Summit basketball team pulls off spectacular comeback to win, 79-74, in third round of state playoffs; see video highlights

Written by Bob on March 13th, 2011

The Summit High SkyHawks came from 16 points down to overtake the visiting Palos Verdes Peninsula Panthers to post a 79-74 victory and advance to the California State Tournament Division II championship, Saturday, March 26, at the Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California. Photos By BOB OTTO

FONTANA, CA – Summit High School’s basketball players have enjoyed many exciting victories in recent years, but Saturday night’s electrifying triumph in the third round of the state tournament was the biggest one of them all.

The SkyHawks, trailing almost the entire game, used the heroics of junior guard Devon Alexander to pull off a spectacular comeback in the second half for a thrilling 79-74 victory over Peninsula in front of a sold-out crowd at the Summit gym.

With the score tied at 74-74, Alexander’s three-pointer with 12 seconds left gave Summit a 77-74 lead, and then he made a huge steal defensively. After a time out, Alexander was intentionally fouled by Peninsula and he sank both free throws to clinch the game.

“I’ve been through this kind of situation before, but nothing feels better than this,” said Alexander, who scored all 17 of his points in the second half, including 12 in the fourth quarter.
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