Lucas Siewert from Brazil and Kobe Paras from the Philippines are starting to like American basketball.
They made major contributions on Thursday night in helping Cathedral get past Redondo, 61-56, in an opening game of the Southern Section Open Division playoffs.
The 6-foot-10 Siewert scored 18 points and was four of four on free throws in the fourth quarter. The 6-6 Paras had 13 points, including two critical baskets in the fourth quarter. Milan Acquaah added 16 points. Leland Green led Redondo with 19 points.
Cathedral (20-6) will play No. 1-seeded Bishop Montgomery on Wednesday at home in the quarterfinals. Cathedral is 0-2 against Bishop Montgomery this season.
“I enjoy this,” L.A. Cathedral Coach William Middlebrooks said. “It’s about playing the best.”
Stephen Thompson Jr. scored 27 points in Bishop Montgomery's 81-55 win over North.
The biggest opening surprise was No. 12 Orange Lutheran defeating No. 5 La Verne Damien, 60-59. C.J. Hankins scored 20 points and Keisean Lucier-South had 17 points. No. 11 Chino Hills defeated No. 7 Long Beach Poly, 78-54, with UCLA commit Lonzo Ball scoring 35 points.
Chino Hills will host No. 2 Santa Ana Mater Dei on Wednesday. Mater Dei, leading by only one point after three quarters, was able to defeat Los Angeles Price, 65-56. M.J. Cage had 22 points and La’Vette Parker 18.
Kahlil Ahmad had 29 points and Sedrick Barefield 23 in Corona Centennial’s 95-69 win over Alemany. No. 4 Centennial will play Orange Lutheran at Hope International University. Cody Riley had 21 points in Sierra Canyon’s 75-63 win over Bellflower St. John Bosco. Sierra Canyon will play the winner of Friday's game between Etiwanda and Cantwell-Sacred Heart.