Much is at stake whenever Loyola and Mira Costa square off, not only because both schools are perennial volleyball powerhouses, but also because several Loyola players traditionally hail from Manhattan Beach and other parts of the South Bay. This results in a showdown featuring young men who are friends and former teammates with many players standing on the other side of the net, and a building filled with fans who can’t wait to see the action unfold.
According to Damien head coach Matt Dunn, his team’s focus in practice was “... to control [the Phantoms’] penetration, try to challenge them and make them a jump shooting team.”
Mission accomplished. Of Cathedral’s 64 total field goal attempts, 40 were three-pointers and several others were long jump shots.
Mater Dei finally got the elusive win against the Eagles, 48-44.
Down most of the game, the Knights engineered a late 9-2 comeback to make it a 56-51 game with 1:37 left and the ball in their hands. Once again, a Mater Dei opponent threw a late game punch. But this time, the determined Monarchs kept their foot on the gas, and forged ahead to earn a gutsy 65-59 victory.
It may have been the annual feast day of Saint Patrick, but luck had nothing to do with the Damien Spartans 63-41 rout of the Cantwell-Sacred Heart Cardinals Tuesday night. In this Division III playoff matchup between two of the state’s best Catholic high school basketball teams, it was Damien who would control the game from start to finish, thanks to outstanding team play on both ends of the floor.
The Cathedral Phantoms have faced off against big teams all year, but a 5’8” junior almost handed them a loss at the CIF State Division III Regional Semifinals Tuesday night.
Alemany guard Shac Dawkins put on a show, scoring 31 points, including 10 straight, but Cathedral came out on top, 72-64, to move on to the Regional Finals.
Do you want to know just how good the Bishop Montgomery Knights Boys Basketball team has been this season? To give you an idea, after defeating the St. Augustine-San Diego Saints on their home court 75-61 on Friday night, Bishop Montgomery head coach Doug Mitchell said, disappointedly, “We’ve had a lot of big games in a row, and maybe we were due for a bad one. I’m glad we survived, but we need to play better in the next game.”
The seventh-seeded Chaminade Eagles refused to be ignored, giving the second-seeded Maranatha Minutemen a run for their money.
Led by a 52-point performance by star Tyler Dorsey, the Minutemen pulled away with an 85-60 victory over Chaminade in last night’s game.
CYO Girls Basketball Championships were held at St. Joseph High School, Lakewood Feb. 20.
In the title game, Nativity (Torrance), the Southbay Conference Champion, faced Our Lady of Fatima (Artesia), champions of the Southland Conference.
“When you play for the city championship, it [the rivalry] definitely adds to it,” explained Fairfax head coach Harvey Kitani, “but we’re just so happy to win the city title. We’re a city team and the city means everything to us.”
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