Los Angeles Loyola edges Santa Monica in OT, 83-82
Trey Mason swished a pair of free throws with five seconds left and Los Angeles Loyola came from behind to slip past host Santa Monica, 83-82, in overtime Friday night in a semifinal game of the Santa Monica tournament.
Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 27 points, including four three-pointers, and Mason added 17 for the Cubs (7-0), who handed Santa Monica its only other loss last week in the finals of the South Bay Classic in Torrance.
“We had confidence because we’ve played them before and we were down 10 points in the fourth quarter the last time,” Mason said. “Once it got to overtime we had the momentum and I had a feeling we were going to win.”
Jordan Mathews led the Vikings (5-2) with 31 points, including five three-pointers, and Trevis Jackson added 17 points, including a three-pointer with three-tenths of a second left to provide the final margin.
After Mathews missed the second of two free throws with 12.2 seconds left, Jackson-Cartwright made a three-pointer at the buzzer to tie it, 73-73, and send the game to overtime.
Loyola will play West Ranch in the championship game Saturday night at Santa Monica High.
West Ranch survived a furious fourth-quarter rally to hold off West Hills Chaminade, 67-65, but only after the Eagles missed two three-pointers in the last six seconds.
Jaron Martin’s three-pointer hit the rim with 5.7 seconds left, but the Wildcats couldn’t control the rebound and Chaminade was awarded the ball underneath the basket.
This time, Griffin Cohen missed a three-pointer from the corner and Max Tinsley was unable to tip in the rebound as the clock expired. Martin finished with 27 points and Cohen added 15 on five three-pointers.
“Our coaches were telling us ‘No three’s and no fouls,’” said Kevin Harris, who led the Wildcats with 19 points. “We didn’t want [Cohen] to take the shot but fortunately it didn’t go in. I think that’s the only three he missed.”
Zac Nuttall had 16 points, Ben Johnson had 13 and Ako Kahune added 12 for the Wildcats.
Chaminade (2-1) opened the second half on a 14-6 run, pulling even at 46-46 on Stanback’s putback dunk with 4:30 left in the third quarter.
West Ranch responded with an 11-1 run to take a 57-47 lead on a fast break layup by Harris with under a minute left in the quarter. Ryan Beddeo’s three-pointer extended the lead to 65-52 early in the fourth quarter.
West Ranch (4-0) had a 10-point lead after eight minutes and led by as many as 17 points in the second quarter before the Eagles closed the half on a 13-6 run.
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