It's playoff time, which means Oregon-bound Tyler Dorsey of Pasadena Maranatha is more fired up than usual. He won a state title last season with Bellflower St. John Bosco, and judging by the way he played Saturday night, he's going to do everything he can to end his high school career with another state title.
Dorsey got riled up by the enthusiasm of Chaminade fans. He was waving to them after making a three early in the Division IV Southern California regional quarterfinal game. The officials called him later for a technical for taunting. That only made him more determined.
Dorsey had 22 points at halftime and finished with a career-high 52 points as the Minutemen defeated Chaminade, 85-60.
“Tyler put us on his back,” said Coach Tim Tucker.
The game had lots of emotion for both teams because 6-foot-10 Trevor Stanback of Maranatha played last season for Chaminade. Stanback was a nonfactor in the first half, picking up three fouls. Then he was involved in a scary incident with 5:57 left in the third quarter. While going up for a dunk, he got hit hard by Bar Milo and fell on his face. He was on the court being treated for more than five minutes before being aided to the bench.
“He undercut me,” Stanback said later.
Stanback was able to return to the game in the fourth quarter and made a jump shot. He later added a dunk to the delight of Maranatha's fans. Michael Oguine had 27 points for Chaminade.
Maranatha (22-8) will play host to Encino Crespi in a semifinal Tuesday.
In another Division IV game, North Hollywood Campbell Hall rallied for a 79-73 win over San Luis Obispo Mission Prep. Star guard Aaron Holiday fouled out with 5:30 left and his team down by six. Jordan Cohen led the comeback and finished with 21 points.
Sylmar from the City Section pulled off the soccer upset of the day in the Division II boys' final of the Southern California regionals, beating Southern Section Division 1 champion Anaheim Servite, 3-1. Edrai Garcia had two goals for the Spartans.
In Division III, Cathedral got two goals from Jose Cano to defeat Canoga Park, 3-0. In Division I, Chula Vista defeated El Camino Real, 4-2.