2008 State Basketball Championship Recaps

Friday-Saturday, March 14-15, 2008

ARCO Arena , Sacramento

 

DIVISION IV BOYS

CAMPBELL HALL (No. Hollywood) def.
ST. MARY'S COLLEGE (Berkeley) 83-61

Freshman Austin McBroom had 30 points, seven assists as three steals as Campbell Hall of North Hollywood downed St. Mary‘s of Berkeley, 83-61, to win its third boys’ Division IV state title in the past four years.

The Vikings (31-5) led by 31 points late in the third quarter, but St. Mary’s (33-2) went on a 21-2 run to get within 12. McBroom countered with a three-pointer, and the Panthers never got any closer. Senior Jrue Holiday finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for the winners, and Dallas Rutherford scored 20.

Chris Brew led St. Mary’s (33-2) with 16 points, and Dominique Lee added 15 points and 15 rebounds, but the Panthers couldn’t stay with high-flying Vikings. The score was tied at 13 in the entertaining, up-and-down game, but Campbell steadily extended the lead until St. Mary‘s made its late charge.

Southern California teams have now won 16 of 21 Division IV boys’ championship games, Campbell Hall is undefeated in the state finals, winning in 2005, 2007 and now, 2008.

Sportsmanship Award: Keegan Hornbuckle, Campbell Hall; Aalim Moor, St. Mary's

STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

DIVISION IV

Final

Campbell Hall 83, Albany St. Mary's 61
LA Times
SACRAMENTO -- With All-American guard Jrue Holiday stuck on the bench because of foul trouble, freshman point guard Austin McBroom showed Friday why North Hollywood Campbell Hall fans are confident that the Vikings' winning ways in basketball aren't about to end once Holiday moves on to UCLA next season.

"You saw a passing of the torch today," Coach Terry Kelly said after the 5-foot-10 McBroom scored a career-high 30 points at Arco Arena.

McBroom ignited a 9-0 run at the end of the second quarter with his drives to the basket. Campbell Hall (31-5) turned a 14-point halftime lead into a 29-point advantage at the end of the third quarter on the way to winning its third state title in the last four years.

"The way Austin stepped up was unbelievable," said Holiday, who finished with 19 points, giving him 2,666 points in his career.

Holiday picked up his third foul midway through the second quarter. It was up to McBroom and Dallas Rutherford, who finished with 20 points, to keep the Vikings from going into panic mode.

By the third quarter, with Holiday back on the court, the Vikings took off. They ran at will, they blocked shots and they made shots. They finished the game making 30 of 61 shots, a rarity in an arena setting, where high school teams routinely don't shoot very well.

But McBroom, 15, was the coolest player of all. He made 10 of 16 shots and demonstrated consistent court leadership. His previous career high was 14 points. And this from a freshman who's supposedly an even better baseball player. He reports Monday for baseball practice.

"My pops says baseball is my strength," McBroom said.

Added Kelly: "Isn't that scary?"

What's clear is that four years ago, Campbell Hall won its first state title, defeating the same St. Mary's team behind senior Joe Ford and a freshman named Holiday. Now another freshman has stepped forward. "The team is his now," Holiday said.

Campbell Hall 83, Albany St. Mary's 61

Campbell Hall 17 25 23 18 -- 83
St. Mary's 15 13 8 25 -- 61

Campbell Hall -- McBroom 30, Holiday 19, Hornbuckle 11, Rutherford 20, Johnson 3.
St. Mary's -- Moor 2, C. Brew 16, W. Brew 10, Semien 5, Dom. Lee 15, Dem. Lee 13.
Records -- Campbell Hall 31-5; St. Mary's 33-2

-- Eric Sondheimer
 

DIVISION IV GIRLS

ST. PATRICK/ST. VINCENT (Vallejo) def.
LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY 67-65

Jameiz Terrell hit a running 12-footer with 27 seconds left to cap a 15-point second-half comeback as St. Patrick/St. Vincent of Vallejo won its first girls’ Division IV state title by defeating La Jolla Country Day, 67-65.

Terrell had 10 points for the Bruins (30-5), who also got a double-double from Alex Cowlings (23 points and 10 rebounds) before she fouled out with 1:55 to go. Taylor Rojas also played a key role in St. Patrick/St. Vincent’s comeback by hitting four of four three-pointers, including one from NBA range with 2:34 left that completed a 22-point turnaround for the Bruins. They trailed 48-33 with 2:05 left in the third period, but after Rojas’ final three, led 64-57.

La Jolla Country Day (26-6) came right back, however, and Ariana Elegado’s driving layup gave the Torreys a 65-64 lead with 35 seconds to play. Terrell hit her awkward-looking shot eight seconds later, setting up a frenetic final sequence for La Jolla Country Day. Dominique Conners (21 points, eight rebounds) was fouled going to the hoop but missed both free throws -- Janae Fulcher (game-high 23 points, 10 rebounds) got the rebound and had an open layup, but it rolled off the rim with nine seconds to go.

The Torreys were 10 of 20 from the free throw line, and one of five in the last 3:05, while St. Patrick/St. Vincent converted 20 of 29. From beyond the arc, La Jolla Country Day was one of 11, and the Bruins were five of eight.

The come-from-behind victory was vengeance of a sort for the Bruins, who blew a 14-point halftime lead in last year’s state championship game against Marlborough. This was the school’s first state title, and cut Southern California’s edge in Division IV girls’ games to 15-6.

Sportsmanship Award: Janae Fulcher, La Jolla Country Day; Kateri Grey, St. Patrick/St. Vincent

 

DIVISION II GIRLS

ARCHBISHOP MITTY (San Jose) def.
MIRA COSTA (Manhattan Beach) 59-49 OT

Lindsay Leo had 17 points as Archbishop Mitty of San Jose outlasted Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach 59-49 in overtime, and won the girls’ Division II state championship for the second straight year.

Classye James had 10 for the Monarchs (22-11), including a clutch three-pointer as the shot clock was running down in overtime, and Hannah Stephens added 12.

Mikah Maly-Karros topped Mira Costa (28-7) with 20 points before fouling out. Megan Richardson had 15, plus 11 rebounds, for the Mustangs, who controlled the game for much of the first half.

Mitty trailed by 10 with 15 seconds to go in the second quarter, but went on a 22-4 run to take a 38-30 lead with 7:27 left in the game. Mira Costa battled back, even though both Maly-Karros and point guard Kylie Nakamine fouled out in the last four minutes. Richardson became the go-to player, and scored four points in the final minute to send Mira Costa into overtime for the fourth straight game. The Mustangs won all three Southern California playoffs in overtime and needed three extra periods to beat Ayala in the regional finals and advance to the state championship game for the first time.

The final dagger for Mira Costa, which has beaten Mitty for the state volleyball championship the last two seasons, was a banked-in 30-footer by Ariel Castillo as the shot clock expired in the final minute of overtime.

The Mustangs hurt themselves at the foul line, going just 13 of 23, and also got little from their bench. Not only did the starters score all the points, they took every shot for Mira Costa.

The state championship was the fourth for Mitty in eight tries, and gives Northern California a 14-13 edge in girls’ Division II title games.

Sportsmanship Award: Keri Stephanoff, Mira Costa; Ashley Watson, Archbishop Mitty

 

DIVISION II BOYS

MATER DEI (Santa Ana) def. ARCHBISHOP MITTY (San Jose) 65-53

Andy Brown scored 13 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as Mater Dei of Santa Ana outlasted Archbishop Mitty of San Jose, 65-53, to win its second straight boys’ Division II state championship .

David Wear added 14 for Mater Dei (35-1), which was ranked 13th in the nation and sixth in the state by Rivals.com, and Gary Franklin had 10.

Collin Chiverton scored 17 for Mitty (32-2), which was ranked sixth in the country and first in the state. Drew Gordon had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Mitty, and Eric Andoh scored 12.

Chiverton was one of three players who fouled out in a game that had no real rhythm due to 52 total fouls, 49 free throws, three technicals and one intentional foul.

Mater Dei jumped out to an 8-0 lead, and though Mitty managed to get within three a couple of times, a 6-0 run in the last 1:24 of the second quarter gave Mater Dei a 34-24 edge at halftime. Mitty shot just 25% from the field in the first two quarters but stayed in the game by making 12 of 13 from the foul line.

Mater Dei maintained that 10-point lead going into the fourth quarter, but Andoh caught fire, scoring seven points in the first 1:39 -- and when Chiverton converted a steal into a spectacular reverse, no-backboard layup, Mitty pulled within two, 45-43, for the first time since the first minute. Gordon then followed his own miss to tie it, and the game see-sawed back and forth until the final minute, when Mater Dei took control.

This was Mater Dei’s 11th trip to the state finals, and its seventh title. Mitty is 0-2. Southern California has a 19-7 advantage in boys’ Division II championship games.

Sportsmanship Award: Andy Brown, Mater Dei; Chris Weber, Archbishop Mitty


STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

DIVISION II
LA Times
Final

Mater Dei 65, San Jose Mitty 53

SACRAMENTO -- Never did Coach Gary McKnight expect his Santa Ana Mater Dei High basketball team to survive a demolition derby in the foul department, requiring him to reluctantly use his reserves during the state Division II boys' championship game Friday night at Arco Arena.

In the end, Mater Dei's Andy Brown brought calm and a resolution to a 52-foul game, scoring 13 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter while making seven of nine free throws to deliver a 65-53 victory over San Jose Archbishop Mitty.

It was McKnight's seventh state title and one of his most fulfilling, considering Mater Dei (35-1) lost in the Southern Section Division I-AA final two weeks ago and had to knock off the consensus No. 1 team in the state in Mitty (32-2).

"Both teams were getting foul after foul," McKnight said. "There was no flow to the game."

Mitty committed 27 of the fouls, with two players fouling out. But it was Brown's aggressiveness in the fourth quarter that proved decisive.

"They were calling it pretty tight," Brown said. "If you took the ball and went to the basket, you were going to get a call. That's what I did."

Mater Dei came away with a 34-24 halftime lead despite its starting guards, Gary Franklin Jr. and Blake Arnet, each picking up three fouls.

Rarely used reserves Collin Krahe, Bobby Schultz and Connor Hughes made important contributions at the end of the second quarter when Mater Dei scored the final seven points.

McKnight used five reserves, something he hasn't done all season against a top opponent with the game on the line. But he had no choice with the fouls piling up.

By the third quarter, the officials were seemingly blowing their whistle on every possession, with both teams complaining. And the officials were almost equal in their treatment, calling eight fouls on Mater Dei and six on Mitty in the period.

But Mater Dei, with the weaker bench, started to pay a price in the attrition department. Arnet, Travis Wear and Brown each picked up his fourth foul, and Mater Dei's lead was 44-34.

Mitty launched a comeback behind 6-foot-8 Enoch Andoh, who discovered the middle was suddenly easy pickings. He scored his team's first seven points of the fourth quarter.

Then Travis Wear fouled out with 6:21 left. A Drew Gordon basket completed an 11-1 Mitty spurt that tied the score at 45-45 with 5:09 left.

That's when Brown stepped up to become Mater Dei's go-to offensive player. He contributed a three-point play to put the Monarchs back on top, 48-45. Then came a basket and two free throws. Mater Dei led, 52-47, with just over two minutes left, and McKnight had his scenario for victory.

Mitty shot only 24% in the first half and 31% for the game.

Mater Dei 16 18 10 21 65 Mitty 11 13 10 19 53

Mater Dei--Franklin 10, Brown 18, D. Wear 14, Arnet 5, T. Wear 6, Trice 5, Krahe 3, Le 2, Hughes 2. Mitty--Wey 4, Andoh 12, Chiverton 17, Scott 2, Gordon 16 (12 rebounds), Calpiaro 2.

Records--M (32-2); MD (35-1).

-- Eric Sondheimer


DIVISION V GIRLS

BRANSON (Ross) def. MISSION PREP (San Luis Obispo) 51-39

Rachael Bilney had 23 points, five steals and three assists to lead Branson of Ross past Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo, 51-39, in the Division V girls’ state championship. Samantha Bilney, Rachael’s twin, had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls (28-7), who won their second straight title. Michela Bestwick, a senior like the Bilney twins, added 10.

Leigh Yetter led Misson Prep (27-5) with 18 points, but the Royals never led. They got within five points at 22-17, but Branson went on a 17-3 run and the game never got closer than double-digits thereafter.

Neither team shot well from the field, but the Bulls converted 23 of 30 free throws and forced 24 Mission Prep turnovers. Branson also continued the domination of Northern California in Division V girls. The north has now won 17 of the 21 Division V title games.

Sportsmanship Award: Jenna Caruso, Mission Prep; Sam Bilney, Branson

 

DIVISION V BOYS

BRANSON (Ross) def. RENAISSANCE (La Canada) 40-33

Curtis Elijah scored 11 points, including the first five of the fourth quarter, to spark Branson of Ross past Renaissance of La Canada, 40-33, in the boys’ Division V state title game.

Oliver McNally added 10 for the Bulls (32-3), who won their third straight California championship in coach Jonas Honick’s final game after 26 years at Branson.

Josh Thomas topped the Wildcats (27-4) with 11 points and Tremaine Tatum had 10.
Renaissance, a school with 105 students from kindergarten through 12th grade, was making its first appearance in a state title game.

Branson led by only three with 1:28 remaining the third quarter, but then held Renaissance without a basket for the next 7:03. Elijah opened the fourth quarter with a high-arching three-pointer that just beat the shot clock, and then added a layup with 6:12 left to put the Bulls up 36-26. Neither team could score for the next 3:47, and by then, it was too late for the Wildcats to make up the 10-point deficit.

The win gives Northern California an 12-9 edge in D V boys’ championship games.

Sportsmanship Award: Justin Cook, Renaissance; Kalome Akhile, Branson

 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

DIVISION V

Final

Ross Branson 40, Renaissance Academy 33
LA Times
A stifling man-to-man defense held Renaissance (27-4) to one basket in the second quarter and two in the fourth quarter and propelled Branson (32-3) to its third consecutive Division V boys’ state championship.

"I think we were one step ahead of them the whole game," said Branson guard Ryan McGuigan, who held Renaissance’s Justin Cook, averaging 18 point, to only three.

Branson, which gave a final victory to its retiring coach, Jonas Honick, repeatedly doube-teamed 6-10 Anthony Stover and any other post player for Renaissance when the ball went inside. Renaissance was never able to adjust.

Josh Thomas had 11 points and Tremaine Tatum 10 for Renaissance, an eighth-year program that knocked off Los Angeles Price in the Southern California Regional final.

Branson held a 31-26 lead after three quarters, then went up 34-26 on a three-pointer by Curtis Elijah, who led the Bulls with 11 points. Renaissance didn’t score in the fourth quarter until Yader Combs’ three-pointer with 2:27 left.

"There was a lot of frustration because we usually can run," Stover said.

Branson, however, seemed to know every Renaissance play. Renaissance made only 12 of 36 shots.

"It was a matter of preparation," Honick said. "Guys have been preparing for this game since the beginning of the year."

--Eric Sondheimer

Renaissance..10 - 4 - 12 - 7 --33
Branson........10 - 9 - 12 - 9 --40

Renaissance--Combs 3, Tatum 10, Cook 3, Stover 6, Thomas 11.
Branson--McNally 10, McGuigan 9, John 8, Elijah 11, Akhile 2.
Records--Renaissance 27-4; Branson 32-3.


DIVISION III GIRLS

SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL (San Francisco) def.
MAGNOLIA (Anaheim) 48-33

Kamilah Jackson scored 17 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as the No. 1 team in the nation, Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco, won its third straight girls' Division III state championship by defeating Magnolia of Anaheim, 48-33.

Jazmine Jackson, Kamilah's sister, had 13 points for the Irish (33-0), as did Tierra Rogers. The Irish finished the year with a 56-game winning streak.

Brianna Colon led Magnolia (27-7) with 11 points, as the Sentinels battled the nation's top-ranked team on even terms through most of the game.

After falling behind 5-0, Magnolia took its only lead of the game at 15-13, and was within four going into the fourth quarter.

But Kamilah Jackson, playing with four fouls, had four points in the first minute of the final quarter, and the Irish pulled away from there.

Kamilah Jackson's 17 rebounds tied a girls' Division III state finals record.

The physical, defense-first game was heavy on fouls and free throws. Four Magnolia starters fouled out, and Sacred Heart Cathedral converted 24 of 34 free throws.

No other Northern California team has finished the season number one in the nation.

Sportsmanship Award: Latrice Henderson, Magnolia; Jazmine Jackson, Sacred Heart Cathedral

 

DIVISION III BOYS

SANTA MARGARITA (Rancho Santa Margarita) def. SACRAMENTO 72-55

Klay Thompson tied a California state finals record with 37 points, and set another with seven three-pointers, as Santa Margarita of Rancho Santa Margarita beat Sacramento 72-55 to win the boys’ Division III state championship.

Thompson tied the Division III record for most points with 37, though Tracy Murray holds the overall record with 64 for Glendora (Division II) in 1989. The seven three-pointers, however, is the most by any player, male or female, in any division in a state championship game.

Thompson was seven of 11 from beyond the arc and 14 of 22 overall en route to his 37 points for the Eagles (30-5). Zack Zaragoza had 13.

Chase Tapley also had a spectacular game, scoring 35 points for the Dragons (30-4). At one point, Tapley had 32 of his team’s 42 points, and single-handedly kept Sacramento in the game. He was 14 of 30 from the floor, and added nine rebounds.

The Eagles, though, led tip to horn, and though the Dragons made several spirited runs, they were never able to get within 10.

The win gives Southern California a 14-12 advantage in Division III boys’ championship games.

Sportsmanship Award: Jason Pancoe, Santa Margarita; Travon Abraham, Sacramento

 DIVISION III

Final

Santa Margarita 72, Sacramento 55
LA Times
Klay Thompson of Santa Margarita turned in the greatest three-point shooting performance in state championship game history on Saturday, making seven three-pointers en route to scoring 37 points in the Eagles’ 72-55 victory over Sacramento in the Division III boys’ basketball final at Arco Arena.

"I cherish it," Thompson said. "I felt it was easy to shoot here."

It was an entertaining individual duel between Thompson, a 6-foot-6 senior bound for Washington State, and 6-3 junior Chase Tapley, who scored 35 points for Sacramento (30-4). Both were teammates on the same AAU team and tried to guard each other at times Saturday.

Thompson, though, had the superior supporting cast. Zack Zaragoza contributed 13 points, Jaime Serna had eight points and Thompson’s brother, Trayce, added eight points, including two three-pointers.

The previous three-point record of six was held by three players, including Tracy Murray, who scored 64 points for Glendora in the Division II final in 1989. Thompson, who made seven of 11 three-point attempts, tied the Division III record for most points in a championship game.

It was the second state title for Santa Margarita (30-5), which also won in 1998. The Eagles held a 40-29 halftime lead and went on top, 65-47, with just over four minutes left on Thompson’s seventh three-pointer.

Credit Coach Jerry DeBusk for preparing his team with its toughest schedule in school history.

From December through early March, the Eagles took on 6-10 center Renardo Sidney of Fairfax, UCLA-bound Jrue Holiday of North Hollywood Campbell Hall, USC-bound DeMar DeRozan of Compton, Georgetown-bound Hollis Thompson of Los Angeles Loyola, Tennessee-bound Renaldo Woolridge of North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake, the North Carolina-bound Wear brothers from Santa Ana Mater Dei, Travis and David, and Dominguez’s Jordan Hamilton.

There are college coaches who could make it to a Final Four with that group, and the experience and lessons learned from playing so many outstanding players was reflected in Santa Margarita’s strong performance in the state playoffs.

--Eric Sondheimer

Santa Margarita...21 - 19 - 15 - 17 --72
Sacramento........14 - 15 - 13 - 13 --55

SANTA MARGARITA (30-5)--Pancoe 0, Zaragoza 13, T. Thompson 8, Serna 8, K. Thompson 37 (seven three-pointers), Munoz 2, Hazely 4.
SACRAMENTO (30-4)--Abraham 4, Avenant 2, Tapley 35, Allen 6, Simpson 2, Henderson 2, Evans 4.


DIVISION I GIRLS

POLY (Long Beach) def. BERKELEY 55-31

Jasmine Dixon scored 17 points to lead Long Beach Poly to its third straight state Division I girls’ basketball championship as the Jackrabbits downed Berkeley, 55-31.

April Cook added 12 for Poly (30-2), ranked second in the country by Sports Illustrated, and Thaddesia Southall had 10. Both Cook and Southall are sophomores, and Dixon was the only senior starter for Poly.

Camila Rosen led Berkeley (30-4) with 15 points, but the Yellowjackets were stymied by Poly’s harassing defense.

Berkeley stayed with Poly for the first five minutes, but a 22-3 run blew the game open. With a 35-17 lead heading into the third quarter, the Jackrabbits came out flat, and didn’t score for the first 4:58 -- but the Yellowjackets had managed only five points during that span. Then Poly finished the quarter with a rush and led by 21 heading into the final period.

Poly’s girls were the only ones from Southern California to win a 2008 state championship, and Northern California schools have a 65-56 overall edge in girls’ titles, even though Southern California teams have won 18 of the 26 Division I championships.

Sportsmanship Award: Brittany Wilson, Long Beach Poly; Camila Rosen, Berkeley

 

DIVISION I BOYS

McCLYMONDS (Oakland) def. DOMINGUEZ (Compton) 73-54

William Cherry had 19 points, eight assists and four steals to lead McClymonds of Oakland past Dominguez of Compton, 73-54, and win the boys' Division I state championship.

Damon Powell scored 18 points for the Warriors (32-0), who were ranked 19th in the nation by Rivals.com prior to the game, and Damario Sims had 16. Powell punctuated his scoring with several thunderous dunks, and both Sims and Cherry completed more than one acrobatic attack on the basket.

Jordan Hamilton led Dominguez (32-3) with 20 points, including two NBA-distance three-pointers, but the Dons shot just 32 percent from the field, and allowed Mack to hit 47 percent of its attempts.

The game was the last one for McClymonds coach Dwight Nathaniel, and also was redemption for the Warriors, who scored just 29 points in the state final a year ago. They matched that total in the second quarter, in the midst of a 10-0 run that put the Oakland school ahead for good.

Mack extended the lead to eight at the start of the third quarter, and then used an 8-0 run at the beginning of the fourth period to build a 57-43 cushion. The Warriors then pulled away down the stretch to win their first state championship.

Counting all boys' state championships, Southern California has a 28-11 edge over Northern California; tracking just the modern version, the margin is 21-7.

Sportsmanship Award: Myron Green, Dominguez; Frank Otis, McClymonds

 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

DIVISION I

Final

Oakland McClymonds 73, Dominguez 54
LA Times
Southern California teams rarely lose in the state Division I boys’ basketball championship game.

It last happened in 1999, which makes the accomplishment of unbeaten Oakland McClymonds all the more memorable.

The Warriors (32-0) outran, outhustled and outplayed Compton Dominguez, pulling away for a victory before 5,613 at Arco Arena.

It was a fitting sendoff for retiring McClymonds Coach Dwight Nathaniel, who has endured a series of family tragedies, from the death of his wife in a 2003 automobile accident to the death of his daughter and granddaughter last year from a collision with a train that authorities ruled a murder-suicide.

“He’s been through a lot,” senior forward Frank Otis said. “We wanted to send him out with a bang. I prayed every night for this.”

The passion and determination of McClymonds’ players was clearly visible. The Warriors were in attack mode from the outset, trying to push the ball up court and beat the Dons with aggressive drives.

Guards William Cherry and Demario Sims were the instigators, never backing off. Cherry finished with 19 points and Sims scored 16. Then there was 6-foot-5 Damon Powell, who contributed 18 points.

At the same time, the Dons’ standout player, 6-foot-7 Jordan Hamilton, failed to score in the third quarter after contributing 13 first-half points. He didn’t score again until there was 5:48 left to play. By then, McClymonds led, 57-43. Hamilton finished with 20 points on seven-of-24 shooting.

“They were quick and they came at you in waves,” Dominguez Coach Russell Otis said. “They kicked our tails on the glass.”

This was a much different McClymonds team than the one that shot an embarrassing 22.4% in a 54-29 loss to Los Angeles Fairfax in last year’s Division I final. The Warriors shot 47% this time. Dominguez shot 32%.

The Warriors showed in the first half how much they had improved, making 13 of 26 shots to take a 35-31 halftime lead.

Dominguez senior guard Bryce Cartwright picked up three fouls by the second quarter, hurting the Dons’ offensive continuity. Hamilton kept throwing up long-range shots and made only five of 14 in the first half.

It wasn’t just any team McClymonds defeated. Dominguez (32-3) had compiled an impressive resume, including victories over three state champions — Santa Ana Mater Dei (Division II), Santa Margarita (Division III) and North Hollywood Campbell Hall (Division IV).

“We ran into a better basketball team,” Otis said. “It seemed like they wanted it more. They executed their game plan. They’re one of the tougher teams we’ve played this year. We never got going offensively.”

Adding to the Dons’ woes was that two starters and two reserves were disciplined for “internal problems,” Otis said, and it affected the team’s play overall.

--Eric Sondheimer

Dominguez......18 - 13 - 12 - 11 --54
McClymonds....18 - 17 - 14 - 24 --73

DOMINGUEZ (32-3)--Lacoste 2, Cartwright 3, Hamilton 20 (eight rebounds), Mandingo 5, Green 3, Espy 2, B. Woods 1, Oliver 1, T. Woods 6, King 5, Moody 4, Turner 2.
McCLYMONDS (32-0)--Hill 8, Cherry 19 (four steals), Powell 18, Otis 8 (13 rebounds), Sims 16, Jackson 4.