Basketball: La Serna boys rally for 44-43 win over Whittier to move into first-place tie in the Del Rio League

La Serna's Andrew Ramos (42) celebrates their win over Whittier in their Del Rio League boys basketball game on Wednesday January 27, 2016. La Serna defeated Whittier 44-43. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

La Serna’s Andrew Ramos (42) celebrates their win over Whittier in their Del Rio League boys basketball game on Wednesday January 27, 2016. La Serna defeated Whittier 44-43. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)


BOYS BASKETBALL
DEL RIO LEAGUE
LA SERNA 44, WHITTIER 43


WHITTIER — There will be a title chase during the second half of the Del Rio League boys basketball season after all.
La Serna made sure of it Wednesday.
Jessie Garcia scored 23 points and made two free throws with 2.2 seconds left as the Lancers tied host Whittier for first place after rallying for a 44-43 victory over the Cardinals.
Cedric Sobers also had 10 points for La Serna, which improved to 15-7 and 4-1.
Miguel Salazar and Anthony Rios had 12 points each for Whittier, which slipped to 15-7 and 4-1.
The Cardinals had a chance to win it, but Salazar’s desperation heave from half court fell short at the buzzer.
La Serna, which trailed by 12 points late in the third quarter, rallied to trail, 39-34 after three quarters before coming back from a five-point deficits in the final two minutes. Garcia started the rally with a 3-pointer to cut Whittier’s lead to 43-41 with 1:08 remaining.
Devon Glover then had a steal before making 1 of 2 free throws to get it to 43-42 with 52 seconds left. Salazar, who had just three points in the second half, missed a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left. Garcia then drove the lane and threw up a 10-foot floater that was long. But he was fouled Rios with two seconds left.
He calmly made both for the win.
La Serna’s Jessie Garcia: “We just executed well (down the stretch). We ran our plays. I knew we were going to win. I could see (that Whittier was tentative) in their eyes. Once I saw that in their eyes, I knew we were going to win.”
— Stephen Ramirez
OTHER SCORES
BOYS BASKETBALL
DEL REY LEAGUE

Bishop Montgomery 51, Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary 39
DEL RIO LEAGUE
Pioneer 78, Cal 69
El Rancho 60, Santa Fe 59
FREEWAY LEAGUE
Troy 67, La Habra 37
Sonora 60, Buena Park 51
SANTA FE LEAGUE
St. Paul 55, Bosco Tech 44
SUBURBAN LEAGUE
Mayfair 74, La Mirada 50
GIRLS
DEL RIO LEAGUE

Whittier 55, La Serna 42
Cal 47, Pioneer 34
El Rancho 68, Santa Fe 22
FREEWAY LEAGUE
Troy 63, La Habra 26
Sonora 59, Buena Park 23

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