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Boys' basketball: Lonzo Ball fouls out and San Ramon Valley wins Division I title

Frustration was visible on the faces of Chino Hills players and their coach, Steve Baik. Their opportunity for a state Division I championship appeared to crumble with 3:18 left in regulation at Haas Pavilion on Friday night when standout junior guard Lonzo Ball was called for his fifth foul during a loose ball situation.

He ran off the court disgusted. The Huskies ended up losing in double overtime, 79-71, to San Ramon Valley.

"It's really frustrating," Baik said. "I'm disappointed we weren't allowed to play with the guys who deserved to be on the court. San Ramon Valley played a heck of a game."

Ball finished with 30 points and his brother, LiAngelo, scored 23 points until he fouled out in the second overtime.

Keith Smith, the nephew of L.A. Windward coach Steve Smith, had 20 points for San Ramon Valley (27-6). Christian Fuca, whose father, Joey, was an athlete during his days at Crespi High, had 18 points, including four threes.

"We made some critical mistakes in not guarding Fuca,"...

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Girls' basketball: McClatchy edges Serra in double overtime

Fate seemed to be on Gardena Serra's side when guard Briana Johnson swished a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime.

The Cavaliers then had two chances underneath the basket to win at the end of the first overtime, but instead it was Sacramento McClatchy that ultimately prevailed 65-61 in double overtime to win the CIF Division I state championship at Haas Pavilion on the campus of UC Berkeley.

"I knew it was going in," Johnson said of her game-tying three-pointer as the fourth-quarter clock hit zero. "We were very confident going to overtime. We thought we were going to win. We played the best we could but we missed a lot of layups and free throws."

Serra (23-11) overcame a nine-point deficit with 1:29 remaining in regulation and nearly pulled off its second comeback in as many games after rallying to beat Ventura in overtime to win the Southern California Regional title last week. Johnson led the Cavaliers with 21 points and fellow junior Brijaye Brackett added 14 points and...

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Baseball: Chatsworth starts 2-0 in the West Valley League

Niko Switalla provided solid relief pitching to come up with the save and also contributed two hits to help Chatsworth knock off Birmingham, 7-4, on Friday to finish a sweep of the defending City Section champions in the opening week of West Valley League play.

All-City shortstop Sam Shaikin added three hits for the Chancellors.

Aliso Niguel 1, Dana Hills 0: Zak Nocon threw the shutout to hand Dana Hills only its second loss of the season.

Ayala 1, South Hills 0: Erik Cha threw the shutout for Ayala.

Villa Park 5, Brea Olinda 0: Villa Park improved to 9-2 and 4-0 in the North Hills League. Anthony Navarro threw a two-hitter, walking none and striking out one.

Loyola 3, Chaminade 1: Holden Groff and Ben Post combined to lift the Cubs to a Mission League sweep of Chaminade, which committed five errors and received a home run from Blake Rutherford. Awari Muoneke drove in two runs for Loyola.

St. Francis 3, Harvard-Westlake 2: Andres Kim threw the complete game in a Mission League stunner....

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Girls' basketball: Serra leads McClatchy 25-18 at half

Gardena Serra got off to a fast start and made a late run to take a 25-18 lead over McClatchy in the CIF Division I state championship game at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. 

Briana Johnson has 13 points and five rebounds to lead the Cavaliers. 

-- Steve Galluzzo

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Boys' basketball: Jeremy Hemsley helps Damien win state title in final game

There have been so many positive memories created by Jeremy Hemsley during his four years at La Verne Damien both on and off the basketball court, but he saved the best for last. He delivered 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to help the Spartans defeat Campolindo, 70-57, in the state Division III championship game on Friday at Haas Pavilion.

"He's a special young man," Coach Matt Dunn said of the 6-foot-4 senior headed to San Diego State. "I don't know if anybody will coach a more talented, better player who was all in. He's all in for our team, for our school. Honestly, I feel blessed to have had a chance to coach him."

Damien (29-5), which won the Baseline League that included powerful Etiwanda and Chino Hills, used that experience to wear down Campolindo, which received 25 points and 14 rebounds from 6-7 Chris Hansen.

"He's a monster," Dunn said of Hansen, headed to UC San Diego. "I can't think of a guy we've ever played that is so deceiving."

Campolindo (28-5) hung tough with...

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Boys' basketball: Damien leads at halftime, 23-20

Damien has a 23-20 halftime lead over Campolindo in the CIF state Division III championship game at Haas Pavilion.

Jeremy Hemsley has seven points and Malik Fitts six for the Spartans. Chris Hansen has 10 points for Campolindo.

Damien is 3 for 13 from three-point range.




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