Buckley tops Whittier Christian

first_img leading 67-63 after Tom Granado calmly made two free throws with 1:56 to play, roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA HABRA – Whittier Christian High School’s remarkable boys basketball season came to an abrupt end when Buckley grabbed a 69-67 victory over the Heralds in Tuesday night’s CIF-Southern Section, Division IV-A quarterfinal playoff game. The Alpha League champions, not only didn’t score again, and turned the ball over on its next-to-last possession. “A game like that is tough to swallow,” Heralds coach Sherwin Durham said. “Unfortunately, we work to get ourselves set up to make a good run at the finals and we don’t take advantage of the opportunity.” Whittier Christian made just two of 16 shots and trailed, 18-5, after one quarter. The Heralds then put together a spirited rally behind Jake Ries’ 10 points, including two 3-point baskets and eight points from Granado to trail 33-28 at halftime. Granado continued his run with 10 points as the score changed hands six times in the third quarter and Whittier Christian trailed, 48-47, going into the final period. Granado led all scorers with 27 points. Poland had 25. center_img Richie Polan’s put-back basket seconds earlier had given Buckley (23-6) a 68-67 lead and after the Heralds’ turnover, he made one of two free throws for what turned out to be the final margin. Whittier Christian (25-5) brought the ball to midcourt and Randy Oronoz called time out with 6.9 seconds left, but when play resumed, Zach Torres’ last-ditch, 10-foot jumper from the baseline was short and the Griffins got the rebound. last_img read more