Saturday night marked the third time since Jan. 29 that the Freedom High boys basketball team had a shot at taking down Deer Valley.
The visiting Falcons were 0-for-2 in their first two attempts, and the CIF Division I Northern Regional quarterfinal would bring no charm.
The Wolverines duo of Marcus Lee and Kendall Smith combined for 62 points and 25 rebounds in an 83-69 victory that advances the tournament's top seed into hosting a Tuesday semifinal against Bellarmine College Prep-San Jose.
Deer Valley (25-5) trailed 46-42 a little more than three minutes into the second half and was forced into a timeout to regroup. Then it promptly closed the third period on a 14-3 run and never looked back.
"Every game we get better, and we know we just have to trust each other in those moments (of adversity)," said Smith, who finished with a game-high 32 points to go with nine rebounds and six assists. "We know if we trust each other to win our individual battles, we'll win together as a team."
Lee finished two blocks shy of a triple-double with 30 points and 16 rebounds.
"It's hard," Freedom junior Elliot Smith said of defending the Deer Valley duo. "You've got to worry about defending the post (against Lee) and you're not able to give help (against Smith)."
Elliot Smith led the Falcons (20-10) with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Bellarmine College Prep 64, McClymonds 46: Bellarmine (21-9) got hot from behind the arc in a Division I quarterfinal win over McClymonds (22-8) and is headed to its first Northern California Regional playoff semifinal game in school history.
The Bells connected on nine 3-pointers by four different players. Jackson Gion led the way with four 3-pointers and 14 points. He hit three 3s in the third quarter. Teammate Blair Mendy his two 3s in the second quarter and had 12 points and Grant Vermeer had 10 points and a pair of 3s in the first quarter.
Eric Jones led the way for Mack with 13 points.
-- Steve R. Waterhouse, correspondent
De La Salle 43, San Leandro 39: Elliott Pitts had a game-high 21 points as the Spartans used their trademark defense down the stretch to advance to the semifinals of the Division I Northern California regional playoffs for the seventh time in the last eight seasons, beating the Pirates at Chabot College.
With the victory, De La Salle (26-4) will travel to take on Pleasant Grove-Elk Grove, which won 60-36 over Piedmont Hills, on Tuesday.
The loss ends an incredible season by San Leandro, which advanced to the Northern California playoffs after reaching the North Coast Section championship game for the first time in school history.
Trailing 38-29, the Pirates (24-7) went on a 10-2 run to pull within a point and had the ball with 34.5 seconds left.
Dejon Budreaux missed a jumper from the top of the key, and De La Salle's Mac Hoffman grabbed the rebound before Pitts was fouled with 25.1 seconds remaining. After Pitts split a pair of free throws, Budreaux missed a shot before Pitts iced the game with two free throws.
-- Tony Gonsalez, correspondent
Dublin 86, El Camino 75: The host Gaels wore down El Camino in the fourth quarter and pulled away for the victory in a Northern California Division II regional quarterfinal.
El Camino scored 19 points the first four minutes of the game and had a 12-point lead at that point. Dublin (25-6), which got the first NorCal win in school history, roared back with a 22-5 run to lead by five, only to see El Camino draw even at the half, 37-37.
The Colts started the third quarter much the way they started the game and opened a 55-47 lead before Dublin turned the game its way for good, leading by as much as 18 in the fourth quarter.
JoJo McGlaston scored 24 points for Dublin. Cameron Moses scored 21, going 9 of 9 at the foul line, and Jamir Andrews scored 13 for the Gaels.
-- Glenn Reeves
College Park 67, Mt. Eden 59: Seb Flores scored 16 points and Steven Dailey added 14 as the Falcons (25-5) led from start to finish against the host Monarchs in a Northern California Regional Division II game.
Dailey, whose previous scoring high this season was 10 points, scored eight points in the first quarter as the Falcons grabbed an 18-5 lead over the third-seeded Monarchs (19-11).
The Falcons, repeatedly penetrating the soft Monarchs defense for easy baskets, got balanced scoring in the third period to take a 45-36 lead.
A frantic Monarchs effort cut the lead to 59-55 with 1:56 left, but College Park's Joe DeMers dropped in three free throws with under 20 seconds left to seal the victory.
Young led Mt. Eden with 18 points and Noel Briones added 14.
-- Scott Strain correspondent