Junior guard Devin Watson did everything he could, but eventually he and his Army-Navy teammates just couldn’t keep pace with the speed, agility and pressure of Torrance Bishop Montgomery.
Watson scored a game-high 30 points, but the Warriors fell 75-56 to the Knights in a Southern California Regional Division IV semifinal Tuesday night at Oceanside High.
Watson shot 10-of-23 from the field and grabbed six rebounds for San Diego Section champion Army-Navy, which had its 15-game winning streak snapped and finished the season 29-5. Senior center Cheikh N’diaye added 10 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Warriors cracked against Southern Section Bishop Montgomery’s smothering defensive pressure, and the Knights’ frenetic up-tempo offense.
Bishop Montgomery junior guard Justin Bibbins scored a team-high 24 points, sophomore guard Stephen Thompson added 23 points, and senior guard Larry Taylor III had 10 points for the Knights (32-1), who were playing without two suspended starters.
“We certainly came to compete,” Army-Navy coach Tom Tarantino said. “We were rattled by how athletic they were. They were just so quick that they never really let us get into things. Really, it was a tribute how hard they defended.”
In a game that was closer than the final score indicated, Bishop Montgomery sprinted to an 11-1 lead before Army-Navy used a 10-0 run to quickly tie it. The Knights pushed their advantage back to 10 after scoring five points in the final three seconds of the second quarter to take a 37-27 halftime lead.
Army-Navy closed within 43-41 with less than three minutes remaining in the third quarter before Bishop Montgomery went on a 14-2 run to break it open.
“I don’t think there’s a team much quicker in the country than them,” Tarantino said. “They were more comfortable in that intense environment than we were.”
Girls Open Division: Visiting La Jolla Country Day suffered a 52-46 setback to top-seeded L.A. Windward.
Boys Division II: Hoover dropped a 60-52 decision to host Redondo Union.
Girls Division II: Lynwood dominated visiting La Costa Canyon 67-39.
Boys Division V: Horizon advanced to the regional final with a 69-65 win over L.A. View Park.
Girls Division V: Horizon defeated Calimesa Mesa Grande 70-40.