Boys' basketball: Late surge gives Damien 3AA title
The Spartans responded like champions by outscoring Santa Margarita 18-6 over the final eight minutes and won 54-40 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Forward Ayodeji Adedeji had 18 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Jeremy Hemsley added 17 points and four assists for second-seeded Damien (25-6), which led 13-11 after the first quarter but trailed 23-21 at halftime.
There were five ties and eight lead changes in a game where momentum seemed to swing on every possession.
Devonte Klines had 18 points and Ryan Merritt and Joe Furstinger each added eight apiece for the fifth-seeded Eagles (16-15), who reached the finals despite ending the regular season with 11 straight losses, a consequence of playing in the tough Trinity League.
-- Steve Galluzzo
Photo: Damien's Jared Dizon (left) is guarded by Santa Margarita's Devonte Klines in Thursday's Southern Section Division 3AA final. Credit: Steve Galluzzo / For The Times