Southern California boys basketball: St. John Bosco Winter Classic night 3 roundup

BELLFLOWER — The St. John Bosco Winter Classic continued on Wednesday with consolation and quarterfinal action.

In consolation action in game one, Hesperia took down Compton Centennial 65-28. Hesperia’s Jonathan McCullough scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Antonio Singleton added 20 points. An assistant coach from Cal State Dominguez Hills took in the action.

In consolation game two, La Mirada edged Warren 58-57. Matador guard Jalen Reyes scored a two-point basket with 22 seconds left in the game to give La Mirada the win. Reyes finished with 26 points and Matador guard Jalen Cole scored 20. Jahvy Medearis led Warren with 19 points.

La Mirada was without star sophomore George Ochoa who was out with a wrist injury.

“It’s a big win for us,” La Mirada head coach Randy Oronoz said. “We’ve been losing a lot of close games, we’ve got a lot of young talent. We’re glad to have some senior leadership from Jalen Reyes. Missing a kid who averages 20 points per game, it was a team effort today and we needed that.”

In the first quarterfinal matchup, St. Anthony annihilated Gahr 83-37. Saints senior Jadon Jones scored 22 points despite sitting the majority of the second half.

The most exciting moment in the St. Anthony game came when Jones threw down a vicious put-back dunk in the first half.

“You don’t plan those,” Jones said. “You see if you can go get one and I did.”

St. Anthony is 10-0 and has blown out eight of their opponents. They have legitimate Open Division aspirations.

“I think the Open Division is a realistic goal,” Jones said. “We’re undefeated. Wherever we land is where we land. We’re just going to give it our all and try and win.”

In the final game of the night, Long Beach Poly beat Crespi 68-55. Poly junior Peyton Watson scored 30 points and snagged 11 rebounds in the win. Crespi freshman Mike Price scored 29 points for the Celts in defeat.

Watson was held scoreless in the third quarter, but did what star players do in the fourth. He scored 14 points in the final frame to lead his team to victory.

Price is one of the top freshman in Southern California. He’s a name to know for high school basketball fans in the region, his time is coming.

Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak took in both of the semifinal games.

In the semifinals on Friday, Long Beach Poly will play St. Anthony. Quarterfinal action continues tomorrow with St. John Bosco playing Cerritos and Rancho Verde playing Loyola.

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