TUSTIN – Tustin’s boys basketball team has been pointing for a return trip to the semifinal round of the CIF-SS playoffs for a while.
Friday night, the No. 3 Tillers punched their ticket with a 64-60 victory over Long Beach Millikan in the quarterfinal round of the 1AA playoffs in front of a near-capacity crowd in the Tustin
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – It was not working for Eyassu Worku.
Noah Rasheed and his Santa Margarita teammates were doing what Worku would say was the best defense he has encountered all season. So Los Alamitos needed some scoring help elsewhere Friday. And Los Alamitos got it.
Five players, including two reserv
HUNTINGTON BEACH – Edison will be making its first trip to the CIF-Southern Section boys basketball semifinals next week in 21 years. Appropriately, the achievement came via a slew of 3-point field goals that all seemed to be from 21 feet or longer.
Senior Brae Ivey hit four 3-pointers, each seemingly longer the other, in th
POMONA – Sonora boys basketball coach Mike Murphy called senior point guard Josh Rodriguez “the best player in the county” after the Raiders defeated Diamond Ranch of Pomona, 76-56, on Friday night in a CIF-SS Division 3AA semifinal.
Rodriguez, the Raiders’ captain, stands just under 5-foot-11, but h
SANTA ANA – “Amazing, wasn’t it?”
“I have no words. Just awesome.”
“Amazing. I don’t have the words to say how I’m feeling right now.”
Those postgame quotes from Foothill boys basketball coach Rusty Van Cleave, Riley O’Hern and Lucas Araujo fr
NEWPORT BEACH – The opponent’s zone was shredded. The defensive matchups followed. And the free throws in the fourth quarter made.
Corona del Mar’s No. 2-seeded boys basketball team accomplished each with precision Friday night to defeat visiting Tahquitz of Hemet, 57-50, in the CIF-SS Division 3A semifinals and reach t
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – Don’t tell Adrease Jackson he is too early to take this stage.
The dynamic sophomore, brimming with a can’t-stop-me attitude, knew his Tesoro boys basketball squad was more worthy than its No. 8 playoff seeding.
On Friday night, Jackson was quick to hit on nearly every mark, manip
ANAHEIM – When it comes to leading by example, Nick Anderson refuses to take time off.
Canyon’s senior point guard was the epitome of an iron man this year, playing through the flu for a two-week span and still getting his team into the playoffs.
The Comanches are still looking to Anderson to lead. He had 15 po
Scores from Friday's games and the updated schedule for all of the divisions of the CIF-SS boys basketball playoffs.
OPEN DIVISIONChampionship semifinal, Saturday (Feb. 28), 7:30 p.m.Bishop Montgomery vs. Orange
Trace Redfield made two free throws with 3.9 seconds remaining to lift Rancho Christian of Temecula to a 68-66 victory over Capistrano Valley Christian in a CIF-SS 5A boys basketball semifinal Friday night at Temecula Valley High.
Capistrano Valley Christian, the No. 2 seed, tied the score, 66-66, on a basket by Spider Adetunji
LA MIRADA – Last year, Savanna made it to the second round of the boys basketball playoffs for the first time in over 20 years.
This year the Rebels made it to the third round.
That is where the Rebels’ season came to a bitter end Friday night as La Mirada rolled to a 77-47 victory in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Sout
Welcome back to OCVarsity On the Record with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun.
This week, the guys discuss last weekend's CIF Individual Wrestling Championships, and Damian looks ahead to Friday, the first day of CIF Masters. Can Servite send 13 wrestlers to State? Can Fountain Valley build off its first CIF championship in 30 years? W
Scores from Wednesday's Open Division games and the updated schedule for all divisions of the CIF-SS boys basketball playoffs.
Championship quarterfinals, Wednesday
Weather permitting – and isn’t that always the situation, this time of year? – spring sports get started Saturday.
Spring sports can have their first official CIF-Southern Section competition Saturday.
In baseball, the game of the day Saturday is, or maybe “would be,” Huntington Beach at Aliso Niguel
FULLERTON - Any doubts that Orange Lutheran could cope in the CIF-SS Open Division of the boys basketball playoffs were eliminated Wednesday.
Orange Lutheran advanced to the Open semifinals with a 78-73 win over Centennial of Corona at Hope International University.
The Lancers (24-4) will play top-seeded Bishop Montgomery (28-1)
ONTARIO – La’vette Parker and Rex Pflueger combined for 45 points, and Mater Dei’s boys basketball team used the overall strength of its five-man unit to come away with a 73-62 victory over Chino Hills in the Open Division quarterfinals on Wednesday night at Colony High.
Junior MJ Cage added 18 poin
ANAHEIM - Kezie Okpala will remember every detail of the biggest shot he’s made in his life.
The score. The opponent. How much time was on the clock.
Even who passed him the ball, right?
“I have no idea,” Okpala said. “Wait, I think it was … I forgot.”
The sophomore made
SAN CLEMENTE - T.J. Shorts knew he would have to keep a clean slate in the second half of Tustin’s CIF-SS Division 1AA second round matchup with San Clemente.
The senior guard collected his third foul with 2:30 left to play in the first half and in his absence, the Tritons built a 35-28 lead.
Shorts played the entire
RANCHO CUCAMONGA - It didn't take long for Santa Margarita and its triple-threat attack to assert its dominance Tuesday in a 74-59 victory over Rancho Cucamonga in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 1AA playoffs.
Santa Margarita (19-7), which never trailed, got 18 points from Jordan Guest, 17 and eight assists by Noah Rash
FULLERTON - Rarely does Eric Patton go against Lucas Araujo in practice, and for that, Foothill’s starting center is eternally grateful.
Patton goes 6-foot-6 flatfooted, about two, three feet taller given his wingspan. Araujo comes in four inches shorter, with heart and physicality that compensate for his height disad
IRVINE - Woodbridge’s boys basketball team was unable to slow down No. 2 seeded Glendora in the second round of the CIF 2AA playoffs on Tuesday night.
The Tartans led from the start on their way to a 56-31 victory at Woodbridge.
Glendora (25-4) was led by senior guard Brandon Brothers, who had 26 points and senior fo
SANTA ANA – There were no secrets left to share.
In two previous meetings, Godinez and El Toro had split a pair of very close games.
Perhaps that ramped up the pressure just a bit more as the teams prepared for their second round matchup at Godinez High.
Led by Brandon Smith’s 21 points, the Grizzlies r
Today's Esperanza vs. Servite boys basketball game is sold out.
Don't show up unless you have a ticket ... or a CIF press credential!
That is a CIF-Southern Section Division 3A quarterfinal game at Servite. The winner advances to the 3A semifinals to play the winner of Beverly Hills-Gabrielino on Friday.
Crean Lutheran had not won a boys basketball playoff game until last week.
The Saints beat Rim of the World, of Lake Arrohead, 57-31, on Wednesday in a CIF-Southern Section Divission 4A first-round game. They did not stop there. Crean beat Don Bosco Tech of Rosemead, 57-53, in the second round Friday.
“At this point,”