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Basketball roundup: Aaron Powell’s buzzer beater sends Campbell Hall to tournament final

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Campbell Hall’s Aaron Powell heaved a long 3-pointer that hung in the air for what seemed like an eternity as the clock was winding down. It was off the mark and hope looked loss, but only for a moment.

As Powell backpedaled after his missed shot, an errant pass from St. Francis fell to Powell, giving him another look. He didn’t squander it.

The second attempt – coming from near half court – fell straight through the hoop as time expired to give the Vikings a dramatic 55-52 win over St. Francis in the Classic at Damien Silver Division semifinal Thursday night.

Campbell Hall’s Aaron Powell hits a wild buzzer beater from near half court to beat St. Francis and advance to the @ClassicAtDamien’s Silver Division final.pic.twitter.com/UCvwVB3eJs

— Tarek Fattal (@Tarek_Fattal) December 30, 2022

“That’s my first game-winner in three years (at Campbell Hall),” Powell said. “It felt great.”

Powell scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter. Isaiah Johnson led Campbell Hall in scoring with 19 points.

Campbell Hall will play in the championship game against the winner of St. Anthony and La Mirada Friday night at 8 p.m. at Damien High in the Event Center.

PLATINUM DIVISION

Harvard-Westlake 78, Curtis (WA) 53: The Wolverines moved to 16-0 thanks to 18 points and 13 rebounds from Jacob Huggins and Brady Dunlap’s 16 points. Harvard-Westlake will play in the Classic at Damien’s Platinum Division final Friday night at 8:30 p.m. in the Athletic Center at Damien High.

West Ranch 65, Notre Dame 61 (OT): West Ranch defeated Notre Dame Sherman Oaks for the second time this season by way of a 25-point comeback. The Wildcats (15-1) trailed 38-13 at halftime before a full court press helped them get back into the game. West Ranch lead 54-51, but Notre Dame’s Mercy Miller hit a 3-pointer to force overtime.

Jazz Gardner led West Ranch with 24 points, Andrew Meadow added 16 and Isaiah Fields had 12. Caleb Foster had 15 points for Notre Dame (9-5). Notre Dame’s two losses to West Ranch could be decision makers at the end of the year when the CIF Southern Section Open Division committee is looking at which eight teams to take.

GOLD DIVISION

Heritage Christian 73, San Joaquin Memorial 57: Sophomore Dillan Shaw led the Warriors with 19 points and senior guard Giovanni Goree had 16 points with 10 assists in the Classic at Damien Gold Division win.

Birmingham 55, St. Mary’s (AZ) 52: Tyson Jackson and Naseef Lubowa each had nine points for the Patriots.

NOTABLE SCORES & NOTES

Walnut 71, AGBU 62: Avand Dorian’s 35 points wasn’t enough for AGBU in Thursday night’s Covina Tournament final. Malik Khouzam led Walnut with 22 points and was named tournament MVP. Dorian was named to the All-Tournament team.

AGBU’s Avand Dorian beats the first quarter buzzer. But Walnut leads 16-13. pic.twitter.com/4O4bqnIbDD

— Tarek Fattal (@Tarek_Fattal) December 30, 2022

Thousand Oaks 73, West Torrance 71: Trent MacLean had 32 points with 14 rebounds and Elias Chin notched 13 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Thousand Oaks. The Lancers will play in the South Pasadena tournament consolation championship Friday at 1:30 p.m. against the winner of Dominguez/Enumclaw (WA).

Simi Valley 69, Beverly Hills 59: Ryder Mjoen scored 35 points in a loss Wednesday and scored 28 in a win Thursday. He also added nine rebounds. The junior guard will be in the running for the Coastal Canyon League Player of the Year.

Westlake 68, Rio Mesa 50: Austin Maziasz led Westlake with 20 points and seven rebounds. Kayden Elsokary tallied 19 points and 11 rebounds.

St. Pius 75, Oak Park 54: The Eagles drop to 9-7 despite 25 points from Isaiah Sherrard.

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