Santa Monica High hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with roughly 20 seconds left Tuesday night to eliminate Clovis East 67-65 in the first round of the Southern California Regional Division I boys basketball playoffs.
Unseeded Clovis East (26-8), the Central Section champs, was outscored 20-15 in the final quarter. The Timberwolves' Kevin Bailey finished with 28 points.
Clovis East owned a 50-47 lead after the third quarter.
But Mater Dei (30-1), the region's top seed and considered the best team in the country according to some national rankings, simply was too much in the second half and outscored Buchanan by 18 in the third quarter behind a flurry of 3-pointers to take a 72-57 lead.
Alex Fertig led the Bears (22-8) with 14 points. "I'm really proud of the kids," Buchanan coach Eric Swain said. "[Mater Dei] had to play well in the second half to beat us. They played like they had three Pac-10 kids in the second half."
Compton 67, Memorial 63: The Tarbabes held the Panthers to five first-quarter points and Memorial never recovered.
Memorial was led by Collin Stover’s 24 points.
Verdugo Hills-Tujunga 74, Hoover 68: A bad beginning put the Patriots in too big of a hole.
Hoover (20-11) fell behind 18-7 after the first quarter and never got any closer than six points.
Dupree Hull had 25 points for the Patriots.
Pacific Hills-Los Angeles 63, Sierra 47: After falling behind 9-0 early, the Chieftains cut the deficit to 43-40 with 3 minutes left but couldn’t get any closer as the Bruins grabbed the road win.
Brandon Bill had 12 points on four 3-pointers before fouling out for Sierra (23-7), which ended its season with the most wins in school history.
Paraclete-Lancaster 62, Immanuel 56: Kyle Jackson scored 18 points for the Eagles (21-11), but it wasn't enough.
Wesley McCurtis' 26 points powered Paraclete.
Oaks Christian-Westlake Village 72, Kingsburg 50: The Vikings never got back in the game after the Lions' half-court trap led to a 12-0 run in the second quarter.
Nico Cantu led Kingsburg (16-13) with 14 points.
Yosemite 73, Granada Hills 49: The Badgers led the whole way, getting 30 points and 13 rebounds from Sydnee Fipps in an easy victory over the Highlanders.
Jenay Herring scored 23 points for Yosemite (30-3), which will face Edison-Huntington Beach on Thursday.
Agoura 83, Clovis North 40: The Broncos committed 28 turnovers and the fourth-seeded Chargers rolled to the victory.
Jessica Newman led Clovis North (20-10) with 15 points.
Fresno Christian 53, Poly-Pasadena 49: Paige Maltos hit a pair of free throws for the go-ahead points with a little less than 2 minutes left for the Eagles (22-7).
Maltos finished with 20 points.
Fresno Christian will play No. 3 Montclair Prep-Sepulveda.
Central Valley Christian 69, North County Christian-Atascadero 38: Amy Weststeyn scored 14 points as the Cavaliers (21-7) advanced to face top-seeded St. Anthony-Long Beach.