Five areas teams — three boys and two girls — will compete for Southern California Regional Basketball championships March 21 after surviving the semifinals March 17.
L.A. City’s Fairfax High advanced to the boys championship game in the Open Division March 21 at 8 p.m. at the Pyramid on the Cal State Long Beach campus. Fairfax will play Mater Dei for the right to play in the state championship game.
Fairfax defeated Etiwanda 58-50 to advance to the regional finals.
Also advancing were the Cathedral boys in Division III, the Price High boys in Division V, the Serra High girls in Division I and the Mark Keppel High girls in Division II.
Cathedral faces Damien at 8 p.m. March 21 at Colony High School in Ontario after defeating Alemany, 72-64, in the semifinals.
Price defeated Carlsbad Army-Navy, 67-62, in the semifinals and will face Sierra Canyon at noon March 21 at Colony High.
On the girls’ side, Serra defeated Vista Murrieta, 71-56, in the semifinals and faces Ventura at 2 p.m. March 21 at the Pyramid in Long Beach.
Keppel defeated San Diego Mt. Carmel, 50-39, and will face Redondo Union at 10 p.m. March 21 at the Pyramid.
The winners of the regional finals advance to the state finals March 27 and 28 at UC Berkeley.
Losing in the boys semifinals March 17 were Compton, 70-57 to La Mirada in Division II, and Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary, 63-41 to Damien in Division III.
It was the second year in a row Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary advanced to the regional semifinals.
The Cardinals defeated Beverly Hills High March 14, 50-43 at Whittier High School, with center Gilgorije Rakocevic scoring 15 points and Jacob Davison adding 11.
The Cardinals ended Beverly Hills’ 16-game winning streak. The Normans (26-6) captured the Southern Section Division 3A championship a week earlier.
The game featured a matchup of two players heading to Pac 12 colleges next season. Rakocevic, who is headed to Oregon State, battled Beverly Hills’ 6-11 center Chance Comanche, who is headed to Arizona. Comanche had 16 points.
Cantwell opened the playoffs by defeating Franklin, 74-39. The Cardinals raced to a 17-0 lead and never looked back. They led 34-11 after the first quarter and had a commanding 46-16 lead at halftime.
Davison scored 11 points and Eli Zedan scored nine to lead the Cardinals. James Yan and Darius Ates each came off the bench to add 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Franklin, which lost to Bernstein in the City Section Division III finals, finished the year 13-17.
Jesse Solano had 21 points for the Panthers.
Contributing writer Mario Villegas helped with this story.