Boys Hoops Notebook: Can Northview still win the Valle Vista … It’s going to take a difficult set of circumstances this week for the Northview High School boys basketball team to back into a share of the Valle Vista League championship.
The Vikings enter tonight’s regular-season finale against Nogales with a 19-8 overall record and an 8-3 mark in league. Nogales will be the Vikings’ only game of the week because they have their bye while everybody else will be playing on Thursday.
If Northview beats Nogales (9-17, 5-5), the Vikings must hope Wilson (16-8, 8-2) loses one or both of its games to either be co-league champions or own the title outright.
MONDAY’S HOOPS ROUNDUP
Mission Valley League
Arroyo 57, Rosemead 46
In their rivalry rematch, the Knights found their offense early and kept the momentum throughout the game to defeat the Panthers.
Junior forward Primitivo Gomez carried the Knights with a career-high 45 points. Gomez also pulled down 13 rebounds, while shooting 17-of- 19 from the free throw line. “Since I’ve been coaching (for the past seven years) I can say that’s been the best performance I’ve ever seen,” said Arroyo coach Carlos Barajas. Peter Aholoka supported Gomez’s performance with 7 points and 7 rebounds. Danny Villalobos led all Panthers’ scorers with 13. Rosemead falls to 3-5 in league while the Knights climb to 6-2. Next up for Arroyo is South El Monte on Wednesday.
Glendora 54, Alta Loma 38
Glendora was down 25-21 at halftime but came out in the third quarter and outscored Alta Loma 14-5 to take 35-30 lead heading into the fourth. The Tartans (13-12, 2-5) continue their scoring output by outscoring the Braves 19-8 in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Glendora junior guard Casie Lowden led all scorers with 15 points. Lowden also pulled down five rebounds. Sophomore guard Leah Bolton chipped in with nine points and seven rebounds for the Tartans. Alta Loma was led by Amari Terry with 14 points and Le’lani Mamea with 13 points.
Bonita 63, Los Altos 38
The Bearcats were on point early in the game and proved too much for the Conquerors to handle.
Bonita closed the first quarter with a 24-8 advantage, helped along by five steals by Nikki Wheatley. Bonita’s Brianna Kennedy led all scorers with 16 points while also grabbing 13 boards and swatting four blocks. Wheatley finished the game with 12 points, three assists and nine steals. Bearcats teammate Sarah Jackson scored 12 points and had eight rebounds.
Bianca Bosancic had 13 points for the Conquerors. Bonita stays perfect in league at 9-0. Los Altos falls to 1-7 in league.
Charter Oak 36,
In a lackluster offensive game, the Chargers out- scrapped the Wolfpack to pull off the win.
The Chargers’ Merrissa Fuarez led all scorers with 16 points. Teammate Tiffany Villaruz added six points. Reena Williams scored 10 points to lead Claremont, which falls to 1-7 in league. Charter Oak improves to 10-14 and 5-3 in league. They will host St. Lucy’s (16-6, 6-2) tonight at 4:45 p.m. in hopes of moving into a first-place tie.
South Hills 47, Ayala 45
The Huskies pulled off the victory in a tightly contested matchup against the Bulldogs.
Vanessa Garcia had a game- high 13 points, while teammate Imani Payton registered a double-double, pulling down 12 rebounds and scoring 10 points.
Ayala’s offense was led by Jackie Ricketson’s 12 points. Both South Hills and Ayala even their Sierra League records at 4-4.