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Ocean View Tournament Of Champions:
Upset Results From Tuesday -(Dec. 9, 1998)

Horizon 76, Crenshaw 70-- As we noted earlier, this was a game which should never have been lost by Crenshaw. But things like that will happen when your best players, most of your starters, show up late for the game and your team is already behind.  Crenshaw is a good team, but they are not a great shooting team this season, and to ask them to make up a 20-8 deficit which resulted in the first quarter.  By the time the cavalry arrived, most of the damage had been done, but Crenshaw still managed to make a comeback, and Horizon led by only 3 at the half, 33-30.

The Panthers again surged ahead by as many as 10 points in the third quarter, but Crenshaw chipped away and brought the game within a point with three minutes to play. With under three minutes to play, Zach Jones of Horizon, who finished with 25 points, and Wayne Bernard who had 16, hit two big three-pointers to seal the win.  Detrick Watts, who finished with 10 points, and 8 assists also made two more threes just for the fun of it. 

How bad was it for Crenshaw?  Horizon held Crenshaw's frontcourt of Shaun Hemsley (6'-9" Sr. C) Armand Thomas (6'-8" Sr. C/PF) and Ryan Sims (6'-8" Sr. F/C) to just 16 points, combined

How big was the win for Horizon?  Huge. The Division IV Panthers, who played in Division V last year, are now 3-0 on the season. Crenshaw, a Division I school thought to be the leading contender for the State Title in D-I this year, went into the game ranked by Cal-Hi Sports as California's second-ranked team.   "This," Panthers coach Zack Jones told the San Diego Union Tribune after the game, "is the biggest win in our school history."

It was also a sort of revenge for Horizon, which almost beat Crenshaw last season at the Nike Holiday Classic, but lost when Crenshaw which sank a last-second shot for the win. "We just went in there and played our game tonight and, yeah, we had last season on our minds," Horizon senior guard Zack Jones, son of the coach told the Union-Tribune.

"We felt like we could compete and match up against Crenshaw," Coach Jones said. "This game was in their back yard, so for us it's a great win in a
hostile environment. Our kids handled it well."  Horizon will face the winner of the Mater Dei-Redondo game Friday at 9 p.m. in the semifinals in the winners' bracket.

Compton 51, Westchester 50--Compton, fresh off a win on Monday against Fontana, came out really pumped up, and Tito Maddox (6'-4" Sr. PG) made the most of the opportunity to play against Westchester, last year's D-I defending State Champions.  The game came down to the last seconds of the game.  Compton had trailed throughout the game until the last 30 seconds, when Tito made a layup to bring the score to 51-50.  Westchester pulled out ahead in the first quarter to lead 18-9, but Compton managed to bring the score within 6 at the half, with Westchester ahead 30-26.   In the third quarter, Compton outscored Westchester 11-8 to bring the score at the end of three to 38-35, and then in the fourth quarter, Compton continued to trail all the way until the final seconds.

The Tarbabes were behind by one point with only 34 seconds to go, and Westchester had the ball.  Compton forced a turnover, which was recovered by Leroy Dawson (6'-1" Sr. SG) who passed upcourt to Maddox who went in and put on a show with the uncontested shot. Compton's defense managed to hold off the Comets, and Compton won.  Tito finished with 24 points and played just a great game, matching up with Eric Knight (6'-3" Sr SG/PG) who finished with 4, and Jason Breland (6'-4" Jr. SG/SF) who finished with 8 points.

Other scorers for Compton were Ellis Myles (6'-4" Jr. SF) with 6, Dawson with 7, Jeremiah Thompson (6'-4" So PF) with 10, Terry Hosendove (6'-4" Sr. SF) with 2, and Demetrius Clark (6'-1" Jr. SG) who finished with 2 as well.  Westchester was led by Lou Wright (6'-6" Jr. SG/SF) with 11,    Terrence Lawson (6'-5" Jr. F) who scored 4 points,  Knight with 4, Breland with 8, Chris Osborne (6'-9" Sr. F/C) who scored 10, Chad Bell (7'-1" So. C) who only finished with 2 points, Mackenzie Dent (6'-5" Sr. F) who had 7, and Kevin Brown (6'-2" Jr. SG/PG) with 3.

Westchester plays today at 6:00 p.m. at Mater Dei against Pasadena, which lost to Mater Dei in the second round.  Compton will play on Friday at 7:30 in the semifinals against the winnner of Santa Barbara/Corona Centennial, which is happening today at 7:30 p.m. at Ocean View.

Results in other games were sparse and hard to come by, but here's what we know:

Long Beach Jordan 59, A.B Miller 50-- This was a consolation second round game played at Mater Dei yesterday. Jordan jumped out to a 12-6 lead at the end of the first half, and then outscored Miller 20-12 in the second quarter.   Both teams played even at 19 points apiece in the third quarter, and Jordan, having built up a substantial lead, was never in jeopardy, even though Miller actually "won" the fourth quarter scoring, 18-8. For Jordan, Darren Peterson and Travon Bryant led the Panthers, who are not 3-1, with 15 points apiece.  Eric Gathrite scored 4, Rucker 2, Lasko 2, Banks 5, Craig Calloway scored 4, Grant 9, Lucas 3.    For Miller, Lanzarotto finished with 20, Nelson 13, Cochran 2, Jerrin 2, Knight 2, Reyes 5, Ward 3 and Estrada 8.

San Diego Bishop's 54, St. John Bosco 40--In another consolation game at Mater Dei, San Diego Bishop's beat St. John Bosco handily. Gil Brown led the St. John Bosco Braves with 15 points. 

Fontana 67, Serra 42--In another consolation quarterfinals, Joseth Dawson led Fontana (3-1) with 24 points and five steals, Gary Holmes had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Baron Baker totaled 12 points, seven steals, and five assists. Serra is now 4-2. Fontana plays Friday at 4:30 in the consolation semifinal at Ocean View.   Fontana jumped out to an early lead, outscoring Serra, which is off to a sorta, kinda troubled start,  15-4.  The second quarter was not much better for Serra and they were outscored 15-6, to trail at the half by a score of 30-10.  In the third quater, Serra managed 15 points, but was again outscored by Fontana's 20.  Finally, in the fourth quarter, Fontana again outscored Serra 17-12.  We didn't see this game, but Aerick Sanders is either injured, didn't play, or he just didn't score, because he doesn't show up in the line at all, and that might explain the lopsided win for Fontana, which is a good team, but not so good that if Serra was at full strength they wouldn't give them a better fight.  Here's the scoring for Serra: Brown 7, Wyatt 2, Cole 3, Odums 11, Davis 6, Jackson 6, Robinson 2, Lewis 4.  For Fontana, here's the complete scoring. Holmes12, Anderson 2, Dawson 24, Baker 12, Stephenson 2, Walker 5, McJimson 5, Machado 3.

Mater Dei 76, Pasadena 56-- Mater Dei  jumped out to a 21-9 first quarter lead, and then padded the lead by outscoring  Pasadena 21-13 in the third quarter behind great shooting from Mike Bayer who hit for 22 points to lead all scorers yesterday.  Mater Day improved to 3-1.  Pasadena struggled throughout the game, and they weren't helped by the two bench technicals called on them.   Derrick Mansell hit for 11 points, Cedric Bozeman scored 15, Steve Scoggin had 10, freshman Mike Strawberry scored 4, and Christian McGuigan had 3, followed by Steve Henderson with 6, and Imran Sufi with 2.  For Pasadena the high scorers were Harman and Richard with 14 each, and Coleman with 17.

Santa Barbara 52, Ocean View 51-- Torin Beeler (6'-3" So. SG/SF) and Casey Lawson each scored 10 points, while Tony Dow played great and hit for 8 point, but a late fourth quarter rally fell short by one point as the Seahawks drop to 1-1 on the season. Santa Barbara improved to 6-0 and was led by Tony Freeman (6'-1" Sr. SG) who hit for 17. Others scoring for Santa Barbara were Williams with 11, Krist with 12, Kelly 4, Maloney 4, Shelton 2.  Scoring for Ocean View was Beeler and Lawson with 10 each, Dow 8, Bacchus 7, Westbrook 4, McAfee 4, Bell 6, Silletto 2. .

The Tournament of Champions continues today with games at both Mater Dei and Ocean View. We've posted the schedules and will continue to provide results.

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