Trailing 26-21 at halftime, top-seeded Foothill outscored fourth-seeded Lindhurst 38-13 in the second half to defeat the Blazers 59-39 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III boys basketball semifinals tonight at Cosumnes River College.
The win advances Foothill (27-3) to Friday night's championship game against Sierra of Manteca 9 p.m. at Power Balance Pavilion. Sierra defeated Center 67-50 in tonight's earlier semifinal.
Kelly Bender led Foothill with 17 points and Michael Bryson added 14.
Junior forward Douglas James, who had 13 second-half points, helped ignite the Foothill comeback. He hit the tying and go-ahead baskets in a 9-0 run that put the Mustangs up 40-33 entering the fourth quarter.
James Trujillo topped Lindhurst (24-7) with 13 points.