Matt Dunn used to be the basketball coach at Damien, so it’s no surprise he’s comfortable taking St. John Bosco into the Damien gym. But it’s more than the gym leading to success for the Braves.
In its last three games, St. John Bosco (12-2) has knocked off top 25 teams St. Anthony, Fairfax and Windward. That says all you need to know about the Braves. They have advanced to Saturday’s 8:30 p.m. Platinum Division semifinals of the Classic at Damien following a 61-56 win over Windward on Friday night.
Isaiah Holm led the Braves with 18 points. Jaren Harris had 20 points for Windward. St. John Bosco will play Rancho Christian in the semifinals. Rancho Christian defeated Damien 82-59. Dominick Harris scored 19 points.
We are fortunate to have Matt Dunn as our head coach of @BoscoBasketball...he prepares our basketball Braves relentlessly not only for the competition on the court but for life outside of it as well... #SalesianEducator @CoachDunn10 pic.twitter.com/eX0K6adsJY— Bosco's ET® "AMDG" (@edwardtorre) December 28, 2019
Etiwanda advanced to the semifinals with a 70-58 win over Richmond Salesian. Jahmai Mashack finished with 24 points and Camren Pierce 15. Etiwanda will play Sierra Canyon at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Sierra Canyon defeated Birmingham 80-61. Birmingham was tied with Sierra Canyon in the second quarter when it outscored the Trailblazers 27-16 after falling behind 21-7. BJ Boston and Terren Frank had 18 points apiece. David Elliott scored 22 points for Birmingham.
Rolling Hills Prep stayed unbeaten in the Gold division with a 64-60 win over Valencia. JT Tan had 27 points and 22 rebounds. Rolling Hills is 12-0 and will play Washington Prep in the semifinals.
Chaminade (13-2) knocked off Jesuit 78-38. Kenneth Simpson had 21 points and Abe Eagle 17. The Eagles will play Santa Clarita Christian, which defeated Heritage Christian 80-77 in double overtime. Ty Harper scored all 32 of his points in the second half. Kyle Frelow scored 24 points for Heritage Christian.
Fairfax defeated Liberty 74-69. DJ Dudley had 23 points.
Ribet defeated Long Beach Poly 68-62. Tyler Powell had 22 points.
Westchester defeated Bishop O’Dowd 50-47. Ky-mani Pollard scored 16 points and TJ Wainwright 14.
Anderson Amound scored 50 for Leuzinger, but King-Drew won in triple overtime 84-83.
Sun Valley Poly defeated Norco 68-47. Samuel Cabral had 18 points.
Santa Margarita defeated St. Mary’s 55-52. Charlie Henderson had 14 points.
St. Francis defeated Los Osos 49-44. Andre Henry had 22 points.
Harvard-Westlake suffered its first defeat at the Beach Ball Classic, falling to Baltimore Poly 56-46.
Campbell Hall defeated Eisenhower 71-58. Tony Fontana scored 30 points.
Grant defeated Eastside 71-51. Anthony Paratore scored 16 points.
Clark Slajchert scored 27 points in Oak Park’s 60-45 win over Bellevue.
In Northern California, Loyola defeated Monte Vista 56-50. Colby Brooks scored 17 points to send the Cubs into the tournament final.
In a big City Section surprise, Palisades defeated Taft 62-52. Graham Alpson finished with 18 points.
Bryan Mex scored 14 points in Bishop Montgomery’s 56-47 win over Nevada Legacy.
Justin Williams scored 21 points in JSerra’s 67-63 win over St. Augustine.
In Oregon, Mater Dei defeated Central Catholic 70-57. Harrison Hornery had 20 points. Wilhelm Breidenbach finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.