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SCCS gets playoff run started

Posted: February 20, 2014 11:01 p.m.
Updated: February 20, 2014 11:01 p.m.

Santa Clarita Christian's Chris Collins, right center, shoots during Thursday night's game at SCCS.

 

Santa Clarita Christian boys basketball couldn’t wait to get its playoff run started.

Due to a scheduling conflict with its opponent, SCCS agreed to move its CIF-Southern Section Division VA second-round playoff game up a day to Thursday night.

It didn’t make a difference for the SCCS Cardinals, who coasted to a 64-38 win over the Tarbut V’Torah Lions of Irvine at SCCS.

“I thought we did just a good job coming out and being aggressive,” said SCCS head coach James Mosley. “The game plan was to come out and speed up and pressure the ball.”

Kamron Carroll scored 15 points and added six assists and six rebounds, though he and the rest of the Cardinals starting lineup were sitting on the bench for most of the second half.

SCCS (17-5) led 31-9 at halftime.

After winning the Heritage League and entering the postseason as the Division VA’s No. 3 seed, the Cardinals earned a first-round bye in the bracket.

Normally, the second round would have been played Friday, but Tarbut V’Torah requested a change for religious reasons.

SCCS was dominant from the start, jumping out to a 16-2 advantage in the first quarter.

For the Cardinals, Chris Collins added 12 points and 12 rebounds and Alik Airapetyan added 11 points.

Cameron Lewis, who was playing for the first time in three weeks since suffering a foot injury, came off the bench to score 10 points.

The win puts SCCS into the quarterfinals for the first time since 2010. In its quarterfinal game on Tuesday, SCCS will play against the winner of tonight’s Shalhevet vs. Valley Torah game.

“This group is trying to do special things and it is a special group,” Mosley said.

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