Boys Basketball Playoffs: Elimination night, Gladstone, Damien, Bishop Amat all bow out

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gladboysCINDERELLA 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

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.”


Great Oak 71, Damien 65

Santa Barbara 62, Bishop Amat 42
St. Francis 55, Gladstone 43

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Boys Soccer Playoffs: Baldwin Park’s Danny Vega goes nuts with four goals in 4-0 rout; Diamond Bar knocks off No. 2 Monrovia in PKs; Dbar will host BPark in quarters

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DIAMOND BAR ADVANCES: A near-perfectly played CIF Southern Section soccer playoff game came down a matter of misses.
After visiting Diamond Bar and Monrovia played to a 2-2 tie after 80 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime, the Brahmas prevailed, outscoring the No. 2 seed Wildcats 3-2 on penalty kicks to advance to Thursday’s Division 5 quarterfinal. The Brahmas will play host to Baldwin Park.

vegascoresVEGA GOES NUTS: Danny Vega was a seldom used freshman when Baldwin Park won a CIF-Southern Section Divisional boys soccer title in 2011.
Now he’s the guiding force to the Braves’ chances of winning their second championship in four years, showing why and how by scoring all four goals in an easy 4-0 victory over visiting Laguna Beach in the second round of the Division 5 playoffs on Tuesday.
Vega scored on a penalty kick in the 13th minute, and worked a text book give-and-go with Jesus Granados to go up 2-0 in the 23rd minute.
Valle Vista league champion Baldwin Park (18-4-2) will be on the road in Thursday’s quarterfinals against Diamond Bar (17-7-1), who outlasted No. 2 seed Monrovia in penalty kicks 3-2 after a 2-2 tie in regulation and two overtimes.


Sierra Vista 3, La Mirada 0
Northview 2, Citrus Hill 1
Baldwin Park 4, Laguna Beach 0
Diamond Bar 2, Monrovia 2; Diamond Bar advances in PKs, 3-2


Sierra Vista at Ontario, 3 p.m.
Garden Grove Santiago at Northview, 3 p.m.
Baldwin Park at Diamond Bar, 3 p.m.

Baldwin Park’s Danny Vega scores third of four goals, watch how Baldwin Park works this from the back.

Danny Vega talks about raising season goal-scoring total to 37

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Chuck Lyons, who played on Gladstone’s 1973 quarterfinal team, shared his memories

Gladstone High School is in the boys basketball quarterfinals for the first time since 1973, facing No. 2 seed St. Francis on the road tonight at 7 in Division 3A. The last time they were in this situation was 41-years ago, when they lost 84-68 to Brawley after a long bus ride. Local resident Chuck Lyons, who played on that team, shared his memories of the season, and what it meant to be a Gladstone athlete four decades ago. The amazing part I took away from this was the school spirit and participation back then. Taking 11 buses to a playoff game? That’s Hoosiers stuff. Incredible. Too bad we don’t witness more of that today.

CHUCK LYONS, CLASS OF 1973: We lost after a five or six hour bus ride to Brawley so we were tired in the second half, and everyone was important to our success on that team, not just Jack Clark, who was a good guy. The starting five in alpha order because all added their own valuable strengths to the team, were David Castaneda, Jack Clark, Chuck Lyons, Eric Mustad and Casey Ruud, with Casey’s brother John probably still the school record holder with a 42-point and 35-rebound performance in a CIF playoff game when Gladstone was new in the late 1960s.
I can’t speak for the other players because I haven’t talked to them in years, my great memories of that team were that while the fans at Gladstone (classmates, parents and families, staff, neighbors and business people in the community) probably say that they were happy to be included (we took 11 rooter buses to Brawley because we couldn’t find any more buses to rent with people still wanting to go), some of my most vivid memories were our fans.
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