By Gideon Rubin
A clear pattern has emerged with Torrey Pines showing a tendency to start slow and finish strong.
That pattern held true to form in a decisive 55-41 San Diego Section Division I championship game victory over Vista on March 3 at Jenny Craig Pavilion.
The Falcons didn’t really look much like a section championship team more than halfway through the season in mid January when they were 10-9 after losing seven of 10 games during a stretch that included losses in their first two Palomar League games.
But then they went on to win 12 of their next 13 games including all eight remaining league games. Their title game victory was their 10th straight win.
The title game was a similar story.
The Falcons trailed 29-24 at halftime and looked like they were about to get blown off the court during a stretch in the first half when they were outscored 21-3.
But the Falcons stepped up their game defensively, a pivotal factor in their outscoring Vista 31-12 the rest of the way.
Garrett Galvin scored 27 points to lead the Falcons, and Joe Rahon added 19 points.
The Falcons section title was their first since 2001.
The Falcons advanced to the finals after defeating San Ysidro 60-54 in a Feb. 28 semifinal.
Rahon led the Falcons with 28 points and Sam Worman added 13 points and 12 rebounds. Galvin contributed 10 points.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 22-10 heading into the state tournament.
Cathedral Catholic captured the Division III championship with a thrilling 65-64 title game victory over Mission Bay on March 3.
The Dons section championship was their first since 2000, when they were University High.
Brandon Michel scored 22 points to lead the Dons, and Nick Prunty added 12 points.
The title game victory followed a 65-61 win against St. Augustine on Feb. 28.
Michel led the Dons with 25 points, and Xavier Williams added 11 points.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 28-3 heading into the state championship tournament.
Santa Fe Christian lost to Francis Parker 62-55 in a Division V semifinal on Feb. 28.
Justin Byrd scored 26 points to lead the Eagles and Grant Corsi added 14 points.
The Eagles concluded their season with an 18-11 overall record.
Torrey Pines won the San Diego Section Division I title in dramatic fashion, as the Falcons defeated San Pasqual 3-2 on penalty kicks after the two teams played to a scoreless tie in regulation and an overtime period.
Eduardo Bazua scored the decisive penalty kick for the Falcons.
The victory followed a 2-1 semifinal win against Poway on Feb. 28.
Austin Freel scored both goals for the Falcons off assists from Chandler Bleakley and J.T. Esquibel.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 21-5-3 heading into the Southern California regional championships.
Cathedral Catholic lost the Division III championship game to St. Augustine on March in heartbreaking fashion, as the Dons were outscored 5-4 on penalty kicks after the two teams were locked in a 1-1 tie after regulation and an overtime period.