February 24, 2012
Boys playoff roundup: Lodi knocks Sac High out of postseason

Sacramento's three-year reign as a Sac-Joaquin Section boys basketball champion came to a surprising end tonight in Oak Park.

No. 7 seeded Lodi beat the No. 2 Dragons 90-81 in the quarterfinals.

Coach Derek Swafford's Dragons were three-time defending D-III champions before being bumped into D-II this season, and many still viewed them as the favorites to win a fourth consecutive title.

Lodi will advance to play No. 3 McNair (a 72-63 winner over Yuba City tonight in Stockton) in Wednesday's semifinals at Power Balance Pavilion.

Top-seeded Antelope will play No. 4 Bella Vista in the other D-II playoff.

Gabe Bealer had a game-high 15 points, sixth man Derek Denten chipped in 11 and Antelope outscored No. 9 St. Mary's of Stockton 37-13 in the second half to post a 50-36 win in a rematch between last season's D-II finalists.

K.J. Logue had 17 points and Ahmad Smith 15 as Bella Vista coasted past No. 12 Cosumnes Oaks 85-48.

In other games tonight:

Division I
Sheldon 65, Burbank 55 at Sheldon - Dakarai Allen had 19 points and eight rebounds and D'Erryl Williams 17 points and 12 rebounds as the top-seeded Huskies downed the No. 9 Titans.

Pleasant Grove 63, Franklin 54 at Franklin - Colfax Nordquist and Cody Demps each had 17 points as the No. 6 Eagles downed the No. 3 Wildcats to advance to semifinals at Power Balance Arena for the first time in school history. Theo Johnson and Kelton Newman each had 17 points for Franklin.

Jesuit 76, Kennedy 50 in Carmichael - Akachi Okugo and Parker Uu each had 19 points to lead the second-seeded Marauders past the No. 7 Cougars.

Division III
Foothill 76, Natomas 48 in Foothill Farms - Michael Bryson had 19 points, Anthony Williams 17 and Kelly Bender 16 as the top-seeded Mustangs belted the No. 9 Nighthawks.

Center 69, Vanden 57 in Antelope - Christopher Smith had 22 points and Kenneth Parker 16 as the No. 3 Cougars defeated the No. 6 Vikings.

Lindhurst 79, Vista del Lago 54 in Lindhurst - Devin Ward had 23 points and James Trujillo 20 as the No. 4 Blazers downed the No. 12 Eagles.

Division IV
Calaveras 52, Bear River 49 in Calaveras - Despite 19 points by Justin Beskeen, the No. 13 Bruins fell to the No. 5 Redskins.

Division V
Ripon Christian 93, Valley Christian 65 in Ripon - Jared Goslinga led the No. 3 Knights with 37 points.

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