Friday’s Basketball Roundup: Amat loses cool in loss to La Salle; Damien survives scare at home against South Hills

Boys Hoops: Amat can’t handle La Salle: Jordan Hill made a pair of free throws after a flagrant foul and then made a 30-footer to just beat the 35-second shot-clock buzzer and La Salle eked out a 56-50 victory over visiting Bishop Amat in a Del Rey League game.

Boys Hoops: Arroyo hangs on against Mountain View: Arroyo High School’s boys basketball team had to survive a late run by Mountain View to hang for a 42-38 win on Friday and a 2-0 start in the Mission Valley League.

The Knights trailed at halftime, but used a 14-1 run to take a 33-21 lead going into the fourth quarter. That’s when Mountain View, last year’s league champion, charged back.

Boys Hoops: Damien survives scare against South Hills: Damien High School, the top-ranked team in CIF-Southern Section Division 3AAA, did just that in a 44-41 win over South Hills in a Sierra League game Friday night.

In a game that had five ties and 16 lead changes, the Spartans (15-1, 2-0) got a basket and free throw by Chris Reyes with 1:07 left for the victory.

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Friday’s Basketball Roundup
Boys Basketball

Hacienda League
Rowland 53, Diamond Ranch 39

The Raiders shut down the Panthers with strong fourth-quarter defense.
“Our defense really came into being in the fourth and held to Diamond Bar to four points while we had 15,” assistant coach Cliff Hamlow said.
Derric Mar led all Raiders scorers with 14 points and four rebounds while Saeed Montoya added 11 points, four rebounds and three steals. Nadi Ubengwu led the Panthers with 17 points. Rowland improved to 2-1 and the Panthers fell to 1-3.

Valle Vista League
Baldwin Park 60, Covina 54
The Braves topped the No. 1 team in league with their strong showing on defense.
“We thought they made their best defensive effort all season. We won that game as a team,” Braves head coach Marc Hart said. Alex Baron led the Braves with 24 points and eight rebounds while Ricardo Higueros added 12 points. The Colts’ leading scorer was Mike Peters with 20 points.
Covina fell to 2-1 in league play while Baldwin Park (2-2) evened their record and heads into Hacienda Heights Wilson next Wednesday.

Baseline League
Rancho Cucamonga 55,Glendora 41

The Tartans could not overcome a first-quarter deficit in which they were outscored 13-7 and fell to the visiting Cougars. Glendora (11-7, 0-2) was led in scoring by junior guard Casie Lowden who had a game-high 22 points to go along with 14 rebounds, two steals, one blocked shot and one assist.
Junior guard Maria Can added 10 points, five assists, one rebound and one block, while sophomore guard Leah Eolten chipped in with two points, five rebounds and one steal.
Rancho Cucamonga was led by Essence Cash’s team-high 15 points and Gabby Johnson added 11 points.

Sierra League
Charter Oak 61, Ayala 51

Charter Oak used a 19-4 run in the second quarter to take a 28-17 halftime lead and never relinquished it in the second half to down the Bulldogs (0-2 league). The Chargers (6-12, 1-1) were led by Merrissa Suarez, who scored a game-high 15 points.
Vicky Elliott and Alison Strycula chipped in with 13 and nine points, respectively. Ayala’s Sandra Tucker and Jackie Ricretson each scored 13 points to lead the Bulldogs.

Other Scores
Boys Basketball
Baseline League
Glendora 71, Rancho Cucamonga 62
Sierra League
Chino Hills 58, Claremont 55
Ayala 45, Charter Oak 26
Hacienda League
Bonita 60, Los Altos 30

Girls Basketball
Sierra League
St. Lucy’s 45, South Hills 29
Hacienda League
Bonita 64, Los Altos 35
Diamond Ranch 51, Rowland 22
Montview League
Duarte 74, Gladstone 55
Workman 70, Azusa 20
Valle Vista League
San Dimas 49, Northview 30
Covina 59, Baldwin Park 32
Wilson 63, Pomona 19
Mission Valley League
Rosemead 47, Gabrielino 38

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