Barstow 64, La Canada 61--Alvin Yarber’s basket with 24 seconds remaining gave Barstow (25-3) a 62-61 lead and the Aztecs held on in a Division III-AA semifinal at Blair High.
Matt Moore, who scored a game-high 27 points for La Canada, fouled out trying to block Yarber’s shot.
Yarber missed the ensuing free throw, but Barstow’s Chris Mann pulled down the rebound and put it back for a 64-61 lead. Mann finished with 19 points.
La Canada (24-6) had an opportunity to tie the score, but Brian Hudes missed a desperation three-point attempt with two seconds left.
Tim Chung’s free throws with 3:05 left had given La Canada a 59-48 lead, but Barstow answered with a 12-0 run to go up, 60-59.
Moore’s bank shot with 46 seconds left allowed La Canada to reclaim a 61-60 lead, but he twice missed front ends of one-and-one free-throw situations in the final minute.