Basketball back in familiar spot

The Sierra Canyon boys basketball team is back in familiar territory.

For the fifth time in six years, the Trailblazers will play in a game that determines a trip to Sacramento.

Sierra Canyon will play at Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

The Trailblazers earned their way there with an impressive 64-47 victory against Bishop Montgomery of Torrance in a Div. 1 state regional semifinal Saturday night.

Bronny James scored 16 points, Noah Williams scored 15 points, Osiris Nalls scored 14 points and Ashton Hardaway had 12 points in a balanced attack by the Trailblazers.

Sierra Canyon took an 11-8 lead after one quarter and scored the first eight points of the second quarter to create some separation.

The lead ballooned to 29-10 before a 12-2 Bishop Montgomery run cut the lead to 33-23 at halftime.

However, that was it from the Knights, who beat Sierra Canyon 51-49 in the Southern Section Open Division playoffs a week-or-so earlier.

Sierra Canyon scored the first five points of the third quarter and never looked back.

It was the third victory this week for the Trailblazers after wins against Taft and Etiwanda to reach the regional semifinals.

The Trailblazers improved to 5-2 against Bishop Montgomery since 2018, having knocked off the Knights in the 2018 SS Open Division semifinals at Cal Baptist Univ. in Riverside and again in the 2019 SS Open Division championship game at the same venue.

Sierra Canyon now gets a fourth attempt to try and beat a Notre Dame team it has lost to three times since January 27th.

“Hopefully, something changes this time,” Sierra Canyon coach Andre Chevalier said.