Local teams battle on court in playoffs

Most of the local boys’ basketball teams that qualified for the postseason have been eliminated.That list includes Cypress High, which fell to Santiago in the second round of the CIF Division-IA bracket. The Centurions lost that matchup 52-49 on Tuesday, Feb. 19.The Centurions, who took second place in the Empire League, finished the season with a 21-8 overall record.In the first round, they bested Burroughs with a 50-40. Jalen Hall led the team with a game-high 22 points. Additionally, Jason Rouse, who played great at the boards on both ends of the court, ended with 11 pointsSantiago will now face El Tor in the quarterfinal round today, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.A handful of other local teams have been eliminated from the postseason.Servite, which secured an at-large bid in Division-IIIAAA play, managed to advance to the quarterfinal round. It did this by topping Arroyo 60-47 in the first round on Wednesday, Feb. 13. It then returned to action against Sonora in the second round. This time it squeaked by with a 44-40 victory to face Brea Olinda. However, it finally fell 55-39 on Tuesday, Feb. 19.Most of the other local teams lost in the first round.Los Alamitos, which took second in the Sunset League, fell in Division-I action, losing 81-69 to Silverado.Savanna, the No. 9 seed in the Division-IIA bracket and champion of the Orange League, was bounced from the competition in an upset by Woodbridge, the third place squad from the Pacific Coast League. Woodbridge advanced with a 54-42 victory.Both Katella, which finished in second place in the Orange League, and Loara, the runner-up in the Golden West League, suffered opening round losses in Division-IA action. Katella was topped by Aliso Niguel, which took third in its league, with a 66-41 loss. Loara, on the other hand, fell 55-43 to Burbank, the No. 4 team from the Pacific League.Century, the No. 3 team from the Orange League, fell to Santa Margarita in the first round. That contest ended with a score of 59-29.The one team that remains alive is Tustin, the champion of the Empire League. It defeated Cerritos, San Bernidino and Bonita to reach the semifinal round, where it will face host Compton today, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.

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