Can coach John Olive’s tough-minded, resourceful Torrey Pines Falcons pull off another victory in Tuesday’s Southern California playoff Division I semifinals?
The No. 6-seed Falcons, trailing, 43-40, after three quarters, walked down host No. 3 Long Beach Poly, 54-49, in the quarterfinals Saturday night. The Falcons now visit 2 seed Chino Hills, averaging a turbo-charged 85.4 points and holding a 78-54 victory over Poly and an 82-63 win last week over Torrey Pines neighbor San Marcos.
The Huskies’ 16-14 record is the result of seven forfeit defeats early in the season, including a forfeit loss to Foothills Christian, which came up short in an Open Division game at Etiwanda, the state’s third-ranked team.
Coach Brad Leaf’s Foothills Knights held a one-point lead with a little more than one minute remaining, surrendered a basket, and then, in possession, could not get the shot it needed with 10 seconds left.
St. Augustine was ushered out in the Open Division, 75-61, by Torrance Bishop Montgomery.
Of the original 18 teams from the San Diego Section, three boys’ teams and three girls’ squads still are in the hunt.
La Costa Canyon, No. 1 in Boys’ Division II, faces the 22-11 Lawndale Cardinals, who defeated Redlands East Valley, 75-50.
Lawndale recently surrendered a 28-point lead in the third third quarter and 22-point advantage in the fourth and bowed to Anaheim Canyon, 105-98, in two overtimes in the Southern Section finals.
Mt. Carmel must travel to Alhambra and take on No. 1-ranked Mark Keppel in Girls’ D-II. La Jolla Country Day and The Bishop’s, seeded 1 and 2 in D-V, could be headed to a championship showdown. Pairings:
|I||6||Torrey Pines||31-3||@2||Chino Hills||16-14*|
|II||1||La Costa Canyon||24-7||4||Lawndale||22-11|
*Includes 7 forfeits.
|II||4||Mt. Carmel||30-3||@1||Alhambra Mark Keppel||24-7|
|V||1||La Jolla Country Day||15-12||4||L.A. Ribet||24-10|
|V||2||The Bishop’s||23-9||3||Garden Grove Orangewood||29-4|