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ROSE PALMISANO, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Orange Lutheran's Jared Carver tries to steal the ball from Capo Valley's Nick Thomas in the first half Tuesday night.

Orange Lutheran too much for Capo Valley

OCVARSITY.COM

ORANGE – It is difficult enough to stop Orange Lutheran when Gabe York is having a hot night. It's close to impossible to do so when Payton Banks is on, too.

York scored 30 points and Banks added 24 for Orange Lutheran on Tuesday as the Lancers defeated Capistrano Valley, 67-60, in a CIF-Southern Section Division 1A semifinal playoff game at Orange Lutheran.

The Lancers (20-10) will play Mission Viejo (27-3) in the 1A championship game at Anaheim Convention Center. The games day and time will be announced Wednesday, but it is likely it will be the 8:30 p.m. game Saturday. Orange Lutheran has not played Mission Viejo this year.

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Capistrano Valley's season is not over. By advancing to the 1A semifinals, the Cougars (25-5) qualified for the CIF Southern California Regionals that begin next week. Southern and Northern California Regionals champions meet in the state championships March 23 and 24 at Sacramento.

Orange Lutheran will be playing in a third consecutive CIF-SS boys basketball final. The Lancers won the CIF-SS 4AA championship last year, the school's first CIF boys basketball title, and lost in the 4AA final in 2010 to Price of Los Angeles.

York, a 6-foot-3 senior who signed with Arizona, and 6-6 junior Banks scored all but 13 of Lutheran's points Tuesday. They scored all 29 of their team's first-half points.

"It's nice having weapons like that," Lutheran coach Chris Nordstrom said. "But I'm really proud of the whole team. We had a lot to adjust to."

Those adjustments began early in the third quarter, when Banks and York were assessed their third fouls. Off of the bench and to the rescue came 6-5 freshman Kendall Lauderdale. With the Lancers ahead by two, Lauderdale scored back-to-back baskets off of offensive rebounds to lead a surge that gave Lutheran a nine-point lead at the end of the quarter.

Aleks Lipovic, a 6-4 senior, led Capistrano Valley with 21 points.

York is averaging 28 points a game in the playoffs. Banks' 24 points was his high game of the playoffs.

Contact the writer: sfryer@ocregister.com


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