Los Al dodges potentially painful shot

first_imgThe Griffins (25-4), who are looking to win their second straight CIF-SS title after capturing the I-AA crown last year, advance to the semifinals on Tuesday when they will play second-seeded M.L. King (27-3) at a site yet to be determined. “We got away with a blown assignment at the end,” Los Alamitos coach Russ May said. “I don’t know how that guy got so wide open. When I saw him shoot, I was like, where did he come from but I’m sure glad he missed.” LOS ALAMITOS – In the final seconds of the fourth quarter, the Etiwanda High boys basketball team had an excellent opportunity to beat Los Alamitos, but the Eagles lost when their last shot turned to mud. Xavier Mudd missed a wide-open 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have given Etiwanda the win but instead, the Griffins escaped with a 49-47 win in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division I-A playoffs at Los Alamitos High on Friday night. The Griffins played an excellent first half and wound up taking a 27-20 lead into halftime. The Eagles (22-8), however, came out on fire to start the third quarter, going on a 7-0 run to tie the game and they eventually took a 31-30 lead on a basket by Erick Ellis. The lead would change hands four more times by quarter’s end but Clint Amberry, who led all scorers with 21 points, hit a 3-pointer to give Los Alamitos a 36-35 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Neither team was able to take more than a three-point lead in the final eight minutes and the game came down to free throws. Darryl Davis made a free throw with 4.1 seconds left to give the Griffins a 49-47 lead but he missed the second. The Eagles grabbed the ball but instead of calling timeout, they raced down the floor where Mudd was left wide open on the baseline for his shot. center_img “That was the only time I doubted we were going to win,” Amberry said. “The whole game, we played hard and I just knew we were going to come out on top but then I saw him shoot and my heart stopped. “When he missed, I was relieved and excited at the same time.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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