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BOYS' BASKETBALL: LAST-GASP SHOT CARRIES CALABASAS CALABASAS 40, THOUSAND OAKS 38.

Byline: Sean Ceglinsky Staff Writer

CALABASAS - Allen Finkelstein didn't take many shots Wednesday. He attempted only three, but the third was the only one that mattered.

The Calabasas High senior took an inbounds pass underneath his basket, dribbled the length of the floor, pulled up 25 feet away and hit the winning 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left to give the Coyotes a 40-38 Marmonte League victory over visiting Thousand Oaks.

``No one came out to guard me, so it was going up,'' Finkelstein said. ``Instincts took over.''

Calabasas (15-4 overall, 7-0 Marmonte), ranked No. 10 by the Daily News, took sole possession of first place from No. 4 Thousand Oaks (17-3, 6-1) and stepped closer to retaining its league championship.

``Allen hit a monster shot,'' Calabasas coach Russell White said. ``I don't know if this was a must win for us, but it was certainly a nice one.''

Thousand Oaks appeared to be in control, leading by as many as seven points at the end of third quarter and by five with 3:36 left in the game. Mark Einhorn, who was in foul trouble for a majority of the game, got hot down the stretch, scoring six of his team-high 11 points in the final 4:20.

Finkelstein's shot overshadowed Bobby Macias' solid effort for the Lancers. The junior guard drove to the hoop for easy baskets as he scored 11 of his 17 points in the third quarter.

``Bobby was great tonight,'' Thousand Oaks coach Rich Endres said. ``Allen hit a clutch shot. What more can you say?''

The Coyotes had no answer for Alex Cohen in the first half. The senior guard scored seven of his eight points in the first 16 minutes, and Thousand Oaks went into intermission with a 20-19 lead.

Macias had his way in the third quarter, scoring seven points during a two-minute stretch to give Thousand Oaks a 32-25 lead with 2:17 to go in the period.

The Lancers were unable to sustain the momentum.

``Bobby was tough tonight,'' White said. ``Wow, what a game. What a finish. I'm speechless.''

Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607

sean.ceglinsky(at)dailynews.com

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Thousand Oaks' Sean Taxer, right, blocks a shot by Calabasas' Redmond Parker as teammate Matt Luft applies pressure.

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Date:Jan 19, 2006
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