The Ball Brothers and mighty Chino Hills (CA) lost to Bishop Montgomery 87-80 at the CIF State Southern California Regional Semifinals.
It was the last high school game for senior LiAngelo Ball, who poured in 15 points in the first quarter, but only scored 10 the rest of the way to finish with 25 points.
Explosive star sophomore and younger brother LaMelo Ball had only 14 points for Chino Hills in Tuesday’s season-ending loss.
“We have to work harder and do a better job on defense,” Chino Hills head coach Stephan Gilling told the LA Times after the game. “I think being in foul trouble hurt us and stopped our pressure.”
For Bishop Montgomery, ESPN No. 11 Jr SG David Singleton poured in 25 points, and No. 49 Sr Ethan Thompson (Oregon State) added 23 points in the big win.
The victory was extremely gratifying for Bishop Montgomery which lost twice last season to Chino Hills, the defending California state champs.
“I don’t know if we were ready to do it last year,” Bishop Montgomery head coach Doug Mitchell told dailybreeze.com. “But this team is very mature and very tough.”
Bishop Montgomery (29-2) will face Mater Dei (33-2) in the CIF regional final on Saturday at The Pyramid in Long Beach, CA.
Last year LaMelo Ball along with his brothers, 6-5 UCLA freshman shooting guard Lonzo Ball, and HS senior LiAngelo, led USA Today No. 1 ranked Chino Hills to a 35-0 record and the 2016 California CIF State Open Division Championship.
The Ball brothers combined for 77 points to lead Chino Hills past No. 6 Sierra Canyon 105-83 to win the CIF Southern Section Open Division championship.
This season, LaMelo poured in 92 points in a contest, and LiAngelo has had games of 72, 65, and 60 points for Chino Hills.
Both LiAngelo and LaMelo have also both already committed to UCLA.
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