Hoops: Muir’s defense comes up big against La Salle

Muir 63, La Salle 36: This is not the same Muir High School boys basketball team that stepped onto the court a year ago. There was a stronger emphasis on defense, and it showed in the Mustangs’ 63-36 victory over La Salle in Monday’s opening round of the La Salle/Temple City Holiday Classic. La Salle (7-4) committed more turnovers (14) in the first half than points (12), and it didn’t get any better for the Lancers in the second half. La Salle’s inexperience was on display with numerous backcourt and 10-second violations, much to the chagrin of Lancers coach Steve Goldstein. Muir (5-2) applied a swarming press in the second quarter and didn’t let up. Senior Deshawn Hayes, still trying to get back into basketball shape after the football season, led all scorers with 23 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Fellow senior Justin Knowles had eight steals, eight points, five assists and four rebounds. Tevin Polk had 11 points and four rebounds.

La Salle/Temple City
Holiday Classic

Monday’s Scores
St. Francis 43, Hoover 34
Maranatha 84, AGBU 43
Muir 63, La Salle 36
Temple City 59, Franklin 53
Montebello 80, Arcadia 63
La Canada 70, Marshall 50

La Canada New Year’s
Ball Tournament
Monday’s Scores

Arcadia 64, La Salle 46
Montclair Prep 68, Flintridge Sacred Heart 50
Burbank 49, La Canada 37

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