Above: Monrovia’s Nick Bueno graced our first pre-season cover. To get a copy on the All-SGV edition, you have to be a subscriber, buy a newspaper on the rack or pick one up at the Star-News office.
The dates have changed a couple times, but it’s looking like this time we’re all set for good. The All-San Gabriel Valley magazine will run in Thursday’s paper. It’s a definite must-have if you’re a San Gabriel Valley football fan. Also, we’ve mentioned here before that football players who plan to sign on Feb. 2 should e-mail or call me with your destination. So far, nobody has called or texted, but I have gotten a hold of a few athletes, three to be exact, who have said they’ll sign. If you are a football player planning on signing Feb. 2 and want to be in our Feb. 1 Rose Bowl picture with the rest of the Valley football athletes, you must call me at the office (626.578.6300, ext. 4485) or e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can include you on the list.
Just when Pasadena (13-6, 7-0) was getting on a roll the Bulldogs are dealt with a huge blow. Pasadena coach Tim Tucker learned today that Todd Lewis Jr. is out for the season with a fractured right foot. Lewis, a reigning Star-News All-Area first teamer, will wear a cast for the next two months from an injury suffered sometime before the holidays, Tucker said. Lewis went to the hospital earlier today where doctors determined he had been playing with the fracture. Tucker said Lewis reinjured his foot against Muir on Friday when Nick Holden landed on his foot. “It’s a big blow,” Tucker said. “And (Brandon) Jolley is still not out on the court. They’re one of the best one-two combinations. We’ll try to play Jolley sometime next week.” Lewis is one of the best shooting guards in the Valley. His one-handed dunk in the third quarter against Muir sparked the Bulldogs’ late run to help them secure a 54-51 victory. He’s a flashy, athletic guard who attacks the basket with strong will and is a true game changer. The 6-foot-4 Lewis averaged 17 points and eight rebounds last season, playing an instrumental part in leading the Bulldogs to a Pacific League championship, a run to the CIF-SS Division 2A finals and the semifinals of the CIF State Division II Southern California Regional. He scored a game-high 21 points on 10-of-18 shooting in the Division 2A final to earn first-team All-CIF honors.
PASADENA – What will undoubtedly go down as one of, if not the most thrilling, Pasadena-Muir boys basketball games in recent history will also leave coaches scratching their heads.
Pasadena recovered from a first-half shellacking to storm back from a 16-point deficit and escape with a 54-51 victory over rival Muir in front of a boisterous crowd Friday night.
Muir (10-7, 3-4) closed to within 50-48 after Tevin Polk converted two free throws with a minute left.
Pasadena (13-6, 7-0) responded with a Blake Hamilton fade-away jumper that went in with a second left on the shot clock.
Polk drew a foul and converted two more free throws to make it 52-50 with 13 seconds left before Pasadena’s Carl Robinson, checking in for the first time in the game, was intentionally fouled. He missed the front end of a one-and-one, and a scuffle ensued under the basket before Deshawn Hayes was fouled after coming up with the ball and was sent to the line with six seconds left. His first free throw attempt bounced off the back of the rim. He made the second to make it 52-51.
Pasadena’s Chris Hanayan, who finished with five points, was fouled and made both free throws with two seconds left to seal the victory. Muir’s last-second attempt missed everything.
Pasadena did itself no favors in the first half as Muir opened the second quarter with a 16-0 run. The Bulldogs committed seven consecutive turnovers in that stretch, allowing Muir to take a 29-13 lead with 3:47 left, much to the chagrin of Pasadena coach Tim Tucker, who called a timeout to settle his players.
San Marino’s had a tough year. The Titans have lost seven games by six points or less. On Wednesday, San Marino pulled off a stunner in dramatic fashion, and the Titans have junior guard Max Taw to thank for that. The set up: San Marino was up by one with less than two seconds left. Blair made 1 of 2 at the free throw line. Enter Taw. This YouTube clip is worth your time, trust me.