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Area Roundup 2-13-13: Aztecs rally for 1st playoff win in eight years
COVINA • The Barstow boys basketball team, which squeezed into the playoffs with an at-large bid after finishing fourth in the Desert Sky League, won its first playoff game in eight years.
The Aztecs rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Gladstone 41-38 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A playoffs Wednesday night.
Barstow trailed 36-32 after three quarters, but eventually took the lead with about 30 seconds to play on a basket by Joseph Boston, coach Prestonn Biggs said.
Boston then blocked a shot and after an intentional foul, Anthony Addison hit a free throw for the final margin of victory.
Cody Boston led the Aztecs with 14 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Joseph Boston had seven rebounds and three blocks, and Addison added nine points, six steals, three rebounds and three assists. Biggs said Jonathan Joseph, who scored 10 points, “played a really good defensive game. He did a good job controlling the pace and leading the team.”
The Aztecs (10-16) play either No. 4 Ocean View or Laguna Hills in the second round Friday.
Barstow’s last playoff win came in the 2004-2005 season, which was athletic director Vince Williams’ last season as coach.
C. Boston 14, Joseph 10, Addison 9, J. Boston 4, Salawa 2, Taylor 2.
Chayida 14, Ramos 12, Reeves 8, Sosa 4.
Barstow 12 12 8 9 — 41
Gladstone 10 10 16 2 — 38
3-point field goals — Barstow 2 (Addison); Gladstone 7 (Ramos 4, Reeves 2, Chayida).
Prep Boys Basketball
• POLY/PASADENA 63, ACADEMY FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE 56: At Hesperia, the Knights couldn’t overcome a bad second quarter in a loss in the first round of the CIF-SS Div. 5AA playoffs.
“We played hard,” AAE coach Danny Garcia said. “The first quarter we were looking awesome. We just never came back from that second quarter.
“I have nine returners so I can’t wait for next year.”
AAE led 15-9 after the first quarter, but trailed 29-22 at halftime.
Michael Coulter scored a team-high 19 points for the Eagles (15-7), who finished second in the Agape League. Tim Thymes had 11 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and two steals, and Nick Natali added six rebounds and four steals.
Genske 24, Ou 11, Toyota 9, Shanks 8, Carter 6, Bowman 3, Lim 2.
Coulter 19, Thymes 11, J. Souter 8, Pieper 7, Natali 6, Phillips 5.
Poly 9 20 9 25 — 63
AAE 15 7 17 17 — 56
3-point field goals — Poly 4 (Ou 2, Shanks, Bowman); Academy for Academic Excellence 2 (Phillips, Coulter).
• ST. MONICA 71, UNIVERSITY PREP 54: At Victorville, the Jaguars only trailed by four at halftime, but the Mariners were able to pull away in the CIF-SS Div. 5AA playoff game.
Jaalen Thompson scored a game-high 14 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block, but sat a lot of the second half in foul trouble and eventually fouled out.
Anthony Pena posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Vaughn Williams had eight points, nine rebounds and four blocks.
St. Monica shot 10-for-13 in the fourth quarter from the free-throw line.
University Prep ended the season with a 12-6 record and finished second in the Cross Valley League standings.
ST. MONICA (71)
Dotson 17, Ashley 15, Nuslein 11, Macsunaga 9, Udenwu 7, Pefferi 4, Ojini 4, Randall 2, Redfield 2.
UNIVERSITY PREP (54)
Thompson 14, Pena 13, Ledington 9, Williams 8, Aranda 6, Morales 2, Valdez 2.
St. Monica 15 22 13 21 — 71
U. Prep 16 16 9 13 — 54
3-point field goals — St. Monica 6 (Nuslein 3, Ashley 2, Dotson); University Prep 2 (Ledington, Thompson). Fouled out — Thompson, Valdez (U). Technical Foul — Team (S).
• JOSHUA SPRINGS 78, HESPERIA CHRISTIAN 31: At Yucca Valley, the Patriots were blown out in a CIF-SS Div. 6 first-round game. HCS reached the playoffs as an at-large team.
• VALLEY TORAH 75, LUCERNE VALLEY 49: At Valley Village, the Agape League’s third-place team lost a CIF-SS Div. 5A playoff game.
• BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON 87, ACADEMY OF CAREERS AND EXPLORATION 28: At Burbank, the Guards pounded the Eagles in a CIF-SS Div. 5AA playoff game.
Prep Boys Soccer
• WEBB 3, UNIVERSITY PREP 1: At Claremont, the Jaguars won’t be making another deep playoff run as they were eliminated from the CIF-SS Div. 6 playoffs in the wild-card round.
University Prep finished third in the Cross Valley League standings this season and grabbed an at-large berth. The Jags advanced to the Div. 7 semifinals two years ago and played in the championship match last season.
• PERRIS 2, SULTANA 1: At Hesperia, the Sultans lost in a CIF-SS Div. 4 wild-card match.