Basketball/ Mar 12 2022

Damien Wins CIF State Division 1 Championship; Kaleb Smith’s 23 Points Leads Spartans to 65-57 Victory Over Clovis North

Boys Basketball: To say that Kaleb Smith was at his best on the sport’s biggest stage would be an understatement. The Damien senior had a team-high 23 points in Friday’s 65-57 victory over Clovis North in the CIF State Division 1 championship game. Smith hit 9-of-11 shots from the field, including two 3-pointers, and went […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Mar 09 2022

Damien Wins CIF State D-1 So Cal Regional Title After 58-53 Victory Over Crean Lutheran; Spartans Headed to Sacramento to Play for State Championship

Photos by Jim McCormack for the OC Sports Zone Boys Basketball: Damien finished what it started on Tuesday night. The Spartans used five and seven-point advantages in the first and fourth quarters, respectively, to earn a spot in the CIF State Division 1 championship game this Friday in Sacramento. Damien edged visiting Crean Lutheran, 58-53, […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Mar 07 2022

Game Preview: Damien Hosts Crean Lutheran in Tuesday’s CIF State Division 1 Southern California Regional Final

Pictured L-R: RJ Smith, Jimmy Oladokun, Spivey Word & Kaleb Smith Boys Basketball: Who: Crean Lutheran vs Damien What: CIF State Division 1 So Cal Regional Final Where: Damien High School When: Tuesday at 6 Damien and Crean Lutheran meet up Tuesday night in a much-anticipated sequel. Twenty-five days ago, the Spartans overcame a 20-point […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Mar 06 2022

Damien Earns Spot in CIF State Division 1 Regional Final; Spartans Defeat St. Bernard, 70-65, on Saturday Night

Pictured L-R: Kaleb Smith & Jimmy Oladokun Boys Basketball: Damien is now one win away from a spot in the CIF State Division 1 title game. The Spartans defeated visiting St. Bernard, 70-65, in the semifinal round of the So Cal Regionals. Damien got double digit points from four of its five starters. Jimmy Oladokun […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Mar 04 2022

Damien’s Second Half Surge Leads Spartans to 66-56 Victory Over JSerra in Second Round of CIF State Division 1 Playoffs

Boys Basketball: Damien won its 29th game of the season on Thursday. The Spartans got a balanced offensive effort in a 66-56 victory over JSerra in the second round of the CIF State Division 1 playoffs. All five of Damien’s starters had eight points or more. JSerra’s Robert Diaz hit five 3-pointers and had a […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Mar 02 2022

Damien Opens CIF State Division 1 Playoffs With 31-Point Victory Over Mission Hills; Spartans Host JSerra on Thursday

Boys Basketball: It had been 10 days since Damien last played. The Spartans finished CIF-SS Open Division Pool Play 1-2, including consecutive losses to Centennial Corona and Bishop Montgomery. Damien, though, opened CIF State Division 1 play with an 81-50 victory over Mission Hills. Spivey Word and RJ Smith both contributed 19 points each. Jimmy […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Feb 19 2022

Bishop Montgomery Defeats Damien, 61-47, in Final Round of CIF-SS Open Division Pool Play

Boys Basketball: The remarkable 2021-22 season is over for Damien. Bishop Montgomery defeated the Spartans, 61-47, on Friday night. It was only the second game this season that saw Damien outscored in all four quarters. Jimmy Oladokun led the Spartans with 13, points and RJ Smith had 11. Xavier Edmonds had a game-high 16 points […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Feb 16 2022

Providence Edges Walnut, 63-58, in Tuesday’s CIF-SS Division 3AA Playoffs

Boys Basketball: Walnut’s successful 2021-22 season came to an end on Tuesday night. The Mustangs fell, 63-58, in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 3AA playoffs. Providence outscored Walnut by 10 points in the second half. Malik Khouzam had 15 points, five assists and three steals. Tyler Stevens contributed 13 points. Ryan Win chipped […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Feb 16 2022

Salgado’s 24 Points & 10-of-10 Effort From Free-Throw Line Leads SDHS to 64-59 Victory Over Wiseburn Da Vinci in Second Round of D-4AA Playoffs

Photos by Robert Ketterling Boys Basketball: It would appear that Zaye Salgado did not want his high school career to end on Tuesday night. The San Dimas senior had a game-high 24 points in the Saints’ 64-59 victory over Wiseburn Da Vinci in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 4AA playoffs. Salgado also went […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Feb 16 2022

Bosco Tech Edges Marshall Fundamental, 60-59, in Second Round of CIF-SS Division 5AA Playoffs

Boys Basketball: Marshall Fundamental outscored Bosco Tech, 35-28, in the second half of their CIF-SS Division 5AA second-round playoff game. The Tigers, however, held on for a 60-59 win. The Eagles went into the half at Bosco Tech trailing by eight points, and left everything they had on the floor. Bosco Tech got a game-high 30 […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Feb 16 2022

Centennial Dominates Damien, 71-48, in Battle of State’s No. 1 & No. 4 Programs; Huskies Improve to 2-0 in CIF-SS Open Division Pool Play

Boys Basketball: Centennial Corona proved yet again why Josh Giles’ program is the top-ranked program in California. The Huskies comfortably defeated the state’s No. 4 team, 71-48, in Tuesday’s second round of (CIF-SS Open Division) pool play. The boys from Corona took a 37-19 lead into the half, and never let Damien get into striking […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Feb 12 2022

Jermaine Rogers Scores 20 Points in Ayala’s 51-29 Victory Over Laguna Hills in the First Round of CIF-SS Division-3A Playoffs

Photos by Josh Thompson Boys Basketball: Ayala saved its best for Friday’s showdown with Laguna Hills in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 3A playoffs. The Bulldogs outscored the Hawks, 24-5, in the fourth quarter, and claimed a 51-29 victory. Jermaine Rogers scored 10 of his game-high 20 points in the decisive fourth quarter. […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Feb 12 2022

Down 20 Points in Second Quarter, Damien Storms Back & Defeats Crean Lutheran, 64-59, in First Round of Open Division Playoffs

Boys Basketball: Of Damien’s 27 victories in the 2021-22 season, this had to be the most consequential and impressive. The Spartans trailed by 20 points in the second quarter at Crean Lutheran. No biggie. Mike LeDuc’s boys regrouped, outscored the Saints 39-22 in the second half, and claimed a 64-59 victory in the first round […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Feb 12 2022

Jack Benyshek’s 32 Points Leads Simi Valley to 70-62 Victory Over Pasadena in First Round of CIF-SS Division 2AA Playoffs

Boys Basketball: Pasadena saw its season come to an end in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 2AA playoffs. The Bulldogs fell, 70-62, at Simi Valley. Simi Valley’s Jack Benyshek scored 22 of his game-high 32 points in the first half. And Benyshek was 6-of-7 from the free throw line. Ryan Poole led Pasadena […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Feb 12 2022

Thousand Oaks Ends Glendora’s Season, 59-46, in First Round of CIF-SS Division 2A Playoffs; Braydon Wooldridge Leads Way w/15 Points

Photos by Carlo Montalbo Boys Basketball: Glendora had a cold shooting night on Friday. And it was costly. The Tartans fell at Thousand Oaks, 59-46, in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 2A playoffs. After winning a Division 3A championship last season, GHS was moved up to D-2A. Braydon Wooldridge led Glendora with 15 […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Feb 12 2022

Armen Darakchyan Goes Off For 27 Points in Marshall Fundamental’s 61-51 Victory Over Bassett in First Round of CIF D-5AA Playoffs

Boys Basketball: Who says entering the playoffs on a two-game losing streak is a bad thing? Not the Marshall Fundamental boys basketball program. After dropping consecutive Mission Valley League games to South El Monte and Mountain View, the Eagles opened the CIF-SS Division 5AA playoffs at home against Bassett. Marshall used an eight-point, fourth-quarter advantage […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Feb 11 2022

Tonight’s Boys Hoops Playoff Schedule: Damien, Ranked Fifth in State by Maxpreps, Travels to No. 10 Crean Lutheran, in Open Division

Pictured L-R: Damien’s Jimmy Oladokun & Spivey Word Boys Basketball: Wednesday’s Wild Card Score: Division 4AA: Muir 84, Mesrobian 16 Tonight’s First Round Games: Open Division: Damien at Crean Lutheran Division 1: Los Osos at Colony San Clemente at Etiwanda St. Francis at Santa Clarita Christian Division 2A: Glendora at Thousand Oaks Maranatha at Crescenta […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Feb 09 2022

First Round of CIF-SS Boys Basketball Playoff Schedule: Damien Travels to Crean Lutheran in Open Division

Boys Basketball: Wednesday’s Wild Card: Division 4AA: Muir 84, Mesrobian 16 Tonight’s First Round Games: Open Division: Damien at Crean Lutheran Division 1: Los Osos at Colony San Clemente at Etiwanda St. Francis at Santa Clarita Christian Division 2A: Glendora at Thousand Oaks Maranatha at Crescenta Valley La Salle at Santa Monica Division 2A: Pasadena […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Feb 05 2022

Smith & Jacobson Help Carry GHS to 76-68 Victory at Claremont; Tartans Finish in Second Place Tie w/Ayala in Palomares League

Photos by Carlo Montalbo & stats from Cliff Hamlow Boys Basketball: One of the area’s best 1-2 punches played their last regular season high school game together. And Noah Smith and Luke Jacobson didn’t disappoint. Smith had 22 points, three rebounds and three assists, and Jacobson provided 15 points, 18 rebounds and six assists. GHS […]

By Brian Baiotto


Basketball/ Feb 05 2022

Isaiah May’s 18 Points Leads La Salle to a 53-40 Victory Over Salesian in Friday’s Regular Season Finale

Boys Basketball: La Salle trailed by three points after the first quarter to visiting Salesian in Friday’s regular season finale. But the Lancers outscored the Mustangs, 43-27 the rest of the way, and claimed a 53-40 victory. La Salle finished as the Camino Real League’s third-place team. Isaiah May led the way with 18 points. […]

By Brian Baiotto