Josiah Turner is taking a liking to Los Angeles
Josiah Turner, a junior guard from Sacramento, is starting to like Los Angeles. He attended UCLA’s game at Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, and he experienced exhilaration on Monday with a career-high 48-point performance in the Oaks Christian tournament that culminated with a game-winning three-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer to beat Pasadena, 71-70.
“It was fun,” Turner said.
UCLA Coach Ben Howland was sitting at the top of the bleachers watching Turner’s show. He’s recruiting the 6-foot-3 Turner, who has the athleticism and firepower to play at the collegiate level.
The dramatic ending in a quarterfinal game was helped by a strange timeout from Pasadena (6-4). The Bulldogs scored the go-ahead basket on a layup by Tyler Barber with six seconds left to lead, 70-68. Sacramento had no timeouts left, but the Bulldogs called timeout with 3.6 seconds left.
That enabled the Dragons to set up a final play. They in-bounded the ball in the backcourt, got the ball to Turner, who pulled up for the game-winning shot.
“I was surprised,” he said of the timeout. “That helped us win the game.”
Turner, who came in averaging 28 points, originally committed to Arizona State but has since opened up his recruiting. He said UCLA is near the top of his list.
“I liked the way they got up and down,” he said of Sunday’s UCLA-Delaware State game.
It was a tough loss for Pasadena because the Bulldogs overcame a double-digit deficit and had five players reach double figures in scoring, led by Barber and Chris Bridges with 15 points each.
Sacramento will play Los Angeles Loyola in a semifinal game Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.
Trailing, 65-57, with 3:22 left, unbeaten Loyola went on a 10-0 run to defeat Oaks Christian, 67-65.
The Cubs (9-0), ranked No. 4 by The Times, forced three straight turnovers in the final 90 seconds and survived a three-point attempt at the buzzer by Chass Bryan.
Miles Cartwright scored 27 points for Loyola and Joe Stein had 16.
Jono Wening had 16 points for Oaks Christian (7-3), all in the second half.
Tony Wroblicky’s basket with 39 seconds left gave Loyola a 66-65 lead.