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SCCS hoops loses to View Park in state playoffs

Posted: March 15, 2014 10:55 p.m.
Updated: March 15, 2014 10:55 p.m.

Santa Clarita Christian's Phillip Webb (34) rises to the rim against View Park on Saturday in Inglewood.

INGLEWOOD — After Santa Clarita Christian’s 63-48 loss to View Park at St. Mary’s Academy on Saturday, fans and parents came up to Cardinals head coach James Mosley and thanked him for a great year.

Just minutes after being eliminated in the second round of the CIF State Division V playoffs, the Cardinals were happy with their season as a whole.

“We kept fighting and I was proud of that,” Mosley said. “But it was just a wonderful ride with these guys. They’re just a great group of kids and I’m thankful God brought them to me. I feel like we reached our potential.”

The Cardinals set a school record with their 21 wins this year. They also played in their first CIF-Southern Section championship game last week. And this second round game is the furthest they’ve made it into the state tournament.

However, the next step will have to come later as SCCS (21-7) started slowly and was never able to take a lead on the bigger Knights.

Eight turnovers in the first quarter had SCCS digging themselves out of an early hole in the first quarter.

The Knights (23-5) pushed out to an early 9-0 lead before Phillip Webb grabbed an offensive rebound and settled his team in.

The SCCS big man tandem of Webb and Chris Collins had the unenviable task of defending 6-foot-11-inch junior Chance Comanche, the eleventh ranked player at his position, according to ESPN Recruiting.

Comanche led all scorers with 22 points and was hard to get around in the paint, recording two blocks and altering numerous other shots.

“It was a solid win for us tonight,” said Knights head coach Ken Henderson. “(SCCS) has two solid bigs so we had to keep pressure on them to keep them from relaxing at all.”

After taking a 26-21 deficit into the half, SCCS had another slow start to open the second half. They were on the wrong end of a 15-4 run that widened the Knights’ lead to 41-25.

From there the Cardinals couldn’t recover.

Collins fouled out with 5:13 left in the game and from then on the Cardinals couldn’t do much more other than reflect on their year.

“We played hard as a team and had lots of energy,” said Webb. “It was a tough loss tonight but we tried our best. Our coaches were great this year and we made school history. That’s pretty crazy.”


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