There was nothing complicated about Glendora High School’s gameplan against rival Damien.
But the Tartans showed Friday night that even the simpliest of things can be quite effective.
Kos Russell and Calvin Smith scored 13 points each and Glendora shut down the Spartans in the first half to stay in the hunt for a Sierra League boys basketball title with a 54-40 victory at Damien High.
Glendora, also getting 10 points from Brian Downard and 12 rebounds from Brad Gatlin, held the Spartans to just four field goals and 11 points in the first half to improve to 18-6 overall and 5-1 in league. Damien, getting12 points from Chris Adams and 11 from Jacob Latham, lost for the fifth time in six league games and dropped to 14-9 overall.
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Friday’s boys basketball schedule
Glendora 54, at Damien 40
Chino at Diamond Bar, 7 p.m.
Chino Hills at Ayala, 7 p.m.
Del Rey League
Bishop Amat at Cathedral, 7:30 p.m.
Charter Oak at Diamond Ranch, 7 p.m.
Bonita at Los Altos, 7 p.m.
Mission Valley League
At Gabrielino 64, South El Monte 59
Rosemead at Mountain View, 6:30 p.m.
Arroyo 50, at El Monte 40
Sierra Vista at Workman, 6 p.m.
Gladstone 49, at Azusa 44
Bassett at La Puente, 6 p.m.
San Antonio League
At Nogales 80, South Hills 74
Walnut 64, at West Covina 60
Valle Vista League
Northview at Ganesha, 7 p.m.
Pomona at Covina, 7 p.m.
San Dimas at Baldwin Park, 7 p.m.
At Rowland 72, Wilson 42