When Taft High fell behind by eight points to Chatsworth on Friday night, it appeared as if the Toreadors were headed for an upset.
But fortunately for Taft, the Toreadors don't have a doubting Thomas--they have a Dedan Thomas.
The 5-11 junior guard scored 25 points and turned Taft's impending doom into a 78-58 rout of Chatsworth in a North Hollywood tournament semifinal.
Taft will play North Hollywood, a 68-38 winner over El Camino Real, in the final at 8:30 tonight.
Trailing, 33-25, at the start of the second half, Taft--behind the aggressive playmaking of Thomas--went on a 13-2 scoring spurt to take a 38-35 lead.
Although Thomas was limited to one point in the third quarter, he fed Anthony Moten four times on the perimeter and Moten responded with 12 third-quarter points.