Two members of Cal’s 2013 recruiting class collided Tuesday in the CIF Southern California Division I regional semifinals, with Jordan Mathews’ Santa Monica squad posting a 51-33 victory over Kameron Rooks and Mission Hills-San Diego.
Mathews and the Vikings (28-6) advance to Saturday night’s title game against Loyola-Los Angeles in Ontario.
Mathews, who scored 41 and 37 points in two previous SoCal playoff games, had 16 points in the semifinal win. Rooks, the 7-foot son of former Arizona star Sean Rooks, had 19 points, 17 rebounds and three blocked shots.
“Soft hands, great passer, finishes at the basket,” Mathews told the San Diego Union-Tribune afterward. “It’s going to be fun to play with him.”
Said Rooks of Mathews, “He’s a really good player. Cal is going to have a great freshman class. I’m going to work my butt off to make sure I’m part of that success, just like I was here.”
Mathews, a 6-4 guard, is the son of former USF coach and current UCLA assistant Phil Mathews, had 41 points in a second-round win over Palisades and 37 in a first-round victory over Narbonne-Harbor City.
Meanwhile, Cal recruiting headliner Jabari Bird and his state-ranked No. 1 Salesian-Richmond squad were knocked off in the NorCal open-division semifinals, losing 63-59 in overtime to Sheldon-Sacramento at Saint Mary’s College on Tuesday.
Bird scored 23 points, but the Pride (30-4) had its 75-game win streak against Northern California competition snapped. Washington signee Darin Johnson scored 24 points for Sheldon.
Sheldon plays Saturday for the NorCal open division title against Mitty-San Jose and its still-unsigned star Aaron Gordon.
Finally, point guard Sam Singer and Ransom Everglades-Miami had their season ended recently with a 65-60 loss to 2014 North Carolina commit Joel Berry and Lakeland Highland Prep in the Florida 4A state semifinals. Singer scored 15 points as the Raiders finished their season 27-3.