Boys Basketball Rankings: Damien, Los Altos, Bonita, Bishop Amat lead way

Boys Basketball Rankings
1. Damien (20-2)
— Big week is here, Etiwanda next followed by Chino Hills, Friday.
2. Los Altos (16-3) — Is 4-0 in Hacienda with West Covina next.
3. Bonita (14-5) — Lost to Colony 60-57 in SoCal Shootout, but 4-0 in Palomares.
4. Bishop Amat (16-4) — Huge win over St. Anthony, then lost two of three.
5. Walnut (15-6) — Beat San Dimas in SoCal shootout and 3-1 in Hacienda.
6. Diamond Bar (14-7) — Back-to-back losses to Claremont and St. John Bosco.
7. Workman (15-5) — Facing all sub. 500 teams in Montview.
8. San Dimas (13-8) — Lost showcase games to Damien, Walnut.
9. Charter Oak (12-6) — Is tied with West Covina for third in tough Hacienda.
10. West Covina (12-9) — Needs a signature win in Hacienda.

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Girls Basketball Rankings: Rowland defends top spot, Los Altos rises to No. 2

Girls Basketball Rankings
1. Rowland (18-1)
— Has fought off all challengers to earn top spot.
2. Los Altos (17-2) — Perfect 4-0 in Hacienda, winners of 13 straight.
3. Walnut (17-3) — Have been good, but not as good as rival Los Altos.
4. Glendora (18-3) — Shocking 40-36 loss to Bonita, now Palomares wide open.
5. Duarte (18-4) — Facing all sub. 500 teams in the Montview.
6. Covina (18-4) — Had its chance at home against Rowland, but fell short.
7. Diamond Bar (17-4) — At 3-1, in three-way tie for first in Palomres, Bonita next.
8. Bonita (13-7) — Beat Glendora and has won four straight.
9. Bishop Amat (15-6) – Lost big one to St. Monica for Camino Real League lead.
10. West Covina (14-8) — Solid 3-1 in Hacienda, but big games ahead.

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Girls Soccer Rankings: Glendora, Bishop Amat remain strong, West Covina to No. 3

Girls Soccer Rankings
1. Glendora (13-3-1)
— Is 4-0 in Palomares with Clarmeont (4-0) showdown looming.
2. Bishop Amat (15-3) – Is No. 2 in Division 3 after big La Salle win.
3. West Covina (8-2-7) – Cinderella Bulldogs lead the Hacienda at 3-0-1.
4. South Hills (8-7-1) — Is trying to stay in Palomares league chase at 2-2.
5. Nogales (8-3-2) – Has only allowed 13 goals in 16 games.
6. Rowland (10-5-2) – In three way tie in Valle Vista with Covina, Wilson.
7. Covina (8-5-1) – Big victory over Rowland to remained tied for first in Valle Vista.
8. Los Altos (7-7-5) — Slow 1-1-2 start in the Hacienda.
9. Charter Oak (10-4-1) – Is falling fast in Hacienda, dropping to 1-3.
10. Wilson (6-5) — Has played well in Valle Vista at 3-1.

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Boys Soccer Rankings: Baldwin Park, Sierra Vista, La Puente, Glendora lead way

Tribune Boys Soccer Rankings
1. Baldwin Park (11-1-3) – Since starting No. 1, has done everything to prove it deserves it.
2. Sierra Vista (9-3-3) – Is 3-0 in the Montview and headed for Nogales showdown.
3. La Puente (8-0-4) – Is undefeated and only allowed six goals all season.
4. Glendora (7-4-2) – Big game against Claremont for first in Palomares.
5. Nogales (9-3-3) — Will play Sierra Vista Wednesday for sole possession of first.
6. El Monte (9-4) – Has nine goals and just one against in Mission Valley.
7. Walnut (8-5-1) – In the Hacienda mix at 2-1 and with 1-0 win over Los Altos.
8. Los Altos (10-5-2) – Won three straight, including big one over Chino.
9. Arroyo (9-4-1) – Dropped second game in Mission Valley League.
10. Damien (6-6-1) — Damien falling in tough Baseline, drops to 2-2.

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SoCal Shootout: Walnut gets the best of San Dimas; La Canada also wins

San Dimas' Spencer Bandow (right) tries to push his way past Walnut's Agassi Goantara (24) during the SoCal Shootout at the Felix Center at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa Calif. on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Walnut defeated San Dimas 54-49. (Correspondent photo by Trevor Stamp)

San Dimas’ Spencer Bandow (right) tries to push his way past Walnut’s Agassi Goantara (24) during the SoCal Shootout at the Felix Center at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa Calif. on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Walnut defeated San Dimas 54-49. (Correspondent photo by Trevor Stamp)

By Stephen Ramirez
AZUSA — Walnut and San Dimas high schools are ranked Nos. 6 and 7, respectively, in this week’s San Gabriel Valley Tribune boys basketball rankings. Both lived up to that billing Saturday.Agassi Goantara scored 24 points and hit a key 3-pointer down the stretch and the Mustangs got the best of Saints with a 54-49 victory in a Southern California Shootout game at Azusa Pacific University’s Felix Event Center.Eli Ramos also had 15 points for Walnut (15-6). Donnell Leffridge IV and Ronny Rafeh scored 15 and 12 points, respectively, for San Dimas (13-8).

“It’s a good win,” Goantara said. “We all knew it would be a tough game. But we played through it. We played good defense to get the (win).”
Walnut, which led 28-26 at halftime, rallied from a 37-33 deficit in the third quarter. Ramos got the Mustangs even at 42 on a 3-pointer with 4:46 left in the fourth quarter before Goantara gave them the lead for good at 50-47 on a 3-pointer with 1:49 left.
Leffridge made two free throws to cut it to 50-49 with 1:37 left. But Eric Song followed with an inside shot for a 52-49 lead.
San Dimas was then called for an illegal screen with 24 seconds remaining, which allowed Andrew Lee to clinch it with two free throws with 23 seconds to play.
“I was feeling great,” Goantara said of his 3-pointer. “When I shoot the ball I see it going in. I just got the ball and trusted my shot.”
La Canada 74, Los Osos 69 >> Sean Estes scored 30 points and Patric Panoosi and Ryan Graves had 15 each for the Spartans, who rallied from double-digit deficit in this battle of ranked CIF Southern Section teams.
Justin Kouyoumdjian also had 14 points for La Canada (18-4), which is ranked No. 2 by the Pasadena Star-News and No. 4 in CIF-SS Division 1A. Iysaiah Rojas scored 20 points for the Grizzlies (12-8), ranked No. 12 in 2AA.
“We changed our defense intensity (in the second half),” Estes said. “We locked up defensively and the shots fell for us. We came back and kept pushing.
“It’s a good win. It’s good practice for us when we get to the playoffs.”
Los Osos, which also got 13 points from Obaro Ujor, led 42-31 at halftime before La Canada blitzed the Grizzlies with a 22-6 third quarter. The Spartans opened the quarter with a 16-2 surge and took a 47-44 lead following baskets from Graves and Estes with 2:57 left.
La Canada opened the fourth with an 8-4 run to take a 61-52 lead before Los Osos made one final push.
Shane Johnson made a 3-pointer and Phillip Young and Rojas made layups to key an 11-2 run to tie it at 63 with 2:38 left.
Ian Murphy then followed two free throws by Panoosi with a 3-pointer for a 66-65 lead with 2:23 left.
But La Canada closed with a Graves’ 11 footer before Estes and Kouyoumdjian hit two free throws each to clinch it at 71-66 with 23 seconds left.
St. John Bosco 68, Diamond Bar 54 >> The Brahmas got a sour taste of what it’s like to face a team from the Open Division.
Makani Whiteside scored 16 points and Alpha Okoli and Tarrean Brown had 15 each for the Braves (13-9).
Malik Corey had 20 points and Kelly Avery 10 for Diamond Bar (14-7).
Diamond Bar trailed just 23-23 late in the first half before the Braves closed the second quarter with an 11-4 surge to lead 34-26 at the break. St. John Bosco opened the third quarter with an 8-2 run for a 42-28 lead before going up 63-43 early in the fourth quarter on a consecutive baskets by JoJo Bush (14 points) and Okoli.

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Pitcher Diego Barrera denied eligibility at Damien until summer, ending his junior season

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Friday Recap: Elijah McCullough had 25 points for Damien boys basketball victory

If you have any scores or stats from any local high school sporting events call them into the desk at 626-544-0992 or 0991 or scores@SGVN

Boys basketball
Damien 100, Rancho Cucamonga 69 — Elijah McCullough had 25 points and Justin Hemsley had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Spartans (19-2, 3-1) in a Baseline League victory. Also for Damien, Zeke Alley had 21 points and nine assists and Cam Shelton had 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
San Dimas 62, Baldwin Park 42 — Ronny Rafeh had 14 points and eight rebounds, Spencer Bandow added 13 points and seven rebounds, Donnell Leffridge scored 11 points and Abbas Darwiche had 10 points for the Saints (13-7, 4-0) in a Valle Vista League game.
Rowland 70, Covina 49 — Curtis Hong had 24 points and Ethan Galang added 17 points and had 12 rebounds for the Raiders (13-7, 3-1) in a Valle Vista League victory. Also for Rowland, Phillip Aguiniga had eight points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
West Covina 82, Chino 72 — Nick Hart scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds, Adrian Perez had 22 points and Darian Nickols had 11 points for the Bulldogs (12-9, 2-2) in a Hacienda League win.
Edgewood 61, bassett 59 — Ozzy Mancilla had 25 points and six rebounds, Niko Yamamoto added 14 points and Alfredo Diaz had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Lions (15-4, 2-2) in a Miramonte League game.

Girls basketball
Duarte 56, Nogales 34 — Patricia Morris had 16 points and Ryley Thompson added 14 points for the Falcons (18-4, 4-0) in a Montview League victory.
La Canada 63, San Marino 30 — Zoe Williams had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Brooke Yasuda had 10 points and three steals for the Spartans (16-5, 4-0) in a Rio Hondo League win. Kathleen Liu had 10 points for the Titans (10-11, 1-3).
Glendora 61, Ayala 56 — Alex Lowden scored 15 points, Karlee Fink added 13 points and Michelle Can and McKayla Tilton each had 10 points for the Tartans (18-3, 3-1) in a Palomares League victory.

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