CARLSBAD With just one quarter to play in Saturday’s San Diego Section Division II quarterfinal boys basketball game, Westview High was close enough to think an upset was possible.
The Wolverines trailed No. 1-seeded La Costa Canyon, the defending section champion and runner-up at last year’s state championships, by three points in the Mavericks’ gym courtesy of Andrew McWilliams’ 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer.
Up stepped Jeff Van Dyke, the lone returning starter off last year’s Mavericks and the 6-foot-2 senior guard took over the game in the final eight minutes.
Van Dyke entered the fourth quarter with 12 points, but he poured in 10 points to stave off the Wolverines 66-61. The Mavs (26-4) advance to Wednesday’s semifinals at home against Lincoln, a 53-52 winner over San Ysidro.
“I thought we did a good job on Van Dyke for three quarters,” Westview coach Kyle Smith said. “Sooner or later, he’s going to go off.”
Van Dyke nailed his third 3-pointer of the game and it was about eight feet behind the line.
“Some nights the basket looks so big,” Van Dyke said. “I’m used to shooting those shots. I practice NBA 3s all the time. For me, it’s an easier shot. Going into the last quarter I thought this might be my last game here. I didn’t want that to happen so I took it over.”