Poly Beats Dominguez, 64-62
Long Beach Poly was without two starters when it took the court Saturday night against Compton Dominguez, a team that had defeated the Jackrabbits by 37 points four weeks earlier and was returning one of its most heralded players.
But none of that seemed to faze Poly, ranked No. 13 by The Times. The Jackrabbits got 22 points from Chris Fields and 18 from Marcus Lewis in a 64-62 victory over the Dons in the California Hoops Challenge at Cal State Dominguez Hills.
Lewis, a 6-8 forward who has signed with Portland, also had two blocked shots in the final minutes and made one of two free throws with 39 seconds remaining to give Poly a 62-57 lead. Michael Boyd of Dominguez made a three-point basket at the buzzer to cut the final margin to two points.
The Dons started 6-8 swingman LaMar Roberson, a transfer from Baton Rouge, La.. who was cleared to play by the Southern Section after previously being declared ineligible. He scored five points.
In other tournament games:
Fairfax 58, Oceanside El Camino 51 -- Trailing, 46-45, with 4:45 left, Fairfax (11-2), The Times’ No. 2 ranked team, went on an 11-2 run to beat the Wildcats (14-2). Josh Shipp of Fairfax finished with 19 points and Justin Armstrong had 23 points to lead El Camino.
Compton Centennial 75, L.A. Crenshaw 53 -- Arron Afflalo and Chris Berry combined to knock off Crenshaw.
Afflalo scored 16 of his game-high 27 points in the third quarter as the No. 5 Apaches outscored No. 7 Crenshaw, 31-21, to take a 60-38 lead.
Afflalo, a UCLA-bound guard, made four of his six three-pointers in the third quarter, after going scoreless until 1:14 remained in the first half.
Berry, a 6-6 senior forward, scored 15 of his 25 points in the first half. Berry finished with 14 rebounds, nine on offense.
Torrance Bishop Montgomery 62, Fresno Washington Union 57 -- Bishop Montgomery outscored Washington Union, 20-11, in the third quarter to take a three-point lead.
Nathaniel Clark then opened the fourth quarter with a three-point basket to give No. 21 Bishop Montgomery a 52-46 lead and Fresno Washington never got any closer than five.
Austron Autry scored 14 of his team-high 17 points in the first quarter, when Bishop Montgomer fell behind, 26-19.
Reseda Cleveland 75, L.A. Price 68 -- Cleveland’s Nick Young made a three-pointer to send the game into overtime, where the Cavaliers outscored Price, 14-7.
Young scored 25 points to lead No. 12 Cleveland. Schuyler McKay had 24 for Price.
-- Dan Arritt
A girls’ game that initially looked like a rout turned into a nail-biter for sixth-ranked Brea Olinda (10-5), which held off a second-half rally by fourth-ranked San Clemente (10-3) as two UCLA-bound players took turns in the spotlight.
In the end, it came down to Brea Olinda’s 5-10 Lauren Pedersen out-wrestling San Clemente’s 6-3 Lindsey Pluimer for a rebound and then making two free throws with 2.6 seconds left to secure a 42-39 victory for the Ladycats in a nonleague game at Brea Olinda.
Pedersen scored her final points -- her only ones of the second half -- with Brea Olinda clinging to a 40-39 edge. She finished with 15 points.
Pluimer finished with 20 points and seven rebounds, and was the anchor in San Clemente’s comeback bid.
Brea Olinda had a 34-17 lead in the opening minutes of the third quarter when San Clemente went on an 18-4 run to close the gap to 38-35.
Pedersen assisted on a basket by Natalie Thune for some breathing room, but Pluimer and Lauren Redfield scored on drives for San Clemente to cut the Ladycats’ edge to 40-39 with 1:07 left.
Twice Brea Olinda missed shots to put the game away in the final 30 seconds, and San Clemente had a last opportunity to steal victory with 18 seconds left. Kiley Jones missed from 15 feet, and then Pedersen got her big rebound and final free throws.
-- Martin Henderson