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Pomona Pitzer advances/ High School roundup - Mar 2, 2019


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WALLA WALLA, WA. - James Kelbert (190-G/F-98) and the No. 11 Pomona-Pitzer Men's Basketball team came away with a 58-37 win in Round One of the NCAA Tournament over Texas-Dallas on Friday night. Kelbert finished the night with nine points, six rebounds and three assists. The Sagehens took over the first half with a 13-0 run to extend their lead to 23-9 with just over four minutes remaining until halftime. The Comets tried to chip away at the lead late in the first half, but the exceptional three-point shooting by the Sagehens gave them a 30-16 lead heading into the locker room.
The Sagehens got off to another hot start and extended their lead to 20 points at 44-24, but Texas-Dallas started to mount what looked like a small comeback as they got within 13 points at 46-33 with 7:29 to go. The Sagehens regrouped and put up some points late in the second half as Pomona-Pitzer came away with their first NCAA Tournament win since 2003. With the win, the Sagehens improve to 26-2 overall and advance to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003.
The Sagehens will next take on regional host, Whitman, on Saturday, March 2nd at 11:00 p.m. To view the game https://portal.stretchinternet.com/whitman/

HIGH SCHOOL ABROAD
FLORIDA

Steven Burr and Oak Ridge fell to the Osceola Kowboys 44-39 in the Class 9A, Region 2 final. It's a disappointing early exit for the Pioneer players, but they did enjoy a season of notable highlights, including a trip to Hawaii and an ESPN highlight moment. With 3:56 to play, Oak Ridge and Osceola were tied at 33. At the half, the Pioneer boys lead Osceola 22-17.

Jovaughn Douglas and Seminole season came to an end by the hands of Evans (23-7), 80-76 in a great game. Seminole started the second half on a 14-0 run to increase their lead 54-39 with 4 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. The Seminole went into the 4th leading 58-51. Evans took control of the game and lead 68-63 with 2 minutes left in the game and held off Seminoles.
The Seminoles (23-5)was seeking its first trip to the state tournament since 1980. The Seminoles dropped to 0-5 all-time against Orange County schools in region play.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Legacy Early Lions advanced to the National Prep Championship game Friday night by beating Hillcrest Prep 58-48. Down 12 points at half, the Lions showed serious grit on the defensive end of the floor and chipped away at the lead. Senior Chase Claxton stole the show with his defensive efforts. Claxton held Hillcrest Prep Star and Arizona State commit Kyrie Walker to 5 points. The Lions will play in the championship game tomorrow at 7:20 PM.

VIRGINIA
The St. Anne's-Belfield girls basketball team defeated Kayla Franklin and Bishop Ireton, 59-51, on Friday in the VISAA Division I state semifinals. The Saints, who led 30-28 at halftime, used a big third quarter to take a 12-point lead heading into the fourth. STAB thwarted Bishop Ireton's comeback attempt to move on.

COLORADO
Aubree Raimer and Greeley Central were bounced out of the Class 4A Great 8 by Holy Family, 52-42, in Broomfield Friday night. Central's loss snapped a 19-game winning streak dating to mid-December and ended the program's most successful season since 1981 when the Wildcats finished third at the state tournament in a vastly different sports landscape for girls and women. Central finished its season 24-2.
The Tigers started the third on a 15-0 run and outscored Central 18-6 in the third to take a 33-19 lead. Greeley Central outscored Holy Family 9-2 in the second quarter to cut the Tigers' lead to 15-13 at halftime. The Wildcats, though, couldn't rally for a second time in the game.
In the third quarter, Holy Family rediscovered its outside shot with 3-pointers and the Tigers ran their depth and athleticism at the Wildcats. Holy Family hit eight 3-pointers, with three of those in the third, and the Tigers' press forced Greeley Central into 15 turnovers.

ILLINOIS
Sincere Callwood and Simeon (18-14) survived and advanced after an overtime win against Brother Rice, 75-73, in a Class 4A regional final Friday night. Brother Rice (22-9) led 36-30 at halftime. Simeon seemed to adjust to the lively crowd and the cramped gym in the third quarter. The Wolverines also ramped up the defensive intensity. Simeon will face Marian Catholic in the Eisenhower Sectional semifinal on Wednesday.

Khailieo Terry and Champaign Central jumped on MacArthur in the extra period and then held off the Generals for a 71-70 victory and a spot in Tuesday's 7 p.m. sectional semifinal at Springfield Southeast against the host Spartans. Central (17-12) had its shot at a game-winner at the end of regulation after MacArthur (19-14) made just 1 of 2 free throws with 4 seconds to play. The Maroons had one goal - get the ball to Terry.
"My first goal was to go to the rim, but I saw (Punkay) in the corner so I just gave it up," said Terry, who finished with a team-high 22 points and 12 rebounds. "I know he's a shooter. He was going to make it or get fouled - one or the other.
Central's run of four straight regional titles puts this year's team in rare company.
Champaign Central coach Jeff Finke joins Les Moyer (seven straight titles from 1924-30) and Harry Combes (eight in a row from 1939-47) as the only coaches in program history to win four straight regional or district championships.
  




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