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Boys' basketball: Redondo holds on for Open Division thriller over Roosevelt

Eric Sondheimer
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The best opening game of the Southern Section Open Division playoffs on Friday night was at Redondo High, where Sea Hawks Coach Reggie Morris Jr. had a little bit of a helpless feeling on Friday night. There was nothing he could do as Jemarl Baker of Eastvale Roosevelt launched a three-point attempt from about 30 feet as time was running out.

"He got a good look," Morris said. "God was on our side."

The shot didn't fall, and Redondo came away with a 56-54 victory to advance to a Tuesday quarterfinal game at home against Sierra Canyon. Ryse Williams had 15 points for Redondo.

Roosevelt played well enough to win. Matt Mitchell failed on two free-throw attempts with 5.4 seconds left. He finished with 12 points. Baker and Jalen Taylor added 10 points apiece.

"I just knew it was going in," Baker said "It fell a little bit short. I shoot deep shots all the time. It was nothing new. I just left it short."

Jordan Griffin scored 33 points in Corona Centennial's 83-64 win over Compton. Spencer Freedman had 17 points in Mater Dei's 58-46 win over Cantwell-Sacred Heart. Deveral Ramsey had 21 points in Sierra Canyon's 85-40 win over Los Alamitos.

Bryce Peters scored 23 points in Damien's 65-61 win over Crespi. Inglewood defeated Alemany, 76-74. Jordan Schakel scored 19 points in Bishop Montgomery's 68-51 win over Orange Lutheran. Zac Jervis scored 20 points for Orange Lutheran.

Lonzo Ball had 30 points in Chino Hills' 100-66 win over Santa Margarita.

Tuesday's matchups: Chino Hills at Inglewood; Centennial at Mater Dei; Sierra Canyon at Redondo; Damien at Bishop Montgomery.

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