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Trailing 62-54 in the fourth quarter, Lawndale Coach Alex Acosta told his team to come out aggressive and focused, hoping to avoid playing their last game at home.

Consider the message delivered as they opened the quarter on 12-3 run and held off Estancia and their hot shooting senior guard Troy McClanahan to win their thrilling Division IV-A playoff opener 72-71.

McClanahan, who scored on 38 points on 12 3-pointers, had a chance to win with 1.4 seconds left but his shot from the top of the key missed. It was his first miss of the second half.

“I don’t think he hit the rim all night until then,” Acosta said, breathing a sigh of relief, “But we’ll take whatever we can get and move on.”

Marquel Jones led Lawndale (19-6) with 24 points while Markeith Cungious had 23 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks for the Cardinals.

Cardinals senior John Williams chipped in with 16 – including two late 3-pointers in the final minute to push Lawndale to a 72-68 lead – while he and Carlton Calloway played solid defense on McClanahan in the fourth quarter.

Estancia made their final push after Jones missed three free-throws in the final 30 seconds, closing the gap to one on McClanahan’s final three-pointer of the evening. On their final possession, their last-ditch lay-up was blocked by Cungious but as Cungious grabbed the rebound, he was called for traveling, setting up the final shot.

It’s the second playoff victory for Lawndale since the school reopened six years ago. Their next game will be Friday at Chaminade.

 

Southern Section Playoff Results (Boys – 1st Round)

Div. I-AA

Lynwood 73, Palmdale 60

Long Beach Poly 59, Montebello 36

Long Beach Jordan 82, Bell Gardens 59

Pasadena 72, Vista Murrieta 63

Long Beach Wilson 65, Oxnard 49

Dominguez 93, Miller 63

 

Div II-AA

Redondo 68, Burbank 58

Leuzinger 86, Servite 38

Simi Valley 66, Compton 62

 

Division III-AA

Campbell Hall 72, Antelope Valley 59

 

Div. IV-AA

Inglewood 69, Bosco Tech 16

Compton Centennial 69, Gladstone 41

Gardena Serra 67, Alemany 53

 

Div. IV-A

Price 73, Whittier Christian 45

Lawndale 72, Estancia 71

 

Div. V-AA

Verbum Dei 58, Silver Valley 28

 

Div. V-A

Windward 85, Bishop Diego 21

 

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