Case, Moorpark advance in JC playoffs
South Tahoe High grad Alan Case scored 13 points as fifth-seeded Moorpark advanced in the Southern California junior college regional men’s basketball playoffs with an 83-72 victory over Southwestern College on Saturday night in Moorpark, Calif.
The Raiders, the Western State co-champions, showed why they are the state’s second-rated defensive team by shutting down Southwestern’s potent offense in the first half.
“We held them to 20 points in the first half,” Case said. “Our defense is the thing that wins us games. We played pretty good defense in order to beat them.”
Dan Galvanoni led the Raiders, 24-7 overall, with 17 points. Case, who routinely scored in excess of 20 points last year, doesn’t need to give the balanced Raiders as much offense this winter.
“There’s been no game where I’ve scored over 20 this year,” Case said. “That doesn’t matter when you’re winning like we have. You’re just thinking about getting the win, especially in the playoffs.”
On Wednesday night, Moorpark plays host to 12th-seeded Irvine Valley College, a 64-54 victor over Desert, with the winner advancing to a Saturday showdown with top-rated and defending state champion Cerritos.
“This is fun being in the playoffs,” Case said. “We didn’t make it last year. There’s always that feeling in the playoffs that if you lose, your season is over. You’re always up for playoff games, and it was the same in high school.”
Southwestern finished the season 14-16.
Case’s teammate on South Tahoe High’s 1998 Nevada semifinal team, Aaron Buckman, wasn’t as fortunate. Porterville eliminated his Monterey Peninsula team 107-77 on Saturday night.
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