Cantwell powers past Maranatha in Rose City Classic semis

Faced with a double-digit deficit on the road in the second half, the Cantwell-Sacred Heart boys basketball stayed calm and went inside.

When you have two 6-foot-11 post players, you can do those sorts of things to weather any storm. The Cardinals did just that and rallied past host Maranatha for a 56-51 win on Friday night in the semifinals of the Rose City Classic.

“We have the two big kids, who have tons of experience at the varsity level, but everyone is up from junior varsity or new to the program, so this all new for them,” Cantwell head coach George Zedan said. “We’re super excited and happy with the kids’ effort.

“Obviously, Maranatha is a great team and they’re missing their two bigs. It probably would have been a different story had they had them. But we’ll take the win and we’re super thrilled.”

Cantwell improved to 3-0 and will play Price in Saturday’s championship game. Maranatha fell to 2-1 and will play Chino Hills in Saturday’s third-place game.

Despite not having 6-10 forward Trevor Stanback (illness) and 6-9 center Odera Nwobi (CIF sit-out period), the Minutemen had their chances.

Trailing 54-51, Maranatha had the ball back and missed three shots in the closing seconds before winning a loose ball out of bounds for one final shot following one of the misses. With five seconds left, the Minutemen had trouble in-bounding the ball and a desperate pass to center court was intercepted by Cantwell’s Antonio Cortez, who got fouled and iced the win with two free throws.

“It came down to bigs and their bigs showed up when they had to,” Maranatha head coach Tim Tucker said. “I knew we had to have a bigger lead than we had. I’m proud of my guys. We fought. I think we missed a lot of free throws, too. It was just a great game by both teams.”

Maranatha got hot from outside midway through the third quarter and a two-point lead at halftime for the Minutemen swelled to 42-29. Cantwell used an 11-0 run that spanned the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth to get things close again.

Down the stretch, the Cardinals found the much easier offense by using their height advantage while Maranatha often struggled just to get shots off. Oregon St.-bound center Gligorije Rakocevic led the Cantwell with 18 points and 15 rebounds.

Maranatha super recruit Tyler Dorsey led all scorers with 21 points.

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ROSE CITY CLASSIC at Maranatha; Quarterfinals set

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Maranatha Rose City Classic Quarterfinal schedule set

Championship quarterfinals:
Chino Hills vs. Dorsey, 8 p.m., Wednesday
Westlake vs. Price, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
Alemany vs. Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 6:30 p.m., Thursday
Oak Park vs. Maranatha, 8 p.m., Thursday
Consolation quarterfinals:
Highland vs. Pasadena, 3:30 p.m., Wednesday
St. Francis vs. Canyon Springs, 5 p.m., Wednesday
Renaissance Academy vs. Cajon, 3:30 p.m., Thursday
Leuzinger vs. St. Anthony, 5 p.m. Thursday

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Join Mikey El Primo for LIVE updates on ALL of the action tonight … then be back later for PrepXtra Live Postgame Show …

Friday’s scoring updates of high school football in the San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena and Whittier

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PrepXtra Postgame Rewind: La Salle edges PHS in OT, Muir 0-2 but shows well, Arcadia, San Marino and Monrovia all 2-0 …

Pasadena may have lost to La Salle Friday, but the Bulldogs showed a lot in defeat. They showed enough that the rest of the Pacific League, including Muir, should take notice. La Salle also showed some moxie, showing it can withstand a challenge and still come out on top. Speaking of Muir, the Mustangs dropped a close one, 12-7, to Cathedral. And look out for Monrovia, which throttled Bonita, 35-3. San Marino also won big.

GAME OF THE WEEK
La Salle 28, Pasadena 21, OT

PASADENA — Pasadena High School came up short in another step-up game Friday.
But the host Bulldogs managed to put a scare into La Salle, pushing the Lancers to overtime before losing 28-21 in a nonleague game.
Nico Cantos rushed for 145 yards and scored the game-winner with a 12-yard run in overtime for La Salle, which improved to 2-0 and beat Pasadena for the second consecutive season. The Lancers won 28-0 last season.
Jorge Reyna threw for 263 yards and a touchdown for Pasadena, which slipped to 1-1. But his last three attempts were incomplete as La Salle stopped the Lancers on their possession in overtime at the 9.


Monrovia 35, Bonita 3
Asaph Zamora connected with wide receiver Octavius Spencer for four touchdowns and the Wildcats are starting to look like the team that was so dominant during the summer passing league tour.
ROUNDUP
St. Francis opens with a bang, 41-7 over Chino
Areg Nazarian rushed for 134 yards and three scores as the area’s top team looked in mid-season form, routing the Cowboys for the second consecutive season.
PASADENA-LA SALLE PHOTO GALLERY

La Salle plays Pasadena during Friday night's football game at Pasadena High School, on September 5, 2014. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

La Salle plays Pasadena during Friday night’s football game at Pasadena High School, on September 5, 2014. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

TOP 10
HOW THEY FARED

1. St. Francis (1-0) def. Chino, 41-7
2. Monrovia (2-0) def. Bonita, 35-3
3. San Marino (2-0) def. Duarte, 49-7
4. La Salle (2-0) def. Pasadena, 28-21, OT
5. Muir (0-2) lost to Cathedral, 12-7
6. Pasadena (1-1) lost to La Salle, 28-21, OT
7. Maranatha (2-0) def. Firebaugh, 49-9
8. Arcadia (1-0), idle
9. Rio Hondo Prep (1-1) lost to Mission Prep, 28-27
10. La Canada (2-0) def. Alhambra, 23-7 (Thursday)

FRIDAY’S SCORES
Arroyo 42, Temple City 32
Diamond Ranch 27, Rosemead 17
Brentwood 42, Flintridge Prep 14
Gabrielino 49, Bosco Tech 6
Pasadena Poly 56, Keppel 18
Eagle Rock 22, South Pasadena 7

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Trib’skin Pick’em … Aram and Fred make their picks …

The game: In this year’s Tribskin Pick’em, Aram will I will do it a little differently. We’ll pick all games from the SGVN coverage areas of the Tribune, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena Star-News for an all-encompassing, all-out bragging right for 2014, since nobody ever pays the dinner bet. I won last year, ending Aram’s two-year win streak.
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Aram Tolegian (Last Week: 26-10; Season Total: 26-10)
Fred Robledo (Last Week 24-12; Season Total 24-12)

Last Week: We were off in so many games we thought were sure-bets like Bishop Amat over Santa Margarita, San Dimas over Monrovia, La Habra over El Toro and Baldwin Park over El Monte. Then there were the surprises like La Mirada over Tesoro and La Canada over Verbum Dei. But Aram takes Week 0, getting me with games like Don Lugo over Walnut, Bonita over Schurr and El Rancho over Claremont, to name just a few.

This Week: Look for Bishop Amat to start 0-2 heading to Texas to face an Aledo team that went undefeated last year and already is 1-0. After big wins last week, La Salle and Pasadena could get interesting, but La Salle gets the edge. I also like Los Altos over San Dimas. As good as the Saints are, they’re still not quite as good as the best in the SGV. They’ll get going again when they get to their Valle Vista and Mid-Valley comfort zone. If Monrovia’s plays like it did in the second half against San Dimas, it will beat Bonita. South Hills will likely get stomped by La Habra, and figuring Charter Oak could get crushed by La Mirada too. What do you all think?

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Thursday’s games
Blair vs. Marshall at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Marshall); Aram (Marshall)
Brethren Christian vs. Whittier Christian at Ocean View HS, 7 p.m. Robledo (WC); Aram (WC)
Glenn vs. Pioneer at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Pioneer); Aram (Pioneer)
La Serna at Los Osos, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Osos); Aram (LS)
Northview vs. Montebello at San Dimas HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Northview); Aram (Montebello)

Friday’s games
Bishop Amat at Aledo, TX, 8 p.m. — Robledo (Aledo); Aram (Texas)
La Salle at Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Salle); Aram (LS)
Los Altos at San Dimas, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Los Altos); Aram (LA)
Mission Prep at Rio Hondo Prep, 7 p.m. — Robledo (RHPrep); Aram (Mission)
Monrovia at Bonita, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Monrovia); Aram (Monrovia)
Alhambra at La Canada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LC); Aram (LC)
Arroyo at Temple City, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Arroyo); Aram (Arroyo)
Azusa at Whittier, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Azusa); Aram (Whittier)
San Marino at Duarte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SMarino); Aram (SM)
Schurr at El Monte, 7 p.m. — Robledo (El Monte); Aram (Schurr)
South El Monte at Santa Fe, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Santa Fe); Aram (SF)
South Hills vs. La Habra at Walnut HS, 7 p.m. — Robledo (La Habra); Aram (LH)
Baldwin Park vs. Fountain Valley at Westminster, 7 p.m. — Robledo (FV); Aram (FV)
Bosco Tech at Gabrielino, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Gabrielino); Aram (Gabrielino)
Buena Park at California, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Buena Park); Aram (BP)
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel at Bassett, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SACP); Aram (CC)
Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Western Christian, 7 p.m.– Robledo (Cantwell); Aram (Cant)
Cathedral at Muir, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Cathedral); Aram (Cathedral)
Charter Oak at La Mirada, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LM); Aram (LM)
Chino at St. Francis, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SF); Aram (SF)
Covina at La Puente, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Covina); Aram (Covina)
Damien at Roosevelt, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Damien); Aram (Damien)
Diamond Ranch at Rosemead, 7 p.m. — Robledo (DRanch); Aram (DR)
Don Lugo at Pomona, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Don Lugo); Aram (Pomona)
Firebaugh at Maranatha, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Maranatha); Aram (Maranatha)
Flintridge Prep vs. Brentwood at Occidental, 7 p.m. –Robledo (Brentwood); Aram (B-wood)
Ganesha vs. Gladstone at Citrus, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Ganesha); Aram (Gladstone)
Glendale at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (SG); Aram (Glendale)
Glendora vs. Alta Loma at Chaffey College, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Glendora); Aram (Glendora)
Mountain View at Nogales, 7 p.m. — Robledo (MView); Aram (MV)
Pasadena Poly at Keppel, 7 p.m. — Robledo (PPoly); Aram (Poly)
Salesian at Claremont, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Salesian); Aram (Salesian)
Troy at El Rancho, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Troy); Aram (ER)
Walnut at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m. – Robledo (DBar); Aram (Dbar)
Warren at St. Paul, 7:30 p.m. — Robledo (St. Paul); Aram (SP)
LB Wilson at West Covina, 7 p.m. — Robledo (LB Wilson); Aram (WC)
Yucca Valley at Rowland, 7 p.m. — Robledo (Yucca); Aram (YV)
Eagle Rock at South Pasadena, 7 p.m. — Robledo (ERock); Aram (ER)

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