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PASADENA — The Chino Hills High School boys basketball team used an 11-1 run at the start of the fourth quarter to pull away from Pasadena and post a 73-63 win in the quarterfinals of the Rose City Classic on Wednesday night at Maranatha High.
The Huskies (2-0) got double-figure performances from four players and that was enough to trump Pasadena (1-1) standout Ajon Efferson’s game-high 33 points and advance to play Sylmar in Friday’s semifinals.
“We’ll take it, you know, it wasn’t pretty,” Huskies head coach Steve Baik said. “I think we’re not close to playing the defense that we want to play yet. We’ll do some decent things in glimpses, but we’re not as consistent as we need to be.
“Obviously, Efferson is a heckuva one-on-one player, but we’ve got to do a better job.”
Wednesday’s game was billed as a battle of Efferson, a senior who transferred back to Pasadena in the offseason after spending last year at Serra, and Chino Hills sophomore guard Lonzo Ball.
Both are considered to be among the top guards in the Southland. And while Efferson did his thing, he didn’t have much of a supporting cast in the scoring department.
Efferson caught fire toward the end of the third quarter and helped the Bulldogs erase a double-digit deficit. Pasadena got to within 53-48 late in the third and trailed 56-48 to start the fourth quarter.
Chino Hills scored the first eight points of the quarter after Bishop Mency sunk a 3-pointer to spark his team on its opening possession of the final period. Mency finished with a team-high 16 points for Chino Hills.
As selected by league coaches:
MVP: Kurt Scoby, Monrovia, Senior
Offensive player of the year: Andrew Ferracco, San Marino, Senior
Defensive player of the year: Logan Craig, Monrovia, Senior
Lineman of the year: Zareh Hairapetian, San Marino, Senior
Wide Receiver: Cravon Gillespie, Monrovia, Senior
Wide Receiver: Tyler Spitzer, San Marino, Junior
Tight End: Jacob Ramos, Monrovia, Senior
Lineman: D’Andre Sims, La Canada, Senior
Lineman: Josh Cano, Monrovia, Senior
Lineman: Adrian Maldonado, Monrovia, Senior
Lineman: Jake Ferntheil, Temple City, Senior
Lineman: Cole Mace, San Marino, Junior
Quarterback: Deshawn Potts, Monrovia, Senior
Running Back: Jadon Henry, La Canada, Senior
Running Back: Tenny McFarland, San Marino, Junior
Running Back: Heven Gomez, South Pasadena, Senior
Place Kicker: Julio Sanchez, Monrovia, Senior
Linemean/End: Guillermo Padilla, La Canada, Senior
Linemean/End: Christian Walton, Monrovia, Junior
Linemean/End: Alejandro Vega, Monrovia, Senior
Linemean/End: Larsen Cobb, San Marino, Senior
Linemean/End: Justin Hill, San Marino, Senior
Linebacker: Jacob Ramos, Monrovia, Senior
Linebacker: Daniel Walsh, San Marino, Senior
Linebacker: Nathan Ruiz, Temple City, Junior
Back: Samuel Brown, La Canada, Junior
Back: Deshawn Potts, Monrovia, Senior
Back: Darius McClain, Monrovia, Senior
Back: Tyler Spitzer, San Marino, Junior
Punter: Blake Cusick, Monrovia, Junior
Wide Receiver: Seth Raines, Monrovia, Junior
Wide Receiver: J.P. Shohfi, South Pasadena, Sophomore
Tight End: Todd Murray, La Canada, Junior
Lineman: Adrian Banuelos, Blair,Senior
Lineman: Adam Fazzi, La Canada, Senior
Lineman: Guillermo Padilla, La Canada, Senior
Lineman: Eric Brooks, Monrovia, Senior
Lineman: Jonathon Yau, San Marino, Senior
Quarterback: Nasser Banihani, Temple City, Senior
Running Back: Kameron Johnson, Monrovia, Sophomore
Running Back: Matt Ayala, South Pasadena, Junior
Running Back: Nate Salcido, Temple City, Sophomore
Place Kicker: Michael Selsor, La Canada, Sophomore
Linemean/End: Adrian Banuelos, Blair, Senior
Linemean/End: Todd Murray, La Canada, Junior
Linemean/End: Max Luck, South Pasadena, Sophomore
Linemean/End: Jake Ferentheil, Temple City, Senior
Linemean/End: Kyle Floyd, Temple City, Junior
Linebacker: Marshall Clark, La Canada, Senior
Linebacker: Paul Krimmel, San Marino, Senior
Linebacker: Matt Ayala, South Pasadena, Junior
Back: Daniel Sanchez, Blair, Senior
Back: Mark Wicke, San Marino, Sophomore
Back: Ernesto Jerugrin, South Pasadena, Junior
Back: Nasser Banihani, Temple City, Senior
Punter: Nick Starling, Temple City, Junior
San Marino: Alex Knott Sr, Adam Padilla Sr, Chip Crowley Jr
Temple City: Nick Kaneko Sr, Aaron Arriola Jr, Diego Arreola Sr.
South Pasadena: Jeremy Gabler Soph, Christian Carter Soph, Kyle Marrujo Jr.
La Canada: Anthony Connell Jr, Cal McFadden Jr, Donald Breneman Jr
Blair: Kyle Kinley Jr, Kendall White Sr, Alfonso Jara Sr
As selected by league coaches:
MVP: Peter Loakes, La Canada, Senior
Vincent Sicat, Temple City, Junior
Justin Moh, La Canada, Senior
Nolan Chang, Temple City, Senior
Eric Thvett, San Marino, Junior
Adrian Suarez, South Pasadena, Senior
Pierce Deamer, South Pasadena, Senior
Leo Neat, La Canada, Junior
GK-Jeffrey Lee, La Canada, Senior
Alessio Brunochelli, San Marino, Freshman
Ramsess Quezada, Temple City, Senior
Reed Buck, La Canada, Junior
Thomas Rogers, San Marino, Senior
Cameron Lee, South Pasadena, Senior
Kevin Wang, Temple City, Junior
GK-William Renken, South Pasadena, Junior
Matthew Olson, La Canada, Junior
Connor Shankwiler, La Canada, Senior
Brandon Huff, South Pasadena, Senior
Ryan Rodriguez, South Pasadena, Junior
Micah Chong, Temple City, Junior
Henry Gonzalez, Temple City, Sophomore
Nick Lakon, San Marino, Junior
Max Miller, San Marino, Junior
Luke Bogman, Monrovia
As selected by league coaches:
MVP: Claire Kieffer-Wright, South Pasadena, Middle Blocker, Senior
Samantha Figueroa, South Pasadena, Outside Hitter, Senior
Sophia Hathaway, South Pasadena, Outside Hitter, Junior
Kelsey Molnar, Monrovia, Opposite, Senior
Madison Mayoralgo, Monrovia, Libero, Freshman
Loren Shin, La Canada, Libero, Junior
Taylor Page, La Canada, Outside Hitter, Junior
Paulina Lin, Temple City, Setter, Senior
Molly Feldmeth, South Pasadena, Setter, Freshman
Donna Rivas, Monrovia, Setter, Sophomore
Megan Arnold, La Canada, Middle Blocker, Junior
Leigh Sclafani, La Canada,Setter, Junior
Darcee Young, Temple City, Libero, Freshman
Greta Xiong, Temple City, Outside Hitter, Junior
Mabel Cootauco, San Marino, Outside Hitter, Senior
Julia Mueller, San Marino, Libero, Junior
Kate Kutzer, South Pasadena, Opposite, Freshman
Maddie Hirano, South Pasadena, Libero, Freshman
Kayla Howell, Monrovia, Outside Hitter, Senior
Alisa Marin, Monrovia, Middle Hitter, Junior
Jenna Gray, La Canada, Outside Hitter, Junior
Kelly Truong, San Marino, Middle Hitter, Senior
The Pasadena area was propping itself up last week after the area’s top four teams all advanced to the semifinals. A week later all are gone as the football season came crashing down. It’s now shifted to the award season as St. Francis; Monrovia, which looked like a title lock a few weeks ago; Muir and Rio Hondo Prep all lost. Monrovia, which lost 22-21, to Paraclete, lost its chance at a 4-peat, while Rio Hondo’s chance at a 3-peat went crashing down.
Serra 22, St. Francis 14 – Nothing to be ashamed about for the Golden Knights, who lost close games to arguably one of the top teams in the state.
Paraclete 22, Monrovia 21 – The Wildcats simply made too many mistakes against a good team. They had a fumble lead to the Spirits first score another one cost them a chance at the lead in the first half. Monrovia made a nice comeback, but couldn’t deny the Spirits, who won it on an 18-yard field goal by Andrew Jimenez with 39 seconds left.
Norwalk 35, Muir 28 – A tough one for the Mustangs, who behind the play of Dejon Williams, led a 28-14 lead slip away. But another solid season for Muir.
Salesian 35, Rio Hondo Prep 20 – The Kares chance at a 3-peat came crashing down. Another solid season for Ken Drain’s group.
While the local boys high school basketball scene is chalk full of several good teams that could all vie for the top spot in the rankings, it’s painfully obvious that the girls scene isn’t nearly as deep.
What you see here below, is basically what you get … at least as far as the top five is concerned.
The area has become top heavy as far as the good teams and programs go. You can bank on Keppel always reloading. You can bank on La Canada coach Tamar Hill always putting a good product on the floor. And you can bank on Pasadena Poly always having a stud scorer.
After that, after the top five or so teams, it’s anybody’s guess and what fans will probably see all season is a revolving door in Nos. 6-10.
La Canada and Keppel put together strong league seasons and deep playoff runs last season. Each looks poised to do so again this year, assuming Keppel isn’t moved to the open division for the playoffs.
It’s still very early, but the thinking here is that the power teams are obvious and won’t change over the next few months.
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By Aram Tolegian
The big news of the offseason hit like a ton of bricks.
Pasadena High School coaching legend Tim Tucker resigned after 18 successful seasons and soon after resurfaced across town at Maranatha.
Tucker won two CIF-Southern Section championships at Pasadena and 15 league championships, including nine straight on his way out the door.
In the meantime, Pasadena became the area’s unquestioned power. A mantle it assumed from La Canada. Both are public schools. Both are now looking up at private schools as far as the local power struggle is concerned.
Yes, times are a changing. And they’re changing fast. The top team in the area is San Gabriel Academy. That may be hard to swallow for some area hoops junkies, but that’s the reality. After all, it no longer matters what a school’s enrollment is. If there’s five top-notch basketball prospects walking around on a campus of 100 students or a campus of 2,000 students, the bottom line remains the same.
So get ready for a power shift. Sure, Pasadena High will still be solid. Muir will win its share of games. La Canada and Keppel will be forces in their leagues. But the truly elite teams in the area this year reside at tiny San Gabriel Academy and Maranatha.
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Keith and I are matching our knowledge of the area and high school football by offering our picks on the area’s games. We have also added the rest of the brackets that involve area teams.
LAIR: 188-29 (19-1 last week)
RAMIREZ: 184-33 (20-0 last week)
Last week: A perfect week, which including nailing all four local teams who advanced. Keith missed on El Segundo’s win over Carpinteria.
This week: Well it’s down to the final four for the area, and all four have good shots at making it to the final dance. The odd one out may be area No. 1 St. Francis, which faces state No. 2 Serra. The Golden Knights led by 14 in the first meeting before losing, 35-21. They get the Cavs at home this time, but I’m not sure they can repeat that effort they had in the first half this time. I think it will be close, but give the edge to Serra. The rest of the area’s final four should get it. Monrovia, which is at Paraclete in the Mid-Valley, has a tough task going to the cool air of Lancaster, but this is a team built for these type of conditions Monrovia by two scores. Muir looks like a team of destiny after routing Los Altos last week without its best player. I think they simply have too much speed for Norwalk to handle. The Mighty Mighty Mustangs advance. That’s Rio Hondo Prep, which might have its toughest task of the season, facing Salesian. Yes, the same Salesian that gave Muir all it wanted in August. I trust Ken Drain and Co. to get the job done. The Kares get a chance to 3-peat.
This week’s schedule and predictions
Monrovia vs Paraclete at Antelope Valley College — Ramirez (Monrovia); Lair (Monrovia)
San Dimas at Arroyo — Ramirez (San Dimas); Lair (San Dimas)
Rio Hondo Prep at Salesian — Ramirez (Rio); Lair (Rio Hondo Prep)
Desert at Mission Prep — Ramirez (Mission Prep); Lair (Mission Prep)
Norwalk at Muir — Ramirez (Muir); Lair (Muir)
Burbank vs. La Serna at Cal HS — Ramirez (La Serna); Lair (La Serna)
Serra at St. Francis, 7 p.m. — Ramirez (Serra); Lair (Serra)
Lompoc at Chaminade — Ramirez (Chaminade); Lair (Chaminade)
ALL GAMES BEGIN AT 7:30 P.M., UNLESS NOTED