Louisville’s brother school, Crespi Carmelite High, comfortably secured their spot in the Division IV CIF regional semifinals on March 14 with a 20-point win over Valley Christian at Crespi High.
The Crespi Celts were unstoppable. Although Crespi maintained a steady lead over Valley Christian each quarter, the Valley Christian Crusaders put up a good fight.
This fast-paced, high scoring game started off with a rally. End of first quarter was Crespi, 15-14.
Kicking off the second quarter, Valley Christian’s Ronald Massey dunked after rebounding the ball, giving the Crusaders a three-point lead, 21-18, only to be counteracted by Crespi’s Mike Krkeyan’s three pointer moments later. At the half, Crespi led by two, 30-28.
As Crespi’s lead over Valley Christian grew in the third quarter, so did their confidence. Notably, Crespi Junior forward De’Anthony Melton excelled on his home court with a steal and slam dunk that made the crowd go wild.
“It felt good, and it solidified the win,” Melton said about his dunk.
Melton’s stellar performance was clear in his stats for the night: 27 points, three assists, four rebounds, five steals and three blocks.
Third quarter ended with Crespi up, 49-35.
During the fourth quarter, the Crespi Celts fed off of their student section, The Crespi Cabana, dressed to the pajama theme. Their relentless vigor was no match for Valley Christian.
Final score: Crespi 68, Valley Christian 48.
Crespi faces Maranatha High on March 17 in Pasadena at 7 p.m. to see if their journey continues to the Division IV CIF basketball championship.
—Leah de Leon