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SCCS can’t cut Lions down

Santa Clarita Christian boys hoops end its playoff run in the quarterfinals

Posted: February 23, 2010 11:12 p.m.
Updated: February 24, 2010 4:30 a.m.

The Santa Clarita Christian boys basketball team saw its playoff run come to an end following a 67-45 home loss to Tarbut V’torah on Tuesday night in the CIF-Southern Section Division VIAA quarterfinals.

A large factor in the Cardinals’ struggles was its inability to match up with the size of the Lions.

“A lot of our guys are (6-foot-2-inches) or taller, and we feel that our size is a strong point going into almost every game,” said TVT’s standout guard and floor leader David Bruss.

Zach Bruss, the second half of TVT’s dynamic backcourt, scored 20 points. Rounding out the Lions’ offensive attack was forward Eric Advee, who added 19 points.

The Lions (22-3) will face either Hope or league rival Orangewood in the semifinals.

As for SCCS (19-7), the offseason has already begun.

“We have to get bigger, improve our physicality, and focus on getting multiple players involved in the offense,” said junior guard Brett Ranhofer, who led the Cardinals in scoring with 17 points.

Unfortunately for the Cardinals, next year’s success will have to be earned without the play of do-it-all swingman Davion Cotterell, who graduates this spring.

While Cotterell ended the night with 16 points, he closed the door on a stellar high school career.

“He is easily the first or second best player I have coached since I’ve been here,” said SCCS head coach James Mosley. “He may need a year to develop in college, but he hasn’t even scratched the surface of what he’s capable of yet.”

Cotterell said his days at SCCS have helped him achieve success off the court and on it.

“I have learned the game, I know how to honor the Lord in whatever I do, and I understand the fundamentals of team basketball,” said Cotterell, who ended the night in tears.



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