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BOYS' BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS: SIMI VALLEY HOLDS ON OVER FOOTHILL.

Byline: Daily News

Center Dustin Villepigue scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds as last season's Southern Section Division I-A finalist, Simi Valley, posted a 70-61 victory over Foothill in a wild-card playoff game at Foothill.

Jered Weaver scored 18 points and Ryan Bradshaw had 12, all on 3- pointers, as the Pioneers (19-8) opened a 12-point lead at the half.

Foothill (13-14) made a run, cutting the lead to five points in the fourth quarter behind a 32-point effort from Chad Bigler.

Joe Martin had six assists and Casey Bellefontaine hit three of four free throws down the stretch for Simi Valley, which made eight 3-pointers.

``I'm very pleased with our effort tonight,'' Pioneers coach Christian Aurand said. ``Their big guy (Bigler) was very good, but we were very balanced tonight inside and out.''

The Pioneers move on to Friday's first round at Canyon High at 7:30 p.m.

- Jack Pollon

In other Southern Section boys' basketball:

--Dos Pueblos 69, Newbury Park 62: The Panthers (13-13) went scoreless for more than three minutes of the fourth quarter of the Southern Section Division II-A first round game at Dos Pueblos (17-6).

The Channel League champion Chargers ran off 10 straight points to expand a 49-46 advantage to 59-46 with 4:07 to play and spoil a Newbury Park second-half rally.

Newbury Park trailed 43-31 with 3:07 left in the third quarter but rallied behind 17 points each from Aaron Bobik and Adam Carlson to climb to within 49-46 in the first minute of the fourth quarter on a 3-point basket by Carlson.

Chris Randall, a 6-foot-6 junior, had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Rudy Flores scored seven points, all in the third quarter, in Newbury Park's second-half surge.

Omar Cowan led four players in double figures for Dos Pueblos with 15 points. Steve Graybill and Kenny Sherman scored 14 each and Scott Roegner had 12.

- Kirby Lee

--L.A. Baptist 59, Loma Linda 45 Senior Brian Sanders scored a game- high 21 points as the Knights of North Hills (14-8) got past the Roadrunners in a Division IV-A wild-card game at L.A. Baptist.

L.A. Baptist wil travel to Santa Ana Friday to play Calvary Chapel, the No. 22 seed in IV-A.

Sanders scored 10 points for the Knights as L.A. Baptist went on a 12-2 run during a four-minute span of the third and fourth quarters to surge ahead 50-38.

Loma Linda Academy (11-11) tied the game 32-32 on a basket by Kiff Riviniuf with 3:46 remaining in the third quarter. The Roadrunners were led by Ryan Prior's 15 points.

Mike Madigan got 14 points for the Knights and teammate Chris Tillman hadeight points and six blocks. Jordan Roth and Joey Chavez had seven points apiece for L.A. Baptist.

- George Vranau

--Palmdale 55, Century 51: Senior Derek Hagen scored 18 points, grabbed six rebounds and had one steal and Tyrone Culver added 16 points with three rebounds and two steals for the visiting Falcons in a Division I-AA wild-card game.

``Those two are football players in basketball uniforms,'' Palmdale coach Gary Phelps said of Hagen and Culver. ``They play with a lot of drive and intensity.''

Culver will be attending Fresno State on a football scholarship this fall.

After trailing 15-9 in the first quarter, Palmdale (12-14) went on a 14-0 scoring run behind the shooting of Hagen and the rebounding of 6-5 David Hall, who came off the bench to score six second-quarter points and grab six rebounds.

Ruben Pineda led the Centurions (15-11) with 22 points, including five 3-pointers. But it was not enough to offset the Falcons' pressure defense.

Century cut the lead to 53-50 late in the fourth quarter but could not overcome Culver's 12 second half points.

Guard Skylar Frazer added seven points and three assits for the Falcons. Terry Furlow had six rebounds and two steals.

- Rob Moscato

--La Canada 79, Covina 68 Billy Hoffman had 26 points for the Spartans in a Division III-AA win at La Canada.

La Canada led throughout the turnover-plagued game and took a 42-33 lead at the half.

``It was a momentum game, where we got a lead and kind of relaxed,'' said Spartan coach Tom Hofman. ``Both teams played good in stretches.''

Covina's best stretch came in the third quarter when forward Vernon Covington scored 10 of his 17 points to spur several Colt rallies. But by the end of the period, La Canada had extended its lead to 58-50.

With the victory, La Canada (20-6) faces Costa Mesa, which had a first- round bye.

``We'll have to defend better against Costa Mesa,'' Hoffman said. ``We'll really have to pick it up on the perimeter''.

Brett Till was the leading scorer for Covina with 21 points.

- Christian Kinney

--Stoneridge Prep 97. Skyward Chr. 38: James Williams and Mike Nang scored 30 points apiece as the Wildcats of Tarzana (17-8) won their first playoff game in shcool history in Division V-A first round game at Stoneridge Prep.

- Jack Pollon

--Montclair Prep 56, L.A. Lutheran 28: Derek Daniels had 23 points and Eric Kaufman added 12 as the Mounties of Van Nuys (12-13) won easily in a Division V-AA game at Montclair Prep.

--Desert Christian 69, Fairmont 56: Phil Parker had 25 points and Tommy Pickens added 15 for the Eagles (18-6) in a Division V-AA win at Desert Christian.

--Morro Bay 82, Paraclete 63: The Spirits of Lancaster (7-15) were were outscored 45-29 in the second half in a Division IV-AA game at Morro Bay. Matt Marquez had 26 points and Drew Gill 11 for Paraclete.

--First Lutheran 60, Valley Christian Academy 55: John Stark had 31 points and 15 rebounds for Falcons of Sylmar (14-7) in a Division V-A win at Valley Christian Academy.

PRIMETIME PLAYERS

Boys' basketball

--Jordon O'Gilvie (Chaminade) 35 points

--John Stark (First Lutheran) 31 points, 15 rebs.,

--James Williams (Stoneridge Prep) 30 points

--Mike Nang (Stoneridge Prep) 30 points

--Matt Marquez (Paraclete) 26 points

--Phil Parker (Desert Christian) 25 points

--Tom Logan (HC Christian TO) 25 points

--Derek Daniels (Montclair Prep) 23 points

--Brian Sanders (L.A. Baptist) 21 points

--Dustin Villepigue (Simi Valley) 20 points

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Date:Feb 15, 2001
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