• Chaminade's Daniel Holcomb reaches in on Mayfair's Kendall Small in Lakewood, CA on Friday, February 21, 2014. 2nd half. Mayfair vs Chaminade in the opening round of the CIF-SS Open Division boys basketball tournament. Mayfair won 72-64. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze)

  • Chaminade's Trevor Stanback scores on Mayfair's Dillon Reise in Lakewood, CA on Friday, February 21, 2014. 1st half. Mayfair vs Chaminade in the opening round of the CIF-SS Open Division boys basketball tournament. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze)

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No. 8 seed Mayfair rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat No. 9 Chaminade 72-64 in the first round of the CIF Southern Section boys basketball Open Division playoffs Friday night in a packed home gym.

Senior Dillon Reise (22 points) sank three free throws in the final minute of the game while teammate Kendall Small (19 points) led the rally. Chaminade’s Jack Williams led all scorers with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

Mayfair trailed only twice, 2-0 after the opening basket and when Chaminade’s Michael Oguine sank a jumper with five seconds left in the third to give the Eagles a 50-49 lead entering the final eight. Yet, the Monsoons regained the lead quickly, as Reise drilled a 3, but they had to fight to keep it.

The Eagles managed to tie the score moments later at 53-53, but Small and the Monsoons continued to find answers. Small drew a foul on a 3, sinking two of three from the charity stripe then dished a perfect pass to Daminique Moses for an easy score. The junior finished off with a three-point play to make it 63-57 with less than four minutes to go.

The Monsoon defense clamped down on Williams in the second half. After the Long Beach State commit dropped 16 points in the opening half, the senior only mustered seven points and only three in the fourth. Williams’ teammate, Trevor Stanback, picked up some of the slack, scoring 10 of his 12 points after the break.

The game seemed destined for a closer finish as the Monsoons clung to a 16-15 lead after one quarter where Small and Williams battled back and forth. They scored six and eight points respectively.

Mayfair increased its lead in the second thanks to Reise finding his offensive rhythm. Reise started the quarter with two free throws then a layup and a huge 3-pointer keep Mayfair ahead, 26-21. The Chaminade offense continued to run through Williams early, as the senior scored another eight points, getting to the line twice. Senior Michael Nwabuzor missed a 3 at the buzzer as Mayfair entered the break up 37-30.

Mayfair will host the No. 1-seeded and nationally top-ranked Mater Dei on Friday.

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