I covered the Crescenta Valley-Pasadena game Friday night, which you can read in the paper Saturday. Here’s the gist of it: the Bulldogs pressed early and often, increasing a 7-point lead at the half to 20 in the third quarter and by as many as 28 in the fourth. Ajon Efferson scored a team-high 19 points (8 assists, 6 rebounds) and Blake Hamilton (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Brandon Jolley (17 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists) each recorded a double-double. Crescenta Valley clearly was frustrated by Pasadena’s fast-tempo and suffocating defense that created havoc for the Falcons, who dropped to 15-4 overall and 4-1 in league. Pasadena improved to 12-5 overall and 5-0 in league.
Muir (16-1, 5-0) will travel on Tuesday to play Crescenta Valley in an attempt to remain unbeaten before facing rival Pasadena on Friday in what will surely be the biggest game of the season so far. In the Mustangs’ win over Glendale, Andre Frazier scored 15 points, Taturus Mayberry added 14 and Jelani Mitchell had 11.
Our Keith Lair covered La Salle-Bishop Amat. Make sure you read it in the paper Saturday, but the final score was La Salle 56, Bishop Amat 50. This is La Salle’s first win in the Del Rey League and improve to 1-1 in league while Bishop Amat drops to 0-1 in its league opener.