Mira Costs Ends Damien’s Season w/a 49-41 Victory in the Quarterfinal Round of the CIF-SS Division 1 Playoffs

Feb 15 2023 02:51:11

Boys Basketball:

Damien entered the 2022-23 season having to replace all five starters from the state championship team of a year ago.

And the Spartans finished an impressive year at 26-6, including a second-place showing in the Baseline League standings.

On Tuesday, Mira Costa ended the DHS season with a 49-41 victory in the quarterfinal round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs.

The Mustangs used a 13-6 advantage in the fourth quarter to edge the Spartans.

Damien’s offense scored just 13 points in the second half.

DHS junior, Xavier Clinton, had game highs in points (16) and 3-pointers made (5).

Nate Garcia finished a remarkable sophomore season with 10 points.

Will Householter led Mira Costa with 15, and Preston Ezewiro had 12.

Householter scored nine fourth-quarter points, including going 7-of-9 from the free-throw line in the final period.

Eli Garner chipped in with seven points and Lucas Arrieta had five.

Box Score:
D: 14-14-7-6-(41)
MC: 15-10-12-13-(49)

Damien scoring: Xavier Clinton 16, Nate Garcia 10, Eli Garner 7, Lucas Arrieta 5, Caiden Brown 2, Elijah Brown 1

Mira Costa scoring: Will Householter 15, Preston Ezewiro 12, Nick Lundy 8, Jacob De Armas 7, Eneasi Piuleini 3, Dylan Black 2, Trey Pearce 2

Records: Damien (26-6); Mira Costa (28-2)