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

Sunday, 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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Fontana Summit boy’s basketball moves on to CIF quarterfinals

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010


Summit center, Dorian Cason, pulls down a rebound over Canyon Springs forward, Derek James, during Summit’s, 67-61, victory in the second round of CIF-Southern Section Div. II playoffs.
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MORENO VALLEY, CA – Some shooters like to set and shoot, while others like to drive and shoot.

And once the Summit Sky Hawks figured out what kind of shooting the Canyon Springs Wildcats preferred, they adjusted their defense and turned a close game around and escaped Canyon Springs High School with a come from behind, 67-61, victory in the second round of CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs on Feb. 19.

Summit trailed by 10 points at halftime due to the hot shooting of Canyon’s Clint Roy, Merv Lindsay, and Derek James. But at halftime, Summit adjusted their defense, clamped down on the trio, and because of it the Sky Hawks move on to the quarterfinals where they will meet Saugus on Tuesday.

“They came out and hit everything in the first half,” said Sky Hawks junior guard / wingman, Quinton Lilley. “The main thing coach told us at halftime was to try to get them to drive to the basket. They’re a little less comfortable dribbling and pulling up to shoot than setting up to shoot.”

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