Flintridge Prep’s run came to a halt last Friday night when Mission Prep came in and edged the host Rebels 60-58 in a CIF Southern Section Division V-AA semifinal match.
The Royals were paced by Connor Woolpert’s game-best 22 points, as Mission Prep avenged a 14-point setback to the Rebels in January.
When Flintridge Prep’s Tyler Weakland drained a three-pointer with 13 seconds left to cut Mission Prep’s lead to one point, a free-throw by Patrick Laird (five points) gave the Royals a two-point edge, but the Rebels (22-6) missed their final two attempts.
Quinton Adlesh had 15 points for the Royals, Tyler Baty eight points, while Andy Rowley finished with six.
Flintridge Prep was the No. 2 seeded team in the division, and came in with an agenda to get good shots, play swarming defense and keep the pace at a high level.
This strategy worked in the opening quarter for the Rebels, who couldn’t do anything wrong while the Royals (23-7) couldn’t do anything right.
Flintridge Prep led, 18-8, with Kareem Ismail (nine rebounds) tallying four of his team-high 15 points.
The Royals countered by scoring 17 points in the second quarter, while holding the Rebels to 10 points.
It was more of the same for Mission Prep in the third quarter, outscoring Flintridge Prep, 22-14, with Woolpert dropping 20 points during this stretch and canning four treys.
Mission Prep led 47-42 entering the fourth quarter as the Rebels outscored the Royals, 16-13, in the final quarter.
Robert Cartwright finished with 11 points for the Rebels, followed by Jedrick Eugenio’s 11 points, and Weakland’s eight.
Cartwright scored a game-best 26 points with six assists, five steals and five rebounds against Santa Clara in Tuesday’s quarterfinal game as the Rebels were 77-47 winners.
Flintridge Prep led 23-15 after one quarter, then outscored Santa Clara, 15-5, in the second quarter.
Ismail had 12 points with 13 boards, Chadd Cosse eight points, and Weakland added seven.
The onslaught spilled into the third quarter as the Rebels had a 23-point effort, and held Santa Clara to 11 points, while each team scored 16 points in the fourth quarter.
DeAndre Jones paced Santa Clara with 17 points, Armon Momin had 14, and James Clark 12.