It was dubbed the “Battle of Fontana” but the battle was short lived.
Kaiser took control in the second quarter and ended up routing rival Miller 77-51 in a boys basketball CIF Southern Section Division 2AA quarterfinals match up in front of a packed gym at Miller High School on Tuesday, February 23.
With the win, Kaiser (26-4) advanced to the semifinals and plays at second-seeded Huntington Beach Edison. Miller finishes the season with a record of 21-7.
The Cats jumped out to a 17-5 lead in the first quarter behind a 12-0 run but the Rebels marched right back to make it 17-13.
Miller took its first lead of the game after Chris Gastelum nailed a 3-pointer to make it 27-26 in the later part of the second.
That lead was short lived however, as Kaiser went on an 11-0 run from baskets by Dylan Harris, Armani Dodson and Jawohn McClain, to close out the half up 37-27.
Kaiser’s lead reached 17 points in the third quarter and grew to 23 following a 12-3 run in the fourth quarter before the Cats rested their starters to close out the game.
Dodson, a senior, finished with a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds for Kaiser, while junior Kenneth Smith added 17 points and five assists. Senior Abe Salmon totaled 14 points to go with seven assists.
Sophomore K.J. Allen led Miller with 16 points.
Kaiser also defeated Miller 65-54 in tournament action at the Inland Empire Classic back in December of last year.
The Cats impressive playoff run also includes wins over Citrus Hill, 70-35, and Thousand Oaks, 68-43, in the first two rounds.