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Sierra Canyon rebounds to defeat Harvard-Westlake in regional semifinal playoff game

In a season that has been more about hype than performance and more about potential than results, the all-star team that landed at Chatsworth Sierra Canyon finally provided its coach, Andre Chevalier, with something to shout about.

During their Southern California Open Division semifinal regional playoff game against Studio City Harvard-Westlake on Saturday night, the Trailblazers’ man-to-man defense was so tenacious that three times the officials called five-second violations against Wolverines guards. That’s the kind of play Chevalier has sought to unleash for weeks with a team that goes 10 deep but hasn’t exactly responded in big games.

“This year has been long and tough,” Chevalier said. “Sometimes you need that adversity to get to a place you can buy in and play for each other.”

After losing by three to Harvard-Westlake on Feb. 18, the Trailblazers rebounded with a 72-55 victory over the Wolverines to advance to the Open Division regional final Tuesday night against Corona Centennial. The winner advances to the March 12 state championship at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.

“Because we lost, they finally locked in playing hard and playing for each other,” Chevalier said. “That what we always wanted. They did that tonight. I’m very proud.”

After holding a one-point halftime lead, the Trailblazers put together a 13-2 spurt in the third quarter to break the Wolverines’ spirit.

Amari Bailey, who wasn’t in the starting lineup and looked surprisingly out of sync in the first half, scored seven consecutive points during the streak for a 46-33 lead. Mike Price kept driving and drawing fouls. Dylan Metoyer made a three. Shy Odom contributed two baskets.

The Trailblazers’ Amari Bailey, who scored 13 points, attempts a shot in Saturday’s victory.

(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

Happy days were suddenly here again for a Sierra Canyon (26-4) team that won state titles in 2018 and 2019 and a regional title in 2020 but hasn’t reached that level since.

“The loss got to us,” Metoyer said. “We came back hard and wanted it more than them.”

Price and Kijani Wright finished with 15 points apiece. Bailey had 13 points. For Harvard-Westlake (25-4), Jacob Huggins scored 14 points, Landon Lewis 12, and Brady Dunlap and Cameron Thrower 10 apiece.

Sierra Canyon will be a heavy underdog against a Centennial team that is 31-1 and won its semifinal over Torrance Bishop Montgomery 76-55. Jared McCain made seven three-pointers and had 30 points. Donovan Dent added 28 points.

Sierra Canyon's Mike Price, who had 15 points, dunks against Harvard-Westlake.

Sierra Canyon’s Mike Price, who had 15 points, dunks against Harvard-Westlake.

(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)

In Open Division girls, Juju Watkins scored 23 points to help Chatsworth Sierra Canyon go on the road to defeat La Jolla Country Day 63-62. Sierra Canyon will get a rematch in the championship game against unbeaten Etiwanda, which defeated Corona Centennial 69-51.

In Division I boys, top-seeded La Verne Damien defeated Playa del Rey St. Bernard 70-65. Jimmy Oladokun scored 19 points. Damien will play host to Irvine Crean Lutheran, which defeated Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 72-65.

In Division I girls, Windward rallied from an eight-point deficit at the end of regulation to defeat Fullerton Rosary in overtime 80-72. Skye Belker scored 26 points. Windward will play Orangewood Academy.

In Division II boys, Hacienda Heights Los Altos will play Santa Ana Foothill for the regional title.

In Division III boys, Venice knocked off top-seeded Rancho Verde 59-54 in overtime.

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