Boys Basketball Playoffs: Damien wins, advances to Open Division consolation semis; Chino Hills, Rowland falls short in final seconds

Rowland falls short in final seconds: One surprising CIF Southern Section boys basketball playoff run will continue. The other surprising run came to an end.
West Torrance High School held off hard-charging Rowland 64-60 on Friday night to advance to next weekend’s CIF-SS Division 4AA championship game, the Warriors’ first appearance in the final.“
We expected (to get the title game) at the beginning of the year, but nobody else believed in us,” West coach Neal Perlmutter said. “We believed in ourselves.“We’ve never been this far. It’s huge.”

Chino Hills loses in OT: The Chino Hills Huskies fall short to Mater Dei in overtime of the CIF Southern Section Open Division Semifinals, 83-80. LaMelo Ball was unable to seal the game for the Huskies with a 3-point attempt in regulation tied at 72.
CIF-Southern Section Playoffs Results
Boys Basketball
Friday’s games
Open Division consolation quarterfinals

Damien 88, JSerra 82
Open Division

Mater Dei 83, Chino Hills 80, OT
Division 1AA
Maranatha 52, Cantwell Sacred Heart 50
Division 1A
Pasadena 77, Peninsula 65
Division 3A
St. Paul 56, San Bernardino 52
Division 4AA
West Torrance 64, Rowland 60
Blair 76, Riverside Woodcrest Christian 61

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs Schedule
Boys Basketball
All games start at 7 p.m., unless indicated
Tuesday’s Open Division Consolation semifinal

Damien at Redondo Union, 7 p.m.
Friday, Saturday Championship games
Division 1AA

Maranatha vs. Rancho Verde, TBA
Division 1A
Pasadena vs. Harvard Westalke, TBA
Division 3A
Twentynine Palms vs. St. Paul
Division 4AA
West Torrance vs. Blair

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