AB Miller 62, Keppel 57 OT
Pasadena 77, Ontario 58 — Ajon Efferson scored 20 of his game-high 33 points in the second half and the Dogs shook off a shaky first half to rout the Jaguars. PHS hosts Eisenhower in Tuesday’s second round.
Whittier 62, Temple City 52
La Canada 87, Lompoc 51 — The Spartans made 21 3-pointers and were led by Koko Kurdoghlian’s 23 points. Grant Arthur had 15. Sparts visits Pioneer in Tuesday’s quarters.
St. Francis 69, San Dimas 45 — Still cruising toward a showdown with neighbor La Canada in the semis.
Harvard-Westlake 98, Maranatha 96 OT
South Pasadena 81, Rubidoux 18 — Thanks for coming. The Tigers led 26-1 after the first quarter and the game was played with a running clock for the entire second half. South Pas gets Gabrielino in a “locals-only” second round matchup on Saturday night.
Maranatha 76, Academy of Academic Excellence — Thanks for coming. The Minutemen led 27-2 after the first quarter and the game was played with a running clock in the fourth quarter. Channon Fluker had 16 points and Victoria Chang added 15 for Maranatha, which will host Crossroads in Saturday’s second round.
WEDNESDAY DIVISION 3A
Cabrillo 86, Monrovia 81
La Canada 59, Glenn 39
St. Francis 63, Yucca Valley 59 OT DIVISION 4AA Maranatha 64, San Marino 31
Valley Christian 60, Muir 48
Bosco Tech at Laguna Beach
La Salle vs. Pacific Hills at Providence HS, 6 p.m.
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 74, Flintridge Prep 49 DIVISION 5AA Desert at Pasadena Poly DIVISION 5A Lucerne Valley vs. Renaissance Academy at Loma Alta Park, 7:30 p.m.
La Canada High School announced 31-year-old Ramsey Lambert as its next varsity football head coach on Wednesday. Lambert replaces James Sims, who won seven games in two seasons at the school.
“I’m excited and it’s a great opportunity to come in and hopefully turn some things around and keep that program going in the right direction,” Lambert said. “I hope we can bring some excitement to the community and a new brand of football that the community and school can be proud of.”
Lambert was most recently the offensive coordinator at Oak Hills in Hesperia, which is where he’s from. La Canada will be Lambert’s first head coach job.
La Canada hasn’t had a winning record since going 6-5 in 2006 under longtime coach Rich Wheeler. Since Wheeler stepped down after the 2008 season, the Spartans have had two head coaches.
Last season, La Canada finished 5-6, was third in the Rio Hondo League and made the Mid-Valley Division playoffs but was routed by Paraclete in the first round.
Lambert has said he’s researched about the last seven years of performance by the program and is hoping to build on last season’s progress.
“The people there in that community are really strung out on success,” Lamber said. “They want to see their kids do well. They want to see their kids do well not only in the class room but in every aspect no matter what extra-curricular activities they join.
“We’ll try to tap into that and see if we can excite some of the alumni about the program as well.”
Lambert in the process of putting together his staff and has already offered to retain assistant coach Jason Sarceda from last year’s staff. Lambert will teach on campus.
La Canada 63, Temple City 48 – The outright Rio Hondo League championship is La Canada’s after the Spartans officially dethroned Temple City on Tuesday. TC led 30-29 at halftime, but La Canada put the clamps on the Rams in the second half. Coach Tom Hofman wins his 22nd league title at LC.
Village Christian 47, Maranatha 45 — The Minutemen saw two possessions in the final seconds end without getting off a shot in a tough loss to Villiage Chr. that was for the Olympic League championship.
Renaissance 47, San Gabriel Academy 41 — Renaissance head coach Sid Cooke had something for Marus LoVett and San Gabriel Academy. The Cats clamped LoVett, who didn’t score his first point until midway thru the second quarter. Meanwhile, Marquise Mosely got busy from threeland and the Cats used a 10-0 run down the stretch for the upset.
FYI, having seen the top teams around, there’s really no splitting SG Acad, Renaissance, Pasadena and St. Francis.
South Pasadena 66, La Canada 58 — The Tigers and Spartans are now tied atop the Rio Hondo League after South Pas turned the tables on LC after a loss to Sparty earlier this month. Elise Takahama scored 13 of her game-high in the decisive third quarter.
Pasadena 78, Muir 58 — The Bulldogs got 28 points from Ajon Efferson, who answered with three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter after Muir cut it to 54-45 with seven minutes, to rout the Mustangs. PHS also got 20 from Rayjon Moore. Muir’s Dejon Williams was held to 11 and the Mustangs were led by Chris Ballew’s 20.
La Canada 68, Temple City 62 — The Spartans rallied in the fourth quarter after trailing most of the game. This game will go a long way toward determining the Rio Hondo League championship and as of now the Spartans appear on their way back to the top.