SAN BERNARDINO – The statute of limitations on Cajon’s bragging rights over San Gorgonio was set to expire. Not only did Cajon retain those bragging rights, but with this victory came something even more important: sole possession of first place in the San Andreas League. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Cajon (12-7 overall, 3-0 SAL) had beaten San G. 63-59 in the third-place game of the San Bernardino Kiwanis Tournament last month. In the more important rematch, Cajon built a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter (51-41) and almost watched it slip away. “We’ve had a hard time closing out games in the fourth quarter,” Murray said. The Spartans’ Regis Knox hit a three-pointer with 46.2 seconds to play to make it 56-55. Cajon had a chance to get some breathing room, but the Cowboys missed a shot and the Spartans rebounded. Jacobs got behind the Cajon defense for a wide-open layup, but missed the potential go-ahead shot with 16 seconds to play. Alex Jacobs’ three-point attempt from the right corner as time expired bounced off the front rim as Cajon held on for a 58-55 victory on Tuesday night at San Gorgonio High School. “This is much bigger,” Cajon coach Randy Murray said. “I would’ve rather not had that other game.” “That would’ve been a huge swing, even though we had time left,” Murray said. “I didn’t want to fall behind.” The rebound on Jacobs’ shot was knocked out of bounds with 14.5 seconds left. An inbounds play gave the Spartans (13-6, 2-1) another golden opportunity, but as he was going up for a potential go-ahead shot, Andrew Jenkins was called for charging. “I thought it was a flop,” Spartans coach Ty Stockham said. “But what can you do about it?” James Simmons made two big free throws with 11.2 seconds left, forcing San G. to shoot from long range. “If we’re not up by three, then they can do a lot more things, like post up with Jenkins,” Murray said. San Gorgonio led for much of the first half, but a basket by Alex Johnson with 1:28 to play before halftime gave the Cowboys a 25-24 lead. Johnson’s basket started a 9-2 run to end the half, giving Cajon a six-point halftime edge. The Cowboys never trailed again. “There were lots of ebbs and flows,” Stockham said. “We had our high points, but it ended with them on a high point.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!