Serra 90, Bell-Jeff 61--Coach Eli Essa and Bell-Jeff tried to slow down a bigger and faster Serra team with a zone defense, but the Cavaliers made six three-point field goals in the first quarter and built a 30-15 lead after eight minutes in a Division IV-A semifinal at Harbor College.
Serra forward Doyle Cole hit four three-point baskets in the first quarter when he scored 12 of his 20 points.
Bell-Jeff’s Ruben Douglas, the region’s leading scorer, had 30 points in his final game.
Serra (23-8) put the game away with a 12-4 run in the last two minutes, 30 seconds of the third quarter, building a 66-46 lead.
Guard Davon Johnson led Serra with 24 points.
Bell-Jeff (10-13) stayed within striking distance in the first half by hitting 74% of its field-goal attempts.
Bell-Jeff shot 53%. Center Mike West scored 19 points and added seven rebounds.