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August 14, 2013
Gerry Blakes (Morningside/San Bernardino Valley), Shelton Boykin (Long Beach Poly/Antelope Valley) and Jacob Hazzard (Loyola/Arizona) were among the standouts this past Sunday in the Say No Classic quarterfinals at Salesian HS in Los Angeles.
By Dave Rogahn
West Coast Hoops 67, Pomona 64 (OT):Gerry Blakes (Morningside/San Bernardino Valley) made two 3-pointers in the final 4.1 seconds of regulation, including a running 25-footer as time expired, and scored the game-winning basket in overtime to lift West Coast Hoops to a most unlikely win over Pomona.
West Coast Hoops saw a 15-point halftime lead disappear as second-seeded Pomona, a team of players from Cal Poly Pomona, surged into the lead in the fourth quarter. Pomona held a 58-50 lead with under two minutes to go and appeared poised to advance to the semifinals.
But West Coast Hoops rallied, with Blakes bringing his team within a point with a 3-point basket with 4.1 seconds left that made it 60-59. Deronn Scott (Etiwanda/Cal Poly) made two free throws for Pomona, but Blakes' running 3-pointer from beyond the left elbow swished through the net as the horn sounded, sending the game to overtime.
The Say No Classic plays overtime to a target score, and A.J. Harris (Morningside/Santa Monica/Post Univ) gave West Coast Hoops a 65-64 lead in overtime. Then Blakes scored from the post to lift West Coast Hoops to 67 and win the game.
Harris led all scorers with 24 points and also added 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Blakes had 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Wendell Lee (LA Southwest/Colorado State-Pueblo) had 11 points.
For Pomona, four players scored in double digits. Ryan Hall had 16 points and 6 rebounds, and Scott had 13 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Daniel Rodriguez had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Barry Bell had 10 point, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.
Next Level 89, Hoopsters 80Shelton Boykin (LB Poly/Antelope Valley) scored 29 points as Next Level saw most of a 20-point fourth-quarter lead disappear but held on for a 9-point win over the Hoopsters.
Next Level won its 7th straight game, building a 71-51 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Hoopsters rallied to get within six points in the final minute, but Jason Johnson (Cleveland-Reseda/Antelope Valley/Utah Valley State/Cal State-San Marcos) hit a big 3-pointer to help clinch the win for Next Level.
The game had a definite AVC feel as Boykin led all scorers with his 29 points, and Johnson had 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Da'Shawn Gomez (Inglewood/Antelope Valley/Iona) led the Hoopsters with 21 points and added 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Kemorris Gunn (El Camino/Texas A&M-International) had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Spirit of the North 79, D-1 Select Elite 68Jacob Hazzard (Loyola/Arizona) scored 23 points, making 7 three-pointers, and Leland King (Brentwood/Brown) also scored 23 points while grabbing 13 rebounds to lead Spirit of the North to an 11-point quarterfinal win.
D-1 Select Elite led, 25-13, early in the second quarter and held a 5-point halftime advantage. But Spirit of the North rallied in the third quarter, spurred by Hazzard making 4 of his 7 threes in that quarter, to lead, 58-49, after three. The Spirits led by at least six points the rest of the way, with King's slam dunk off a pass from Wesley Saunders (Windward/Harvard) clinching the win in the final minute.
Saunders had his usual strong all-around game with 21 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocked shots and 6 steals. Allen Guei (Compton/CS Northridge) had 8 points and a game-high 7 assists. L.J. Kimbrough (Westwind Prep/East LA) led all scorers with 28 points for D-1 Select. Stephen Hicks (Agoura/CS Northridge) had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
BTI vs. O'Quinn Work EthicUnfortunately, we had to leave before #1-seed BTI took on upstart O'Quinn Work Ethic, so we don't have a score or result for that one. Keep checking saynoclassic.com, where the result should be posted shortly.
The Say No Classic playoffs continue this weekend, with semifinal games at 12 noon and 2 pm on Saturday, and the championship game taking place on Sunday at 2 pm. Admission, as always, is free.
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