Carpinteria made quick work of visiting Westmark early at home on Wednesday in the first round of the CIF-SS Div. 5AA playoffs, running away with a 78-41 win.
Carpinteria had a balanced attack on the offensive end, including a team-high 15 points from Dylan O’Neill who also added 11 rebounds to finish off the double-double effort.
Another 14 points came courtesy from Jose Suarez while 13 points and three assists came from Mateo Handall.
Jojo Gonzalez was great off the bench pouring in 10 points while also dishing out three assists and finally, Luke Nakasone, scored eight points, collected nine boards and totaled three assists in the Warriors 37-point victory.
“We are playing really good basketball. I have seen a little bit of improvement every day and we have turned a corner since midway through league and have been on that upward trajectory ever since,” Carpinteria coach Scott Sorich said.
Westmark’s leading scorer was Brandon Owen, who had 19 points.
Carpinteria will face Vistamar in the second round of the CIF-SS Div. 5AA playoffs on Friday, with the location to be determined as Vistamar does not have a usable home facility.
EASTSIDE 66, CATE 53
The Rams saw their season come to an end on Wednesday, as visiting Eastside won by 13.
Cate led after the first period and trailed by just one at the break.
Ethan Ng had 16 points in the first quarter alone for Cate (15-5) but in the third quarter, however, the Rams only scored three points and fell behind by 11.
Ng finished with 20 while Khadim Pouye added another 12 points and Nkemka Chukwumerije totaled seven in the loss.
“I am tremendously proud of our guys. Having moved up divisions in playoffs and competing with a very good team we can carry our heads high. We lose seniors Scott Holmes, Khadim Pouye, John Shelburne, Thomas Nettesheim, Parker May, and Ethan Ng who I will miss tremendously,” Cate coach Andrew Gil said.
Eastside’s leading scorer finished with a game-high 21 points.
CABRILLO 44, LA PUENTE 41
Cabrillo defeated La Puente in the first round of the CIF-SS Div. 4A by three points at home. With the win, the Conquistadores will face Beacon Hill on the road Friday.
Cabrillo trailed by five at the break and as many as nine, 26-17, in the third quarter before hitting some big buckets from deep to win the game.