Capistrano Valley High School added insult to injury in a 72-55 victory over Moreno Valley in a Southern Section 5-A quarterfinal boys' basketball game Wednesday at Saddleback College.
Chopin Scott, the Vikings' guard who was averaging 19 points a game, was feeling the effects of a car accident Sunday that left him with a split right eyelid, bruised ribs and minus two teeth.
Add Andy Bosma's stingy defense against Scott and the Cougars (22-4) easily breezed by the Vikings (19-7) to set up a semifinal game Friday against against Buena. The site will be determined in a coin flip today.
"Bosma played a hell of a game on Chopin Scott," Capistrano Valley Coach Mark Thornton said. "We wanted to put Bosma him, deny him the ball and contain him."
The Cougars did that, limiting Scott to nine points and three rebounds before he fouled out with 29 seconds left in the game.
Capistrano Valley's star forward, Scott McCorkle, scored 27 points, including 20 points in the second half. He also grabbed nine rebounds.
"He's been in a slump lately," Thornton said. "He hit a couple of big three-pointers that put us ahead for good."
That was late in the third quarter, when the Cougars held a 40-34 lead before McCorkle sank two consecutive three-pointers and the Vikings never closer.
But the game was much tighter through the first half. Moreno Valley fell behind early, but found its fast break and took control of the boards to tie the score, 26-26, at halftime.