Senior Matt Donlan led four Capital Christian players in double figures with 14 points as the top-seeded Cougars defeated No. 4 Sacramento Waldorf 65-39 in today's Sac-Joaquin Section Division V boys basketball semifinal at Galt High School.
Freshman Trey Belton and sophomore Nifae Lealao each had 12 points and sophomore DJ Wilson added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Cougars (24-5), who play the winner of tonight's Ripon Christian-Central Catholic late game for the championship 5:30 p.m. on Friday at Power Balance Pavilion.
State scoring leader Chris Schwartz-Edmisten led Sacramento Waldorf with 24 points, including all 13 of the Waves' fourth-quarter points, but struggled throughout the game to find his touch.
The senior, averaging 34.4 points per game, made eight of 34 shots from the field as he was hounded by the Cougars three-man rotation of Justice Shelton-Mosley, Tanner Nissen and UC Iroegbu.
Capital Christian, under first-year coach Terry Battenberg, is seeking its first Sac-Joaquin Section boys basketball title. The Cougars won a D-V Northern Section title in 2002.
Capital Christian also played in five consecutive D-V Sac-Joaquin Section finals from 2003 to 2007, losing each time to powerhouse Modesto Christian.