Garfield High School will be making its second consecutive appearance in a City Section boys basketball championship game, as the second-seeded Bulldogs (26-6) take on No. 1 El Camino Real (21-7) for the Division II title at 8 p.m. Friday at the Roybal Learning Center.
Key baskets by Frankie Aguilar in the game’s final minute helped Garfield get past Granada Hills, 60-58, in a semifinal last Friday at Venice High School. The senior nailed a 3-pointer with 38 seconds remaining to break a 54-tie. He scored on a layup to make it 59-55, but Granada Hills’ Travis Griffin hit a 3-pointer to get the Highlanders to within 59-58.
Garfield’s Jesse Nunez was fouled intentionally but not until there was one second left in the game. Nunez made one of two free throws.
The Bulldogs are also led by senior forward Joe Joaquin and senior point guard Angel Camacho.
Garfield will be attempting to win its first-ever City basketball title after coming up short nearly a year ago, losing in the Division II final to Chatsworth, 66-61.
El Camino Real defeated Narbonne handily in a semifinal, 60-37, to advance to the championship game. They also beat San Pedro and Van Nuys along the way.
Besides Granada Hills, Garfield has also defeated Carson and Belmont in the playoffs.
In the Division II girls championship game, top-seeded Palisades (27-5) will play Monroe (22-9) at 6 p.m. at Roybal.
Palisades defeated Roosevelt, 53-39, and Monroe defeated Eagle Rock, 51-36, to advance to the finals. With the loss, Roosevelt finished the season 20-5; Eagle Rock was 25-4.
Roybal is located at 1200 Colton Street, downtown Los Angeles.