May 29, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

Cypress, Santa Ana, Yorba Linda and Pacifica Christian notch playoff wins and other scores

Cypress High’s boys basketball team opened the CIF Division 1 playoffs defeating Orange Lutheran 61-48 Wednesday night at Cypress.

Cypress led the entire game. Eddie Spencer led Cypress with 21 points and three 3-pointers.

Elijah Vaielua had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Kody Papke had 11 points and five steals.

“Christian Chai’s impact defensively was huge for  us as took on the challenge of trying to guard (a top player) for Orange Lutheran,” said Cypress Coach Derek Mitchell.

Cypress (24-5) is on the road Friday to face No. 1 seeded Windward.

Santa Ana 64, Gabrielino 58: The Saints (15-12) were led by junior Kristan Soto, who had 14 points; sophomore Deaven Perez who had 18 points and four 3-pointers and sophomore Xavier Valdovinos, who had 17 points and two 3-pointers in the 5AA playoff opener on the road The Saints face Arrowhead Christian on the road Friday in the second round.

Yorba Linda 58, Rialto 52: The Mustangs (17-12) were led by Luke Ishikawa, who had 14 points, Chance Sandoval and Cory Knutson with 11 points each and Connor Platt with 10 points in the CIF 3A opener.

Crean Lutheran 66, Diamond Bar 53: The Saints (18-10) were led by Josh Shin and Mike Birket who each had 16 points in the 2A opener.

Pacifica Christian 76, El Toro 47: The Tritons (21-7) advance into the second round of the 2A playoffs. Houston Mallette had 16 points and six rebounds, Riyaan Jiwani had 15 points, Judah Brown had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Charles Erving 14 points for Pacifica Christian.

Roosevelt 56, Newport Harbor 44: The Sailors (22-7) losat their opening round 2AA playoff game. Ryan Miller led the Sailors with 19 points and Levi Darrow added 10 points.

Kennedy 63, Savanna 40: The Fighting Irish (15-11) advanced into the second round of the CIF 4A playoffs using great defense and solid perimeter shooting early. Kennedy moves on to face Oakwood Friday night in the second round.

Flintridge 64, Century 56: The Centurions (19-8) were upset at home in the 4AA opener. Eduardo Sorto scored 17 points and Rodrigo Ramiriez added 16 points for Century, the Orange League champion. Flintridge Prep (13-13) moves on to the second round.

St. Bernard 84, Beckman 56: Beckman, which finished second in the Pacific Coast League, was led by Dowon Kim with 13 points and David Manea in the 2AA playoff opener. Coach John Goin’s Beckman team finished 14-13 overall.

Other scores involving OC teams:

Division 1

Canyon Anaheim 61, Trabuco Hills 48

JSerra 53, Rancho Verde 47

Brentwood 64, Villa Park 59

Division 2A

Mira Costa 49, San Clemente 42

Sonora 72, Northwood 50

Los Alamitos 62, Cajon 57


La Habra 55, Tesoro 47

Fairmont Prep 74, Edison 58

Capo Valley 74, Walnut 37

Capo Valley Christian 41, Rolling Hills Prep 40 (OT)

Mission Viejo 79, Great Oak 58


Valley Christian Cerritos 75, Garden Grove 64

Fountain Valley 75, Westminster 50


Providence Burbank 66, Tustin 41

Laguna Beach 64, Ocean View 46

Cerritos 70, San Juan Hills 63

Mark Keppel 59, El Dorado 56


Buena Park 63, San Jacinto 59

Lancaster 60, Katella 47


Norwalk 60, St. Margaret’s 48

Sage Hill 68, Artesia 56


Los Amigos 58, Calvary Chapel Santa Ana 50


Estancia 74, Tarbut ‘V Torah 33