Six area teams hope to advance tonight

first_imgHere’s a quick glance at tonight’s games. Division II-AA quarterfinal Cajon (19-9) at Pasadena (26-2), 7:30 p.m. The top-ranked Bulldogs have made a thunderous statement in the first two rounds of the playoffs, defeating Golden Valley and Chaffey by a combined margin of 31 points. The inside-outside play of forward Nigel Ajere and guard Trevon Harmon, along with the Bulldogs’ ferocious defense and supporting cast are hoping the good times continue against the No. 8 Cowboys, who are riding a five-game winning streak. Cajon, led by guard Marquis Green (17 ppg), slipped by Saugus 57-56 in the first round, then had an easier time with No. 9 Fullerton, 52-44. Division III-AA quarterfinals Santa Clara (17-8) at La Ca ada (26-2), 7:30 p.m. Although the Saints are the No. 3 entry from the Tri-Valley League, they have played a fairly tough nonleague schedule. They opened the playoffs with a victory over Keppel (66-57) followed by a 79-63 win over Brentwood. Randy Gonzalez and James Wilder average double figures for the Saints, but they will have to deal with La Ca ada’s 6-foot-7 Adam Malik, who scored 36 points in a 75-68 second-round win over Crossroads. The Spartans are hoping to reach the semifinals for the third consecutive season. Price (25-4) at South Pasadena (21-9), 7:30 p.m. There is officially a Cinderella in the West San Gabriel Valley, and the Tigers don’t mind wearing the glass slippers. The Tigers advanced to the quarters with an amazing 52-51 victory over Windward, and now get to host one of the Southern Section’s premiere teams. The Knights moved up to Division III-AA this season after winning a record eight consecutive V-A championships, and five state titles since 2000. The Knights bring a 17-game winning streak into the contest, and haven’t lost a Southern Section playoff game since 1999. There is a glimmer of hope, however. Price hasn’t been as dominant as recent years, and only beat San Gabriel by 21 points in the first round. Division III-A semifinal Renaissance Academy (27-1) vs. Perris (18-8) at Paloma High School, 7:30 p.m. The Wildcats are hoping to reach their third consecutive divisional championship game after moving up from V-A. The No. 2 Wildcats have looked comfortable in their new division, defeating Santa Fe, 67-54, in the quarterfinals, but now have the tough task of travelling to No. 6 Perris. Perris lost four of its first six games during a difficult stretch of games, but has won 12 of its last 13, including a 61-48 win over Sultana in the quarters. Division IV-A semifinal La Salle (23-5) vs. Twentynine Palms (26-2) at Yucca Valley High, 7:30 p.m. Revenge was sweet for the Lancers in the quarterfinals, avenging an early season loss to Cerritos Valley Christian with a 59-58 victory. The Lancers hope to do the same on the road tonight after losing to top-ranked Twentynine Palms, 53-45 at Pierce College on Jan. 20. The Lancers didn’t have Scott Jones in the first meeting against the Wildcats. Jones scored 14 points in the Lancers’ win on Tuesday. Div. V-AA semifinal Linfield Christian (20-8) vs. Maranatha (19-8) at Temple City HS, 7:30 p.m. The Minutemen are a game away from a possible rubber match with Delphic League foe Pacific Hills in the championship game next week. The Minutemen split a pair of games with Pacific Hills, whom they tied for the league title. The Minutemen haven’t been seriously challenged in the playoffs, defeating Murrieta Calvary Chapel, 73-58, in the quarters. Linfield Christian ruined the chances of an all-area semifinal by defeating Marshall, 54-53 to reach the semifinal game. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The CIF-Southern Section re-alignment figured to strengthen the playoff possibilities for several area high school basketball teams, but few could have imagined there would be six teams left this deep in the postseason. Maranatha, La Salle and Renaissance Academy hope to punch tickets to divisional championship games tonight. last_img

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