California bound 6’4 guard Jordan Matthews says that he just love playing with his teammates at Santa Monica High School, but it took another brilliant game winning performance for him to do it one more time.
Matthews’ team had been leading Loyola and coach Jamal Adams for most of three quarters and when the Cubs los star point guard Parker Jackson Cartwright to an ankle injury late in the second half victory seemed almost certain.
However, the resilient Cubs fought back from deficits of 11 points twice in the game to tie it in the final seconds of the fourth quarter, but an early three point attempt game Santa Monica the ball with the scored deadlocked at 50.
With 14 seconds remaining and the clocked ticking down, Matthews caught a pass and pulled up from the three point arch, sinking it and pushing Santa Monica to Sacramento for the D-1 State finals March 23rd with a 53-50 victory.
“ I just love my teammates and I didn’t want our season to end. I want to keep playing with theses guys,” said an exciting Matthews following the game at Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario Saturday
In other Southern California Regional finals, Lynwood girls, Serra girls and Windward girls all advance to the State title games in Sacramento. Windward remained undefeated at 32-0 defeating Mater Dei for the Open crown, Lynwood and coach Ellis Barfield will play for the D-II title, Gardena Serra and will play for D-IV title. In boy’s action, Mater Dei avenged and CIF-SS final defeat to crush Etiwanda for the Open title, Pacific Hills upset Bishop Montgomery 73-69 to advance to the D-IV State Final. Jahmel Taylor pumped in 24 points and junior Namon Wright added 20 for the Bruins at Colony High School Saturday. Lamond Murray Jr. finished his season with 25 for the Knights.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL
Boys Open Division: Mater Dei 60, Etiwanda 37
Boys Division I: Santa Monica 53, Loyola 50
Boys Division II: Redondo 60, Riverside North 48
Boys Division III: San Diego St. Augustine 61, Chaminade 57
Boys Division IV: Pacific Hills 73, Bishop Montgomery 69
Boys Division V: San Diego Horizon 54, San Gabriel Academy 36
Girls Open Division: Windward 81, Mater Dei 71
Girls Division I: Long Beach Poly 63, Canyon Springs 40
Girls Division II: Lynwood 60, Bakersfield Ridgeview 42
Girls Division III: Alemany 60, Chaminade 47
Girls Division IV: Serra 63, St. Bernard 54
Girls Division V: Sierra Canyon 63, San Diego Horizon 62