For a half, it appeared as if Torrey Pines' youth and inexperience finally caught up with a Falcons team that tallied 23 regular season victories and won a share of the Avocado League title starting two sophomores and one freshman most of the season.
Torrey Pines trailed by 12 at the intermission. But the Falcons grew up fast, cranking up their defensive intensity in an impressive 59-52 victory over the San Diego High School Cavers on Feb. 28.
The Falcons held their opponents to 15 points in the second half, including just four in a decisive third quarter in which they outscored the Cavers 17-4 to take a 42-41 lead.
The Falcons improved to 25-3 overall for the season.
Three-sport standout Trevor Newquist led the Falcons with 19 points and eight rebounds.
Newquist plays two winter sports simultaneously and also plays volleyball in the spring. He was the hero of the soccer team's 1-0 second round playoff win against Rancho Buena Vista of Vista a day earlier in which he scored the game's only goal.
Nick Kerr scored 11 points had seven rebounds and Joe Rahon added eight points and five rebounds.
The win followed an easy 77-53 first round playoff victory over Rancho Buena Vista in which five Falcons players reached double figures in scoring.
Kerr led the Falcons with 15 points, and Rahon and Spencer Klein each added 13 points. Newquist contributed 12 points and Max Heller had 10 points.
After losing its last two regular season games, Cathedral Catholic has found new life in the postseason.
The Dons, who finished third in the intensely competitive Western League, are in the Div. III's final four.
Cathedral Catholic advanced to the semifinals after defeating Southwest of San Diego 64-41 in a second round game on Feb. 28. The Falcons beat Canyon Crest Academy 72-62 in a first-round game on Feb. 25.
Matt Moynihan scored 19 points and had 14 rebounds to lead the Dons in the Southwest game. Nick Nixon added eight points and eight rebounds.
Nick Madden scored 20 points and pulled down 11 boards to lead the Dons in the CCA game. Moynihan scored 18 points and Chase Novak added 16 points and six assists.
The Dons improved to 16-12 overall for the season.
Santa Fe Christian's playoff run ended in the second round with a 54-39 loss to nemesis Army-Navy of Carlsbad on Feb. 28.
Army-Navy beat the Eagles for the third time in less than four weeks.
Karl Holmlund scored 13 points to lead the Eagles and Tyler Davis added eight points.
The Eagles finished their season with a 20-9 overall record.
Cathedral Catholic stormed through the first two rounds of the Div. III playoffs, winning by a combined total of 61 points.
The Dons opened with a 67-37 thrashing of San Marcos on Feb. 24 and trounced Valley Center 79-48 two days later.
The Dons hiked their overall record for the season with the victories to 19-8.
Victoria Lippert scored 24 points and Megan McClurg added 20 points to lead the Dons in the San Marcos game.