Trailing by two at halftime, the Mt. Miguel boys' basketball team ran off 14 consecutive points to start the second half en route to a 69-61 victory against Granite Hills on Thursday in the Valhalla Tournament.
Mt. Miguel (6-5) advanced to tonight's semifinal against tournament host Valhalla at 7:30. Grossmont, which defeated Granite Hills earlier Thursday, will play Sweetwater in the other semifinal at 5:45.
Reggie Jones, Marcos Gallardo and Robbie Sandoval each scored six points for Mt. Miguel in the decisive third quarter. Jones finished with 18 points, Gallardo 17, Mike Clymer 15 and Sandoval 13. Gallardo had three three-point baskets.
Mt. Miguel converted nine of 12 foul shots, Granite Hills only 14 of 24.
In other Valhalla games:
Valhalla 52, Sweetwater 41--Scott Biddle had three three-point baskets and a season-high 17 points to lift the Norsemen (8-5). Biddle picked up the slack left by Beau Sager, who was averaging 18 points but was held to four points. Gerrick Waller played his best game of the season, scoring 13 points, and Derrick Freeman had 12 rebounds to go with his six points. Brandon Tennant led Sweetwater with 17 points and Guillermo Sanchez added 10.
Mt. Carmel Invitational
Serra 82, San Pasqual 60--Justin Wible scored 25 points and the Conquistadors (5-2) outscored San Pasqual in every quarter during a first-round game at Mt. Carmel. Darryl Van Cleave added 16 points and 10 rebounds and Joey Wojdowski 12 points for Serra. Junior guard Ernie Silva led the Eagles with 19 points, and Billy Geddes had 12.
Monte Vista 73, Burbank 57--Monte Vista remained perfect at 10-0 by outscoring Burbank in every quarter and getting big games from Aaron Elliott (28 points, 12 rebounds), Marty Ellis (18 points) and Matt Ehlke (15 points, 10 rebounds). David Ranney had 15 points for Burbank (3-6).
Mt. Carmel 67, Madison 63--With a minute to play and the score, 63-63, Derek Wessel scored on a back-door layup to put Mt. Carmel up by two. Jason Sammons (27 points) then finished off a career-high scoring night with a dunk at 18 seconds remaining.
Ramona Rotary Tournament
Calipatria 70, Santana 53--After taking a 30-26 halftime lead, Calipatria buried the Sultans with a 31-14 run during the next eight minutes in first-round action at Ramona. Four Hornets reached double figures in points. Doug Schultz (17 points) and Mark Bennett (16) paced Santana.
El Centro 66, Francis Parker 38--Jessie Di Silva scored 22 points to lead El Centro's rout. Scott Schneider made three three-pointers and finished with 11 points for the Lancers.
Ramona 85, Melbourne (Australia) 38--Cody Cunningham scored 19 points, Brian Scott 18 and Jarrod Bess 16 to lift Ramona (3-3). Bess also had 11 assists.
Baron Optimist Tournament
Helix 67, Southwest 39--Kevin Hagen scored 11 points and had eight rebounds and seven assists to lead Helix (7-2) to an opening-round victory at Bonita Vista. Willie Cook added 12 points and seven rebounds, and Lloyd Lake had 13 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. Leading Southwest (2-6) were Tony Diaz (15 points) and Dewayne McBride (14).
Mira Mesa 87, Holtville 33--The Marauders (8-3) took a 28-4 first-quarter lead and held a 46-13 halftime margin as five players scored in double figures.
Marian 53, Montgomery 43--Marian won its first game, getting 16 points from Jaime Coronado and 14 from Jason Scott.
Castle Park 66, West Hills 59--Castle Park overcame a 48-37 deficit in the fourth quarter with a 29-11 showing. Steve Lujan led the Trojans with 19 points.
Christian 59, Mar Vista 47--Pat Keough scored 17 and Jeremy Garrett 13 to lead Christian. Ray Chairez had 17 for Mar Vista.
Ben Fisher Memorial Tournament
Rancho Buena Vista 49, San Marcos 26--Jenny Harris had 20 points and nine rebounds and Tori Anderson also had nine rebounds for the Longhorns (5-5). Tammy Hinrichs scored 12 for San Marcos (3-6).
Poway 48, Helix 25--Plagued by illness and injury, No. 1 Poway played its worst game of the year but got past Helix behind Stephanie Guerena's 11 points.
Monte Vista 52, San Pasqual 46--Down by eight at the half and three at the end of three quarters, Monte Vista went on an 11-0 run to start the fourth quarter. The Monarchs (5-3) were led by Lorraine Watson's 16 points. Valerie Ryan had 14 for the Eagles.
Ramona Rotary Tournament
Kearny 70, Julian 48--Kearny (9-2) had two players reach 20 points--Melissa Krause (27) and Michele Haines (21). Krause also had 16 rebounds and Teenya Jasper pulled down 17.
West Hills 37, Capistrano Valley Christian 17--Erin Parver and Trisha Montgomery each had 12 points in a rout for the Wolf Pack.
University City 67, Castle Park 42--Delores Odom led all scorers in a losing cause with 18 points. Jenny Gross had 17 and Shanda Edwards 15 for University City.
El Cajon Valley 86, Madison 25--Heather Holm, an all-county selection last year, scored 39 points in the Braves' first-round rout.