SB Holiday Classic: Red-hot Brace leads Dons into semifinals

Bolden Brace and the Santa Barbara High boys basketball team blitzed Santa Maria, 73-53, to advance to the semifinals of the Santa Barbara Holiday Classic on Saturday  night at J.R. Richards Gym.

Brace was red-hot, making 14 of 20 shots en route to 34 points. Ben Clay added 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Chris Givens chipped in eight points.

The Dons will play defending champion Newbury Park in one semifinal at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. The other semifinal will pit Thousand Oaks against Glendora at 6 p.m.

Thousand Oaks scored 107 points for the second night in a row. The Lancers routed Carpinteria, 107-54, on Saturday. Glendora blasted Canoga Park, 71-32. Newbury Park edged North Hollywood, 52-49.

Marcos Schneider scored 13 of his team-high 17 points in the second half, but Bishop Diego struggled to grab rebounds down the stretch and suffered a 57-52 decision against Lompoc in a consolation round game.

“Lompoc grabbed eight offensive rebounds in the final five minutes to seal the victory,” Bishop coach Jeff Koval said.

The game was physical and close throughout, with neither team leading by more than six points.

Will Goodwin scored 12 points and knocked down three 3-pointers in the first half. Schneider also made three triples. Alexis Herrera scored eight points for the Cardinals, who fell to 4-10.

Tournament Scores

Winner’s Bracket

Santa Barbara 73, Santa Maria 53

Newbury Park 52, North Hollywood 49

Glendora 71, Canoga Park 42

Thousand Oaks 107, Carpinteria 54

Consolation Bracket

Nordhoff 49, Roosevelt 47

Pioneer Valley 78, Hueneme 41

Lompoc 57, Bishop Diego 52

Flintridge Prep 73 Channel Islands 53

Monday’s Games

9 a.m. — Bishop Diego vs. Channel Islands

10:30 p.m. — Roosevelt vs. Hueneme

12 p.m. — Carpinteria vs. Canoga Park

1:30 p.m. — Santa Maria vs. North Hollywood

3 p.m. — Pioneer Valley vs. Nordhoff

4:30 p.m. — Lompoc vs. Flintridge Prep

Championship Semifinals

6 p.m. — Glendora vs. Thousand Oaks

7:30  p.m. — Santa Barbara vs. Newbury Park