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CIF-SS V-A Championship--Price
Demolish Stoneridge Prep--(Mar. 1, 2002)
CIF-SS Division V-A Boy's Championship Game
Jack Pollan's Stoneridge Prep team, as he's been telling us all year, had already accomplished their goals for the season: A league title, a 20+ win season, and they made it to the finals of the CIF-SS Boys' Division V title game. The players were happy, joking on the bus, and they assumed they'd be competitive and give Price a game. At least that was the theory.
Coach Michael Lynch's Price team, on the other hand, was deadly serious, and having won three straight Southern Section titles, they weren't about to take this game lightly. In fact this game wasn't necessarily their goal, but simply a means to their ultimate reward, which will be a third straight State Division V title in about three weeks time in Sacramento.
We'd like to say that this was an exciting game, but it just wasn't. Price was methodical, playing good, solid fundamental basketball, whereas Stoneridge was just about anything but methodical, and they were about as far from fundamentally sound in this game as we've ever seen them, at times resembling a group of street ballers, with no look passes sailing wildly out of bounds, shots careening madly off the glass and all over the court, but basically winding up anywhere but in the hoop.
The final score? Price 84, Stoneridge Prep 46.....but it wasn't nearly that close. At the end of the first half, the score was 49-17, and that was after Stoneridge managed to close a 35-5 gap midway through the second quarter. Price jumped out to a 25-3 first quarter lead, and it was over well before it even started.
Stoneridge wasn't without its bright spots: James Spencer finished with 18 points, and its a shame that the wildly acrobatic but unbelievably inconsistent Leon Usher didn't look for the Wildcats' season-leading scorer more often. Usher finished with 4 points, 2 assists, and what might be a record: 13 turnovers in 21 minutes of play. No other Stoneridge player finished in double figures.
Price was led by junior Derrick Williams who scored 19 points, and Kalief Washington with 13. Frank Peace scored 11 and point guard Paul Simon had 10. Williams shot 9-12 from the field (75%) and Schuyler McKay went 3-4 from the field.
There's not much else to say about the game other than what's in the box score. Look for Price to play the loser of the San Diego or Central D-V games in the State Tournament which starts next week....We think it would be unlikely that they'll play the runner-up in V-AA, Ribet, but then you never know. Stoneridge is probably going to be playing Immanual at Immanuel if we had to guess.....
Here's the box score from the game:
|Total FG||1st Half||21/36||583||2nd Half||14/34||412||Game||35/70||500|
|2PT FG||1st Half||0/2||0||2nd Half||0/0||0||Game||0/2||0|
|Free Throws||1st Half||7/9||778||2nd Half||7/11||636||Game||14/20||700|
Home: Stoneridge Prep
|Total FG||1st Half||5/30||167||2nd Half||10/32||312||Game||15/62||242|
|2PT FG||1st Half||1/5||200||2nd Half||3/12||250||Game||4/17||235|
|Free Throws||1st Half||6/11||545||2nd Half||6/9||667||Game||12/20||600|
Price 25 24
Stoneridge 3 14 9 20--46
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