(Pasadena) – Pasasdena squandered all of a 16 point lead in the fourth quarter but recovered in time to escape with a 71-68 win over Downey Friday night in the first round of the Division 1AA CIF Playoffs.
The Bulldogs led 60-44 after three but a 22-6 Viking run evened things up with 1:18 left in the contest. Dre Spight then got the Bulldogs back on track with a short jumper in the lane and two free throws for a 70-66 lead. It was 70-68 when Nick Brown went to the line with less than ten seconds remaining. He hit the first free throw but the second one caromed off the rim and Downey raced up the floor with a shot to tie. Dakari Archer, who was Downey’s bread and butter all night, launched a three but it banged off the rim as time elapsed.
Archer had nearly half of the Vikings points finishing with 33. He had 13 in the second quarter alone. However it was Sal Carlos who led the charge in the fourth for Downey with 11 of the teams’ 24. Carlos scored 13 on the night and Jacob Garcia had 12.
Pasadena scored 20 points in the each of the first three quarters extending its lead in each frame. The Bulldogs led by 10 after one, 12 at the half and by 16 at the end of three before surviving the scare in the fourth.
Spight scored nine of Pasadena’s 11 points in the fourth quarter and led the Bulldogs with 18. Jeffrey McClendon started off hot with seven in the first and totaled 14 overall. Brandon Jolley added 13, Brown had eight and Raymond Jackson scored six.
D 10 18 16 24 68
P 20 20 20 11 71