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Banks’ Shot at Buzzer Gets Kennedy Past No. 9 Katella

Rickey Crowder drove the lane and passed to Andre Banks who made the game-winning basket at the buzzer, giving host Kennedy a 55-54 upset over ninth-ranked Katella in an Empire League boys’ basketball game Friday.

The Fighting Irish were down by nine entering the final quarter, but Tony Jimmerson helped them rally by scoring 13 of his 15 points. Jimmerson also had 12 rebounds to lead Kennedy (12-10, 3-3).

Robert Abercrombie scored 30 points for Katella (19-3, 4-2).

In another Empire League game:

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Loara 51, Century 46--Herbert Gracia scored 20 points for Loara (17-5, 4-2), which led 30-20 at the half. Mike Zepeda led Century (16-6, 3-3) with 15 points.

In the Express League:

Heritage Christian 66, Whittier Pioneer Baptist 59 (OT)--Down by 10 points in the fourth quarter, junior reserve Josiah Regalado scored eight points, to get Heritage Christian (8-9, 4-2) back in the game. Sophomore Bryan Hancock hit two free throws with 10 seconds left in regulation to tie the score.

In overtime, sophomore Todd Warner made two three-pointers to put the game away for Heritage Christian, which remains tied for second in league with Walnut Southlands. Warner, who finished with six three-pointers, had 31 points and 15 rebounds.

In the Golden West League:

No. 2 Ocean View 64, Saddleback 37--Matt Kiemle was six of seven from the field and had 12 points for host Ocean View.

In the Olympic League:

Whittier Christian 40, Brethren Christian 36--Jon Stoa led visiting Whittier Christian (13-9, 4-2) with 17 points and Josh Streeter added 10. Justin Miller and Kevin Thomas led the Lancers (4-17, 0-6) with 15 and 12 points, respectively. Thomas also grabbed a team-high 18 rebounds and Miller had 10. Point guard Lee Mamaradlo added seven rebounds.

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In the Pacific Coast League:

Laguna Hills 57, Estancia 51--Josh Pearson hit three five-pointers to lead visiting Laguna Hills (4-2 in league) with 26 points.

University 69, Laguna Beach 55--University (12-8, 4-2) led by two after three quarters, then outscored host Laguna Beach, 21-9, in the fourth. Jeff Groendal’s three-pointer with three minutes remaining put the Trojans up by nine.

In the Sea View League:

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No. 1 Santa Margarita 45, Irvine 36--Jake Rohe scored 13 points and Ryan Forehan-Kelly added nine for visiting Santa Margarita, which led, 22-19, at halftime. Chris Ferguson scored a game-high 15 points for Irvine (13-9, 2-4). Santa Margarita improves to 21-0, 6-0.

El Toro 69, Newport Harbor 61--Mark Wulfemeyer led visiting El Toro with 24 points. Jayson Richards added 15 for the Chargers (4-2). Matt Jameson led the Sailors (15-8, 3-3) with 19 points.

Woodbridge 60, Corona del Mar 52--Tied at 38-38 early in the fourth, Scott Barlow and Charles Scott each hit a three-pointer to give Woodbridge (11-11, 2-4) a six-point lead. Clark scored 11 of his 24 points in the final quarter and finished with nine rebounds. In the South Coast League:

Capistrano Valley 66, Mater Dei 57--Mike Stoell scored 23 points and Josh Garrett had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Cougars (15-6, 4-2) at the Bren Center. Mater Dei is 12-7, 3-3.

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Dana Hills 63, San Clemente 60--Tim McKee scored 20 points and Larry Page added 17 for Dana Hills (12-10, 5-1). Joe Tatala scored a team-high 12 points for San Clemente (11-10, 2-4).

Trabuco Hills 64, Mission Viejo 61--Joe Reid led Mission Viejo with 21 points. Francis Ireifej and Jerry Bolton added 14 apiece, with Bolton leading the team in rebounds (14).

In the Sunset League:

Fountain Valley 51, Marina 47--Bryan Moreau blocked a shot with eight seconds left to keep Fountain Valley (12-9, 4-2) ahead. Scott Omae hit two free-throws with five seconds left for the Barons. Omae finished with 10 points.

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