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Area Roundup 2-16-13: AAE pulls out OT win in 1st round

APPLE VALLEY • The Academy for Academic Excellence is going to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in school history.

The Knights hit 8 of 10 free throws in overtime to beat AGBU/Pasadena 62-50 in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5A playoffs on Saturday night.

AGBU tied up the game with 30 seconds to go in regulation. Then Carolina Phillips hit a shot with nine seconds to go, but the Spartans matched it with another basket with 3 seconds to go to send it into overtime.

The win for AAE also avenged a loss in the first round of last year’s playoffs to AGBU.

“My girls really wanted it,” AAE coach Ashley Simpson said.

Melissa Owuor led the Knights (18-5) with 24 points, 12 rebounds and five steals. Phillips added 14 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two assists.

AAE plays at California School for the Deaf on Wednesday in the second round.

AGBU (62)
Bazlian 26, Maleky 14, Bagolan 5, Babian 3, Atelian 2.
AAE (50)
Owuor 24, Phillips 14, Perea 10, N. Gruver 10, E. Gruver 4.

AGBU    13    13    5    17    2    —    50
AAE    14    9    12    13    14    —    62

3-point field goals — AGBU 4 (Bazlian 2, Maleky, Bagolan); AAE 1 (Phillips). Fouled out — Bagolan (AG); Sutton (AA).

Prep Girls Basketball
• HESPERIA CHRISTIAN 71, CRYSTAL CATHEDRAL 42: At Garden Grove, the Patriots won to advance to the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Div. 6 playoffs.

Olivia Hough posted a triple-double with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 11 steals, and also had four assists. Jeni Arreola had 17 points and seven rebounds and Emilee Helm added 16 points and seven rebounds.

Hesperia Christian (14-10) will face either Cal Lutheran or Redlands Adventist Academy on Wednesday.

HESPERIA CHRISTIAN (71)
Hough 17, Arreola 17, Helm 16, Hays 7, Bragg 6, Dobyns 6, Woods 2.
CRYSTAL CATHEDRAL (42)
Kaw 17, Vandercook 12, Baurtro 6, Price 4, Ponce 3.

HCS    21    17    16    17    —    71
CC    4    12    15    11    —    42

3-point field goals — Hesperia Christian none; Crystal Cathedral 1 (Kaw). Fouled out — Bautros (C).

• SAUGUS 42, SULTANA 36: At Hesperia, the Sultans came up just short in the first round of the CIF-SS Div. 2A playoffs.

Nykia Coates led Sultana (14-11) with 14 points and four steals. Ashley Hughes grabbed 12 rebounds, Sierra Prescott had 11 and Natalie Osborne added nine.

SAUGUS (42)
Ferrante 11, Osburn 10, Bennett 6, Cary 5, Eaton 4, Lau 4, Cook 2.
SULTANA (36)
Coates 14, Hughes 7, Prescott 6, Frondarina 5, Osborne 4.

Saugus    12    17    6    7    —    42
Sultana    8    11    5    12    —    36

3-point field goals — Saugus 3 (Osburn 2, Ferrante); Sultana 3 (Coates 2, Frondarina).

• JW NORTH 76, SERRANO 36: At Riverside, the Diamondbacks lost in the first round of the CIF-SS Div. 2A playoffs.

Kahla Badibanga had a double-double for Serrano (16-11) with 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Adorie Howard added 13 points, three assists and two steals.

Serrano    4    8    19    4    —    35
JW North    18    25    23    10    —    76

JC Baseball
• BARSTOW COLLEGE 10, IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE 7; BARSTOW COLLEGE 7, IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE 4: At Irvine, the Vikings swept a doubleheader to improve to 6-2 on the season.

Barstow College trailed 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning in the second game before rallying for five runs. Pete Lelich had a pinch-hit, three-run triple with two outs to provide the winning runs.

Michael McNicholl went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in that game.

Jayson Henderson went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the first game, and Gabby Soto, James Carraway and Alex Pollard each had two hits. Soto had two triples and an RBI, Pollard scored two runs and drove in one, and Carraway added an RBI. Kris Soto picked up his fifth save in five attempts with a scoreless ninth inning.

The Vikings begin Foothill Conference play Tuesday at home against Victor Valley College.

Barstow    113    012    011    —    10 14 5
Irvine    200    023    000    —    7 11 5

King, Rodriguez (6), K. Soto (9) and Henderson; Abe, Collacott (5), South (9) and Wagner. WP — King. L — Abe. S — K. Soto (5). 2B — Harris (I). 3B — G. Soto 2, K. Soto (B).

Irvine    000    002    110    —    4 6 1
Barstow    000    020    05x    —    7 9 0

Wolfson, De La Riva (7), Tucker (7) and Lemmon; Marinch, Bejarano (7) and Pullen, Henderson (7). WP — Bejarano. LP — Wolfson. 2B — Porter 2, Saunders, Perez (I); McNicholl. 3B — Carraway, Lelich (B).

Men’s Rugby
• DEAD RABBITS 53, LOS ANGELES REBELLION 29: At Burbank, the Dead Rabbits outscored the Rebellion 38-10 in the second half on the way to a blowout win.

Troy Lealofi and Eric Misilagi scored two tries each for the Dead Rabbits, while Api Lealofi, Billy Robinson, Jordan Hunkin and Nathan Leos added one each. Robert Forbes made four conversion kicks.

The Dead Rabbits (1-0) host Imperial Beach at noon on Feb. 23.

Girls Rugby
• ICES 30, DEAD RABBITS 19: At Los Angeles, the short-handed Dead Rabbits fell to 0-2 on the season despite three tries from Marcaya Bailous.

The Dead Rabbits were one player down due to the absence of Tala Siaosi, who coach Steve Lohmeyer called “by far our star.”

“It was just a bad start,” Lohmeyer said. “We got way behind, then in the second half we pretty much started to dominate. You could tell that we haven’t played together very much.

“If we had Tala playing and had a full side, I think we could have beaten them.”

Liz McManis made two conversion kicks for the Dead Rabbits (0-2), who play at Fullerton on March 2.


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