High School Roundup: Rakestraw leads Sailors to big playoff win

RIVERSIDE — The Newport Harbor High boys' basketball team went to its big man to earn its first playoff win since the 2006-07 season.

Kevin Rakestraw, the Sailors' 7-foot senior center, had 35 points, 26 rebounds and seven blocks to lead Newport Harbor to a 66-62 win at Patriot of Riverside in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2A playoffs Friday night.

Rakestraw, who is bound for Stanford to play volleyball, had season-highs for points and rebounds against Patriot (16-12), which used a zone defense to try to stop the Sailors (14-13).

Brian Robbs added 10 points and eight rebounds for Newport Harbor, which will play host to top-seeded Westlake of Westlake Village Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Westlake (24-4) beat La Habra, 88-44, in the first round Friday.

"They were fired up," Newport Harbor Coach Bob Torribio said of his players' reaction after the win. "We rode the big fella. [Patriot] played a zone. When you have a seven-footer [like Rakestraw], that can break down the zone. They didn't do a good job of blocking him out. Sometimes the numbers don't tell the story of a game, but his numbers did end up doing that. Our guards were shooting fairly well, but he was over there giving us second chances off missed shots. He played his tail off tonight."



Sage Hill 3, Woodcrest Christian 2

RIVERSIDE — The Lightning used three different goal scorers to earn the first-round victory in the CIF Southern Section Division 6 playoffs Friday.

Milad Rohani, Zach Burns and Gabriel Gamboa scored for Sage Hill (11-7-1). Danny Lee and Nicolai Sadeghi contributed assists.

Gamboa's unassisted goal from about 25 yards out gave the Lightning a 3-1 lead with about 15 minutes left.

"They played with a lot of hear and that's what got us through the game," Sage Hill Coach Luis Turcios said of his team.

Sage Hill plays in the second round on Wednesday against the winner of Animo Leadership-Village Christian.


Los Altos 2, Estancia 0

HACIENDA HEIGHTS — The Eagles saw their season end in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs Friday.

Estancia finishes the season at 10-6-7.



CIF Southern Section Eastern Division

OAK HILLS — Three Newport Harbor wrestlers remain in contention to medal at Oak Hills High.

Junior Andrew Craft (138 pounds), senior Larson Harley (152) and senior Mason Murphy (170) each went 2-1 on Friday. they must win two straight matches Saturday morning to place in the top six.



Second round

Corona del Mar High will play host to No. 3 seed Jurupa Valley Saturday at 6 p.m. in a second-round game of the CIF Southern Section Division 3AA playoffs.

The Sea Kings won at Hawthorne, 56-52, in the first round on Thursday.

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