Alemany and Colony engaged in a basketball thriller on Friday at Damien High in the semifinals of the Gold Division. It went to four overtimes before Jonathan Daniels made a three-point shot at the buzzer to give Alemany an 88-87 victory.
Sedrick Altman scored 38 points for Colony before fouling out. Daniels had 23 points. Brandon Whitney finished with 25 points and 10 assists. Chigozie Achara had 17 points and 20 rebounds. Alemany will play Valencia in the Gold Division final on Saturday.
Valencia 75, Santa Monica 56: Jake Hlywiak had 18 points for the Vikings.
Daniel O’Neil, a senior guard for Grant, set a school record on Thursday by making 11 threes in the Lancers’ 83-42 win over Palmdale in the Hart tournament. He finished with 44 points. Grant improved to 9-2.
At Myrtle Beach, S.C., Westchester defeated North Mecklenburg 54-44. Jordan Brinson scored 14 points and Kaelen Allen 13.
Santa Ana Mater Dei 76, Wa. Roosevelt 46: Ryan Evans led the Monarchs with 19 points.
For three quarters on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Classic at Damien, Santa Margarita was within two points of No. 2-ranked Rancho Christian and hanging tough behind 6-foot-11 Shengzhe Li, guard Kendall McHugh and forward Jake Kyman.
The only problem, though, was that Rancho Christian’s Mobley brothers, Evan and Isaiah, were beginning to grind away and start to wear down the Eagles. And sure enough, Rancho Christian pulled away for a 63-51 victory and will play Chino Hills in Friday’s 7 p.m. semifinals.
Evan finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. His defensive presence inside in the fourth quarter left Santa Margarita with few options. Isaiah contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds. Dominick Harris, in his second game, added 12 points. Kyman led Santa Margarita with 21 points and McHugh had 16 points. The Eagles were without Max Agbonkpolo, who is recovering from an illness.
Fairfax (11-0) added a new scoring threat Wednesday when Culver City transfer Keith Dinwiddie made his season debut for the Lions, scoring 16 points in a 64-53 win over Rancho Verde in an opening game of the Damien Classic.
Ethan Anderson added 14 points. Coach Steve Baik likes what he sees from Dinwiddie.
“He was really solid,” Baik said. “He adds a real element of scoring and makes it easier for other guys because of the attention he draws. He’s one of the best shooters.”
The 16-team Platinum Division is the top division. Action begins at 10:30 a.m. No. 2 Rancho Christian takes on Birmingham at 1 p.m. The battle among the schools named Notre Dame, matching Sherman Oaks Notre Dame against Riverside Notre Dame, takes place at 2:30 p.m. Santa Margarita takes on Etiwanda at 4 p.m. in what could be the best opening game.
The sit-out period is over for transfer students who had to sit out the first month of the high school basketball season, and several teams are about to get big boosts this week, including the No. 1, 2 and 3 teams.
Isaiah Johnson, a 6-foot-6 junior, will make his debut for Bishop Montgomery. He was the Division 3-AA player of the year last season at Crean Lutheran.
No. 1 Sierra Canyon adds 7-foot-2 sophomore Yu Jia-Hao from China.
Chatsworth Sierra Canyon’s 12-game winning streak came to an end in Hawaii on Saturday night. The Trailblazers were beaten by Florida’s Monteverde Academy 57-49.
Cassius Stanley had 18 points and KJ Martin and Scotty Pippen Jr. added 13 points apiece. Sierra Canyon is 12-1.
Santa Ana Mater Dei 77, Cathedral Catholic 60: Devin Askew scored 22 points to help lead the Monarchs. Ryan Evans added 15 points, and Aidan Prukop and Harrison Hornery had 13 apiece. Mater Dei is 11-1.
No. 2-ranked Cathedral and No. 3-ranked Servite, two of the top boys’ soccer teams in the Southern Section, went scoreless through regulation in the championship match of the Lotto Sport Showcase at San Clemente on Saturday night.
Then Jesus Rios scored golden goal in overtime to give Cathedral a 1-0 victory.
The two teams won’t have much time to celebrate or feel disappointment. They play again Friday in a nonleague game.