REGENTS WAIT THIS ONE OUT BOYS' BASKETBALL: SPOT IN DIV. II FINAL, STATE TOURNEY SET. RESEDA 69, VENICE 56.Byline: Jack Pollon, Special to the Daily News
It took a little longer than expected Thursday, thanks to the 50 fouls called and 66 free throws attempted, but the Reseda boys' basketball team is not complaining one bit.
The Regents led by as many 21 points in a 69-56 victory against Venice in a City Section Division II semifinal.
Reseda (22-7) not only reached next week's championship game at Roybal Learning Center in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. , it also qualified for the Division II state tournament the following week.
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Watkins was the Regents' main gun, scoring 23 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Watkins scored 14 in the first quarter helping Reseda jump out to an 18-4 lead.
When guards Randall Harris and Rasheem Harris both were on the bench with foul trouble early in the second half, Watkins stepped up and provided the defense and rebounding to keep Venice at bay.
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However, after a Reseda timeout, Darius Moore scored on a lay-up and was fouled, pushing the lead back to 11 points and Venice never got to within single digits again.
Moore finished with 13 points while Randall Harris had nine and Rasheem Harris and Leon Fowler each added eight.
Isaiah Todd had 16 points and Steven Harris had 13 to lead Venice, which lost for the second time this season to Reseda.
"This team is like a family," Randall Harris said. "We do stuff out of school together. I can really say this team is a like a band of brothers."
One area coach Keith Higgins Keith Higgins is a Gaelic football player for Mayo. He plays his club football for Ballyhaunis. In 2006, he was award the Young Player of the year. He is currently injured and ruled out of the 2007 championship. can have his team work on next week is free throw shooting. The Regents were 25 of 44 from the charity stripe stripe - data striping .
"We will be working on everything. We are not done yet," Higgins said.
Reseda is the third team from the region to qualify for the state playoffs joining Cleveland of Reseda and Taft of Woodland Hills.
Reseda's Randall Hall Randall Burgess Hall is a saxophonist, composer, and improviser. Classically trained with the likes of Claude Delange, Hall has become one of the leading performers and composers for avant-garde music for saxophone. scores two of his nine points against Venice on Thursday.