HUNTINGTON BEACH - In 28-plus seasons as the Jordan High boys' basketball coach, Ron Massey has seen it all - and then some.
So that's why he can watch his team miss countless block outs, shank the front end of a 1-and-1 with 4.3 seconds to go, turn the ball over seven times in the fourth quarter and yet still look cool, calm and collected afterward.
Of course, it helps a bit when his team survives a plethora of youthful on-court indiscretions and comes away with a victory, as it did Wednesday afternoon, 70-69, over Phoenix St. Mary's in a Tournament of Champions pool-play game at Ocean View High.
The Panthers (4-1), whose only loss came to Gahr, 97-86, in a Cerritos-Gahr Tournament semifinal, will face Fresno's Clovis West in another PoolD contest tonight at 8.
St. Mary's started cashing in on numerous second- and third-shot opportunities behind 6-foot-8 Jordan Didier, who finished with 20 points, and Chris Mason (22 points).
The Panthers, behind speedy guards Jesse Jones (19 points) and Raynard Tyler (20 points), appeared on the verge of pulling away on several occasions in the second half before turnovers and an inability to check the Knights off the offensive glass kept St. Mary's close.
The Knights pulled in front three times in the fourth quarter, and held a 69-68 lead on two Anthony Hendrix free throws with 36 seconds to go before Tyler's two free throws put the Panthers to stay 12 seconds later.
Jordan was able to hang on despite two point-blank layup attempts by the Knights after Tyler's free throws and a turnover with 1.3 seconds to go, which led to an inbound pass that was picked off by Jones to wrap things up.
"We need situations like that (to prepare) for Moore League," Massey said. "They will help us grow up."
In other games ...
Centennial 82, Harvard-Westlake 58: The Apaches continued to get balanced scoring and solid defense and cruised into a semifinal tonight at 6:30 against Serra.
The semifinal was switched to tonight to accommodate Serra, whose football team hosts a CIF-SS championship game against Oaks Christian on Friday.
With coaches from UCLA and USC looking on, Thomas Hammock led the Apaches with 20 points while Deonte Burton added 19 and Kevin Smith 14.
Ocean View 75, Lakewood 64: Six-foot-3 senior Jered Garber led the Lancers (3-3) with 19.