Westchester (L.A.) 89, Thousand Oaks 52
Hassan Adams 21 points for Westchester, which led by 73-31 in third quarter.
Clovis West (Fresno) 69, Eisenhower (Rialto) 58
This one was misreported in many places as an Eisenhower win (including here for two days). There was no score on fresnobee or riverside press-enterprise web sites.
Poly (Long Beach) 80, Loyola (L.A.) 58
Cub hoopers should have taken a page from Cub gridders, who usually play Poly tough. Marcedes Lewis scored career-high 30 points and Bobby Jones had 24 for Jackrabbits, who scored first 13 points of the game.
Fairfax (L.A.) 65, Carlsbad 49
Evan Burns didn't play for Fairfax with 14 stitches on his hand. One newspaper said he cut it on a drinking glass. Another said it was on a sliding glass door. Freshman Jamal Boykin stepped up with 13 points for the Lions.
Next: Westchester vs. Clovis West; Poly vs. Fairfax.
Even if Burns plays, the Lions could be in tough against Poly, which has really been impressive in recent weeks. Westchester still favored to win regional title.
NorCal Div. I Scoreboard
Technical (Oakland) 80, Vallejo 61
Apaches got into this game by winning an outbracket matchup, 76-66, over Pleasant Valley of Chico. They ran out of gas in second half against Tech. Leon Powe started slow, but finished strong and had 27 points and 15 rebounds for Tech.
St. Mary's (Berkeley) 74, Oak Grove (San Jose) 58
This game wasn't out of reach for the Eagles until the middle of the fourth quarter.
Oakland 64, Modesto Christian 63
David Paris had a potential game-winning shot in the last seconds roll around the rim and off. Top junior Ayinde Ubaka led the Wildcats with 30 points.
De La Salle (Concord) 57, Lincoln (S.F.) 33
After 76-70 win in section finals, Spartans turned up the screws on defense vs. Lincoln squad that won outbracket game the night before, 57-51, over Serra of San Mateo.
Next: Oakland Tech vs. St. Mary's; De La Salle vs. Oakland
St. Mary's plays up-tempo style that Oakland Tech should like. DLS has to be careful against Oakland finishing on the break, one of the reasons it lost so badly to Oakland Tech in January game.
SoCal Div. II Scoreboard
Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 89, Escondido 70
Harrison Schaen 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Monarchs.
Pasadena 53, Stockdale (Bakersfield) 46
Dino Wilburn hit for 25 for the Bulldogs, who won on the road.
M.L. King (Riverside) 72, Helix (La Mesa) 64
Highlanders had 21-game win streak snapped; Joel Rosborough 29 points for winners.
Redondo (Redondo Beach) 82, Hoover (Fresno) 49
No contest here as Wendell White posted 23 points, 13 rebounds for Seahawks.
Next: Mater Dei vs. Pasadena; M.L. King vs. Redondo.
How come these matchups are taking place in the semis? Aren't section finalists supposed to be in opposite brackets so they don't meet up until the finals? Pasadena should have gone to La Mesa and King should have gone to Bakersfield so semis would have matched up Mater Dei vs. King and Redondo vs. Pasadena.
NorCal Div. II Scoreboard
St. Francis (Mountain View) 69, Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 65
Hakeem Gilliard continues to shine at point guard for the Lancers. Oak Ridge won outbracket game, 73-50, over Chico.
Shasta (Redding) 65, Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 64
John Martin nails a jumper with 4.9 seconds left to win for Shasta. Jake Waters led Wolves with 22 points. Thomas Juillerat had 26 for Amador.
Rio Americano (Sacramento) 50, McAteer (S.F.) 44
Raiders were sluggish during game, giddy afterward when they found out they'd be playing at home again on Saturday.
Fremont (Sunnyvale) 52, Northgate (Walnut Creek) 47
Northgate was No. 2 seed and co-favorite of the bracket with St. Francis. Troy Tulowitzski scored 31 for Fremont. He's also one of the top outfielders in baseball in the state.
Next: St. Francis vs. Shasta; Rio Americano vs. Fremont.
Hard to believe that one of these four will be probably playing Mater Dei for the state title. Could be like several years ago when Shasta played Dominguez, although St. Francis is always dangerous.
SoCal Div. III Scoreboard
Bishop Montgomery (Torrance) 89, Kearny (San Diego) 49
This one was over quickly as Knights led 25-5 in first quarter behind Fred Washington, who finished with 25 points.
Palm Desert 60, St. Augustine (San Diego) 45
Although Palm Desert was a runnerup, this wasn't surprising as San Diego Div. III was very weak this year.
Washington (Easton) 66, Bishop Amat (La Puente) 63
Panthers bounced back from Central Section finals loss to East Bakersfield. Soph guard Dwight O'Neal and senior forward JaVance Coleman both scored 22. John Haywood stood out with 26 for the Lancers.
Centennial (Compton) 63, East Bakersfield 51
Arron Affalo scored 15 for the Apaches and proved there's more than one strong sophomore guard on this team. Gabriel Pruitt is the other and he was in double figures, too.
Next: Bishop Montgomery vs. Palm Desert; Washington vs. Centennial.
Great matchup of young guards in Washington-Centennial game. Winner probably to play two-time defending state champ Bishop Montgomery.
NorCal Div. III Scoreboard
Sacred Heart Cathedral (S.F.) 65, Anderson 48
Irish didn't have to break much of a sweat to get to semis.
Del Norte (Crescent City) 59, Natomas (Sacramento) 57
Just call Del Norte the miracle workers. They didn't have to go to overtime and they didn't rally from 18 points down in the fourth quarter (which is what happened in the last two games), but it did take a layup with six seconds left by Flynt Pierce to win it. Levi Pulley led Del Norte with 18 points.
Riordan (S.F.) 64, Enterprise (Redding) 59
John Tofi led Crusaders with 22 points and 16 rebounds.
Foothill (Sacramento) 68, Piner (Santa Rosa) 62
Chris Walker led the Mustangs with 16 points.
Next: Sacred Heart Cathedral vs. Del Norte; Riordan vs. Foothill.
The expected WCAL rematch and fifth matchup of the year between Sacred Heart Cathedral and Riordan in the NorCal finals still looks like a go, although Riordan will have another tough road game to get through in Sacramento.
SoCal Div. IV Scoreboard
Horizon (San Diego) 58, El Segundo 40
Panthers' defense has been stellar of late and the clamps were on again vs. the Eagles.
Harvard-Westlake (N. Hollywood) 66, Serra (Gardena) 64
Freshman Ed White made a 15-foot shot at the buzzer to win it for Harvard-Westlake. Eugene Jeter (Serra) and Bryce Taylor (HW) both scored 20 points. A 20-2 run by Serra in the third quarter turned it into a nip-and-tuck tangle that went down to the wire. Loss will probably cost Serra a spot in final top 20 state rankings even though it won league over Bishop Montgomery and Bishop Amat.
Verbum Dei (L.A.) 71, S.J. Memorial (Fresno) 69
Didn't we say this bracket was loaded? Another close finish as Eagles hung on when Antonio Lawrence of SJM could not make three free throws in the waning seconds. He was fouled on a three-point shot and only made one of the free throws. Lawrence still finished with 22 points. Richard Chaney led Verb with 29 points and 12 rebounds.
Garces (Bakersfield) 80, Lincoln (San Diego) 65
A 27-7 run to start the game for the Rams was too much for Lincoln. Robert Swift, the big soph, and Zach Ryan both had 21 for Garces. Shaun Davis 23 for Lincoln.
Next: Horizon vs. Harvard-Westlake; Verbum Dei vs. Garces.
Both of these two semis look terrific. The home teams come in as slight favorites.
NorCal Div. IV Scoreboard
Monte Vista Christian (Watsonville) 72, Sutter 50
Michael White had 20 points and 10 rebounds for MVC, which was our choice in the preseason to be the likely NorCal rep in the state finals.
Wheatland 71, Salesian (Richmond) 67
Lawrence Wright tossed in 30 points and blocked five shots for the Pirates, who were one of just two Northern Section boys teams who moved into the semis.
Valley Christian (San Jose) 77, Amador (Sutter Creek) 67
Steve Cotton connected for eight 3-point shots and had 29 points for the Warriors.
Encina (Sacramento) 56, Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 54
Hard to call this an upset since NCS runner-up Salesian lost to Wheatland as well. Stephen Beasley scored 20 to lead Encina.
Next: Monte Vista Christian vs. Wheatland; Valley Christian vs. Encina.
Long road trips for Wheatland and Encina bode well for their being an another all-CCS boys final in the north (Riordan and Sacred Heart Cathedral would be the other).
SoCal Div. V Scoreboard
Price (L.A.) 70, Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach) 56
The Price was right again even though SFC soph Nick Corso had 28 points and eight rebounds.
La Jolla Country Day 52, Ribet Academy 47
Torres made some clutch free throws down the stretch. Hard to imagine they were only a No. 10 seed within their own section.
Immanuel (Reedley) 76, Stoneridge Prep (Tarzana) 47
This Immanuel team has something going. Jacob Wild, a 6-5 junior, scored 25, and Jeff Warkentin, a 6-8 junior, scored 22 vs. Stoneridge. Obviously, the comment arises: if not this year, then watch out for next.
Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 62, Rolling Hills Prep 51
This result was key for another reason. If RHP soph Curtis Allen is the state's best soph, then it sure would be hard to prove from the high school season since he couldn't lead his team to a state title in Div. V. Don't want to knock Curtis because he is a big-time talent, but the leading contender to be State Soph of the Year is now clearly Vallejo's DeMarcus Nelson.
Next: Price vs. La Jolla Country Day; Immanuel vs. Mission Prep.
Immanuel already won at Mission Prep in section finals so playing same team at home could be easier. Price going for third straight state title with another balanced, deep club.
NorCal Div. V Scoreboard
Eastside Prep 75, Liberty Christian (Redding) 49
Bad luck for Liberty Christian when leading scorer Joe Maikranz sprained his ankle during warmup drills. He wasn't able to play and team lost big.
Denair 65, St. Vincent (Petaluma) 64
Shot of the year perhaps from Travis Manley of Denair. As clock was winding down, he didn't pass to leading scorer Brandon Cole. Instead, Travis launched a half-court heave. The horn sounded. Ball banged into the net. Good. Denair wins it. So how unlikely a hero was Manley? He had only made two 3-point shots the entire season.
Capital Christian (Sacramento) 58, Ripon Christian 52
Solomon Mercado led Capital with 18 points and six steals.
University (S.F.) 66, Woodside Priory 46
No. 2 seed went on 14-0 run to start the game.
Next: Eastside Prep vs. Denair; Capital Christian vs. University.
Hard to derive much analysis from the first-round, but usually for NorCal Div. V it's hard right on through the state finals.