The Classic at Damien, known as the premier post-Christmas boys high school basketball tournament in the west, continued on Tuesday from the Damien High School campus with quarterfinal action in the Platinum and Gold Divisions.
Follow along all day below for live updates from Day 2 winner's bracket action in the Platinum and Gold Divisions of the Classic.
Game 6: Damien 56 Owyhee (Idaho) 53 (Platinum Division)
Owhyee senior and Colorado State commit Jack Payne missed a three at the buzzer and Damien hung on to win 56-53 in a tight Platinum Division quarterfinal showdown. Damien senior Spivy Ward banked in a straightaway midrange shot to put the Spartans up 56-53 before Payne's miss. In the sequence before the Ward shot, Damien senior Kaleb Smith hit a left baseline jumper and then Payne raced down the floor, crossed over a defender, and drained a three. The two teams battled all game, but in the end Damien came out on top.
Smith finished the game with a team high 15 points. Damien junior Jimmy Oladokun scored 13 points. Owyhee sophomore Liam Campbell led all scorers with 19 points. Payne finished with five.
Damien will take on Riverside Poly in the Platinum Division semifinals on Wednesday. Damien (15-0) beat Poly (15-1) 55-52 earlier this season.
Game 5: Corona Centennial 62 St. John Bosco 56 (Platinum Division)
With a minute to play, Corona Centennial and St. John Bosco were knotted at 56 points each in their Platinum Division quarterfinal matchup. The Braves went blow for with the Huskies, last season's Southern Section Open Division champions, all game long and even though they ultimately fell short, St. John Bosco showed that they should be a Southern Section Open Division team once again come playoff time.
Corona Centennial ended Tuesday's game on a 6-0 run to win 62-56 after a Devin Williams dunk broke the tie and then junior Jared McCain hit four consecutive free throws.
But the star for the Huskies in the game was senior Donovan Dent. The New Mexico signee finished with a game high 27 points and had the game-winning assist to Williams.
"Donovan is phenomenal at what he does," Huskies head coach Josh Giles said. "I've had four guards play in the Pac-12 since I've been at Centennial, he may be the best one I've ever had."
Even with Dent's impressive night, the Huskies still struggled at times. A night after leading Clovis North 51-16 at halftime in their Classic opener, Corona Centennial had a hard time breaking down the St. John Bosco zone defense in round two.
"Matt Dunn teams are always so well coached," Giles said. "I think very highly of Coach Dunn and the rest of his staff...That was the first time we'd seen a zone all year and it showed. We've had ten games and nobody's played a zone yet. We struggled with it and it had a lot to do with what they were doing."