Monday, March 19 , 2018, 8:04 pm | Overcast 57º

Sports: A Noozhawk Partnership with The Lab and American Riviera Bank
The LabAmerican Riviera Bank
Boys Basketball

San Marcos Comes Up Short in Regional Quarterfinal at Cajon

Royals lose Stormo, Fay down the stretch in a 65-63 defeat, ending magical season

Stef Korfas of San Marcos drives up court while being chased by Cajon’s Malik Laing. Korfas scored 21 points for the Royals. Click to view larger
Stef Korfas of San Marcos drives up court while being chased by Cajon’s Malik Laing. Korfas scored 21 points for the Royals. (Riva Ryder photo)

San Marcos suffered a couple of bad breaks during crunch time of its CIF SoCal Regional Division 2 quarterfinal basketball game at Cajon in San Bernardino on Saturday night.

Jackson Stormo puts up a shot while being face guarded by Cajon’s Jeremiah Martin. Click to view larger
Jackson Stormo puts up a shot while being face guarded by Cajon’s Jeremiah Martin. (Riva Ryder photo)

The Royals, however, still had a shot at winning the game. Down by two points, a double-teammed Stef Korfas found David Frohling open in the corner. Frohling fired up a three-pointer from the corner, but the ball rimmed out and San Marcos lost a 65-63 decision, ending the best season in school history.

The Royals won the Channel League, their first CIF-Southern Section championship, their first regional tournament game and finished the season with a 27-7 record.

In a battle of two evenly matched teams, San Marcos was down by two when 6-foot-9 center Jackson Stormo fouled out on a charging call with 1:57 left in the fourth quarter.  A few seconds later, guard Nate Fay picked up his fifth foul.

With the loss of Stormo, the Royals struggled to stop Cajon’s 6-foot-5, 235-pound Jeremiah Martin. He scored Cajon’s final seven points and finished the game with 33 points.

Stormo scored 25 for San Marcos.

The Royals was trailing 64-60 when Stef Korfas was fouled while shooting a three-pointer. He knocked down three free throws with 16 seconds left in the game to make it a one-point game. Korfas scored 21 points.

Martin sank a free throw to give Cajon a 65-63 lead with 14 seconds to go.

San Marcos worked the ball to Frohling and he got a good look.

“I couldn’t be more proud to coach this San Marcos team,” San Marcos coach Landon Boucher said. “We have accomplished so much, and had the best basketball season in school history. It’s something that the players and coaches will never forget.”

Noozhawk sports editor Barry Punzal can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk Sports on Twitter: @NoozhawkSports. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >