Crespi knocks off top-seeded Capistrano Valley Christian – Daily News


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ENCINO — Crespi boys basketball player Mason Dorsey had no hesitation in calling Tuesday night’s game against Capistrano Valley Christian the most intense of the season.

“They were the number one seed, but we knew if we kept fighting, we had a chance,” Dorsey said.

In the remaining moments of the CIF Southern Section Division 2AA second-round game, the Crespi gym roared to life as Josh Montiano stood at the free throw line. He made one and sent his teammates into a frenzy as they had secured a 50-44 win.

Crespi made seven free throws in the fourth quarter to edge them closer to victory after a first half that saw high-paced plays and tons of 3-point shooting. By the end of the first half, with the scored tied 29-29, Crespi had made six 3s and Capo Valley Christian made five.

“We knew we had to get a lot of shots up. Our shooters were on today and they helped us get this win,” Dorsey said. “Everyone was part of the team, the crowd, everybody.”

Dorsey finished the game with a team-high 15 points. Peyton White scored 13 points and Roman Stewart scored 10, four of which were on free throws in the final quarter.

For Capo Valley Christian, Makaih Williams scored 16 points and Athian Athian chipped in 10.

Although Dorsey called Tuesday’s game the most intense of the season, he acknowledged the competition level of the Mission League helped them prevail. The Mission League includes two Open Division teams at Harvard-Westlake and Notre Dame Sherman Oaks.

Despite finishing fifth in the Mission League, the Celts are faring well as they continue through the playoffs. Long Beach Poly is up next for Crespi in the quarterfinals on Feb. 18.

“Mission League is the best league,” Dorsey said. “I think we’re the best league after Trinity League. I like it. It helps us a lot.”

— Haley Sawyer

OPEN DIVISION

Sierra Canyon 60, Mater Dei 53: The Trailblazers used a 14-0 run late in the fourth quarter after trailing 50-44 to edge the Monarchs. Amari Bailey had 16 points. Bronny James and Shy Odom each had 10 points.

Sierra Canyon was without Mike Price (disciplinary) and James did not play in the second half after suffering a hip injury. Price is expected to play Friday. James’ status is questionable.

Harvard-Westlake 68, Notre Dame 43: Cameron Thrower had 20 points for the Wolverines. Dusty Stromer scored 22 for Notre Dame.

Sierra Canyon and Harvard-Westlake (both 2-0 in pool play) will play for a spot in the Open Division final Friday at 7:30 pm

DIVISION 1

St Francis 53, Heritage Christian 49: Buckley DeJardin scored a game-high 18 points while Brandin Dantzler and Luke McGrath chipped in 11 points. Heritage Christian’s Barrington Hargress and Malik Moore each scored 12 points.

St. Francis will host JSerra in the quarterfinals Friday.

St. Bernard 69, West Ranch 67

DIVISION 2AA

Village Christian 86, Cypress 65: Thomas Luczak had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Deshaun Warren had 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Noah Williams scored a team-high 21 points for the Crusaders, who will host Gardena Serra in the quarterfinals Friday.

Cajon 63, Saugus 58: Brandon Perez had 17 points and Cristian Manzano added 16 for Saugus.

Long Beach 48, Simi Valley 46: The Pioneers were without Angel Navarro.

DIVISION 2A

Thousand Oaks 71, San Marcos 55: Patrick Saari led the Lancers with 18 and Elias Chin added 13. Thousand Oaks will take on San Juan Hills on Friday.

Calabasas 70, Santa Monica 62: Gavin Murphy was at it again Tuesday night, scoring 28 points, including 18 in the second half. The Coyotes will play La Mirada Friday.

El Dorado 49, Crescenta Valley 44

DIVISION 3AA

Viewpoint 64, Tustin 39: Andrew Younan registered a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Giovanni Goree was close behind with 16 points and seven assists. Osiris Nalls added 12 points and five assists.

Viewpoint will host Vista Murrieta Friday.

Providence/Burbank 63, Walnut 58

DIVISION 3A

Highland 54, South Pasadena 50: Ramar Whitmore had 22 points in the win. Marcus Hill added 13 points and nine rebounds. The Bulldogs will take on Millikan Friday.

Bishop Diego 58, Burroughs 50

4AA

Oakwood 75, Inglewood 65: Hayden Suslow, Ben Eisendrath and Wes Spivak each had 20 points for Oakwood.

Dos Pueblos 78, Faith Baptist 62

Sunny Hills 52, Trinity Classical Academy 42

-Tarek Fattal

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