Boys hoops quarterfinals: Muir gets uplifting win at home, La Canada stuns Bishop Montgomery in 2OT, Maranatha’s dream run still going …

By Keith Lair
The Muir High School boys basketball team figured out how to knock out pesky Bosco Tech, 58-54, in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5AA quarterfinals Tuesday night. All the Mustangs had to do was work the ball inside to Jelani Mitchell. Trailing 52-47 with 4:30 to play, the Mustangs outscored the Tigers 11-2 down the stretch. (To continue click thread)

Muir celebrates narrow win over Bosco Tech.

La Canada survives in double overtime: La Canada High School needed two overtimes to close out visiting Bishop Montgomery, 72-68, in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA boys basketball quarterfinal on Tuesday night.

Flint Prep crushes Blair: The top-seeded Flintridge Prep boys basketball team used a dominant second quarter to defeat visiting and ninth- seeded Blair, 79-57, in their CIF-Southern Section Division 5AA quarterfinal Tuesday night in the Crawford Family Gymnasium.

Hoops Roundup: Maranatha, Pasadena Poly and Rio Hondo Prep all advances; La Salle goes down.

Boys Hoops
Tuesday’s quarterfinals
Division 3AA

La Canada 72, Bishop Montgomery 68, 2 OT
Division 4A
Buckley 64, La Salle 57, OT
Maranatha 67, Ontario Christian 49
Division 5AA
Flintridge Prep 79, Blair 57
Muir 58, Bosco Tech 54
Division 5A
Pasadena Poly 55, Renaissance Academy 51
Division 6AA
Rio Hondo Prep 76, AGBU Pasadena 73

Mitchell’s four-footer with 1:45 to play broke a 52-52 tie, and he made two free throws in four attempts, the second with 26 seconds left, to give the Mustangs a 56-54 lead.

“We found Jelani just in the nick of time,” Muir coach Gamal Smalley said. “We said, `Put it in his hands,’ and he performed. We wanted to get it to him earlier. It’s on a blackboard.

“We had Taturs Mayberry in foul trouble, so our inside game got away from us. Fortunately, we found Jelani on isolation on the block.”

Mitchell then made a move that ruined the Tigers’ chances of at least tying the game. He tipped a pass as it reached the hands of Bosco Tech’s Josh Espinoza. Espinoza reached for it, but knocked it out of bounds with 12 seconds to play. The Tigers were forced to foul, and Justin Knowles’ two foul shots put the game out of reach.

“The fourth quarter was really crucial for us,” said Mitchell, who had 16 points. “We had to play tough defense, attack the basket and play real smart. It was important for me to get the ball.”

The Tigers’ outside shooting gave Muir fits. Freshman E.J. Mejia had 16 points, including three 3-pointers. The smallest player on the court, the Tigers’ Matthew Santos, drove the lane and threw in teardrop layups over Mitchell and Mayberry. He had a game-high 17 points.

Bosco Tech led by as many as eight, in the third quarter.

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  • cd

    Flintridge Prep 79 Blair 57. Was 67-37 after three.

  • SGV Soccer

    Poly down 10 at the half comes back to beat a very good Renaissance ACademy team 55-51.

  • Bob Anon

    Final score from double overtime:

    La Canada 72, Bishop Montgomery 68

  • ITK

    Buckley defeats La Salle in OT, 64-57

  • Spartan Parent

    Damien beat Bonita 52-44. Great job Spartans!

  • Coach Smalley

    It was great to see the Mustang gym alive and kicking tonight as the Mustangs pulled out a tight quarterfinal victory. The Bosco Tech fans and team were outstanding and full of spirit. It was a great atmosphere and we congratulate them on a great season.

    Now the John Muir Mustangs are on to the next round against Santa Clara in Pasadena on Friday. Let’s go Mustangs keep up the good work.
    Coach Smalley

  • Steeler 45

    Congrats to Bosco Tech for an amazing season…from a 4 win season last year, to a 20 win quarterfinal appearance a year later…sensational.

    Bosco Tech gave the Muir Mustangs a heck of a fight tonight, with the game being decided in the final minutes.

    Congrats to the Mustangs on a great win, as well as for being gracious hosts to our fans and school, especially your gym crew who were extremely helpful with our dressing room, as well as their sincere compliments to our young men.

    Good luck in the Semis Muir HS…represent the San Gabriel Valley well….

  • Tech Support

    That was a great game last night between two area teams who represented everything good about the SGV. Hats off to the tremendous class of Coach Smalley who came over after the game and gave the Bosco Fans a round of applause. Good luck against Santa Clara Mustangs and lets make the finals an all valley affair with Flintridge.

  • BigFatFan

    Congrats to Maranatha and coach Godley for moving on to the semis.

  • Mrs. Mitchell

    This was the most exciting game @ JMHS in a loong time! We are so proud of Our Boys and Coaches Smalley, Andrew, & Moore (and the other brotha…forgot his name). really nice to read such a fine article in print today on the stands in online…our time must have come. Refreshing to see that a Team Mom’s comments don’t deter small town journalism. Got my clipping! SEMIFINALS BAYBEE-GO STANGS AND GO ALL IN TONIGHT LADY STANGS 3RD ROUND!