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Sweet revenge for Flintridge Prep boys' basketball

Flintridge Prep Rebels take out familiar foe with 77-47 victory over Santa Clara in quarters.

February 19, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Flintridge Prep junior Robert Cartwright scored 21 of his game-high 26 points in the first half.
Flintridge Prep junior Robert Cartwright scored 21 of… (Photo by Libby Cline )

LA CANADA — After being dealt two first-round exits in the past three CIF Southern Section Division postseasons by Santa Clara High, vengeance was on the mind of Flintridge Prep boys' basketball team when the Saints visited for a Division V-AA quarterfinal contest.

Robert Cartwright, Prep's standout point guard, definitely had a statement he wanted to make. The junior scored 21 of his game-high 26 points in the first half and led the Rebels to a dominating 77-47 victory.

“I hope it wasn't in all our heads, but in my head personally, it certainly was,” Cartwright said. “I looked at it as a revenge game. We did not play well at all last year and we needed to come out and play hard and we did that and got a nice win. Now we're in the semifinals, we're excited and ready to go.”

Flintridge Prep (22-5) moved onto the semifinals to take on the winner of the Mission Prep-Saddleback Valley Christian quarterfinal contest. The Rebels would host Mission Prep or travel to Saddleback Valley Christian with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday.

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Santa Clara (16-12) spoiled the Rebels' chance at a Division V-AA championship repeat last year after it knocked them off at Flintridge Prep, 55-48, in the first round. In 2010, the Saints also got the best of a favored Rebels team with a 46-44 victory in the CIF opener.

“It's something we talked about, 'That's in the past, this is your team now,'“ said Flintridge Prep Coach Garrett Ohara, whose team forced 13 turnovers. “I think we're a lot better in terms of our match-ups with them this year.”

Santa Clara came out strongest in the opening first minute and 19 seconds, taking a 6-0 point lead out of the gate. Cartwright brought his team back, scoring eight of Prep's first 15 points to put the home team ahead, 15-13, with 2:15 left in the first quarter.

Albeit early, the turning point in the game came with 2:00 remaining in the opening frame when Santa Clara forward Arman Momin committed his second foul of the game as Cartwright went for a layup.

Momin argued the call and was handed a technical foul in the process. Cartwright, who also had six assists, five steals and five rebounds, made all four free throws and followed that with a layup on a sharp cut to the basket to cap a six-point swing and put Prep in front, 19-13.

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