By Fred J. Robledo
In terms of history, the 57th annual Covina Christmas Tournament has it all.
Legendary Bill Walton was named the tournament MVP for Helix High in 1969 and other tournament MVPs have included Byron Scott (Morningside 1979), Mike Smith (Los Altos, 1982), Stacey Augmon (Muir, 1985), and two-time winner Cameron Murray (Glendora, 1993-94). (To continue, click thread).
Above: Walnut’s Bryan Gholar fights for the rebound with Damien Spartans’ J P Chakbazof
Nogales Tournament semifinals: Damien High School’s boys basketball team had too much experience, too much height and played its best defensive game of the season as it knocked off Walnut 57-32 in a semifinal game of the Nogales Tournament on Wednesday. Damien will face Don Lugo, a 67-63 winner over Diamond Ranch, tonight at 8 in the championship game.
Covina Tournament semifinals: Bonita High School overwhelmed Bishop Amat on Wednesday night to easily advance to the championship game of the 57th Covina Christmas Tournament, 64-37. In tonight’s title game, the Bearcats (12-2) will take on Chino Hills, a 61-53 winner over Rowland.
Other scores of note …
Beach Ball Classic: C.J. Cooper and Grant Jerrett scored 14 points each, but it wasn’t enough against power Prestonwood Christian, losing in the second round at Myrtle Beach, 76-63.
Century Tournament: Glendora lost for the first time this season, falling to Valencia 53-36 in the third round of the Century Tournament to drop to 12-1.
Ontario Christian Tournament: Baldwin Park is playing for its third straight Ontario Christian title. They will face Village Christian in tonight’s championship at 7:30 p.m.
Nike Tournament of Champions, AZ.: . — Bonita’s Madison Zylstra scored a team-high 22 points, but it wasn’t enough. The Bearcats fell to Arizona’s Apollo, 67-65 in the semifinals of the Tournament of champions. It was the ‘Cats’ first loss, they drop to 11-1
Ayala Lady Hoops tournament: Bishop Amat advances to the semifinals with a 59-58 quarterfinal win over Rialto, and will now face powerful Etiwanda in the semifinals tonight.
Rowland Tournament: Wilson and West Covina survived round-robin play and will meet in tonight’s championship at 8 p.m.
Girls Soccer: Glendora has moved into the semifinals of the North Orange County Tournament at Sunny Hills by defeating Los Altos, 0-0 (won 5-3 on PKs) and a 1-0 win over Brea Olinda.
Bonita vs. Chino Hills, 8:30 p.m.
Damien vs. Don Lugo, 8 p.m.
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Above: Northview’s Treavon Francis, 15, covers his head after he misses the final shot to beat Rowland at the end of the game during the quarterfinals of the Covina boys basketball tournament
Boys Basketball: Glendora continues its magic, improves to 12-0 with a 49-44 victory over Tustin in the second round of the Century Tournament, Nick Colletta the leading scorer again with 20 points. Rowland’s Sharif Watson scored 18 points in a 46-45 victory over Northview to advance to the semifinals of the Covina tournament.
Girls Basketball: Bishop Amat and Bonita are on a torrid pace. Leticia Gallarza scored 24 points to lead the Lancers to a 56-53 win over Rancho Cucamonga in the second round of the Ayala tournament. Bonita, meanwhile, remained undefeated in the Nike Tournament of champions in Arizona. Nikki Wheatley scored a team-high 21 points in a 59-37 second-round win over Oakridge.
Nogales Tournament Quarterfinals
Damien 62, La Serna 45
Walnut 55, Cathedral 52
Diamond Ranch 71, Claremont 60
Don Lugo 67, Nogales 58
Damien vs. Walnut, 6:30 p.m.
Diamond Ranch vs. Don Lugo, 8 p.m.
Covina Tournament semifinals
Rowland (3) vs. Chino Hills (2), 7 p.m.
Bonita (1) vs. Bishop Amat (4), 8:30 p.m.
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Lutheran wins: After returning five starters that won the CIF-Southern Section Division 5AA and state Division 5 championship, the La Verne Lutheran boys basketball team searched for the best tournaments it could find, leaving after Christmas for the prestigious Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Trojans (2-0) opened the tournament on Tuesday in survive-and-advance fashion, edging Illinois’ St. Rita 73-71 behind a huge effort from Loyola Marymount-bound senior Bruce English. (To continue click thread)
The defending California Division 5 state champion La Verne Lutheran boys basketball team is in South Carolina for its opening game in the Beach Ball Classic against St. Rita of Illinois this afternoon at 2:15 p.m. in the first round.
For those who want to watch the game, it is available on a live stream from the tournament by clicking here.
For a look at the tournament bracket, click here.