Cabrillo of Long Beach was raining three-pointers from all angles, even shots from well beyond the arc from as much as 30-feet, and were really taking it to the host Pirates in this Pirate Shootout Tournament quarterfinal, even with just six players in uniform on a roster that only had eight players in the tournament program. Only having six players would eventually catch up with the Jaguars, the second some of them got into foul trouble.
Three Cabrillo players eventually fouled out in the final 3 minutes of the game, and San Pedro would take full advantage of it to rally from a 17-point third quarter deficit and defeat the game Jaguars, 88-84 on Friday to advance to tonight's semifinal against Rancho Dominguez Prep of Long Beach.
Down 84-74 with 1:27 to play once Cabrillo's Jaylen Massengill fouled out, the Pirates immediately went to work on the most strangest comeback ever.
San Pedro (9-4 overall) immediately forced a five-second violation on the inbound play, and senior forward Michael Loughry made back-to-back layups, the second off a tip in from a missed layup by senior forward Quincy Thomas, then senior forward Clifford Brown made a pair of free throws with 1:02 to play to cut their deficit to 84-80. Suddenly, the Pirates drove to within 84-83 on a three-pointer from senior forward James Fish with 38 seconds left, then a steal and layup from Thomas gave the Pirates the lead at 85-84 with 32.3 seconds remaining.
Brown made two more free throws, and senior point guard Khalil Dave added another to seal the deal.
San Pedro started off the game hot, getting another alleyoop dunk from Thomas (his 12th of such this season) during a 10-2 run that opened the game, staking the Pirates to a 27-17 lead at the end of the first quarter, then Cabrillo started to heat up from outside and started the second quarter on a 17-0 run en route to a 45-42 lead at halftime.
The third quarter was almost a total disaster for San Pedro as Cabrillo (3-3) would take a 68-51 lead as Antonio Singleton and Dakoda Baca were raining shots from downtown like they were layups, but the Pirates didn't panic as they would get to within 70-59 at the end of the period on a modest 8-2 surge.
Cabrillo would eventually lose steam and run out of gas when Singleton, Massengill and Dave McGill all fouled out in the final 3 minutes of the game, giving San Pedro a 5-on-3 advantage for the final 87 seconds of the contest.
Thomas would pace San Pedro with 27 points and 17 rebounds. Junior guard Omar Monroe provided a solid effort off the bench with 15 points, five rebounds and three steals. Dave had 16 points, six assists and three steals, Loughry had 13 points and six rebounds, while Fish added 11 points for the Pirates, who have now won four in a row since a 59-57 loss to Renaissance Academy in the finals of the Artesia Classic Tournament.
San Pedro played this game without senior guard Zach Foster, who suffered a minor leg injury in the first round victory over South Tahoe of Lake South Tahoe, and early in the third quarter, senior forward Jonathan Soto also went down with a similar injury, but both are expected to play against Rancho Dominguez Prep tonight.
Singleton scored a game-high 32 points to pace Cabrillo, Dakoda Baca scored 27, and McGill scored 12 points all on four three-pointers. In all, the Jaguars made a dozen trifectas, with Baca connecting on five of them.