REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – It’s the most exciting time of the year for high school basketball, the playoffs and in the first round of the open division that features the state’s top teams.
The Cathedral High School Phantoms came out victorious over Redondo Union high school.
“It’s a playoff game. It’s an important game so it’s a real good feeling we won today so we just need to focus on our first game,” said Kobe Paras.
“I feel like we’re doing good, playing together like a team. The chemistry is all built up. I believe were ready to push to get this win,” said Fil-Am point guard Jameel McGill.
Paras was off to a slow start in a low scoring game.
In the second half as Redondo tried to make a late run, the son of PBA legend Benjie Paras scored six points in the fourth quarter to finish with 13 total points.
“I just played my best. Even though I wasn’t in my healthiest condition because I’m still recovering from my sprained ankle and I sprained my finger as well but I’m just really proud of my teammates who stepped up as well,” said Paras.
With the victory, the 9th seeded Cathedral Phantoms will play against top seeded Bishop Montgomery whom they’ve lost a pair close matches to this year.
Paras wasn’t the only Pinoy prodigy on the court Thursday night, Sedrick Barefield also opened his tournament with a big win.
In Corona, California, the SMU-bound Fil-Am point guard Barefiled scored 23 points as his 4th ranked Centennial beat Alemany 95- 69.
The second round of playoffs will take place next week, the ultimate goal however is a trip to Sacramento for the State championship.
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