Here are your area at-large selections for the CIF-SS boys and girls basketball playoffs. The brackets will be announced later.
Pioneer (3A), Whittier Christian (4A)
St. Paul (4AA)
SONORA 56, BUENA PARK 40
LA HABRA — Sonora High School recent history includes one CIF Southern Section boys basketball title and two trips to the divisional finals.But the Raiders’ road to their fourth consecutive Freeway League title might be their best accomplishment of all.Sonora, given up for dead after back-to-back league losses in January, completed its unbelievable run to the title with a 56-40 victory over visiting Buena Park on Thursday.
Sean Murphy scored 21 points off the bench as the Raiders improved to 19-9 overall and 8-2 in league play. Kevin Marlow also had 17 points and Bryce Rutledge 11 for Sonora, which closed the league season with seven consecutive wins. It’s their fifth league title since 2011.
Joe Galvan had 13 points for Buena Park, which slipped to 20-7 and 7-3.
The key to the win was Murphy, who scored 21 points in the second half and was 5 of 7 on 3-pointers, including three during a big stretch that turned a close game into a 51-40 lead for Sonora with 2:37 to play.
Rutledge scored on a five-footer in the lane for a 42-38 lead before Murphy took over. He nailed a 3-pointer at 3:47 for a 45-38 advantage, then hit two more for the 11-point lead with just under three minutes to play.
Sonora coach Mike Murphy: “I’m just so proud of our guys. After we lost those two games, I told them we have to sweep, we have to run the table. We had to win seven in a row, and we did. We just kept getting better every game. None of these guys started last year, they were in the shadow. This was so impressive.”
Sonora’s Sean Muprhy: “I didn’t shoot well in practice. I didn’t have a great shooting year so far. I kept at it, and it went our way. It’s a great feeling.”
— Stephen Ramirez
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California 5, Pioneer 0 — Samantha Garcia scored twice and had an assist, and Jolene Ceniceros, Lexi Magana and Madison Mader each scored a goal for the Condors (18-5-1, 8-2-0) in a Del Rio League match.
KEPPEL 64, SCHURR 61
MONTEBELLO — This time around, Mark Keppel and Schurr didn’t make it such a defensive game in their last meeting of the Almont League regular season.Nelson Muronaka scored a game-high 27 points to lead Keppel to a 64-61 win. In their first meeting this season, the teams combined for 55 points.
“(Muronaka’s) our best player all year. We feed off of him (and) he’s been carrying us throughout these league games,” Keppel coach Hung Duong said. “Today, we were just trying to stay close and hopefully execute and play some defense and sneak one out. It’s never easy coming in here.”
Todd Kitagawa added 16 points and Brandon Hamaguchi scored nine in the second half for Keppel. Pablo Lopez and Kyle Mangubat led Schurr with 13 points.
— Vincent Nguyen
Alhambra 61, Montebello 32
Sonora 45, Fullerton 36
Sunny Hills 39, La Habra 36
Maranatha 61, Whittier Christian 50
La Mirada 71, Bellflower 53
Montebello 54, Alhambra 14
Keppel 67, Schurr 53
DEL REY LEAGUE
St. Anthony 69, St. Paul 58
Sonora 64, Fullerton 12
La Habra 53, Sunny Hills 26
Whittier Christian 39, Maranatha 28
La Mirada 39, Bellflower 36