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Lompoc's Andrew Villa dribbles down the court during the Braves' 53-51 upset Friday of San Bernardino Aquinas, which was ranked No. 6 in the CIF Southern Section Division 4A bracket. Villa scored 21 points Tuesday night, helping the Braves defeat Desert Hot Springs 93-86, advancing to the semifinals. 

Bill Morson, Contributor

The Braves are coming back to Paisola Pavilion.

Lompoc will play on Bryan Ayer Court one more time this year, hosting the semifinals on Friday after beating Desert Hot Springs in the quarterfinals.

A trip to the CIF Southern Section Division 4A title game is on the line after holding off Desert Hot Springs 93-83 on Tuesday night in the desert.

The Golden Eagles managed to turn the Braves' 12-point lead to five points late in the fourth quarter. However, some crucial free throws at the line with less than 40 seconds left helped steer the Braves from losing the late lead.

"They started knocking down 3s. But we got some huge free throws from our seniors," LHS head coach Paul Terrones said by phone after the game. 

Andrew Villa led Lompoc with 21 points. He was one of five Braves to reach double figures in scoring.

Ryan Morgan finished with 17 points. Both Jeffrey Ray and Jordan Tyler added 14 apiece and Benecio Cayabyab finished with 12 points. Terrones lauded Cayabyab for his shooting ability in this quarterfinal thriller. 

"He came in and hit some big shots," Terrones said. "He had a late start to his season and we're so senior heavy that we hadn't gotten a chance to really depend on him. But we needed him tonight and he stepped up." 

Ray, Tyler and Ruben Cortez were the trio of Braves who knocked down the white stripe baskets to help seal the road win and semifinals trip. 

Lompoc will face Riverside Carnegie Schools on Friday, with the time expected to be 7 p.m.. The Wolverines, out of the Arrowhead League, defeated San Pedro Mary Star of the Sea 58-49 to clinch their spot in the semifinal round.

Joe Bailey is the sports editor at Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Contact him with tips and story ideas at jbailey@leecentralcoastnews.com or (805) 739-2239. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/jbaileysmsports


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