Williams cut it to 54-52 with a free throw, and then followed with a steal and fast-break layup to tie the score, 54-54, with 1:09 left. He forced a second turnover and completed the break with a another layup to make it 56-54 with 55 seconds remaining. The Matadores were far from finished. Kyle Risser then forced a third consecutive turnover and fed Robbins for an easy layup and 58-54 lead with 34 seconds to play. Three more stops – one on a Williams block of an Odum short jumper – allowed La Mirada to score the game’s final points. “We didn’t play defense or rebound and turned the ball over in the first half,” Kaupang said. “We (corrected those) in the second half, and that was the difference.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Earlier this season, we would have lost a game like this,” said La Mirada coach Larry Kaupang, whose team received 16 points from Derrick Williams and 13 each from Taylor Siemens and Josh Robbins. “But we’ve learned how to play in the last couple of minutes and close games. “We clamped down on defense and played solid.” The chances of advancing to the school’s first quarterfinal appearance since 1992 looked bleak. St. John Bosco, which received a game-high 24 points from Charles Odum, took a 54-51 lead with just under three minutes to play following two free throws by Duane Brown. La Mirada then went to work. BELLFLOWER – La Mirada High School’s boys basketball team looked as good as done. But when you’re enjoying a magical season, you don’t die easily. The Matadores didn’t and used a 12-0 blitz over the final three minutes to score a 63-54 victory over host St. John Bosco in front of an overflow crowd in a CIF-Southern Section Division I-AA second-round game on Tuesday night. The Matadores, who already have a victory over nationally ranked Artesia, improved to 21-7 and advanced to the divisional quarterfinals, where they will host Compton on Friday. St. John Bosco finished 16-13.