Role player stars in MC's quarterfinal win at Classic

12/28/2007 3:54 AM

12/28/2007 3:59 AM

SALIDA -- Dabrail Henton is a solid role player for the Modesto Christian High boys basketball team.

The 6-foot-3 senior forward does the dirty work for the Crusaders, playing interior defense and gobbling up rebounds as well.

But in Thursday night's quarterfinal against Monte Vista of Danville in the Modesto Christian Holiday Hoops Classic, Henton played the scorer's role, too.

Henton scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half, including eight in a row at one point, as Modesto Christian moved on to the semifinals with a 70-63 victory over the Mustangs at Modesto Christian High School.

Modesto Christian plays Sacred Heart Cathedral, a 103-91 winner over Colony of Ontario, in a semifinal tonight at 8:30 p.m. Sacramento and Etiwanda play in the other semifinal at 7 p.m.

Most of Henton's points came off passes from teammates Reeves Nelson and D.J. Seeley, the two standouts drawing the defense and kicking it to Henton. He made mid-range jumpers all night.

Seeley scored 21 points, while Nelson had 11, including a late fourth-quarter dunk that put an exclamation point of the Crusaders' win.

"Dabrail had a really nice game," MC coach Gary Porter said. "His tough defense played a big factor, too."

Henton's job was to guard Monte Vista star Cameron Fenely. The 6-foot-7 forward still scored a game-high 27 points, but Henton's activity -- he fronted Fenely, keeping him from receiving entry passes -- probably kept him from 35.

"He's a really good player for them; he plays big," Porter said.

MC point guard Daniel Lemburg scored 14 points while Adam Watts had 10. MC's five starters were the only players to score against the Mustangs' zone defense.

MC's semifinal opponent, Sacred Heart Cathedral, likes to run as much as the Crusaders. The Fighting Irish has solid athletes at every position.

"We've got our hands full," Porter said. "This is a big challenge. We'll need to be at our best."

INGLEWOOD 66, PITMAN 63 -- Adam Lewallen, a 6-5 senior forward, scored 24 points in the Pride's loss to the Sentinels. Lewallen scored 12 points in each half.

Pitman senior guard Austin Keaton scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half. Dashawn Gomez led Inglewood with 18 points.

WESTON RANCH 79, VAN NUYS 44 -- James Nunnally had his second consecutive big game, scoring 26 points in the Cougars' rout of the Wolves. He scored 14 points -- including his lone 3-pointer -- in the first half.

Cameron Broomi led Van Nuys with 13 points.

EDISON-FRESNO 82, RIPON 47 -- The Tigers bombed away from the outside, making 10 3-pointers in the big victory over the Indians. Phillip Ward scored 15 points to pace Edison.

Matt Ratto led Ripon with 18 points, while Efren Sifuentes had 11.

MERCED 78, INGLEWOOD 73 -- Jarrett Sparks scored 30 points and Allen Huddleston had 25 as the Bears got past the Sentinels. Merced outscored Inglewood 25-21 in the fourth quarter, pulling away for the victory.

Staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached at wdeboard@modbee.com or call 578-2300.

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