LOS ANGELES – Trevon Harmon’s running 3-point shot as time expired rimmed out and allowed top-seeded Fairfax High School to escape with a 54-51 victory over visiting Pasadena in Saturday’s Southern California Division I regional semifinal. The game ended in an odd scene, with police in riot gear at every corner of the court after a disturbance broke out outside the building near halftime. More than 300 fans, some of whom had paid for tickets, didn’t get in because the building was too small and it became ugly when police arrived to clear the area. But the final score is all that matters, and the Bulldogs know a victory was there for the taking. “We let one get away,” Bulldogs coach Tim Tucker said. “Simple and plain, we let one get away. I thought early on we outplayed them. But we would get a lot of steals that would go out of bounds, and every time we made a big play, we’d get called for some ticky-tack foul. “But we’ve got nothing to hold our heads about. We came in here against the top seed with everything going against us and still had a chance in the end. I love my guys, they left it all on the floor. I just wish the result had been different because I thought we outplayed them tonight.” The Bulldogs trailed 41-33 with 1:38 left in the third quarter, but started chipping away. Torey Phillips, who spent most of the first half on the bench in foul trouble, scored on a back-door pass from Harmon with 1:05 left to tie the score, 48-48. Inside the building, the Bulldogs (32-3) went toe to toe with the Lions (26-5) and had more than their share of chances to make it to next week’s regional final at Pauley Pavilion, but turnovers down the stretch proved costly. Bulldogs guard Trevon Harmon outshined Fairfax’s UCLA-bound forward Chace Stanback and outscored him 26-18 in front of UCLA coach Ben Howland, who was sitting courtside. Stanback drew a foul and hit two free throws with 52 seconds left to put the Lions back in front, 50-48. After the Bulldogs called a timeout, Phillips got the ball on the inbounds pass with 29 seconds left. But he hesitated on a pass and was called for traveling. That was the turning point. “That’s a tough call to make in that situation,” Tucker said. “All game long, they got those kind of calls.” Stanback was fouled and hit two more free throws for a 52-48 lead with 20 seconds left. After another Bulldogs turnover on the ensuing possession, the Lions sent Ja’Shon Hampton (18 points) to the free-throw line, and he hit one of two attempts for a 53-48 lead with 16 seconds remaining. Harmon made it interesting with a long 3-pointer with eight seconds to go to cut the Lions’ lead to 53-51. Hampton, fouled again, made only one free throw to make it 54-51, giving the Bulldogs life with five seconds remaining. Harmon took the inbounds pass and lifted a shot just past mid-court as time expired, but it rimmed out and ended the Bulldogs’ season. Both teams played strong defensively, which resulted in the low score. Phillips finished with 10 points, but the Bulldogs’ post players, Nigel Ajere (six points) and Joseph Henson (eight points), worked for every basket. Harmon later was sought out by several Lions players for his effort. “We came out with a strong game, but we just didn’t get it done,” Harmon said. “You can talk a lot about the calls in the game, but I think we earned a lot of respect. I know that Fairfax knows they played a great team tonight. We’re going to keep our heads up. This was one of the best years in PHS history, so we’re going to enjoy it.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!