The Classic at Damien: Rancho Christian, Harvard-Westlake advance to semifinals

The Platinum Division quarterfinals of the Classic at Damien on Wednesday featured big-time highschool basketball. A school coach may have sat courtside and provide you with his personal dream group of collaborating gamers, seal the listing in a bottle, put it away on a shelf and in a few years most likely seem like a genius with alternatives of future faculty standouts.

Dedan Thomas Jr. of Nevada Liberty, Dusty Stromer of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, 6-foot-8 Kevin Patton Jr. of Rancho Christian, Zoom Diallo of Washington Curtis, Trent Perry and Brady Dunlap of Harvard-Westlake had been among the many standouts and certain alternatives for any fantasy group.

The thriller group of the match coming in was Rancho Christian, which rose to fame when the NBA Mobley brothers had been main the way in which. The Eagles got here in with a 5-6 report after taking part in a tricky nonleague schedule and wins over Sierra Canyon and Liberty.

Rancho Christian stamped its ticket to Thursday’s 8:30 p.m. semifinals towards Nevada Liberty by knocking off unbeaten West Ranch 60-53. A 9-0 surge within the fourth quarter enabled the Eagles (7-6) to place away a West Ranch group that couldn’t field out 6-foot-11 Martin Gumwel. Rancho Christian additionally obtained robust performances from Patton and Kollen Murphy with 16 factors every. Jazz Gardner led West Ranch (14-1) with 23 factors.

“We expect to keep getting better,” Rancho Christian coach Ray Barefield stated.

Murphy, a switch from Ontario Colony, grew to become eligible on Christmas Day and has made the guard place a lot stronger.

In probably the most entertaining recreation of the night time, Liberty got here away with an 87-83 victory over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. Angelo Kambala scored 30 factors for Liberty and made seven of eight free throws within the remaining minute because the Knights frantically started to foul after falling behind by 10 factors within the fourth quarter. Thomas had 21 factors and eight assists for Liberty, displaying why many recruiting specialists assume he’s the most effective level guard within the West from the category of 2024. Stromer scored 28 factors for Notre Dame and Caleb Foster had 21 factors.

Harvard-Westlake improved to 15-0, overcoming a 9-0 deficit to start out the sport to defeat Etiwanda 67-56. The Wolverines will play Curtis within the 7 p.m. semifinals. Dunlap contributed 23 factors and Trent Perry 20. Nikolas Khamenia and Jacob Huggins linked on huge baskets within the fourth quarter to quash Etiwanda comeback hopes.

St. Bernard 64, Santa Margarita 56: Caleb Versher scored 19 factors and Tyler Rolison 16 to guide St. Bernard in a comfort bracket recreation at Damien. Cameron McNamee scored 18 factors, together with 4 threes, and Rockwell Reynolds added 17 for Santa Margarita.

Colony 47, Birmingham 45: The Patriots missed a possible profitable shot on the buzzer within the Damien match comfort recreation. Denzel Hines led Colony with 17 factors and freshman Joseph Riggins had 12 rebounds. Freshman Caleb Newton made three threes for Birmingham.

Rancho Cucamonga 75, St. Mary’s 74: Aaron Glass completed with 39 factors and Shadale Knight made two free throws with 0.4 seconds left to seal the extra time victory for Rancho Cucamonga. Knight additionally made a 3 on the finish of regulation to tie the rating.

Windward 73, Oak Hills 47: The Wildcats superior to their division semifinals at Damien with their ninth consecutive victory. Gavin Hightower and Jeremiah Hampton every scored 16 factors.

Mater Dei 90, San Leandro 66: Zack Davidson scored 18 factors for the 10-2 Monarchs.

Upland 64, Crenshaw 61: After 15 consecutive wins to start out the season, the Cougars lastly fell from the unbeaten ranks in a detailed defeat. Jeremiah Blackmon and King Peterson every scored 12 factors for Crenshaw.

Walnut 66, Adelanto 52: Malik Khouzam scored 29 factors for Walnut, which superior to the Covina match championship recreation towards AGBU.

Pacifica Christian 63, Lengthy Seashore Poly 59: Sophomore Jovanni Ruff had 25 factors for Poly in defeat.

Bishop Montgomery 67, Windfall 40: The unbeaten Knights received their 14th consecutive recreation. Will Smith scored 19 factors within the South Pasadena match.

St. John Faculty 77, St. John Bosco 67: Xinyi Li scored 21 factors for the Braves in San Diego.

Foothill 48, Fort Value Christian 36: Rocco Gaffoglio had 11 factors for 13-1 Foothill.

Village Christian 70, St. Monica 48: Thomas Luczak had 22 factors and 10 rebounds for Village Christian.

Palos Verdes 49, Simi Valley 45: Regardless of 35 factors from Ryder Mjoen, the Pioneers had been overwhelmed by Palos Verdes.

Dominguez 63, South East 55: Isaac Sowell had 18 factors and 18 rebounds for Dominguez.

Rolling Hills Prep 57, St. Pius X-St. Matthias 52: JV Brown completed with 15 factors for Rolling Hills Prep.

Thousand Oaks 42, Inglewood 36: Trent MacLean led the Lancers with 19 factors.

Lengthy Seashore Jordan 77, Grant 72: Byron Mendez scored 32 factors and made 9 threes for Grant.

Santa Monica 80, San Diego Hoover 78: Santa Monica received in double extra time. Joshua Hecht scored 26 factors.

Westlake 61, Ventura 36: Austin Maziasz completed with 26 factors and eight rebounds for Westlake.

Westchester 57, Alter 52: Jonathan Choyce scored 21 factors for Westchester.

Taft 76, Maranatha 60: Bishop Brooks completed with 20 factors for Taft.

Fountain Valley 92, Viewpoint 90: Fountain Valley received in triple extra time. Viewpoint sophomore Aeneas Grullon scored 45 factors, had 12 rebounds and 7 assists.

Utah Cyprus 68, Valencia 61: Kai Davis scored 19 factors for Valencia.

Women’ basketball

Mater Dei 98, Arroyo Valley 19: Emily Shaw scored 25 factors within the Ayala match.

Boys’ soccer

Servite 4, Bellarmine Prep 0: The Friars proceed to play like the most effective soccer group within the Southland. Joe Moyer had two targets. Talin Morgan recorded the shutout in purpose.