Dec 14, 2012 12:44 AM by Andrew Masuda

Bruton and Datu lead St. Joseph into National Prep Classic semis

The Knights are showing they can compete with some of the powerhouse boys basketball programs in the state. The St. Joseph boys won for the second-straight night at their third annual National Prep Classic with a 50-30 victory over Palmdale on Thursday at Allan Hancock College.

The 2-0 Knights led 28-16 at the half and outscored Palmdale 15-9 in the third quarter to extend their lead to 18 points.

After pouring in 25 in an overtime win over Westchester on Wednesday, Case Bruton scored a team-high 20 points on 8 for 13 shooting on the night. He added 9 rebounds and 2 steals.

Keith Datu added 13 points, a team-high16 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. The 6-7 Datu pulled down 6 offensive rebounds for the Knights. Curry Parham added 5 points and 7 rebounds with 3 steals. Isaac Murillo dished out 8 assists to go with 6 points. Spencer Casarez added 6 points and 2 steals for the Knights.

Palmdale, which has a student body nearly nine times the size of St. Joseph, went 20-7 last season and advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division 1 Sweet 16.

St. Joseph advances to the semifinals and plays at 6:30 pm Friday at Hancock College.



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