The last two Central Section boys teams standing in the state high school basketball playoffs fell Saturday night in Round II, but four girls teams moved on to regional semifinals including Clovis in an upset.
And the section’s top girls team, Clovis West, won Friday night to reach the Open Division semifinals.
The Central boys were hoping to keep a Cinderella run through the Northern California Division I bracket going – but ran into another team still trying out glass slippers. No. 13-seeded Menlo-Atherton came into the No. 12 Grizzlies’ gym and won 64-56.
Central led 33-29 before Menlo went on a 24-6 run in the third quarter. Menlo’s J.D. Carson made a layup that gave the Knights a 37-35 lead and they coasted to the win.
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Cash Williams led the Central Section Division I champions (25-8) with 20 points.
“Great season for us,” Central coach Greg Streets said. “One more game further into the season than we went the previous two years. Hopefully we can build off this next year.”
Clovis girls advance
The seventh-seeded Clovis girls went to Aptos and came away with a 59-47 upset victory over the No. 2 Mariners in NorCal D-III. The win sends Clovis to the regional semifinals Tuesday night at No. 3 Christian Brothers-Sacramento.
Avery Evans led the way for the Cougars with 24 points. Taylor Correa added 23 points.
Three other Central Section girls teams advanced:
▪ Top-seeded Sierra Pacific rolled past No. 8 Firebaugh 74-40 in SoCal D-V). Next up for the Golden Bears is a home game Tuesday night against No. 4 Grace Brethren-Simi Valley.
Josh Allen, the Firebaugh native who is in the mix to be the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, caused a stir by showing up for Saturday’s game. His sister Makenna is an Eagles junior.
▪ No. 5 Mission Oak defeated No. 13 Carson 72-63 in SoCal D-III. The Hawks jumped to a 23-10 first-quarter lead and never looked back. Kambrayia Elzy scored 35 points for Mission Oak and Rhegan Fernandes added 18.
▪ No. 4 San Joaquin Memorial defeated No. 5 Colfax 54-45 in NorCal D-IV. Next up is top-seeded Woodside Priory-Portola Valley.
Also in D-IV, the SoCal 12th-seeded Fresno Warriors nearly pulled off a second upset before falling 65-61 at No. 4 Knight-Palmdale, and SoCal No. 7 Immanuel lost 45-35 at Foothill Tech-Ventura.
And in boys action, No. 7 Sanger fell to No. 2 Pleasant Valley-Chico 63-45 in NorCal D-III.