Bonita photos by Beth Qualine, and SDHS pictures from Robert Ketterling
The only way a great rivalry can sustain itself is when both schools are worthy of that designation.
For a long, long time, San Dimas vs Bonita continues to be one of the San Gabriel’s best rivalries.
And Tuesday night’s quarterfinal round, CIF-SS Division 3A nailbiter was a perfect example of that.
In a back-and-forth contest, Bonita left SDHS with a 59-58 victory to earn a spot in Saturday’s semifinal round.
Trailing by one point late, Colton Perez got fouled and made both shots.
Following both free-throws, Bonita Coach Tim Godley said one of his assistants suggested they press San Dimas.
He agreed, they did, and the Saints turned the ball over.
Two guys that hadn’t played much all season because of injury played starring roles.
Jake Quintana, in just his second game all year (meniscus), hit four 3-pointers and scored 20 points.
Colton Perez, who missed much of the regular season just came back last week and had 20 of his own, including the late foul shots.
In Bonita’s second-round victory over top-seeded Paraclete, Perez was 8-for-8 from the line in the fourth quarter, and tonight, he went 6-for-6.
San Dimas got 12 points apiece from Nathan Yearout and Logan Hodson.
Hodson tallied eight rebounds and three assists.
Aaron Park, one of the area’s most effective floor generals, ended his prep career with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists.
David Liese chipped in with 10 points and Ethan Chavez had eight for the Saints.
Andrew Sanchez came up big with nine points, while Jake Matsui had five, and Josh Kim contributed four in Tuesday’s win.
Bonita had a 7-6 advantage in 3-pointers made, and went 8-of-9 from the free-throw line.
The Saints converted on 12-of-17 from the charity stripe.
Up next: The Bearcats will host San Gabriel Academy on Saturday night.
The Eagles (19-14) defeated Valley Torah, 66-53, on Tuesday.
Bonita coach, Tim Godley: “We got into foul trouble, and the game came down to the last two possessions. We were down one and Colton got fouled and made both. We were up one, and one of our assistant coaches suggested we press them. We did that and they turned the ball over. Colton came up big and had just returned after being out since December, and Jake Quintana was only playing in his second game of the year after tearing his meniscus. I am just really proud of our guys for grinding that out. It needs to be said that San Dimas has a very good team. They are hard to guard on a number of fronts. You have to guard everybody.
We got a couple of stops when we needed them, and we were able to get the ball to the right matchup. Josh Kim (defensively) Kenwood (rebounds) Andrew Sanchez (key buckets) really played a big role as well.”
San Dimas coach, Jeremy Ketterling: “I am really proud of our guys tonight, I thought both teams played well. It was definitely a playoff atmosphere with an electric crowd. At the end of the day, Bonita just made one more play than us.”
Bonita senior, Colton Perez: “I live for moments like that (being at the free-throw line with the game on the line). We were hoping that we could get healthy before the playoffs, and the timing just worked out. To earn a spot in the semifinals by having to beat our rival is one of the best feelings ever. But we respect San Dimas. They work hard on every play and don’t give you anything. You have to earn it to beat them.”
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Bonita scoring: Colton Perez 20, Jake Quintana 20, Andrew Sanchez 9, Jake Matsui 5, Josh Kim 4, Hunter Smith 1
San Dimas scoring: Logan Hodson 12, Nathan Yearout 12, Aaron Park 12, David Liese 10, Ethan Chavez 8, Ryan Quach 5, Levi Sinclair 1
Records: Bonita (19-12); San Dimas (25-7)
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