When the Chaminade starting lineups were being announced, the Maranatha student section all held up newspapers, ignoring the Eagles’ starting lineup.
However, the seventh-seeded Chaminade Eagles refused to be ignored, giving the second-seeded Maranatha Minutemen a run for their money.
Led by a 52-point performance by star Tyler Dorsey, the Minutemen pulled away with an 85-60 victory over Chaminade in last night’s game.
In the beginning, Chaminade jumped on top, 5-0. Turnovers by way of travels and double-dribbles caused Maranatha to turn to Tyler Dorsey to lead them, and tthe Oregon-bound guard did. The team took the lead following one of Dorsey’s 7 three-pointers and would not give it back. They led 18-10 at the end of the first quarter.
By the end of the first half, Tyler Dorsey had 22 points and the Minutemen led 38-32.
Michael Oguine put the Chaminade Eagles on his back, refusing to go away quietly. He scored 15 of his team-high 27 points in the first half.
The game featured many storylines, but perhaps the biggest was Trevor Stanback, Maranatha’s center. Stanback formerly played at Chaminade, leading the Eagles to the CIF Division 3 State Championship game last year.
The tension caused by his transfer escalated in the third quarter, when Chaminade’s husky center Bar Milo bowled into Stanback as he went up for a dunk. Stanback fell on his face, and had to be treated on the court for over five minutes before he was helped onto the bench. The crowd was not happy about Milo’s hard foul, and called for his ejection.
The ejection never came, and play moved on. Maranatha held onto a 53-45 going into the fourth quarter.
The Eagles really made their push for the upset during the final quarter. Fueled by Oguine’s play, Chaminade cut their deficit to six points. Jordan Ogundiran had the chance to make it a five point deficit, but missed two free throws. That’s when Tyler Dorsey had enough.
Dorsey crushed all thoughts of the potential upset. He hit a three-pointer that sparked a 26-7 run by the Minutemen to finish the game. Dorsey scored 20 of his 52 points in the final quarter.
Jordan Ogundiran fouled out early in the fourth quarter, but not before scoring 17 points, adding nine rebounds and four assists.
Dorsey’s 52-point performance was a career high, topping his previous record of 48 points against Village Christian.
Dorsey and the Minutemen will host Crespi in the regional semifinal on Tuesday.