Alijah Arenas leads Chatsworth previous Cleveland in boys’ Division IV regional remaining

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By Calvin S. Nelson

The Chatsworth Excessive boys’ basketball group had loads of motivation heading into Tuesday evening’s Southern California Regional Division IV championship sport. Not solely was a visit to the state finals at stake, however the Chancellors had been taking part in West Valley League rival Cleveland, which defeated them twice throughout the common season.

The third time proved a appeal, nevertheless, as host Chatsworth overcame a sluggish begin to take management within the fourth quarter to submit a decisive 62-47 victory. After ending in third place within the league standings and dropping within the semifinals of the Metropolis Part Open Division playoffs, the Chancellors reeled off 4 straight wins and at the moment are headed to the Golden 1 Heart in Sacramento to tackle Monterey (24-6) Saturday at midday.

Sophomore guard Alijah Arenas, son of former Van Nuys Grant standout and three-time NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas, led the best way with 21 factors, 18 rebounds and 7 assists, however he had loads of assist from his buddies.

“The key is understanding my teammates,” stated Arenas, who scored 53 factors three nights earlier towards Washington Prep. “I can’t get a win on my own. We win or lose as a group and it’s been an unimaginable journey. It’s about studying the sport and I can do it wherever I play.”

Pounding the boards for top-seeded Chatsworth (20-14) was Taj Unuakhalu, who contributed 17 factors and 16 rebounds and made 12 of 15 free throws. TJ Phillips had 10 factors and Salomon Torres and CJ Gore every added seven for the Chancellors, who completed 9-21 final season.

“That’s my brother,” Unuakhalu stated of Arenas. “If he misses a shot I’m on the glass to get it again to him. The distinction this time round was our depth. We locked down extra on the three-point line and made certain to restrict them to 1 shot.”

Arenas had an inauspicious begin, getting referred to as for a charging foul 66 seconds into the sport, however he made three of his group’s first 4 discipline objectives to maintain Chatsworth in it. Kamari King hit 4 three-pointers within the first quarter for the second-seeded Cavaliers (20-11) — the final from 35 toes that gave his group a 20-10 lead after the primary quarter. He ended up with 19 and Cayden Kelly added 12 for Cleveland, which was seeded No. 1 within the Metropolis Open Division playoffs however was upset by eventual finalist LACES within the first spherical.

Arenas made a reverse layup to offer Chatsworth a 31-30 lead at halftime and the Chancellors took a four-point lead into the ultimate eight minutes earlier than shifting to a better gear. They constructed the result in as many as 19.

“We took this sport personally,” Arenas stated. “We had been mad after the Metropolis playoffs, however we received again within the lab and figured issues out. The stress’s not off but. We’re not glad simply attending to state, we need to win it.”

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