Wildcat recruits advance in playoffs

Second chances are rare in life. One Wildcat recruit is getting a second chance at an elusive title. Several other Wildcats are having impressive playoff runs.

Last year Chase Budinger and La Costa Canyon earned the top seed in the Division I playoffs but fell in the semi finals. This season the Mavericks again earned the top seed but advanced to the finals with an 80-52 win over Bonita Vista.

Chase Budinger scored 41 points in the win making five of La Costa Canton's 12 three pointers.

Although Budinger said that most teams have been motivated to knock off the Arizona-bound forward, it was the Mavericks who came out on fire. They jumped out to a 10-0 lead and led 40-17 at halftime before cruising to the easy win.

La Costa Canyon will ride a 16-game win streak into Saturday's championship game against Eastlake High School.

Fellow San Diegan Jeff Withey had a huge game to advance Horizon High School to the Division IV finals. The big 2008 center prospect had a triple double in Horizon's 70-54 win over Christian High School He scored 14 points, grabbed 20 rebounds and swatted away 10 shots.

Up the road in the Los Angeles area Wildcat recruits had a variety of successes.

Mater Dei did as they were expected and advanced to the II-AA Finals. The top-seeded Monarchs downed Loyola 85-69. Arizona commit Alex Jacobson scored 20 points matching future Duke forward Taylor King. Point guard Kamyron Brown, who announced Arizona and Washington as his co-favorites earlier in the week, scored 13 points and dished out seven points.

They will play Villa Park this weekend. Riley Johnson hit thee foul shots in the final seconds to give the Spartans a 65-64 win over Brandon Jennings and Compton Dominguez.

Jennings actually had a chance to clinch at least a tie, but made only two of three free throws with 13 seconds left.

Jennings finished with 27 points. Villa Park wing Drew Viney scored 17.

Campbell Hall led by Wildcat prospects Justin and Jrue Holiday will face Gardena Sera in the Division IV-A Championship.

Nic Wise continues on his path to another state title. His Kingwood high team downed Bellaire 62-51. Wise scored 13 points, while led all scorers with 29.

Kingwood trailed late in the third quarter but Wise cut the lead to three late in the frame. Kingwood then rattled off a 10-5 run to open the fourth and never looked back.

It was a match-up of Houston Hoops point guards. Bellaire was led by Jai Lucas, a teammate of Wise in AAU action. Lucas pumped in 21 in the losing effort.

Gary Johnson's 32 points led Aldine HS to a 76-72 win over Fort Bend Marshall.

Reports from the Houston Chronicle, LA Times and San Diego Union Tribune were used in this story.

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