SANTA ANA — Luke Barnett’s buzzer-beater 3-pointer gave Mater Dei a 66-65 win over Los Alamitos on Saturday in the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei High School.
Mater Dei, No. 1 in the Orange County rankings, is 24-2 overall. The Monarchs are tied with St. John Bosco for first place in the Trinity League with their 7-1 league records. Mater Dei is at home against St. John Bosco on Tuesday to start the final week of the regular season.
Los Alamitos, No. 4 in the county top 25, is 21-5 overall and 4-0 in the Surf League. The Griffins have clinched a share of the league championship. They play league games at Fountain Valley on Tuesday and at Edison on Thursday.
Griffins junior Liam Gray scored on a layup with 11 seconds left to put Los Alamitos on top 64-63. A Mater Dei turnover was followed by a Mater Dei foul. Wes Trevino, at the free-throw line in a 1-and-1 situation with eight seconds remaining, made the first free throw for a 65-63 Griffins lead, and missed the second.
The Monarchs quickly moved into the front court as Owen Verna got the rebound, passed to Brady Karich in the back court who tossed it forward to Scotty Belnap who flipped it to Barnett to his right. Barnett’s quick catch-and-release, high-arc shot went through the hoop.
Luke Barnett with the 3 at the buzzer for Mater Dei for the 66-65 MD win over Los Alamitos #NikeExtravaganza pic.twitter.com/Rwdsb9HZs8
— Steve Fryer (@SteveFryer) January 28, 2024
Mater Dei sophomore Brannon Martinsen scored a game-high 23 points. Belnap scored 14 points, Blake Davidson scored 12 with 15 rebounds and Barnett scored 10 points.
Gray led Los Alamitos with 21 points. Trevino scored 17 points, Trent Minter scored 14 points and Samori Guyness scored 13.