weren’t able to get a couple of things fixed. We didn’t get any loose balls, we didn’t rebound the ball, and ultimately in games like this, those come back to get you. It’s frustrating to have the same problem all year and not get it fixed, and that’s disappointing.”
– Stephen Ramirez, @SteveRRamirez on Twitter
BISHOP AMAT ELIMINATED: Bishop Amat senior Eric Fonseca fought back tears following a 62-42 loss to top-seeded Santa Barbara in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A boys basketball playoffs on Tuesday, a tough end for a player and team that few thought could reach the Elite Eight.
“I wouldn’t pick a different team to fight with,” Fonseca said. “We worked hard to get here. Losing isn’t fun, but we came a long way.”
CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION PLAYOFFS
Great Oak 71, Damien 65
Santa Barbara 62, Bishop Amat 42
St. Francis 55, Gladstone 43