Torrey Pines boys hoopsters fall short in finals

By Gideon Rubin

Contributor

Boys basketball:

  • Torrey Pines started the season red-hot but fell short of a shot at the state finals after Tuesday's 49-46 loss to El Camino.

Torrey Pines, a Div. I finalist last season, met El Camino at the Jenny Craig Arena with a state tournament berth at stake.

The Falcons led at the half with 25 to 19. But the Wildcats closed the gap to 38-36 in the third and ramped up their effort to finish the game, scoring 13 points in the fourth.

Nick Kerr contributed 14 points, while Amir Begovic scored 13. Jesse Neugarten and Max Heller contributed 9 points each.

The top-seeded Falcons advanced to the San Diego Section Div. I semifinals after decisive victories in the first two rounds. They opened with a 71-58 first-round victory over Otay Ranch on Feb. 23, and beat Poway 66-52 in a quarterfinal three days later.

Kerr scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds and Begovic scored 17 points and grabbed 11 boards to lead the Falcons in the Otay Ranch game.

Neugarten added 12 points and Ray Xu contributed 11 points.

Heller was a key factor too for the Falcons with seven assists.

Heller took matters into his own hands in the Poway game, scoring 24 points to lead the Falcons. He also had four assists.

Kerr contributed 17 points and Begovic added 10 points.

  • Santa Fe Christian lost to Francis Parker 59-45 in a Div. IV quarterfinal on Feb. 23.

The Eagles' loss followed an 84-38 thrashing of Holtville in the first round.

Karl Holmlund scored 14 points to lead the Falcons in the Francis Parker game and Kyle Hubbard added nine points.

Freshman guard Justin Byrd led the Eagles with a career-high 16 points in the Holtville game and Bradley Searle added 15 points.

Byrd was playing in just second varsity game.

The Eagles fell to 20-8 overall for the season.

  • Cathedral Catholic, a defending San Diego Section finalist, lost to La Jolla 53-45 in a Div. III quarterfinal on Feb. 26.

The Dons opened the playoffs with a 61-44 victory over Kearny.

Nick Madden led the Dons with 21 points in the La Jolla game and Jack Enright added 11 points.

Madden's 19 points led the Dons against Kearny. Enright added 12 points and Corey Garcia contributed 11 points.

The Dons fell to 13-12 overall for the season.

  • Canyon Crest Academy lost to Southwest of San Diego 60-50 in a Div. III quarterfinal on Feb. 26.

The loss followed a 56-49 opening round win against Santana.

Max McCarthy scored 16 points to lead the Ravens in the Southwest game, and Cory Osetkowski added 14 points.

Ryan Kroner contributed 10 points and 13 rebounds, and Osetkowski had 12 boards.

Kroner scored 24 points and had 17 rebounds to lead the Ravens in the Santana game. Osetkowski added 13 points and Mac Biblowitz added six points and 11 boards.

The Ravens fell to 14-14 overall for the season.

  • San Diego Jewish Academy lost to Maranatha Christian of San Diego 72-31 in a Div. V quarterfinal on Feb. 27.
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