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Patriots rally late, but Dons survive; Knights fall to LJCD

Christian High during a time out on Friday night at Cathedral Catholic

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP BOYS BASKETBALL

CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC 75, CHRISTIAN 70

EastCountySports.com staff report

SAN DIEGO The Christian Patriots dropped a thriller to the 12th-ranked Cathedral Catholic Dons, tying the game in the final minutes before Cathedral earned the big Western League win, 75-70, on Friday night

The Dons outscored the Patriots 25-16 in the third quarter but Christian eventually tied the game fourth quarter behind the scoring of seniors JACKSON LARSEN and KOBE SANDERS.

Larsen scored 13 points of his 26 points in the fourth quarter as the Pats tied the score at 67-all in the final minute.

Larsen had a couple of early field goals, including a three-pointer, to help the Patriots to an early 9-4 advantage against the 12th-ranked Dons.

However, Cathedral rallied to take a 21-13 lead at the end of the period.

The Patriots would get on track in a big way in the second quarter.

Sanders opened the period with a three-pointer for Christian.

Larsen had six of his 11 first-half points in the quarter and MILES WILLIAMS added another pair of baskets to bring the Pats to within 34-42 at intermission.

Patriot senior JAVIER JIMENEZ had a three-pointer to get things going in the third, then DESEAN LYNCH made a basket to give Christian a 39-38 lead.

Sanders had another three-ball late in the quarter, but Christian High trailed, 59-48, at the end of three quarters.

Sanders and Larsen led another Patriot rally in the fourth quarter, combining for 12 points to move to within 64-60 midway through the period.

Sanders and Williams both finished with 12 points for the Pats, while Jimenez contributed 10 points.

LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY 72, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 67 – The fourth-ranked Foothills Christian Knights were outscored 17-10 in the fourth quarter as the sixth-ranked Torreys walked out of the Cuyamaca College gym with a Coastal League victory on Friday night.

The Knights led 19-14 after one quarter, but the Torreys had a 6-0 run to take the lead.

However, Foothills Christian led 38-34 at halftime behind 13 points from junior YASSINE GHARRAM.

The Knights took their biggest lead of the game in the third quarter, 36-30, with five minutes to play in the period.

Once again, LJCD battled back, tying the game at 55-all with a minute to play in the third. The Knights clung to a 57-55 lead entering the fourth.

Foothills Christian fell to 1-2 in the Coastal League. It is the first time the Knights have suffered two league losses since joining the CIF’s San Diego Section.

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