California, Damien, Rowland and Covina advance to Covina Boys Basketball Tournament Final Four tonight

Covina Boys Basketball Tournament
Thursday’s quarterfinals

California 69, Los Altos 53
Damien 77, Northview 74, OT
Rowland 66, Bishop Amat 29
Covina 64, La Salle

California vs. Damien, 7 p.m.
Rowland vs. Covina, 8:30 p.m.

Consolation Bracket
Sierra Vista vs. San Gabriel, 10 a.m.
South El Monte vs. Garey, 11:30 a.m.
Azusa vs. Mt. View, 1 p.m.
South Hills vs. Charter Oak, 2:30 p.m.
Fifth-place Bracket
Los Altos vs. Northview, 4:30 p.m.
Bishop Amat vs. La Salle, 5:30 p.m.

By John Sherrard
You can always go home.
And that’s exactly where California head coach Jason Van Duyne went Thursday night in a quarterfinal game of the 59th annual Covina High School Christmas Tournament.
Van Duyne, who played basketball at Covina, watched his team defeat Los Altos, 69-53, in a game featuring two different halves.
After holding a 27-26 lead after two quarters the Condors pulled away, particularly at the free-throw line, and cruised to their ninth victory of the season against four losses.
Los Altos fell to 7-4.

California was a perfect 9 for 9 in the third quarter and 7 of 9 in the fourth quarter on free throws.

The Condors will play Damien, a 77-74 overtime winner over Northview, tonight at 7 p.m. in the championship semifinals.

In the other semifinal game, Rowland, a 66-29 winner over Bishop Amat, will play the winner of the Covina/La Salle game tonight at 8:30.

“I went to Covina High School in the mid 90s and played varsity basketball with (Covina coach) Willie Bissman,” Van Duyne said.

“So to come back here in this tournament and be successful really is important to me.”

Cal was led by junior Carlos Legaspy and forward Richard Kastl, each of whom had 14 points. Los Altos guards Yahshua Haith and Christian Espinoza finished with 16 and 11 points, respectively.

Los Altos, which was only 11 of 21 from the free-throw line, trailed 13-12 after the first quarter. The Conquerors went on an early 6-0 run behind the 3-point shooting of Haith, who finished with four 3-pointers.

After both teams scored 14 points in the second quarter to give California the one-point lead at halftime, the Condors couldn’t miss at the free-throw line in the third quarter. Kastl, who is a sophomore, went 6 for 6 in the quarter and the Condors built a 46-36 advantage after three quarter.

Los Altos had its best quarter with 17 points in the fourth, but the Condors scored 23 points. They were led by a combined 13 points from Legaspy (seven) and sophomore Jake Mata (six).

Cal high’s senior backcourt duo of Andrew Garber and Matthew Lambrecht added 12 and 9 points, each.

“They (Los Altos) were keying on him (Lambrecht) and I just made myself available,” Garber said.

Los Altos junior forward Aiden Barcelo and senior forward Danny Ahn had eight points apiece.

In the consolation bracket quarterfinals, San Gabriel defeated Azusa 63-46, Mountain View routed Sierra Vista 68-34, South Hills beat South El Monte 57-45 and Charter Oak got past Garey 55-48.

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  • Admin Staff

    WOW! What a shame that Bishop Amat’s Boys Basketball Program (if you can call it that) is where it is.
    That Coach is a joke!
    I’ve watched a few games in the Covina Tourney and what a mess. They got smashed last night by 37 points. They were out coached, out muscled, and out hustled.
    BTW, someone needs to tell the coach that this is not a game of musical chairs. I saw kids come in for 1 or 2 minutes. They didn’t even break a sweat and he took them back out.
    With all of the great athletes they have over there for Football and Baseball, this is the best team he could field? I’m guessing that most of them don’t want to play for this Coach and that is understandable.
    I think the Bishop Amat Girls team could beat the Boys team. What a shame!
    If you haven’t seen them play, don’t pay to see them.
    Just know that it is not a place to send your boys to play basketball until they get a new coach.
    That was HORRIBLE.
    P.S. Coach – If that is all that you have to play with, you might want to find out who your best 5 or 6 players are and let them play the whole game. Maybe you will only get beat by 25 pts if you do that.

    • Realityczech

      66-29? I refuse to watch anymore. What a drop off in coaching and professionalism from guys like Acosta, Hart, and Lokar – who had that team in the Covina finals regularly and went far in much tougher playoff divisions, even winning a CIF championship, which not many SGV boys teams do. Its sad to see a school with that type of boys athletes fall to such depths. This guy definitely needs to go.

    • D’animal

      I agree 110%, what a horrible job this guy is doing. On Wednesday the girls coach Waird was there and running the team, how embarrassing. This guy (Ertle) needs to go now, kids say he is a terrible teacher too with a huge chip on his shoulder. Joe Cook 8 points, wow. he should have scored 30. Please fix this now, Mr. Manzo.

  • Colt74

    Never been a fan of having refs decide the outcome of a game. Tonight was why. If we sneezed they went to the free throw line.