Posted On: 02/27/20 11:54 AM

SOLANA BEACH — The 72-mile trip from Orange County to Santa Fe Christian high school for a CIF San Diego Section Division 1 semifinal between the Eagles and San Marcos ended up being well worth the Tuesday mileage.

Santa Fe Christian hung on to a 53-50 victory to advance to Saturday's championship game behind 23 points and nine rebounds from senior wing Sam Dudley. Junior shooting guard Keatten Smith and sophomore forward Vincent Berlucchi added 13 and nine points, respectively.

For San Marcos, sophomore point guard Devon Arlington was the catalyst, scoring a team-high 19 points to go along five assists. Arlington scored 12 of his 19 in a second half that saw the Knights battle back from a nine-point deficit late in the third quarter, setting up an exciting finish.

Santa Fe Christian (22-9) will take on Carlsbad in the Division 1 championship game Saturday at 1 p.m. at RIMAC Arena on the campus of UC San Diego. San Marcos (19-11) qualified for the state playoffs and will get back on the floor next week with hopes of making another run.

Four Observations

Sam Dudley has taken big strides since the summer

The 6-foot-2 wing showed that

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