SPHS Boys Basketball Makes Big Comeback To Stun Washington

As the old saying goes: "What goes around, comes around."

On January 24, the San Pedro High boys basketball team seemingly was on the verge of ending what was then a 43-game Marine League winning streak for Washington Prep, leading by as much as 13 points in the third quarter, only to fall apart down the stretch and lose, 69-62 in overtime.

The rematch at San Pedro High this past Friday night would see the Pirates turn the tables.

Down by as much as 15 points in the third quarter, San Pedro slowly, but surely, battled all the way back to finally defeat the Generals, 49-46 in this Marine League battle where nearly the entire team was honored on senior night. On San Pedro's 12-player roster, a whopping eleven of them are seniors.

Leave it up to the only non-senior on the Pirates, to come up with the biggest shot of the night.

Junior guard Omar Monroe drilled a three-pointer from the left corner that put the Pirates in front, 45-42 for their first lead with 1:32 left in the fourth quarter, since San Pedro (16-12 overall, 6-4 league) led 12-9 at the end of the first quarter. It was Monroe's only basket of the game, but boy did it ever count in helping third place San Pedro hand second place Washington (16-10, 7-2) only their second league loss in 50 games.

The Generals would cut their deficit down to 45-44, but senior forward Quincy Thomas would score while drawing a foul from Washington senior forward Mike Wilson to put San Pedro back up 47-44 with 34.8 seconds left. Thomas missed the free throw, but senior guard Zach Foster's offensive rebound gave San Pedro another chance to put the game to bed. However, a carrying violation on senior point guard Khalil Dave turned it back over to Washington.

After sophomore guard Khari White's two free throws put the Generals back to within 47-46 with 15.3 seconds to go, Foster took the inbound pass, somehow eluded Washington's desperate attempt to foul him, then found Thomas for another 'And-1' layup as he was fouled from behind by White with nine seconds left.

Thomas, who scored a game-high 21 points for San Pedro, would once again miss the free throw, but Washington junior guard Jalen Gilmore's last ditch attempt to tie the game clanked off the back of the rim right before the buzzer sounded, and San Pedro was able to celebrate only their third victory over the Generals since 1992.

The other two victories, was in 2009 where San Pedro won the Marine League title, and again in 2010 during the year the Pirates won the CIF-Los Angeles City Section Division II championship.

Washington's defense limited San Pedro to only four points in the second quarter which was enough to give them a 25-16 halftime lead, then they stretched their lead to 33-16 with an 8-0 run to begin the third quarter, then the Pirates countered with a 12-2 run of their own, sparked by Foster's second three-pointer of the night, a three-pointer and two free throws from Thomas, and a fast-break floater from Dave.

Thomas also ignited the crowd in the second and fourth quarters with his 35th and 36th slam dunks of the season.

Dave had 10 points, five assists and three steals for San Pedro, while Foster added 8 points. Senior center Brandon Crawford led Washington with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds to go along with six blocks, while Gilmore scored a team-high 13 points, adding four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

San Pedro will next face host Gardena on Wednesday.

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