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Los Altos Men’s Basketball, led by Jazz Gardner, knocks out Canyon in CIF-SS Quarterfinals – Whittier Daily News

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ANAHEIM – Los Altos was too big and too good for Canyon.

Led by 7-foot junior Jazz Gardner, who scored 23 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked five shots, the Conquerors beat Canyon 65-48 on Friday in a South Section men’s basketball quarterfinal playoff game. of CIF 2AA.

  • Canyon guard Jaden Goodall, right, moves around Los Altos center Jazz Gardner, left, for a shot during the CIF-SS Division 2AA quarterfinal basketball playoffs in Anaheim on Friday, February 18, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, collaborating photographer)

  • Los Altos center Jazz Gardner, left, beats Canyon guard Connor Leonard, right, to rebound under the basket during the CIF-SS Division 2AA quarterfinal basketball playoffs in Anaheim on Friday February 18, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Altos guard John Corina manages to pull a rebound against Canyon during the CIF-SS Division 2AA basketball quarterfinal playoffs in Anaheim on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, collaborating photographer)

  • Canyon guard Connor Leonard, center, is doubled by Los Altos guard CJ Bellamy, left, and guard John Corina, right, during the CIF Division 2AA quarterfinal basketball playoff -SS in Anaheim on Friday, February 18, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Canyon guard Jaden Goodall, center, tries to control a rebound between Los Altos forward Jerimiyah Smith, left, and guard John Corina, right, during the quarterfinal basketball playoffs of the CIF-SS Division 2AA in Anaheim on Friday, February 18, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Canyon guard Caleb Graham, left, loses control of the ball and Los Altos guard CJ Bellamy, left, takes the turnover during the CIF Division 2AA quarterfinal basketball playoff -SS in Anaheim on Friday, February 18, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Altos players Jordan Morales, CJ Bellamy, Jazz Gardner and Aaron Hernandez, left to right, congratulate each other after winning the CIF-SS Division 2AA Basketball Quarterfinal Playoff against Canyon in Anaheim Friday, February 18, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, collaborating photographer)

  • Los Altos guard CJ Bellamy, center, pushes his way past Canyon forward Tyler Howard, left, to the basket during the CIF Division 2AA basketball quarterfinal playoffs -SS in Anaheim on Friday, February 18, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Canyon guard Pasha Golestaneh loses control of the ball during the CIF-SS Division 2AA Quarterfinal Basketball Playoff against Los Altos in Anaheim on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer )

  • Los Altos center Jazz Gardner, center, tries to get out of a corner as Canyon guard Connor Leonard, right, looks to slap the ball in during the Division 2AA quarterfinal basketball playoff the CIF-SS in Anaheim on Friday, February 18, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Canyon guard Connor Leonard, left, tries to get around Los Altos center Jazz Gardner, right, to get to the basket during the CIF-SS Division 2AA quarterfinal basketball playoffs in Anaheim Friday, February 18, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, collaborating photographer)

  • Los Altos guard CJ Bellamy, right, rounds Canyon guard Jaden Goodall, center, and guard Connor Leonard, left, during the CIF Division 2AA quarterfinal basketball playoffs- SS in Anaheim on Friday, February 18, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Los Altos guard CJ Bellamy, left, gets tangled up with Canyon guard Connor Leonard, right, as he heads for the basket during the LA Division 2AA quarterfinal basketball playoff CIF-SS in Anaheim on Friday, February 18, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Photographer Contributor)

The Conquerors (23-5) will face Village Christian (27-4) in the semifinals on Tuesday as they continue their quest for their first CIF-SS men’s basketball championship.

Gardner’s five blocked shots came in the first quarter. This was enough for some Canyon players to avoid shooting near the basket the rest of the game.

6-3 Canyon freshman Brandon Benjamin made several shots from inside 3 feet, using the rim as protection on some reverse layups as he scored a team-high 21 points.

But a few times, Benjamin passed the ball when he would have attempted a shot against another opponent.

“The big kid (Gardner) really changed the game on defense, more than he did on offense,” Canyon coach Nate Harrison said.

Los Altos 6-4 senior guard Aaron Hernandez scored a season-high 20 points.

“Credit to that kid,” Harrison said of Hernandez. “This kid really made a difference for them. He hit a lot of big shots.

Senior guard CJ Bellamy scored 11 points for the Conquerors.

Canyon junior guard Tyler Howard scored nine points

The Comanches did not shoot well. They were 15 of 50 on the field, for 30%, and 5 of 20 on 3 points.

Canyon was 4 of 15 in the first quarter.

“We thought we were going to take Brandon out and cause trouble,” Harrison said, “but we just didn’t turn well early on.”

Los Altos led 15-9 at the end of the first quarter. Canyon’s inaccuracy continued into the second quarter – 3 of 8 shooting – and Los Altos had a 34-22 lead at halftime.

Hernandez made two 3s in the third quarter to lead Los Altos to a 48-34 advantage going into the fourth quarter.

The Conquerors quickly widened their lead to 20 points early in the final quarter.

Benjamin scored nine points as the Comanches began a comeback. But they would not come closer to 12 points.

Canyon, the Crestview League co-champion with Foothill, will have a fine body of returnees next season, including Benjamin and Howard, sophomore twins Jaden and Joshua Goodall and junior Connor Leonard.

By advancing to the semi-finals, Los Altos qualified for the CIF Southern California Regional.