Bishop Montgomery High’s young but very talented boys’ basketball team is 27-1 overall and rolled through many of even some very tough opponents throughout the season. The Knights began the CIF-Southern Section Open Division playoffs as the No. 2 seed behind top seed Chino Hills, which is also the top ranked squad in the United States by most publications covering prep sports and Bishop Montgomery put up a fight against the Huskies before losing 71-67 in the Fairfax State Preview Showcase on Jan. 30 at Cerritos College. The Knights were 11th in the nation by USA Today.
In the quarterfinals last Tuesday at El Camino College, the Knights received a scare from seventh seed Damien High from La Verne, which took them into overtime. The Spartans appeared to be headed to an upset before sophomore sensation David Singleton put in his buzzer beating magic touch with a three-point basket as Bishop Montgomery pulled off a 58-56 victory.
The win sent the Knights into the semifinals against Sierra Canyon which they will play on the road at a site to be determined Friday at 7 p.m. The Trailblazers from Chatsworth, the third seed, topped host Redondo 74-70 in their quarterfinal on Tuesday.
In a mostly see-saw battle, Damien took a 56-55 lead when University of Colorado-bound Bryce Peters made a 12-foot baseline jumper with 14 seconds left. Singleton scored his winning basket with 2.7 seconds left. The Spartans inbounded the ball but, after junior Jordan Schakel deflected the throw in, Ethan Thompson caught the ball that clinched the game for Bishop Montgomery.
The inspired Spartans, who won their first round game over Compton, jumped out to an early 15-6 lead as Peters scored 10 of his 20 points in the first quarter. The Knights, in the process, had very cold shooting.
The second period saw Bishop Montgomery finally pulling together causing a rash of turnovers on Damien. The Knights were still down by three (20-17) at halftime.
The second half saw the Knights go on 26-11 run to grab a 43-31 lead early in the fourth period after a Singleton three-pointer. The Spartans, however, came back with a 18-6 run to send the 18-6 run to send the game into overtime tied at 49.
Singleton led Bishop Montgomery with a game-high 27 points. Schakel added 13 points that included a three-pointer that gave the Knights a 53-49 lead with 3:27 remaining in the overtime period. Thompson chipped in nine points.
The Knights began the playoffs with a 68-51 home win over Orange Lutheran last Friday.
Chino Hills overwhelms Inglewood: After an inspiring come-from-behind 76-74 victory over host Alemany High last Friday in the first round of the Open Division playoffs on Friday in Mission Hills, Inglewood High’s boys’ basketball team got its ticket to a home game against powerful Chino Hills last Friday. In its packed gymnasium, the Sentinels managed to put up a fight but the way more physical and talented Huskies came back and rolled to a 112-78 victory.
Chino Hills continued to be led by its Ball brother combination, who all three of them have already committed to playing at UCLA. Junior L’Angelo led the Huskies’ offense with a game-high 41 points that included five three-pointers and some sparkling slam dunks. Senior Lonzo contributed 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. Lonzo will be playing for the Bruins next season. Freshman Lamelo had 10 points. Elizjah Scott finished with 26 points.
Chino Hills, which improved to 29-0, took a 54-38 halftime lead before outscoring the Sentinels, who are 22-7 overall after placing second (behind champion Redondo) in the Bay League, before the Huskies turned the contest into a rout outscoring Inglewood 35-17 in the third quarter. Chino Hills led by as many as 38 points.
The Sents were led by Terrell Gomez with 30 points, including six three pointers. D’Angelo Smith totaled 16 points and Jordan Bell tallied 12.
Inglewood moves into the consolation round where it hosts Santa Margarita Friday at 7 p.m.
Redondo falls short to Sierra Canyon: Redondo High’s boys’ basketball team was unable to hold some leads and fell to Sierra Canyon 74-70 in the Open Division championship quarterfinals Tuesday at Redondo. The Trailblazers are ranked sixth in the United States by USA Today.
The Bay League champion Sea Hawks, who fell to 23-5 overall, led 21-16 after the first quarter but trailed 33-31 at halftime. Redondo came back to outscore Sierra Canyon 22-18 for a 53-51 lead after three periods but the Trailblazers outscored the Sea Hawks 23-17 to pull off the win. Sierra Canyon (26-3) was coming off an overwhelming 85-40 home win over Los Alamitos in the first round last Friday.
Redondo was led by Morgan Means with 23 points and seven rebounds. Leland Green put in 13 points. Ryse Williams and Elijah Nesbit scored 11 and 10 points, in order.
The Sea Hawks won their first round game over Eleanor Roosevelt High from Eastvale 56-54 last Friday at Redondo. The Sea Hawks were led by Williams with 15 points, while Green tallied 12.
Redondo hosts Compton in a consolation game Friday at 7 p.m. The Moore League co-champion (with Long Beach Poly who is top seed in Division IAA) Tarbabes are coming off a 60-53 win over Cantwell-Sacred Heart in their consolation contest on Tuesday.
Serra High’s boys’ basketball team defeated Junipero Serra High from San Juan Capistrano 84-76 in last Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division IVAA quarterfinals. Kobe Smith sparked the Cavaliers from Gardena with 17 points.
In the boys’ Division IIA quarterfinals, Lawndale lost at Santa Barbara 84-69 last Tuesday. In Division IVA play, Morningside was eliminated by host La Salle 67-52 Tuesday in Pasadena.
Westchester and Narbonne High’s boys’ basketball teams got by the first round of the CIF-Los Angeles City Section Open Division playoffs with home wins last Saturday. At Westchester, the Comets defeated Woodland Hills El Camino Real 54-44. At Narbonne, the Gauchos got by Birmingham 76-69. Gardena also advanced to the L.A. City Division I semifinals by upsetting No. 2 seed and host View Park Prep 65-57 last Saturday. All three will play in the semifinals Saturday at the Roybal Learning Center in Downtown L.A. The Panthers play their Division I semifinal against No. 3 seed Hamilton at 10 a.m. In Open Division play, Narbonne, the No. 2 seed, faces Fairfax, a team it defeated by two points earlier this season, at 6 p.m. and the top seed Comets take on No. 4 Dorsey at 8 p.m.
In a Southern Section Open Division girls’ basketball first round game, Serra lost at Windward High 55-46 Saturday in Mar Vista. The Lady Cavaliers were led by Briana Johnson with 10 points. Charisma Osborne led the Wildcats with 19 points.
Redondo and West Torrance moved to the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division IAA girls’ basketball playoffs. The Sea Hawks routed Culver City 71-30 at Redondo and the Warriors slipped past host Valencia 43-41 on Wednesday. Kyra Hamlin led the Sea Hawks (21-8) with 15 points. Alexis Arancibia had a game-high 16 points for the Centaurs.
Snyder’s South Bay Top 10:
Boys: 1. Bishop Montgomery (27-1)—Advanced to the prestigious CIF-Southern Section Open Division semifinals. The Knights easily won the Del Rey League at 8-0.
2. Redondo (23-5)—Lost a heartbreaker to the United States’ sixth ranked team from Sierra Canyon in Open Division quarterfinals. The Sea Hawks won the Bay League at 9-1.
3. Westchester (24-6)—The Comets are top seed in the CIF-L.A. City Section Open Division after tying rival Fairfax for the Western League title. Westchester topped El Camino Real 54-44 in the first round on Saturday.
4. Inglewood (22-7)—Inglewood started the Southern Section Open Division playoffs by rallying from a 14-point first quarter deficit to top Alemany 76-74 on Saturday but was brought down to earth by the nation’s No. 1 Chino Hills 112-78 in the quarterfinals Tuesday. The Sentinels placed second in the Bay League at 8-2.
5. Narbonne (23-7)—Narbonne is seeded second in the L.A. City Section Open Division playoffs and opened with a 76-69 home win over Birmingham on Saturday. The Gauchos won their third straight Marine League crown at 12-0.
6. Serra (14-14)—After a 11-14 regular season that included only a 4-4 Del Rey League mark, that included a pair of losses to nationally ranked (11th by USA Today) Bishop Montgomery, Serra is in the Southern Section Division IVAA semifinals after a win over the other Serra High coming from San Juan Capistrano. The Cavaliers visit San Gabriel Academy Friday at 7 p.m.
7. St. Bernard (15-13)—St. Bernard High’s boys’ basketball team won the Southern Section Division VA title despite placing last at 0-8 in the Del Rey League last year. The Vikings tied for second with rival Serra in Del Rey action and are in the VA semifinals at Santa Clarita Christian on Friday.
8. Lawndale (17-12)—Lawndale High’s boys’ basketball team had a coaching change in the middle of the season after Patrick Marks replaced Chris Brownlee, who was dismissed for undisclosed reasons. The Cardinals, who were CIF-Southern Section Division IIAA and Southern California Division II runner-ups last season but lost all five starters, still managed to make the Division II quarterfinals before losing out to host Santa Barbara on Tuesday.
9. Torrance (18-10)—The Tartars won the Pioneer League for the first time since 2003. They lost in the first round of the Southern Section Division IIA playoffs to Lawndale 74-72 in overtime on Feb. 17 at Torrance.
10. Mira Costa (16-12)—The Mustangs finished third in the Bay League and made it to the second round of the Southern Section Division IIAA playoffs before falling to Loyola last Friday.
1. Serra—The Lady Cavaliers won the Del Rey League but are still struggling in the prestigious Southern Section Open Division after losing in the first round to host Windward last Saturday.
2. Redondo—The Sea Hawks are on a roll and advanced to the Southern Section Division IAA semifinals after three blowout wins over Fountain Valley (76-4), Eastvale Eleanor Roosevelt (52-20) and Culver City (71-30). Redondo faces nearby West Torrance on Saturday at 7 p.m. Redondo won its second straight Bay League crown.
3. Mira Costa—The Mustangs were second in the Bay League behind rival Redondo for the second straight year. Mira Costa is the top seed in the Southern Section Division IA and already won its first two games handily.
4. North Torrance—The Saxons won their second straight Pioneer League crown but lost in the second round of the Southern Section IIAA playoffs to host Alta Loma 51-46 on Saturday.
5. West Torrance—The Warriors moved up to Division IAA but are still going strong making the semifinals by upsetting No. 2 seed Valencia 43-41 Wednesday at Valencia. West will show down with up hill rival Redondo Saturday.
6. Bishop Montgomery—The Knights were on a tear for awhile but injuries plagued them late in the season. Bishop Montgomery was eliminated in the second round of the Southern Section Division IAA playoffs by fourth seed Corona Centennial on Saturday.
7. Culver City—The Centaurs captured their fourth consecutive Ocean League crown. Culver upset No. 3 seed Long Beach Millikan 72-69 on Saturday but was blown out by host Redondo 71-30 in the quarterfinals Wednesday.
8. Carson—The Colts captured the Marine League title. Carson, though, lost in the first round of the CIF-L.A. City Section Open Division playoffs to host Palisades 81-53 last Saturday. The Dolphins, the third seed, were L.A. City Open Division champions last year.
9. Leuzinger—Leuzinger High’s girls’ basketball team finished third in the highly competitive Pioneer League and made the Southern Section Division IIIA quarterfinals under successful head coach Bo Corona.
10. South Torrance—South Torrance High’s girls’ basketball team was Southern Section Division IIA champions last season. The Spartans were only fourth in the Pioneer League but made the quarterfinals of the IIAA playoffs.