first_imgSanta Fe High School already has exceeded expectations. The Chiefs’ boys basketball team now is seeking a little extra. It gets the chance tonight when it travels to Renaissance Academy in La Ca ada Flintridge for a CIF-Southern Section Division III-A quarterfinal game. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30. This is uncharted territory for Santa Fe, which prior to this run hadn’t won a playoff game in nine seasons, let alone advance to the quarterfinals. That stat is not lost on coach Mike Geren. “It’s a very good feeling,” said Geren, whose Chiefs improved to 22-7 following wins over West Covina and Santa Ana Calvary Chapel. “These are our first two playoff wins in the 10 years I’ve been at the school. “I’m very proud of my boys. It’s a great thing for Santa Fe High and a great thing for the Santa Fe basketball program.” The Chiefs, who have been led by senior guard Jaycob Camacho, point guard Maurice Cole and forward Marco Sabino, now hope to continue their post-season party. But it won’t be easy. The Wildcats, who average close to 85 points per game, have won 20 consecutive games and are the division’s No. 2 seed. Renaissance advanced to the divisional finals last season. “I think we have to play a near-perfect game,” Geren said. “Renaissance scores a lot of points, so our defense will definitely be a key. We must take care of the ball, offensively. We can’t give up points off turnovers.” Here’s a brief look at the other CIF-SS playoff games involving area teams: center_img DIVISION I-AA La Mirada (20-7) at St. John Bosco (16-12) – The Matadores try to continue their successful season when they take on the Braves in a second-round game. La Mirada, which scored wins over Gahr and CIF-SS power Artesia, are led by senior guard/forward Taylor Siemens, who is averaging just over 15 points per game. The Matadores, who beat Lawndale in the first round on Friday, also look to sophomore center/forward Derrick Williams (11.6 ppg) and senior forward Josh Robbins (10.8). St. John Bosco, which upset No. 4 seed Gahr last week, is led by John Garcia and Charles Odum. DIVISION IVA Buckley (21-6) at Whittier Christian (25-4), 7:30 p.m. – The Heralds, who have won 18 of their past 20 games, are led by senior center Tony Granado, who is averaging more than 20 points a game, and junior guard Randy Oronoz (14.5 ppg). Whittier Christian, the No. 1 team from the Alpha League, received a bye in the first round before advancing with a 64-48 win over Faith Baptist on Friday. Buckley, the No. 1 team from the Liberty League, advanced with wins over Calvary Baptist and Big Bear. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more