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Mustang boys eliminated by The King's Academy

Posted: Friday, Feb 22nd, 2013

WATSONVILLE — The Monte Vista Christian High boys basketball team tried to join the girls as victors Thursday night. But the Mustangs were denied by The King’s Academy 59-56 in the second round of the Central Coast Section Division IV tournament.

Six points in a span of 39 seconds flipped the game on its head, as The King’s Academy turned a two-point deficit into a four-point lead with 1:02 to go in the game. The Knights took advantage of two turnovers by Monte Vista Christian in those 39 seconds to get the game to go their way.

Anthony Sabel had two contested makes, while Ryan White went up for two points in the run.

The Mustangs closed to within a point, 57-56, thanks to three of four free throws made by David Hightower. The home team went into must-foul mode after that, and Chase Palumbo sank two free throws to put the Knights ahead by three.

Monte Vista Christian got two looks at a game-tying three-pointer in the final nine seconds, but both hit iron.

The Mustangs finish their season 18-7.

• Aptos 63, Terra Nova 41: At Aptos, the Mariners eliminated the Pacifica squad in the second round of the Division III tournament.

It’s the Mariners’ second appearance in the quarterfinals in as many years. They held Terra Nova to 16 first-half points.

Aptos will face third-seeded Mills at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at St. Ignatius High in San Francisco.

• Santa Cruz 59, Del Mar 39: At Santa Cruz, the Cardinals routed Del Mar in the second round of the Division III tournament.

Santa Cruz limited Del Mar to 20 points in the first three quarters.

With the win, the Cardinals are scheduled to take on fourth-seeded Saratoga at 5:15 p.m. Saturday at St. Ignatius High.

• St. Thomas More 49, Oakwood 22: At San Jose, the PSAL South Division champions routed Oakwood in the first round of the Division V tournament.

With the win, the Knights face St. Francis Central Coast Catholic at 2:45 p.m. Saturday at Alma Heights Christian High.

For the complete article see the 02-23-2013 issue.

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