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SCCS boys hoops hits a milestone

Prep basketball: Cardinals move on to first semifinal in school history

Posted: February 25, 2014 10:45 p.m.
Updated: February 25, 2014 10:45 p.m.
 

As historical wins go, this one won’t go into the ultra-dramatic category.

The Santa Clarita Christian Cardinals boys basketball will move on to a CIF semifinal game for the first time in school history after beating the Shalhevet Firehawks of Los Angeles 55-30 on Tuesday night at Shalhevet High.

The Cardinals (19-5) were able to empty their bench in the fourth quarter for the second straight playoff game.

“It’s very exciting. We’re very proud of the guys. They played great defense,” said SCCS head coach James Mosley.

On Tuesday night, SCCS’ defense which was stifling from beginning to end against the Mulholland League champion Firehawks (15-6).

SCCS was led by Cameron Lewis’ 18 points. The junior guard was playing just his second game since returning from a foot injury that kept him out three weeks.

“He just really gives us another aspect,” Mosley said. “He’s been injured our whole league schedule.”

In addition to Lewis, SCCS got 12 points and 12 rebounds from Phillip Webb and 10 points and seven rebounds from Chris Collins.

SCCS point guard Kamron Carroll also ran the offense well and scored four points while adding five assist and eight rebounds.

“Ultimately it was really just the energy and the effort,” Mosley said. “The kids were all over the place.”

The Cardinals led 10-7 after one quarter and extended the advantage to 24-12 by halftime.

For Shalhevet, Simcha Halpert scored 13 points and Eitan Halpert added 10 points, but the rest of the team was held in check.

Only four Shalhevet players scored.

“We kind of came out and it took us a second and we kind of jumped on them and it kind of snowballed and they couldn’t get into a rhythm,” Mosley said of Shalhevet.

In the semifinals on Friday, SCCS will travel to play Capistrano Valley Christian.

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