June 15, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

CIF boys basketball semifinal playoff highlights for OC teams Friday, Feb. 16

OPEN DIVISION

Pool Play

Roosevelt 80, Mater Dei 76 (OT): Brandon Benjamin had 22 points and 16 rebounds, Luke Barnett had 16 points, Blake Davidson 15 points and Owen Verna 13 points to lead Mater Dei (26-5).

St. Pius Matthias Academy 70, JSerra 58: JSerra (25-6) was led by Sebastian Rancik, who had 22 points and Aidan Fowler, who had 15 points.

SEMIFINALS

DIVSION 2A

San Gabriel Academy at Marina, Saturday, 7 p.m.

LB Poly 57, Corona del Mar 54: Corona del Mar (25-7) was led by Maxwell Scott, who had 33 points. Luke Mirhashemi had nine points and Jackson Harlan eight points for CdM. The Sea Kings will advance to the Southern California regionals the week after the CIF finals.

DIVISION 3AA

La Habra 63, Hesperia 43: The Highlanders earned their first trip to the CIF finals. School officials noted on X it’s the first time in the school’s 70-year history. La Habra meets St. Bonaventure in the finals next week.

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DIVISION 3A

Alemany 60, Woodbridge 45: Woodbridge reached the semifinal round of the playoffs for the first time since 2004, according to former Coach John Halagan. The Warriors, by virtue of advancing to the semifinals, qualified for the CIF Southern California regionals, which will be held the week after the CIF finals. Stephen Lamp scored 17 points and JC Schindler 15 points to lead Woodbridge, which trailed 31-18 at halftime in the game at Alemany.

“I’m proud of my team,” said Woodbridge Coach Steve Scoggin in a text. “They battled tonight. Alemany made shots and put pressure on us. We didn’t shoot the ball well tonight and you need to give Alemany credit for that. We will regroup and get ready for the state tournament.”

Alemany moves on to face Don Bosco Tech in the CIF final next weekend.

DIVISION 4A

Temecula Valley 95, Estancia 79: The Eagles were unable to battle back from a 64-49 third-quarter deficit on the road Friday night, but will still advance to the CIF Southern California regionals which start the week after the CIF finals. Estancia was led by Jaedeon Hose-Shea, who had 26 points and Peter Sanchez and Nik Paguirigan, who had 14 points each. The Eagles (23-9) made 63 percent of their field goal attempts, according to Estancia Coach Xavier Castellano.

Temecula Valley made 16 3-pointers in the game.

Top-seeded Temecula Valley moves on to face Northview in the CIF final.