Boys’ basketball: Maddox explodes in fourth for O.P.

first_imgThe Eagles (23-6) turned a one-point fourth-quarter deficit into a runaway win after a 20-2 rally spanning the first five minutes of the final period. Maddox had nine points in the pivotal quarter, and Nick Saliano contributed seven of his 11 points in the fourth. The Fighting Frogs (16-12) limited Maddox to two points in the third quarter after he scored 17 in the first half, but the box-and-one defense collapsed when role players Saliano and Blake Davenport (seven points) hit key baskets down the stretch. Andy Winningham deflated Ribet Academy with 6:20 remaining, when his 3-pointer from the top of the key put Oak Park ahead 47-40. “Teams can try and key on me all they want, but I have all the faith in the world in my teammates,” said Maddox, who has committed to Princeton. “We’re too talented as a team to fall apart down the stretch. We all trust one another.” Mardig Kiladjian had a game-high 17 points for Ribet Academy, the Div. V-A runner-up last year, while his 3-pointer with two seconds left in the third quarter gave the Fighting Frogs their first lead of the game at 38-37. Kiladjian scored 10 points in the third quarter as Ribet Academy outscored the Eagles 20-9 in the period. No. 4-seed Oak Park advances to face top-seed Campbell Hall of North Hollywood in the Div. III-AA semifinals Tuesday at Moorpark High. Campbell Hall boasts Justin and Jrue Holiday, brothers who are considered major NCAA Division I prospects. “We’re definitely aware of Campbell Hall,” Maddox said. “We expect them to be good, really good. “But I’ll take my team any day.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It wasn’t a bad strategy, considering the Oak Park boys’ basketball standout had torched the Fighting Frogs in the first half. It wasn’t an unrealistic strategy, considering Ribet’s box-and-one defense on the 6-foot-6 forward was immediately effective. The game plan ultimately fell apart, however, as Maddox finished with 28 points and 19 rebounds, and the Eagles exploded in the fourth quarter for a 63-47 Southern Section Div. III-AA quarterfinal victory Friday night. center_img OAK PARK – The message coming from the Ribet Academy of Los Angeles bench after halftime was clear. “Get a body on that (Kareem Maddox) kid,” Ribet coach William Middlebrooks implored. “He’s killing us.” last_img

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