By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor
This postseason is beginning to look a lot like last year and that is a good omen for the Palisades High boys basketball team.
Just like last year the Dolphins were seeded fifth in the City Section Division I playoffs and, just like last year, they upset the No. 4 seed on the road by the slimmest of margins Saturday, knocking off host Gardena 52-50 when Kyle Lee dribbled the length of the floor and made a layup to put the Dolphins up 51-50 with 2.7 seconds left. He was fouled on the play and made the free throw and Gardena missed a desperation shot at the buzzer.
Palisades trailed by as many as 12 points in the first quarter but rallied to take a 31-20 halftime lead. The Dolphins were up 49-48 with 12.5 seconds left, but Jaiden Greene stole an inbounds pass and made a layup for the Panthers, setting the stage for Lee’s late heroics.
With half of Palisades’ bench players watching in street clothes, Lee led the charge with 14 points, Avery Lee had 12, Owen Larbalestier had eight and Devin Cooper and Zach Haas each added six.
Once again the Dolphins faced the No. 1 seed, Chatsworth, in the semifinals Wednesday. Last winter Palisades upset No. 1 View Park on the way to its first title in 51 years.
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