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Open Division: LCC dethrones Saints

03/08/2014, 10:44pm PST
By John Maffei

Mavericks overcome seven-point deficit to defeat top-ranked St. Augustine

St. Augustine’s Trey Kell (right), who had 26 points and 12 rebounds, goes up against La Costa Canyon’s Patrick Fisher in the Open Division final. The loss was the Saints’ first to a San Diego County team.

There is a new king of boys basketball in San Diego and the crown rests firmly on the head of La Costa Canyon.

The third-seeded Mavericks, overcame a seven-point deficit early in the third quarter and rallied to beat top-seeded St. Augustine 62-60 in the San Diego Section’s first Open Division championship Saturday before a sold-out crowd at USD’s Jenny Craig Pavilion.

The Saints (28-3) beat LCC 79-74 in late January with Trey Kell scoring 37. This was St. Augustine’s first loss to a San Diego team this season.

The Mavericks (27-5) led by eight with 90 seconds left in the third quarter, but the Saints took a 50-49 lead on a pair of Martin Tombe free throws with 6:15 to play.

The teams traded baskets until a pair of Brady Twombly buckets gave LCC a four-point lead with 2:30 remaining.

The Mavericks pushed the advantage to eight on back-to-back baskets by Patrick Fisher before St. Augustine’s Kell scored six points in the last 13 seconds to make it close.

“This is surreal,” said LCC’s Fisher, who finished with 14 points and six assists. “Everything we dreamed of and worked so hard over the summer came through.

“We battled and battled all day long. When it counted we came through.

“This feels so much better than I ever imagined. When I was nine, I saw Chase Budinger score 50 here (against Eastlake).

“To win it all here is just crazy.”

Kell, who is headed to San Diego State, led all scorers with 26 points and had 12 rebounds.

Eric Monroe had 11 points for the Saints.

“Late in the fourth quarter they hit some big shots when we had some defensive lapses” said Saints coach Mike Haupt. “We missed some shots.

“We had some trouble with their size.”

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