ALHAMBRA – There will be no runaway champion in the Almont League this season.
Instead, the Alhambra High School boys basketball team ensured on Tuesday the title race will be close to the very end.
The Moors rode the inside play of Carlos Barrios and Miles Ford to a 49-42 win over Keppel, which previously was unbeaten in league.
The win moved the Moors (14-7, 6-1) into a first-place tie with the Aztecs (17-8, 6-1).
“We knew we had the talent, but we just had to take care of the ball,” Moors coach Robert Blanchard said.
“We’re a senior-strong team. All our guys, we’ve been telling them all year that this is their year. We can’t let up. If we lose one of the last three games, that takes away what we did tonight.”
Everything was going Alhambra’s way Tuesday. Guard Aaron Cosme banked in a long-distance 3-pointer to beat the third-quarter buzzer and give Alhambra a 37-29 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Ford’s jumper to start the fourth gave the Moors a 39-29 lead. That’s when Keppel went to work and chipped away at the lead until ultimately getting within five points at 43-38 with 2:40 left.
Alhambra answered by getting the ball inside to Barrios, who scored from under the basket for a 45-38 lead.