Feb 27, 2013 12:25 AM by Andrew Masuda
Redondo Union went on a decisive 15-3 run to close out the first half and never looked back as the Sea Hawks ended the Arroyo Grande High boys basketball team's CIF playoff run in the semifinals with a 55-41 win on Tuesday night.
The Eagles, who were the 11th seed in Division 2A, could not upset the 2nd ranked team on the road after they upset the #6 and #3 seeds in Arroyo Grande in the previous two rounds.
"I thought we got off to a great start in the basketball game. But they're a big, very strong physical team and I thought they kind of just wore us down as the game went on," said AG head coach Ryan Glanville. "I love our effort and I love the way that we competed but in the end I think they were a little bit too big and too strong for us tonight," he added.
Arroyo Grande finished the season 22-9 overall after making its second straight appearance in the CIF semifinals and fourth in the last seven years under Glanville. Redondo Union improved to 24-8.
The Eagles fell behind quickly 7-0, but went on a 14-4 run to take a 14-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. Matt Willkomm led the Eagles with 5 points in the quarter. AG led 17-13 in the second quarter when the Sea Hawks exploded behind star point guard Ian Fox, who scored 8 points in the second quarter and finished with a game-high 16 points.
Arroyo Grande trailed 28-20 at the half after getting outscored 17-6 in the second quarter. AG got to within five points 30-25 early in the third quarter on a bucket from Andrew Midyett, but Redondo Union went on a 10-3 run from there to regain control.
AG trailed 43-34 to start the fourth quarter after Cobe Williams and Willkomm drilled three-point buckets. However, Sea Hawks senior Derek Biale hit two 3-pointers to put the game away. Biale finished with 15 points.
Willkomm, a senior, who hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer in the quarterfinals, led the Eagles with 14 points. Williams finished with 8 and Midyett had 6 points. DeSean Scott scored 5 and Carson Wack and Brennan Rivera had 4 apiece.
"No one expected us to go this far. I mean we were the last team in the Pac 7 left so I mean we're not happy to end it, but we're happy that we got here,"said senior Brennan Rivera, who finished with 4 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
Arroyo Grande graduates five seniors from this year's team in Willkomm, Rivera, Dylan Brigham, Scott and Winston Stearns.
Redondo Union advances to the Division 2A Championship game where it plays top seeded Westlake, which overcame a 15-4 first quarter deficit to beat Tesoro 60-51 in the semifinals.
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