State Playoffs


All games at Arco Arena (Sacramento)

Friday, March 19

DIVISION IV: Verbum Dei (21-9) vs. Alameda St. Joseph Notre Dame (28-6), 4 p.m.

DIVISION II: Dominguez (30-5) vs. Hayward (31-1), 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 20

DIVISION V: Price (24-7) vs. Modesto Christian (27-6), 11:15 a.m.

DIVISION III: Compton Centennial (31-3) vs. Oakland Bishop O'Dowd (26-6), 2:45 p.m.

DIVISION I: Fairfax (26-5) vs. Concord De La Salle (30-2), 8 p.m.


Saturday, March 13



Fairfax 75, Etiwanda 68 (OT)
Josh Shipp scored 33 points, a record for a Southern California Regional championship game, and the Los Angeles Fairfax boys' basketball team advanced to it first state championship game in school history with a 75-68 overtime victory Saturday over Etiwanda.

Shipp scored nine of his team's 14 points in overtime to lift the Lions in the Division I final at the L.A. Sports Arena.

``He's such an incredible competitor,'' Fairfax Coach Harvey Kitani said of Shipp, a UCLA-bound guard. ``We're still suffering [from the loss to Taft] and this makes it a little better. The kids have shown so much resiliance.''

Etiwanda (31-3) held a 13-point lead late in the third quarter, fell behind by five late in the fourth and then tied the score on Darren Collison's three-point basket with four seconds remaining in regulation.

But Shipp, who broke a 16-year-old record for scoring and a 19-year-old record for field goals made (14), scored on a slam dunk off the tip in overtime, knocked down a turnaround jumper and then sank a running jumper to give the Lions a 68-61 lead.

The Lions (26-5) also got key play off the bench from freshman Chace Stanback and sophomore Jerren Shipp. Stanback scored eight points in the second half,including a three-pointer in at the start of the fourth quarter that gave Fairfax a 50-47 lead, its first since early in the third quarter. Jerren Shipp then followed with consecutive three-point baskets to give the Lions a 58-53 lead with 4:25 remaining in the game.

Collison, who was held to a season-low two points in a loss to Long Beach Poly in the Southern Section Division I-AA title game last week, scored 27 to lead the Eagles.

The Lions can also give some credit to the City Section and Etiwanda for their first trip to the state final. Fairfax couldn't get past Westchester the last three seasons, but the City Section banned the two-time defending Division I state champions from the postseason for an alleged recruiting violation.

They also couldn't beat Woodland Hills Taft in the City championship game last week, but Etiwanda knocked the Toreadors out of the playoffs in the a regional semifinal.
--Dan Arritt

Etiwanda 14 12 21 14 7--68
Faifax 13 14 17 17 14--75

ETIWANDA--Collison 27 (5 assists and 5 Steals), Smits 6, Carter 11, Rougeau 4, Houtz 1, McClure 4 (10 rebounds), Pendergraph 11 (4 assists), Spaniol 4

FAIRFAX--Jo. Shipp 33 (4 assists), Bell 1, Stanback 8, Clay 3, Farlough 12, Je. Shipp 8, Boykin 12 (15 rebounds, 6 steals and 3 blocks)


Dominguez 58, Sunny Hills 37
The fast lane was no place for Fullerton Sunny Hills on Saturday night.

In their usual style, the Lancers tried to put the brakes on speedy Compton Dominguez in the Southern California Regional Division II final, but were quickly overrun by the Dons and lost, 58-37, at the Sports Arena.

Dominguez (30-5) forced 24 turnovers, turning them into 30 points, while commiting only eight. The Dons also used their quickness to the glass to grab 17 offensive rebounds, turning them into 16 second-chance points. Sunny Hills, by contrast, did not score on any of its three offensive rebounds.

``They're obviously a very athletic group, so they were hard to keep off the offensive glass,'' said Sunny Hills Coach Randy Wellen, whose team had allowed more than 50 points only once in the previous 22 games. ``They were just shooting the gaps. If you didn't find your guy when the ball went up, you were in trouble.''

Dominguez also had a significant edge on the bench. The Lancers (21-14) had been playing as few as six players in postseason games, but with the Dons featuring an eight-to-10-man rotation, Wellen had to go deeper than normal.

``The fatigue factor got to us as well,'' Wellen said.

Dominguez, which won its seventh regional title to move into a tie with Santa Ana Mater Dei on the all-time list, advanced to play Hayward in the Division II final Friday night in Sacramento. The Dons will be trying for their sixth state title since 1996.

``It has been a long time coming but we're finally where we want to be,'' said Dominguez Coach Russell Otis, who is 6-1 in regional finals.

Bryan Harvey led the Dons with 17 points and seven rebounds. LaMar Roberson was the only other Dominguez player to score in double digits, contributing 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks.

``We have so many weapons,'' Harvey said.

Sunny Hills, which won the program's first Southern Section title last week, made the first two minutes of the game interesting. The Lancers made four of their first five shots to take a 9-4 lead, but Dominguez scored the final 11 points of the quarter. The Dons then forced eight turnovers in the second quarter, outscoring the Lancers, 15-8, to take a 13-point lead into the half.

Steve Schneider had 10 points and nine rebounds to lead Sunny Hills.
--Dan Arritt

Sunny Hills 9 8 6 14 -- 37
Dominguez 15 15 10 18 -- 58

SUNNY HILLS - Kim 9, Camus 5, Schneider 10 (and 9 rebounds), Galligan 2, Noiman 2, Gonzalez 6, Wheeler 3.

DOMINGUEZ - Murdock 4, Wright 7, Malone 5, Lloyd 3, Harvey 17 (and 7 rebounds), Boyd 6, Roberson 10, Shelton 2, Tolbert 4.


Compton Centennial 59, Santa Margarita 51
As the Southern California Regional Division III championship game wore on Saturday afternoon, Compton Centennial decided the only way to defeat Santa Margarita was to bring the Eagles down to its level.

The Apaches forced Santa Margarita's 6-foot-11 center, Todd Follmer, out of the game with foul trouble early in the third quarter, then took advantage and rallied for a 59-51 victory at the Sports Arena. Centennial advanced to the Division III state final for the second time in three years, where it will play Oakland Bishop O'Dowd on Saturday in Sacramento.

For most of the first half Saturday, it didn't appear the Apaches had the inside presence to make a return.

``We were concerned with their size,'' Centennial Coach Rod Palmer said of Santa Margarita, which also features 6-8 sophomore forward James Keefe.

Follmer, Keefe and senior guard Tyler Smith helped the Eagles to a 25-23 lead at the half, combining for 23 points and 13 rebounds. But Follmer picked up his third foul on the first possession of the third quarter, then received his fourth three minutes later on a three-point play by Chris Berry that tied the score, 28-28.

``I was just in the middle trying to defend,'' Follmer said. ``The only way I could have avoided [contact] was to jump out of the way.''

With Follmer on the bench until early in the fourth quarter, the Apaches went on a 17-8 run. Centennial extended its lead to 51-37 after Follmer fouled out with 4 minutes 5 seconds remaining.

``Once [Follmer] got his fourth, I drew up something for Berry to try and foul him out,'' Palmer said. ``I told Chris, `Just draw a foul, I don't care about a basket.' That turned the tables.''

Centennial (31-3) received another strong performace from sophomore guard Tyre Thompson, who again picked up the slack for Arron Afflalo, a UCLA-bound guard who was playing his first high school game in front of Bruin Coach Ben Howland.

A week ago in a 74-63 loss to North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake in the Southern Section Division III-A final at the Pond, Thompson scored a career-high 35 points, making five of seven three-point attempts. He made five of seven three-pointers again Saturday, scoring a team-high 20 points.

Afflalo, meanwhile, made just four of 19 shots, including three of 14 beyond the three-point stripe, finishing with 13 points and six assists. In the section final against Harvard-Westlake, he made only four of 14 shots, inclucing three of 13 three-point attempts, scoring 15.

Still, Afflalo looked much more pleased after his latest effort.

``It's a big change in one week's time,'' he said.

Smith scored 22 points to lead Santa Margarita, including eight in the final minute to cut the Centennial's lead to 56-51 with 45 seconds remaining.
--Dan Arritt

Centennial 15 8 18 18 -- 59
Santa Margarita 17 8 11 15 -- 51

CENTENNIAL - Nichols 3, Johnson 6, Afflalo 13 (and 6 assists), Berry 12, Woodard 2, Thompson 20, Andrews 3.

SANTA MARGARITA - Smith 22, Donahue 5, Matthews 2, Keefe 14 (and 12 rebounds), Follmer 8.


Verbum Dei 56, Santa Maria St. Joseph 55
Even without Amir Johnson, who transferred to Westchester, Verbum Dei is heading to the Division IV state championship game.

Senior guard Mike Pagan hit a running jumper with two seconds left to give the Eagles their first regional title since 1999. Pagan led Verbum Dei with 16 points and five assists in its 56-55 victory over Santa Maria St. Joseph at Cal State Fullerton.

Verbum Dei will play Alameda St. Joseph Notre Dame, a 61-35 winner over Valley Christian.

The Eagles (22-9) trailed for most of the game, but made 11 of 22 shots in the second half to stay within striking distance.

Senior guard Stewart Kussler led St. Joseph (29-4) with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
--Elia Powers

Verbum Dei 11 14 16 15 -- 56
St. Joseph 14 14 17 10 -- 55

VERBUM DEI--Pagan 16 (5 assists), Shaw 11, Malone 4, Anderson 2, Grissom 5 (7 rebounds), Nolden 9, Fuller 9.

ST. JOSEPH--Merlo 5, Tilley 7, Adlesh 12 (4 assists), Schmalbach 7, Kussler 18 (10 rebounds), McConkey 6.

Records: Verbum Dei 21-8; St. Joseph 29-4.


Price 71, San Luis Obispo Mission Prep 61
For 30 minutes, the Knights' dynasty appeared to be in danger, but in the final two minutes, they showed why they have won five consecutive regional titles.

Price (24-7) outscored Mission Prep, 17-9, in the fourth quarter Saturday to capture the Division V championship at Cal State Fullerton.

Senior guard Schuyler McKay led Price, the four-time reigning state Division V champion, with 22 points and 14 rebounds. He hit 10 of 13 free throws in the game, most of those coming in the fourth quarter. Price faces Modesto Christian next weekend in the state final.

Mission Prep (21-12), which was playing in its first regional final, made eight of 29 shots in the second half after making 11 of 19 in the first half. Senior forward Bass Yessoufou scored a game-high 25 points and had 14 rebounds for the Royals.
--Elia Powers

Mission Prep 14 23 15 9 -- 61
Price 18 19 17 17 -- 71

MISSION PREP--Wood 3, Yanez 8, Yessoufou 25 (14 rebounds), Rohr-Robinson 13, Weyrich 2, Carmichael 4, Callahan 6.

PRICE--McDonald 8 (5 assists), Morrison 13, McKay 22 (14 rebounds), Palmer 9, Henry-Ala 17, Sutton 2.

Records: Mission Prep 21-12; Price 24-7.


Division I
Concord De La Salle 67, Sacramento Sheldon 48

Division II
Hayward 70, Sacramento Valley 57

Division III
Oakland Bishop O'Dowd 48, San Francisco St. Ignatius 26

Division IV
Alameda St. Joseph Notre Dame 61, San Jose Valley Christian 35

Division V
Modesto Christian 58, Ross Branson 47


Thursday, March 11



Etiwanda 57, Taft 54
Down by 10 points with 2 ½ minutes left, City Section champion Woodland Hills Taft rallied to take a one-point lead, but Etiwanda's Darren Collison scored on a layup with three seconds left to provide the decisive points in a Eagles victory at Pierce College.

Etiwanda (31-2) survived the second consecutive 38-point playoff performance by Taft's Jordan Farmar, who scored 27 of his team's 29 second-half points. Farmar scored 20 points in the fourth quarter alone, leading a frantic rally that culminated in an 11-0 Taft surge. Farmar's two free throws with eight seconds left gave Taft a 54-53 lead.

Then Collison, a junior point guard, dribbled the length of the court to score the go-ahead basket. Taft (28-3) called timeout with one second left, but an attempted inbound pass struck a wire on the ceiling, giving the ball to Etiwanda. David Carter made two free throws with less than a second left for the final points.

"I did everything I could," said the UCLA-bound Farmar, who made 13 of 14 free throws and contributed two three-point baskets in the fourth quarter.

Said Etiwanda Coach Dave Kleckner: "We were trying to double team and stop Farmar the whole game. He's just that good. Those three-point shots he hit with a hand in his face were tremendous offensive plays."

Etiwanda's offensive balance was critical to its victory. Center Jeff Pendergraph scored 15 points, Collison had 12 and Daniel Houtz and Joey Smits each contributed a pair of three-point baskets.

The Eagles, who lost to Long Beach Poly in the Southern Section Division I-AA final, will play City runner-up Los Angeles Fairfax Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Sports Arena for the right to play in next weekend's state final in Sacramento.
--Eric Sondheimer

Fairfax 55, Oceanside El Camino 52
Josh Shipp had 20 points and four assists and Jamaal Boykin added 17 points and eight rebounds to lead visiting fifth-seeded L.A. Fairfax over top-seeded Oceanside El Camino for the second time this season, snapping the Wildcats' 18-game winning streak.

Neither team could manage to build a decisive lead in the first half, and the Lions (25-5) held onto a narrow 26-25 at halftime. But El Camino's Gyno Pomare scored seven points in the third to highlight 19-point third quarter that gave the Wildcats (31-3) a six-point lead heading into the final quarter.

The Lions clawed their way back in as Chase Stanback scored five points in the quarter. With the game tied in the final minute, sophomore Jerron Shipp sank a three-pointer and Stanback hit another basket to put the game away.

Fairfax, which outscored El Camino, 17-8, in the fourth quarter, defeated the Wildcats, 58-51, on Jan. 10 at the California Hoops Challenge.
--Ben Dimapindan


Dominguez 75, Villa Park 59
Bryan Harvey had 16 points and 12 rebounds and LaMar Roberson had 15 points, seven rebounds, five steals and four blocks for top-seeded Dominguez. The Dons (29-5) pulled away in the third quarter by outscoring the visiting Spartans, 23-8, to take a 59-42 lead. Roderick Harmon scored 15 points to lead Villa Park (24-10) and James Cawthorne had 11.

Sunny Hills 52, Escondido 49
With under 10 seconds remaining and Sunny Hills holding a two-point lead, second-seeded Escondido put six players on the court and received a technical foul. James Kim made the ensuing free throw for third-seeded Sunny Hills (21-13) to secure the victory. Kim finished with 15 points and five assists, Steve Schneider added 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists and Mickey Gonzalez had 15 points, five rebounds and three blocks. Lorenzo Keeler scored 21 for second-seeded Escondido (24-9).


Compton Centennial 57, Harvard-Westlake 45
Arron Afflalo, who has signed with UCLA, scored a game-high 25 points to help the visiting Apaches end a three-game playoff losing streak to second-seeded Harvard-Westlake.

Centennial (30-3) had lost to Harvard-Westlake (23-8) in the Southern Section Division III-A championship game at The Arrowhead Pond on Saturday and in the III-A title game and semifinals of the Southern California regional last year. But the third-seeded Apaches used a 16-0 run to take a 27-6 lead with 3:51 left in the first half and withstood a Harvard-Westlake rally in the fourth quarter to advance to the regional final against top-seeded Santa Margarita at the Sports Arena on Saturday.

Harvard-Westlake made only 11 of 43 shots in the first three quarters of play, but hit six of its first seven shots in the fourth quarter to cut its deficit to 46-40 with 2:47 left. But Christopher Berry scored on a post move to give Centennial a 48-40 lead with 2:11 remaining and the Apaches scored the next five points of the game on free throws.

Bryce Taylor of Harvard-Westlake, who has signed with Oregon, made only six of 20 shots while scoring 15 points. He fouled out with 49 seconds left.
--John Ortega

Santa Margarita 65, Fresno Washington Union 45
Tyler Smith scored 19 points and James Keefe had 15 rebounds for host and top-seeded Santa Margarita (29-3). Fresno Washington Union finished 22-6.


Verbum Dei 55, San Joaquin Memorial 53
Lowell Grisham, a 6-8 senior forward, put back Mike Pagan's missed jumper at the buzzer to give Verbum Dei (20-9) the victory. Grisham finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds and 6-8 sophomore forward Matt Shaw had 11 points and 14 rebounds. Pagan was held to seven points, nearly 10 below his average. Junior guard Joe Malone provided a spark for Verbum Dei by holding San Joaquin Memorial's leading scorer, Quincy Pondexter, to 14 points, nearly 10 below his average. Pondexter did hit a three-pointer with 12 seconds left to tie the score, 53-53.

Santa Maria St. Joseph 64, San Diego Horizon 60
Stewart Kussler scored 29 points to lead host Santa Maria St. Joseph (29-3), the top seed in Division IV. San Diego Horizon finished 19-12.


Price 74, Solana Beach Santa Fe Christian 59
Terron Sutton had 14 points and 13 rebounds and Sam McDonald had 17 to lead host Price (23-7). Nick Corso hit eight three-pointers and scored 25 points for Solana Beach Santa Fe Christian (24-9).

San Luis Obispo Mission Prep 71, Rolling Hills Prep 58
Michael Rohr-Robinson scored 20 points and Garrett Wood added 18 to lead host San Luis Obispo Mission Prep (21-11), the second-seeded team in Division V. Cameron Edison scored 17 points to lead third-seeded Rolling Hills Prep (19-8).




Concord De La Salle 46, Sacramento Kennedy 45
Sacramento Sheldon 66, Newark Memorial 58


Hayward 63, San Jose Mitty 47
Sacramento Valley 69, San Mateo Serra 59


Oakland Bishop O'Dowd 63, Antelope Center 45
San Francisco St. Ignatius 60, Sacramento Foothill 49


San Jose Valley Christian 57, Richmond Salesian 51
Alameda St. Joseph Notre Dame 51, Colfax 43


Modesto Christian 78, Atherton Sacred Heart Prep 66
Ross Branson 52, East Palo Alto Eastside Prep 33

Tuesday, March 9



Fairfax 75, Long Beach Poly 57
Josh Shipp had 30 points and Jamal Boykin added 24, including 12 in the third quarter when the Lions (24-5) took control by outscoring Poly, 22-13, to take a 57-41 lead.

Seniors Marcus Lewis (6-8), Chris Fields (6-6) and Curtis Allen (6-4) combined for 37 points, nearly 10 below their season averages, and each struggled at times in the game for Poly (28-4). Combined with the starting backcourt being held scoreless in the game, the Jackrabbits faltered at game's end. Lewis had 13 and Fields and Allen had 12 each.

Poly made 20 of 53 shots (38.5%) and Fairfax made 26 of 51 (50.9%). In the third quarter, the Lions made nine of 14 shots as Poly made four of 11 attempts.
--Dan Arritt

Taft 83, Mission Viejo 68
Jordan Farmar scored 36 points, including 13 consecutive in the third quarter, to help the City champion Toreadors (28-2) advance to the Southern Regional semifinals.

Farmar, having a remarkable third quarter, scored 15 of Taft's 19 points and assisted on the other two baskets.

Mission Viejo (26-6), the Southern Section Division I-A champion, closed to within four points, 45-41, early in the third quarter on a three-point play by Jed Collins, who finished with 22 points.

Then it was the Farmar show.

"When we started to get into a slump, Jordan took over," Taft Coach Derrick Taylor said.

Calvin Haynes added 15 points for Taft, which will play Clovis West/Etiwanda winner Thursday at Taft.
--Eric Sondheimer

Oceanside El Camino 78, Marina 61
Etiwanda 58, Fresno Clovis West 55


Escondido 83, Inglewood 71
Lorenzo Keeler had 39 points and six rebounds for host and No. 2-seeded Escondido (24-8), which will host Sunny Hills Thursday. Jonathan Joshua had 17 points for Inglewood (21-12).

Sunny Hills 52, Fresno Hoover 42
Steve Schneider had 20 points and 13 rebounds as third-seeded Sunny Hills (20-13) held off a late rally. Hoover cut the lead to five in the fourth quarter, but the Lancers responded, outscoring the Patriots, 12-8. Bryan Galligan had nine points and five rebounds and Mickey Gonzalez added eight points, five rebounds and six assists for Sunny Hills, which led, 27-20, at the half. Hoover finished 24-9.

Villa Park 58, Reedley 42
Dominguez 78, San Diego Hoover 41


Compton Centennial 78, Spring Valley Steele Canyon 72
Aaron Afflalo had 28 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and three steals to lead visiting Compton Centennial (29-3), which led the entire game. The third-seeded Apaches took a commanding 42-26 lead at halftime, but an injury to point guard Jesse Woodard (back) and third-quarter foul trouble allowed Steele Canyon to get within four points early in the fourth period. But Jonathan Malloy stepped up for Centennial, scoring four points and grabbing four rebounds in a three minute span to put the game away.

Santa Margarita 92, University of San Diego 62
Tyler Smith scored 30 points, shooting nine of 10 on two-point attempts, Kyle Donahue had 20 points and 14 assists and sophomore Jame Keefe added 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead top-seeded Santa Margarita (28-3), which dished out a season-high 32 assists. The Eagle scored 32 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Minnesota-bound Enrico Tucker scored 37 points for University of San Diego (26-6).

Harvard-Westlake 88, Hanford 59
Fresno Washington Union 96, Calabasas 75


Fresno San Joaquin Memorial 80, St. Bernard 68
Quincy Poindexter had 28 points and Brook Lopez had 21 points to lead Fresno San Joaquin Memorial (22-9) over visiting St. Bernard. Winsor Williams of St. Bernard (20-12) had 26 points and Nonso Nibo added 23 points.

Santa Maria St. Joseph 90, Caruthers 50
Ryan Adlesh had 21 points and seven assists and Andrew Schmalbach added 19 points for Santa Maria St. Joseph (28-3), which jumped out to a 35-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Verbum Dei 66, La Jolla Bishop's 28
Matt Shaw had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Mike Pagan added nine points and eight assists to lead host Verbum Dei (19-9). Brandon Anderson scored 12, hitting three three-pointers, and Lowell Grissom tallied 11 points and 15 rebounds for Verbum Dei. Bishop's finished 19-10.

San Diego Horizon 49, Flintridge Prep 47


Price 98, Bakersfield Christian 60
Frank Henry-Ala had 21 points, Sam McDonald and Schuyler McKay each had 19 points to lead host No. 1-seeded Price (22-7) over Bakersfield Christian (21-8).

Rolling Hills Prep 69, Vista Tri-City Christian 61
Jason Daley had 27 points to lead host and No. 3-seeded Rolling Hills Prep (19-7).

San Luis Obispo Mission Prep 76, Antelope Valley Christian 47
Garrett Wood had 19 points for host and No. 2-seeded Mission Prep (20-11). Jeremiah Nurse had 17 points for Antelope Valley Christian (21-8).

Solana Beach Santa Fe Christian 82, Granada Hills Hillcrest Christian 67




Concord De La Salle 52, Oakland McClymonds 40
Sacramento Kennedy 85, San Jose Piedmont Hills 75
Sacramento Sheldon 84, San Jose Bellarmine Prep 75
Newark Memorial 73, Oakland Tech 64


Hayward 71, El Dorado Hills Oak Ridge 63
San Jose Mitty 59, Chico 54
Sacramento Valley 79, Pleasanton Amador Valley 57
San Mateo Serra 77, Chico Pleasant Valley 68


Oakland Bishop O'Dowd 72, Anderson 45
Sacramento Foothill 60, Redding Enterprise 52
Antelope Center 57, Burlingame 52
San Francisco St. Ignatius 51, Walnut Creek Northgate 42


San Jose Valley Christian 79, Lincoln 55
Richmond Salesian 60, Sutter 50
Colfax 55, Watsonville Monte Vista Christian 53
Alameda St. Joseph Notre Dame 72, Colusa 24


Atherton Sacred Heart Prep 66, Quincy 52
East Palo Alto Eastside Prep 60, Redding Liberty Christian 28
Modesto Christian 97, San Francisco Gateway 59
Ross Branson 55, Sacramento Capital Christian 54