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Fryer looks at today's boys basketball regional semifinals

STAFF WRITER

Three Orange County teams are in the CIF Southern California Regionals boys basketball semifinals today.

In Division II, Los Alamitos (25-6) is home against Long Beach Poly (22-10). Also in Division II, Orange Lutheran (23-8) is home against J.W. North of Riverside (29-4).

Los Alamitos was in a regionals semifinal 10 seasons ago. Lutheran is in the regionals semifinals for the first time.

North beat Long Beach Poly in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1AA championship game earlier this month.

North, with veteran coach Mike Bartee, is led by Dikymbe Martin who is averaging 16 points a game. Lutheran’s leaders are Chris Williams (13 points a game), Zac Jervis (13 ppg, eight rebounds), KaVaughn Scott (12 ppg, eight rpg) and Joseph Riley (11 ppg).

Los Alamitos senior guard Eyassu Worku, a UC Irvine signee, is a leading candidate for Orange County player of the year. He is averaging 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists a game. Pepe Garcia is scoring 14 points a game.

Poly 6-foot-6 junior Zafir Willams averages 19 points a game.

In Division V, Saddleback Valley Christian (21-12) is at Rancho Christian of Temecula (22-11). Saddleback Valley Christian was in the regionals semifinals two seasons ago.

Saddleback Valley Christian’s Trey Smith is among CIF-SS leading scorers at 26 points a game. Rancho Christian 6-8 freshman Isiah Mobley is averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds a game.

All games are 7 p.m. except for the North-Orange Lutheran game, which is a 7:30 p.m. game as it is the second-game of a regionals doubleheader at Lutheran (the OLu girls play a regionals Division III game at 6 p.m.). Admission to regionals games are $10 for adults and $5 for students/children, except for the OLu doubleheader for which admission is $11/$6.

Regionals finals are Saturday – Division 2 at Long Beach State Pyramid at noon, Division 5 at Colony High of Ontario at noon.


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