By John Honell, Correspondent
Glendora High School’s boys basketball team finally found its shooting eye and dominated the boards Saturday, defeating Rowland 63-45 to win the Baldwin Park-Sierra Vista Winter Tip Off Tournament. The Tartans (5-0) hit four of seven 3-point shots in the first half and shot 50 percent from the field. “We started to compete in the second half (Friday) night against Diamond Bar,” Tartans coach Mike LeDuc said. “We carried it over to tonight. When you’re shooting the ball pretty good, you start to get a real confidence about you, and everything gets easier.”
The Tartans took a 14-11 lead in the first quarter on a 3-pointer by all-tournament player Michael Doering, then never trailed again.
“We didn’t get many second shots, I think four, and they had 13 or 14, and you can’t give up that many,” Raiders coach Gordon Hamlow said. “It would have been nice to play a little better, but they played well and forced us into bad positions. We made mistakes and they made shots.”
The Raiders were hurt when their leading scorer, Sharif Watson, got in early foul trouble. Watson, who was averaging 20 points, was held to seven by the smothering Tartans defense.
The Tartans were led by tournament MVP Nick Colletta, who had 30 points. The sophomore post player had 16 points in the first half, including a pair of 3-pointers. He finished with three 3s and was unstoppable near the rim.
Steven Smith and Kyle Gordon were also named to the all-tournament team for the Tartans.
Isaac Thompson led the Raiders with 14 points.