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Prior to the semifinals of the D1Bound SoCal Christmas Classic at La Salle, some hoped for a finals showdown between Campbell Hall and Village Christian.

The teams will indeed meet on Tuesday — just in the third-place game as both lost in their respective contests. Campbell Hall lost 74-56 to Bishop Montgomery and Village Christian lost 52-40 to De La Salle.

Village Christian (13-4) played in a fast-paced contest that took the Crusaders out of their offense at times. As they ran with De La Salle, the Spartans countered with patient offense, long-range shooting and controlling the offensive glass.

“The tougher team won tonight,” Village Christian coach Jon Shaw said.

Despite the tempo, both teams remained close through three quarters. Village Christian cut the deficit to 38-35 on two free throws by Khalil Simplis but De La Salle responded with a 9-0 run as they forced the Crusaders into tough shots with tight defense.

Bennie Boatwright led the Crusaders with 16 points while Jordan Ratinho had a game-high 25 points for De La Salle.

For Campbell Hall (9-4), fatigue was a factor as the game wore on. The Vikings kept up with Bishop Montgomery in the first behind Aaron Holiday’s 11 points and trailed 31-26 at halftime.

Gabriel Salazar provided a spark for the Vikings in the second half as he hit three 3-pointers as part of a 14-4 run to retake the lead at 40-35.Bishop Montgomery tied the game at 40 and Aaron Holiday gave the Vikings the lead on two free throws.

It was the last sign of energy for Campbell Hall as Bishop Montgomery went on a 12-3 run to end the third up 52-45. The Knights added four more points to start the half and Campbell Hall could not respond as they were overrun by the Knights’ pace.

“We ran out of gas,” Campbell Hall coach Thomas Blunt said, “We’ve played a lot of games the last week and everything went down after that run.”

The Vikings were outrebounded by Bishop Montgomery as the Knights got second and third-chance opportunities on offense. Campbell Hall also had little answer for Stephen Thompson Jr. (19 points), his brother Ethan (15 points) or Jordan Schakel (15 points)

Holiday finished with 18 points and Salazar had 15 on five 3-pointers. Jordan Cohen chipped in 10 points.

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