Buckley (24-7) fell behind by 19 points in the second quarter, cut the deficit to seven points by halftime, finally took the lead on an Andrew Farhadi layup in the third quarter and had a 47-44 advantage entering the fourth quarter. But top-seeded Twentynine Palms (28-2) proved too tough down the stretch, outscoring the Griffins 19-4 in the fourth quarter, highlighted by 10 points from sophomore Montreal Harris. “I’m proud of the kids,” Hamilton said. “They never gave up.” Richie Polan scored 13 of his game-high 24 points in the third quarter and finished with 12 rebounds for Buckley. Teammate Hussein Habibi added 19 points and nine rebounds. “They gave us a scare,” Twentynine Palms coach Larry Bowden said. “They made a great comeback, give them all the credit.” ONTARIO – Buckley of Sherman Oaks coach Mike Hamilton gathered his team at midcourt after Friday’s 63-51 loss to Twentynine Palms in the Southern Section Div. IV-A championship game at Colony High and made sure that everyone on his team acknowledged the Griffins’ faithful up in the stands. His players glady obliged. “You see everyone up there, `The Red Army’, those diehard fans, they’re the reason we stayed close in this game,” Hamilton said. Close, but not close enough. The Griffins appeared nervous from the outset, committing a pair of turnovers on their first two possessions, and Twentynine Palms took advantage, opening up a 12-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Habibi finally got the Griffins on the scoreboard with a free throw at the 3:49 mark of the first quarter, and Buckley continued to chip away at the deficit and trailed 16-5 heading into the second quarter. Harris finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds for Twentynine Palms, while Nico Matthews added 16 points and five assists. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!