Boys basketball: Sierra Canyon upset by Crespi of Encino in Mission League culminating tournament

Sierra Canyon loses semifinal game in Mission League tournament

By Jacob H. Pollon

The Sierra Canyon boys basketball team was upset last Wednesday in a Mission League semifinal tournament game in Chatsworth.

Crespi of Encino came away with a wild 64-61 overtime victory when sophonore Joe Sterling made a 25-foot 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining to give the Celts the upset win.

After taking down Harvard-Westlake and Notre Dame on consecutive Friday nights, Sierra Canyon seemed to have a bit of a letdown.

The Trailblazers trailed 35-24 at halftime before a 19-4 run gave them a 43-39 lead late in the third quarter.

However, Sierra Canyon (24-2) allowed Crespi to regain the lead on the strength of a 9-0 run.

Sierra Canyon received two made free throws from junior swingman Bryce Cofield with just seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.

Sierra Canyon went ahead 61-56 with about two minutes remaining and Cofield had a point-blank layup to go up seven points. But the ball rimmed out and Crespi took advantage with a huge 3-pointer from Carter Barnes and a steal and layup from Sterling before Strerling’s game winner to cap off an 8-0 run to end the game.

Sierra Canyon was denied a league championship game appearance. Crespi was shellacked 72-54 against Harvard-Westlake two days later.