Anthony January sank a 15-foot jump shot with eight seconds remaining to give Carson High School a 49-48 basketball victory over Fairfax Wednesday in a City 4-A quarterfinal playoff game at Fairfax.
January's clutch basket saved the win for Carson, which saw its second-half lead of 14 points crumble under a 20-1 Fairfax run. Junior forward Sean Higgins, who scored 22 points, led the spree with 12 points to give Fairfax a 46-41 lead with 3:18 left.
The teams traded baskets, leaving Fairfax with a 48-43 lead with 2:10 remaining. January, who finished with 19 points, then scored six straight points, including his 15-footer with eight seconds left, for a 49-48 lead. Fairfax had a final chance, but J.D. Green missed a 25-footer, and the Lions couldn't control the rebound as time expired.
With the win, Carson advanced into the semifinals against the state's No. 1-ranked team, Crenshaw, which defeated Manual Arts, 103-79.
In the other 4-A semifinal game, Cleveland will play San Pedro, a 70-66 winner over Westchester. Cleveland advanced with a 93-78 victory over Fremont at Cleveland as UCLA-bound Trevor Wilson had 29 points and 21 rebounds.