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Patriots down Serra, face RB in playoffs


EastCountySports.com staff report

SAN DIEGO – The Christian Patriots are among the most talked about teams expected to play the role of a surprise club come this week’s CIF playoffs.

The Patriots finished the regular season 15-13 after Friday’s 67-40 win at Serra High.

The Patriots finished 8-4 in the ultra-tough Western League, finishing behind St. Augustine and Cathedral Catholic.

In turn, Christian High will host Rancho Bernardo (14-13) on Wednesday in the opening round of the San Diego CIF Division I playoffs.

Coach DAVION FAMBER’s Broncos were given the No. 8 seed, while the Broncos had to settle for the ninth-seed and a trip to the Ryan Athletic Center.

Senior JACKSON LARSEN scored 22 points and 11 rebounds against the Conquistadors on Friday night, as the Pats busted out in the third quarter with a 26-7 edge after leading by five at halftime.

“(That) game was a good example of what happens when we click as a whole,” Christian senior CAMERON DEJESUS said. “In the beginning of the year, we were still learning how to be a team with all the new additions but now we’ve figured it out.”

Junior KOBE SANDERS and freshman VINNY SIGNORELLI both added nine points for Christian High.

“I was put in a great position this year with a great team and an amazing coach,” Sanders said. “Most of my success comes from great ball movement and my teammates finding me when I’m open.”

For Sanders, his old team played well down the stretch and in league competition but missed the playoffs.

No doubt, that club would’ve been bolstered by his play, but for now, his season goes on with a hot club that thinks they can shock a few teams.

“I believe this team was a perfect fit for me and I’m thankful for everything they’ve done for me,” Sanders said. “They have helped me grow and strive for more.

“This season our focus has been getting stops and picking up our defensive intensity. We know with our talent and teamwork we will put up big numbers in games, we just need to create havoc on the defensive end. This has been our mentality going into our last couple games including the one last night.”

The game was the Q’s was tied 13-all after one quarter but when the Patriots hit their stride, they looked like the team that owns wins over Mission Bay and Cathedral, earned just over a week ago.

“We had to go into a hostile environment on their senior night and grind out a win,” Sanders said. “Our defense was great, but one thing that stood out in that game was our ball movement. It was probably our best game sharing and moving the ball. Going into the playoffs we’re going to be hard to beat if we play like that.”

Christian’s MILES WILLIAMS had eight points in the win, going 3-for-3 from the field.

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