With Sherman Oaks Notre Dame fans coming out en masse dressed in neon, the Knights' home-court advantage on Tuesday night in a Southern Section Division 4AA quarterfinal game against Oaks Christian was a tough one.
But Oaks Christian (17-10) received 24 points from Austen Moye and breathed a sigh of relief when a shot by Chibueze Jacobs at the buzzer went in and out to enable the Lions to escape with a 51-49 victory. They will play Crespi in Friday's semifinals.
Notre Dame rallied behind Gabe Rishwain, who had eight points in the fourth quarter. Jacobs also was outstanding, finishing with 21 points.
But the Knights (14-15) had too many turnovers, the most costly an errant pass on an out of bounds play with 9.3 seconds left when the Knights were trying to set up a final possession. They did get the ball back with under eight seconds left after Moye made one of two free throws. Jacobs drove the length of the court and seemed to score until the unlucky bounce.
The other 4AA semifinal will match Chaminade and San Luis Obispo Mission Prep. It took a 44-point performance by Columbia-bound Quinton Adlesh to lift Mission Prep to a 91-80 win over Harvard-Westlake, ending the 30-year coaching career of the Wolverines' Greg Hilliard. Alex Copeland finished with 26 points for Harvard-Westlake.
Chaminade defeated Morningside, 77-66. Michael Oguine scored 28 points.
Crespi held off St. Francis, 45-40. Brandon Williams had 15 points. Crespi will host Oaks Christian on Friday. Chaminade will be at Mission Prep.