High School Boys Basketball: Two area teams look to stay alive in postseason play

Cantwell-Sacred Heart’s Emiliano Mejia is averaging just under 11 points a game for the Cardinals, who host St. Anthony in a CIF-SS Division 4A quarterfinal game today. (Leo Jarzomb / Staff Photographer)

By Eric Terrazas, Staff Writer

Two area boys basketball teams will continue their respective CIF-Southern Section postseason journeys today.

Santa Fe High School (13-14) will host No. 7-seeded Camarillo (23-5) in a Division 2AA second-round game scheduled for 7 p.m.

Cantwell Sacred Heart (19-8) also has a home game against St. Anthony (17-8) in the Division 4A quarterfinals at 7 p.m.

The Chiefs are coming off a thrilling, come-from-behind 56-55 victory at No. 10-seeded Rowland in the first round. Santa Fe won on Charlie Muhlenkamp’s two free throws with two seconds remaining in the game.

Muhlenkamp, a senior guard, scored a team-high 19 points while junior guard-forward Jonathon Parral had 14 and junior guard-forward Cristian Perez tallied 13 points.

It was Santa Fe’s first postseason victory since 2007.

“I think we match up great against Camarillo,” Santa Fe coach Leonard Romero said. “It’s going to be exciting for Santa Fe High School and our boys program.

“It’s going to come down to whoever wants to keep playing and keep practicing.”

The Chiefs will face a tall order in Camarillo, which captured the Pacific View League with a 9-1 record. The Scorpions, coached by Allan Sadowsky, started their playoff run with a 77-64 win over Eastside in Friday’s first-round game.

Camarillo’s key players include junior guard Jacob Alonzo, senior guard Corbin Covey and senior guard-forward Alex Martin.

 

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