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Game of the Day

Reseda takes on Sylmar for Valley Mission League title; Mater Dei easily handles Orange Lutheran, 97-71.

February 13, 2009|Eric Sondheimer and Ben Bolch

GAME OF THE DAY

Reseda (19-6, 9-0) at Sylmar (17-7, 8-1)

Tonight at 7.

Why it matters: Reseda is trying to lock up the Valley Mission League championship and convince the people in charge of seeding in the City Section that it deserves the No. 1 spot for the Division II playoffs. Sylmar is hoping to earn a share of the league title and improve its Division I seeding. In the first meeting, Sylmar had trouble with Reseda's full-court press and was beaten, 90-85.

-- Eric Sondheimer

THURSDAY'S RESULT

No. 1 Santa Ana Mater Dei 97, at No. 22 Orange Lutheran 71

Leading contributors: Senior forward Travis Wear scored 34 points and junior guard Gary Franklin Jr. had 15 for Mater Dei. Freshman guard Gabe York scored 18 points for Orange Lutheran.

The scoop: Mater Dei had a 57-21 halftime lead. "They were all over us," Orange Lutheran Coach Chris Nordstrom said. "They were as good as I've seen them all year in the first half."

Why it matters: The Monarchs completed an undefeated regular season and remained in the hunt for a mythical national championship. "Coach [Gary] McKnight is chasing that national title and he has to keep winning to get there," Nordstrom said.

Records: Mater Dei 26-0, 10-0; Orange Lutheran 23-5, 8-2.

-- Ben Bolch

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