By Keith Lair, Staff Writer
LA CAADA FLINTRIDGE – Mike McGlashan drove to the hoop. Instead of continuing to the basket on his way up, he stopped and took a fadeaway shot that banked in.
The next time down the court, the La Caada High School senior drove and took a scoop shot. It went in.
Those two baskets put the Spartans in front for the final time as they defeated visiting Inglewood 60-50 to advance to the CIF State boys basketball Southern California Regional final for the first time.
The Spartans, the top seed in Division III and the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA champion, will play La Verne Lutheran for the title next Saturday at USC’s Galen Center.
“After a season like this, how can it not fall?” McGlashan said of those shots. “Everything was falling. I just knew I had to get to the basket.”
The baskets ended a tight, well-executed game that featured 11 lead changes. McGlashan scored all six of his 20 points in a key fourth-quarter run.
La Caada trailed 46-45 when he drove to the basket and banked in a 4-footer to tie the score with 4:24 to play.
He then made a fadeaway jumper for a 49-47 lead, Jamie Harper missed from 21 feet and McGlashan made the scoop shot.
“I didn’t expect them to go in and each one went in,” Matt Faber said. “It was, `Thank you, Mikey.’ ”
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