Sierra Canyon holds off resilient Campbell Hall

Campbell Hall played with the grit and determination of a veteran club not wanting to lose. 

Sierra Canyon, perhaps, was too young and dumb to realize the magnitude of what was in front of it. 

In the end, it was the young guns of the Trailblazers who prevailed in a 80-77 overtime Gold Coast League thriller. 

It’s the sixth win this season for Sierra Canyon in a game determined by five points or less. 

Winning is an art but it isn’t always pretty. It’s also something Sierra Canyon has been accustomed to doing. The Trailblazers have yet to lose to a California team this season and weren’t about to start on Tuesday. 

Ranked in the top-10 in various national polls, Sierra Canyon (13-1, 2-0 Gold Coast League) entered Tuesday night’s game riding an 11-game win streak.

The Trailblazers had their backs against the wall trailing by five points with 1:38 left in regulation. 

One of the most experienced players on the Sierra Canyon squad, junior Devearl Ramsey, came alive. 

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Ramsey had 10 points in the fourth quarter including a three-pointer with 46.7 seconds left to force overtime and give Sierra Canyon new life. 

"Our team, we’re fighters," said Ramsey, who finished with a game-high 26 points. "We fight at the opportunity. We (had) adversity a lot throughout the season. We’re used to it."

In the extra frame, the tug-of-war between the two teams continued. 

UCLA commit Aaron Holiday put Campbell Hall (13-5, 0-1 Gold Coast League) in front with an off-balanced leaner in the lane to make the score 77-76 with 1:46 to play in overtime. 

It would be the Vikings last score of the night. 

Trailing by one with under 30 seconds to play, Holiday had the ball with the shot clock dead and a chance for Campbell Hall to get out of Chatsworth with a win. 

He was stripped while trying to drive the lane and Sierra Canyon sophomore Remy Martin made a breakaway layup as time expired to seal the victory for the Trailblazers. 

"I lost the ball," Holiday said. "I thought I was fouled but they didn’t call it. I still should have (hung) onto the ball and had a layup. (The lane) was wide open."

Added Campbell Hall head coach Thomas Blunt: "I feel like with Aaron, he doesn’t get all of his calls …I thought he got slapped a few times going through the middle and we just didn’t get the call."

Holiday finished with 20 points as his future coach, UCLA’s Steve Alford, looked on from the bleachers. 

It was a spirited come-from-behind effort for Campbell Hall that fell just short. Sierra Canyon led by 10 at halftime and looked to be on the verge of running the Vikings out of the gym but ended up in a much closer contest than expected. 

"We feel like we won ugly, it wasn’t our best performance as a team (and) a lot of that’s due to how Campbell Hall played," Sierra Canyon head coach Ty Nichols said. "The old adage is you win with seniors. I think their seniors were very motivated to win the game. It wasn’t like we weren’t motivated. We made a run and they didn’t go away."