Southern Section Boys’ Basketball Quarterfinals : Santa Barbara Defeats Glendora
Santa Barbara, with senior forward Paul Johnson getting 29 points, upset previously undefeated and second-seeded Glendora, 57-50, in a Southern Section Boys 4-A quarterfinal basketball game Friday night at Santa Barbara City College.
Johnson, who has signed a national letter of intent with UC Santa Barbara, hit 8 of 11 shots from the field. Bill Deoring, with 17 points, was the only other Santa Barbara player in double figures.
Glendora was led by 6-foot 7-inch junior Tracy Murray, who had 29 points before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter. Murray had 20 points in the first half, but Johnson, assigned to guard him in the second half, limited him to 9 points. Glendora’s other offensive threat, guard Kit Bond, was limited to 8 points.
Santa Barbara (22-5) will play third-seeded Capistrano Valley (24-3) Tuesday in the semifinals. Glendora finished the season 26-0.
In other Southern Section Boys quarterfinal games:
Santa Ana 74, Buena 70--Santa Ana opened a 37-21 halftime lead and then held on to defeat the Channel League champions at Rancho Santiago College. Quickness was a factor, especially in the second quarter when Santa Ana made 7 steals that accounted for 11 points. Senior Bobby Joyce was the leading scorer for Santa Ana with 23 points. Sophomore Jeff Oliver led Buena (23-3) with 18 points. Santa Ana (26-3 will play top-seeded Simi Valley Tuesday night in the semifinals.
Banning 95, Central 66--In a team effort, six players scored in double figures to lead Banning to a decisive win at Canyon Springs High.
Banning, the top-seeded 2-A team, opened a 49-31 halftime lead and was never threatened in extending its record to 27-0. Dennis Gray, a 6-7 senior, led Banning with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Central finished 22-5.
Woodbridge 74, La Canada 60--Center Adam Keefe of Woodbridge, who is headed to Stanford, scored 26 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as the Warriors defeated the Spartans at Irvine High. When Keefe wasn’t scoring from inside, Rob and Robb Lee were putting the ball up from beyond the three-point line. Rob Lee had two and Robb had three three-point baskets. La Canada was paced by the Givens brothers. Greg, a senior has 21 points. Chad, a 6-6 junior who was matched up against Keefe, had 14 points. Woodbridge (21-5), the defending 2-A and State Division II champion, will play second-seeded San Bernardino (28-1) Tuesday in the semifinals.
Burbank Bell-Jeff 59, Ventura St. Bonaventure 51--Henry Polee, Chris Dyer and Greg Dunn each scored 15 points as the Guards, the No. 1 entry from the Santa Fe League, upset the Seraphs, the top-seeded team in the 1-A division, at Ventura High School. Bell-Jeff, which trailed, 37-32, in the third quarter, rallied to take a 40-39 lead at the end of the third quarter behind two three-pointers by Nick Sanderson, who finished with 10 points. Bell-Jeff improved to 18-6. St. Bonaventure, the Tri-Valley League champion, finished 21-3.
SMALL SCHOOLS DIVISION
North Hollywood Oakwood 55, La Canada Ribet Academy 47--Junior Mitchell Butler showed why he was selected the division player of the year last season, scoring 50 of the Gorillas’ 55 points in the quarterfinal game at Woodbury University in Burbank. Butler, who averaged 31 points a game this season, added 17 rebounds. Oakwood (23-2), top-seeded in the Small Schools Division, will play Boron, a 66-61 winner over Hemet Baptist Christian, in the semifinals. Ribet Academy finished the season 19-5.
Carpinteria Cate 56, Encino Holy Martyrs 54--Reserve forward Mike Cass hit his only basket of the game with three seconds left in overtime to lift the Rams, who have won 15 games a row, into the Small Schools semifinals with the win at Holy Martyrs. Junior center Lyman Casey scored 33 points on 15-of-23 shooting, had 19 rebounds and hit a six-foot jumper with nine seconds left to send the game into overtime. Point guard Andrew Wheeler added 17 points, including five three-pointers, for Cate (18-2). Hovig Khukaz led Holy Martyrs (19-6) with 20 points. Cate will play Hesperia Christian, a 65-45 winner over Mission Prep.