Recap of Day 3 of the Classic at Damien and live updates on the winners of the Platinum and Gold divisions – High School Sports News, Scores, Videos, Rankings
The classic in Damien, known as the first high school boys’ basketball tournament after Christmas in the west, continued from the Damien high school campus on Wednesday with semifinal action in the Platinum and Gold divisions. .
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Game 4: Riverside Poly 64 Damien 56 (Platinum Division)
Riverside Poly limited Damien to just 19 points in the second half to win 64-56 and advance to Thursday’s Platinum Division Championship game against Corona Centennial. Senior Payden White scored 24 points to lead the Bears and Rhode Island signatory Chance Stephens added 23.
Poly goes 16-1 in the year of victory. The Bears’ only loss so far this season came against Damien at Rumble for Rosecrans on November 20 in a game Poly believed they should have won. The Bears dropped that one 55-52, but avenged the loss Wednesday night.
“I’m happy for the kids and I’m happy for the program,” Poly head coach Yancy Dodson said after the game. “It’s always fun to win. Damien is what they are. It takes a little pleasure to know Coach [Mike] The Duke. He is someone I consider to be a mentor and a friend. We have faced each other four times in the last few seasons and he won two and I won two. It’s no fun when you lose… Playing them in the Platinum Division of the Classic on their home turf is a good win for sure.
Dodson starts three freshmen at Brayden Burries, Issac Williamson and his son Kory Dodson and even with inexperience the Bears look like an open division team in the southern section. It is a major achievement.
“If you had asked me before the season if I thought we were going to be 16-1 and in the Platinum Division Championship if I had to bet I would have said no,” Dodson said. “I know any night, if we play hard and play altruistically and do the things that we practice, we think we can compete with anyone. We have nine children on the list and five of them are first grade students. We’re starting three, and a fourth is our sixth man. It’s a pretty cool thing.
Colorado signatory RJ Smith led Damien with a 24-point loss.
Game 3: Corona Centennial 67 Etiwanda 61 (Platinum Division)
Corona Centennial overcame Etiwanda’s best offensive performance in the Classic to win 67-61 to advance to Thursday night’s Platinum Division Championship game against winner Damien and Riverside Poly. Donovan Dent, senior to New Mexico, led the Huskies with 23 points. Junior Devin Williams added 20.
With 5:14 remaining, Centennial and Etiwanda were tied 56-56, but the Huskies ended the game 11-5 to win. Dent hit a key float with 45 seconds left, which saw Corona Centennial win two possessions, 65-61.
After beating American Fork 52-37 in the Platinum Division quarter-finals on Tuesday, Etiwanda head coach Dave Klecker admitted “we didn’t play as well as we wanted” and described the His team’s offensive performance so far this season as “frustrating”.
Even though the Eagles lost, they got a monster offensive game from junior Curtis Williams who led all scorers with 27 points. Quinton Webb added 15 points. For Etiwanda, the loss will be something to build on.
Game 2: Crean Lutheran 54 Rolling Hills Prep 52 (Gold Division)
The two semi-finals of the Platinum Division ended with missed buzzer beats. Rolling Hills Prep junior JV Brown got a crisp right wing gaze beyond the arc as time ticked by and he hit the back iron and rebounded giving the Huskies their first loss of the season. Crean Lutheran survived to win 54-52 to advance to Long Beach Poly in the Gold Division Championship game on Thursday.
Senior Crean Lutheran Rui Han scored 16 points to lead the Saints. UC Santa Barbara senior entry Koat Keat added 14 points to the Saints who lacked sophomore star Vyctorius Miller. Brown led all game scorers with 24 points.
“I’m proud of our guys,” said head coach Crean Lutheran Nate Klitzing. ” They fought. Obviously, Vyctorius does a lot for us as the top scorer, but we have recovered our centerpieces from last year and we know how to win in difficult times. It’s not always pretty, especially after taking on such a well-trained team at Rolling Hills Prep.
Han transferred from Damien in the offseason and had to sit until the Classic opener for Crean, a 65-49 win over Oak Park. Han played his best game so far in a Cran Lutheran uniform on Wednesday and that was the difference in the game.
“He was bitten to get out [on the floor], ” Klitzing said. “This is the first game where he finds his rhythm. You could see it shaking off the rust. He hit big shots, turned the jumpers around. Few guys can hit them.
Crean’s victory means the Saints’ undefeated season is still alive at 10-0. They have a chance to make the Open Division playoffs in the Southern Section one year after winning Division 2A.
“So far we have proven that we can be a competitor [for an Open Division spot], ” Klitzing said. “But it’s not the end of everything. We’re just trying to win one game at a time.
Game 1: Long Beach Poly 64 San Joaquin Memorial 63 (Gold Division)
Long Beach Poly survived a late comeback offer from the San Joaquin Memorial to win 64-63 and advance to the Gold Division Championship game. Jojo Hunter, the senior at the San Joaquin Memorial, had a triple stop on the buzzer, which gave the victory to the Jackrabbits. Freshman Jovani Ruff paced Poly with 21 points. Hunter also finished with 21.
Long Beach Poly led 53-44 after three quarters. The San Joaquin Memorial fired back and the two teams traded a point lead in the dying minutes. With less than two minutes to go, Jackrabbits senior Marcel Hayes made four free throws to secure the victory. Poly will face the winner of Crean Lutheran and Rolling Hills Prep in the title match.