Westlake Rallies to Pin Loss on Saugus : Basketball: Fueled by Aylsworth's 14 points in the fourth quarter, the Warriors overcome a three-point deficit for an 87-77 victory.


Steve Aylsworth scored 22 points and sophomore Joey Cuppari added 21 as Westlake High used a fourth-quarter rally to come from behind to defeat Saugus, 87-77, in a semifinal game of the Westlake tournament Thursday night at Westlake High.

The Warriors will play Marmonte League rival Royal in the final at 8 tonight.

Aylsworth scored 14 of his points in the final quarter, when the Warriors took their first lead.

Westlake (5-2) went ahead for the first time at 72-70 with 3:45 to play on a shot by Cuppari.

The Warriors followed that score with a 10-2 run that gave them an insurmountable 82-72 advantage with 29 seconds to go.

Major Sherard led the way for Saugus (5-4) with 20 points and Kyle Jolly added 19.

Royal 66, Rialto 61--Marques Pena scored 17 points, Nick Flanagan and Ryan Nielsen each added 15, and the Highlanders (9-2) held off Rialto (3-5) in a semifinal game.

Rialto closed a 10-point deficit to 63-61 on a basket by DeWayne Taylor (27 points) with 30 seconds left.

Taylor, however, was called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim with 25 seconds left, and Pena hit both free throws for a 65-61 Royal lead.

Ventura 77, Birmingham 55--Junior guard Christian Gallagher scored 21 of his 23 points on three-point shots and Charles Dixon added 22 to lead the Cougars (2-4) in a consolation semifinal game.

For Birmingham (4-4), Ellis Richardson scored 16 points and John Price had 10.

Cleveland 57, San Marcos 55--Junior Brignac, who finished with 18 points, sank three free throws in the final 43 seconds to lift Cleveland (4-4) to a come-from-behind victory in a consolation semifinal.

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