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Gahr surges past Bonita: The Gahr Gladiators have a lot of weapons in their offensive arsenal. But Friday night it was Gregory Carlyle providing the punch and leading his team to an 84-73 win over Bonita in Division 3AA semifinal at Claremont High School.
Carlyle had 41 points, 24 of those coming in the first half of a game that was a battle all the way.
Glendora shots don’t fall: The atmosphere was back at Glendora, but the magic on the court was nowhere to be found.
Glendora was hoping to recapture the glory that produced four championships under legendary coach Mike LeDuc more than a decade ago with three titles in the 1990s and another in 2001.
But the second-seeded Tartans missed shot after shot and were never in it, knocked out by seventh-seeded Elsinore 53-30 in the CIF-SS Division 2AA quarterfinals on Friday.
Elsinore (22-8) moves on to face either fourth-seeded Lawndale or Mira Costa in Tuesday’s semifinals, while the Tartans finish 25-5.
Walnut’s dream run ends: The Loyola High School boys basketball team put an end to Walnut’s run in the CIF-SS Division 1A playoffs with a 93-78 quarterfinals home victory Friday night.
“This is one of my favorite teams I have ever coached,” Walnut head coach Joe Khouzam said following the loss. “They are great students, great kids, and they have a lot of talent. That’s a dying breed; you don’t have many teams like that anymore, so it was my honor to be their coach.”
Loyola’s Max Hazzard nailed three 3-pointers in a row in the second quarter to burst the Cubs’ lead into double-digits, and the No. 1 seed didn’t let the Mustangs (25-6) back into the game after that.
Diamond Ranch’s best season ends: There will be no CIF-Southern Section championship appearance for the Diamond Ranch High School boys basketball team.
With a big second half scoring surge that included 11 3-pointers, Sonora High School easily defeated Diamond Ranch, 76-56, in the CIF-SS Division 3AA semifinals Friday night.
Sonora (27-4) will take on Gahr, an 84-73 winner over Bonita, in the championship next week.
CIF-Southern Section Boys Basketball Playoffs
Division 1A Quarterfinals
Loyola 93, Walnut 78
Division 2AA Quarterfinals
Elsinore 53, Glendora 30
Division 3AA semifinals
Gahr 84, Bonita 73
Sonora 76, Diamond Ranch 56
Open Division Consolation semifinals
Redondo Union at Damien, 7 p.m.