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Mary Star’s Dedrick Allen (34) is blocked in the Division 4A quarterfinal against Carnegie Schools at Mary Star Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018. Photo for The Daily Breeze/SCNG by Axel Koester.
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  • Mary Star’s Joseph Octave (11) pulls the jersey over his head in the last time-out during their Division 4A quarterfinal loss against Carnegie Schools Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018. Photo for The Daily Breeze/SCNG by Axel Koester.

    Mary Star’s Joseph Octave (11) pulls the jersey over his head in the last time-out during their Division 4A quarterfinal loss against Carnegie Schools Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018. Photo for The Daily Breeze/SCNG by Axel Koester.

  • Mary Star’s Aaron Martinez (5) drives to the basket in the Division 4A quarterfinal against Carnegie Schools at Mary Star Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018. Photo for The Daily Breeze/SCNG by Axel Koester.

    Mary Star’s Aaron Martinez (5) drives to the basket in the Division 4A quarterfinal against Carnegie Schools at Mary Star Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018. Photo for The Daily Breeze/SCNG by Axel Koester.

  • Mary Star’s Jose Rocha (15) shoots the ball in the Division 4A quarterfinal against Carnegie Schools at Mary Star Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018. Photo for The Daily Breeze/SCNG by Axel Koester.

    Mary Star’s Jose Rocha (15) shoots the ball in the Division 4A quarterfinal against Carnegie Schools at Mary Star Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018. Photo for The Daily Breeze/SCNG by Axel Koester.

  • Mary Star’s Joseph Octave (11) drives to the basket in the Division 4A quarterfinal against Carnegie Schools at Mary Star Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018. Photo for The Daily Breeze/SCNG by Axel Koester.

    Mary Star’s Joseph Octave (11) drives to the basket in the Division 4A quarterfinal against Carnegie Schools at Mary Star Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018. Photo for The Daily Breeze/SCNG by Axel Koester.

  • Mary Star’s Joseph Octave (11) drives to the basket in the Division 4A quarterfinal against Carnegie Schools at Mary Star Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018. Photo for The Daily Breeze/SCNG by Axel Koester.

    Mary Star’s Joseph Octave (11) drives to the basket in the Division 4A quarterfinal against Carnegie Schools at Mary Star Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018. Photo for The Daily Breeze/SCNG by Axel Koester.

  • Mary Star’s Joseph Octave (11) drives to the basket in the Division 4A quarterfinal against Carnegie Schools at Mary Star Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018. Photo for The Daily Breeze/SCNG by Axel Koester.

    Mary Star’s Joseph Octave (11) drives to the basket in the Division 4A quarterfinal against Carnegie Schools at Mary Star Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018. Photo for The Daily Breeze/SCNG by Axel Koester.

  • Mary Star’s Dedrick Allen (34) is blocked in the Division 4A quarterfinal against Carnegie Schools at Mary Star Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018. Photo for The Daily Breeze/SCNG by Axel Koester.

    Mary Star’s Dedrick Allen (34) is blocked in the Division 4A quarterfinal against Carnegie Schools at Mary Star Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018. Photo for The Daily Breeze/SCNG by Axel Koester.

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SAN PEDRO — The Mary Star High boys basketball team led by a point at halftime of Tuesday’s CIF Southern Section Division 4A quarterfinal game against visiting Carnegie, but things started unraveling for the Stars in the third quarter.

Carnegie scored 22 points in the third period while going on runs of 7-0 and 9-2 on the way to handing Mary Star a 58-49 defeat.

Carnegie (16-8) will play the Desert Hot Springs/Lompoc winner in Friday’s semifinal round.

Mary Star’s woes began early and continued to haunt the Stars throughout Tuesday’s game. The Stars trailed 10-3 with 2:39 to play in the opening quarter before closing the quarter on a 6-2 run. Jose Rocha’s 3-pointer made it 12-9 heading into the second period.

Mary Star (24-6) took its first lead of the game in the second quarter on Dedrick Allen’s driving bank shot to make it 17-16, and Stars guard Joseph Octave scored the final four points of the half as Mary Star took a 23-22 lead into halftime.

“I was trying to get my team involved, and I know I have to be aggressive (with the ball),” Octave said. “We had a great season, but it’s sad we came up short.”

Octave, who went into the game averaging 27.6 points, scored nine points in the first half. He finished with 19 points, seven steals and four rebounds. But Octave, who went 1 for 9 from 3-point range, fell victim to a Carnegie defensive game plan that rarely allowed him an open look.

“(Carnegie) had one guy draped on (Octave) all night, and they were being very physical,” Mary Star coach Mike Sestich said. “It was hard for him to get open, but we need to do a better job executing our offense to get open looks.”

Mary Star cut its deficit to five following a pair of Rocha free throws with 5:47 to play, but Carnegie went on a 13-2 run to open up a 58-42 lead with just over a minute to play.

Rocha finished with eight points, while Aaron Martinez had 10 points, six rebounds and three steals for Mary Star.

“(Carnegie) played great defensively, and we just couldn’t get into a rhythm,” Sestich said. “We missed a lot of open looks, and they definitely played better than we did.”

Stevan Krtinic led Carnegie with 18 points, while Kevin Karl scored eight points and added 14 rebounds and a block.

While Sestich will reflect on Mary Star’s 24-win season, he knows next year can be even better.

“The future here looks very bright,” Sestich said. “We return four starters, but for now, I’m going to enjoy this season.”

In Division 4A

ROLLING HILLS PREP 55, ONTARIO 33 — The top-seeded Huskies (20-6) advance to the semifinals with their home win. JT Tan and Brenden Green both scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Alex Garcia had 12 points and Vaughn Flowers added 11.

RHP will host Covina on Friday in the semifinals.

In Division 3AA

TWENTYNINE PALMS 88, LEUZINGER 79 — Amound Anderson scored 34 points for the Olympians (19-10) in their quarterfinal loss on the road against the Wildcats (24-8).

In Division 5A
WISEBURN-DA VINCI 79, NUVIEW BRIDGE 52 — Jaylen Bernard led the Wolves (16-9) with 22 points in the home win.  Nathaniel Perry scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.  Kevin Lagarde added 11 points.

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