Darrin Person Jr. punctuated a 34-point night by scoring on a post move with 6.3 seconds remaining as Immanuel High’s boys basketball team won 58-57 at top-seeded Burbank 58-57 Tuesday to advance to the CIF Southern California Regional Division IV final.
Michael Odom assisted on Person’s basket and Nate Kendricks then secured the decision with a steal as the fifth-seeded Eagles (23-8) closed with a 17-6 run to end it.
Person, who has signed with Cal State Bakersfield, delivered 12 points in the fourth quarter as Immanuel outscored the Southern Section team 19-8. He now has 2,284 points in a four-year career – No. 8 all-time in the Central Section, according to historian Bob Barnett.
2,284 Four-year career scoring total for Immanuel’s Darrin Person Jr. after scoring 33 Tuesday night
Burbank (25-10) had scored to take a 57-56 lead with 14.4 seconds left.
Kendricks scored 19 points for Immanuel, which will play at second-seeded Helix-La Mesa (30-5) in the San Diego area at 6 p.m. Saturday.
The Sierra Pacific girls, along with Clovis West the only other Central Section teams still alive in the playoffs, lost 57-45 at Village Christian-Sun Valley in its D-IV semifinal.
Sierra Pacific (29-5) led by two in the third quarter, fell behind by eighth in the fourth and got back within two at 45-43 midway through the fourth quarter before the Crusaders pulled away.