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Boys' basketball: St. John Bosco cruises to 3A title

March 2, 2013 | 12:08 pm

At its best, St. John Bosco might be as good as any team in California.

All season long Coach Derrick Taylor's squad has been touted as the most talented in the Southland and on Saturday morning fans at the Anaheim Convention Center were given a taste of what the Braves are capable of doing when firing on all cylinders.

Senior forward Isaac Hamilton had 23 points and sophomore point guard Tyler Dorsey added 22 as St. John Bosco's high-octane offense was in high gear throughout a 79-56 rout of Chaminade in the Southern Section Division 3A championship game.

"We've had our share of doubters this year, so we always feel like we have something to prove," said Isaac Hamilton, who has signed with UTEP. "We win when it counts and when we play like this the sky's the limit."

Daniel Hamilton and Darien Williams each added 14 points for St. John Bosco, which qualified for the Division III state playoffs but can petition the CIF to participate in the new Open Division.

"I'm not even sure how it all works but we'll go anywhere they place us," Taylor said. "I wouldn't mind staying in Division III, but if we go Open that's okay too."

The top-seeded Braves (24-6) put the game away with a 14-0 run after Chaminade pulled to within two points early in the third quarter. The lead grew to as many as 25 points in the fourth quarter.

Junior forward Jack Williams led the third-seeded Eagles (24-7) with 16 points and senior guard Jaron Martin added 13.

-- Steve Galluzzo