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Soquel's upset bid spoiled in final minute

Posted: Saturday, Feb 23rd, 2013

The Soquel High boys basketball team nearly pulled off the upset but lost in the final minute to Mitty of San Jose 59-57 on Friday night in the first round of the Central Coast Section Open Division tournament.

The Knights, opting to play in the eight-team challenge, held the lead after each of the first three quarters but couldn’t get the finisher on the Monarchs, the West Catholic Athletic League champions.

Tucker Wiget hit a three-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer to give Soquel a 17-13 advantage. The back-and-forth game continued with Soquel staying on top. The Knights went into the break leading 27-24.

Soquel got a free throw to take a 57-55 lead in the final 90 seconds before Mitty standout Aaron Gordon got an and-1 to give the Monarchs the lead for good.

Despite the loss, Soquel’s season is not done. The team returns to action Tuesday in the consolation round of the Open Division tournament.



• CCS tournament: Six local wrestlers kept their chances of a CCS individual championship alive after the first day of the CCS finals tournament at Independence High in San Jose.

Of the six wrestlers, three hail from Harbor.

Willy LaMacchia advanced to the semifinals in the 132-pound division by going 3-0. He got two pins before narrowly defeating Robb Rodriguez of Hollister 6-4.

LaMacchia will face Serra’s Jerry De La Rosa in the semifinals today.

Bryan Battisto went 3-0 in the 152-pound division to get to the semifinals. He earned one pin. He will face St. Francis of Mountain View’s Cameron Petersen to start today.

Dakotah Francis went 2-0 in the 220-pound division and will face top seed Graham Grant of Saratoga today.

North Monterey County’s Carlos Anaya went 3-0 in the 126-pound division and will be in the quarterfinals today. Anaya got one pin and earned a technical fall along the way.

Anaya’s first match is scheduled to be Gunn’s Eric Cramer.

On the other side of the bracket, Santa Cruz native Nico Guerrero, who attends Bellarmine High, went 3-0. He will face Monterey Bay League champion Victor Olmos of Gilroy in the semifinals.

Michael Kraft of San Lorenzo Valley got three wins, all by decision, to get to the semifinals of the 145-pound division.

• Girls state championship: Watsonville native Maraya Carmona got to the quarterfinals but lost in her final match of the day in the 122-pound division on Friday at Lemoore High.

Carmona, attending Christopher High, will return to action today in the consolation bracket.

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