Basketball: Diamond Bar gets defensive to stay in first; Workman routs La Puente

Walnut High’s Miles Jackson, left, goes up for the last shot of the game vs Diamond Bar High’s Evan York at the Walnut campus gym Jan. 16, 2013. (SGVN/Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb)

Don’t look now, but Diamond Bar is taking control of the Hacienda League, improving to 4-0 with a 59-57 victory over Walnut Wednesday. Over in the Montview League, Workman easily routed rival La Puente.
Here’s a brief recap of Wednesday’s games.

Diamond Bar 59, Walnut 57
WALNUT – Diamond Bar High School was the preseason pick to win the Hacienda League boys basketball title, but now there is no doubt the Brahmas definitely are the team to beat.
Kenneth Thai had a steal and layup with 41 seconds and Evan York had three blocks in the final 20 seconds, the last as time expired, as visiting Diamond Bar stayed perfect in league with a 59-57 victory over Walnut on Wednesday.
The Brahmas, getting 16 points from Marcus Favela and 12 from Sam Ting, improved to 10-8 overall and 4-0 in the Hacienda League. Rob Harrelson had 18 points and Zuri Williams 13 for the Mustangs, who slipped to 13-6 and 3-2.
Diamond Bar coach Ty Watkins:“We had a great group in (at the end of the game) defensively. Evan York with the blocks at the end really did a great job. We did a great job all game long with our defense. (Walnut) is such a great team, they shoot well here. We’re proud of our defense to finish up the game at the end.”
Workman 56, La Puente 44
Osnar Garcia had 18 points and Noah Juarez 10 to lead the first-place Lobos to an easy win. Workman (17-1, 6-0) opened with a 15-0 run and was never threatened. Matthew Arguello had 22 points for La Puente (5-10, 3-1).
Workman coach Martin Flores: We came out and played good defense. We did the things we needed to do and they had no answer. We want our guys to get to their spot and there’s nothing for them to get.”
More Scores after the jump

OTHER SCORES
BOYS
HACIENDA LEAGUE
Rowland 58, Diamond Ranch 56

Leading Rowland (12-6, 2-2) to victory was Chris Arzadon scoring the game-high 28 points. Joe Dionisio scored 13 points and had five rebounds. Nandi Uvengwu scored 26 points for Diamond Ranch (9-11, 2-4).
SIERRA LEAGUE
Charter Oak 30, Ayala 27

In a tight defensive battle the Chargers (7-12, 1-2) pulled out the win with top scorer Jose Bonilla scoring six points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
GIRLS
HACIENDA LEAGUE
Bonita 56, Los Altos 12

The Bearcats totally frustrated the visiting Conquerors to remain perfect in league play. Arianna Abo scored 19 points to lead Bonita and Stephanie Vana tossed in 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The loss dropped Los Altos to 0-4 in league play.
MISSION VALLEY LEAGUE
Rosemead 48, Arroyo 38

Leading the Panthers (12-6, 3-0) to victory was Melody Gauthier with 20 points and seven steals. Sydney Hua scored eight points.
SIERRA LEAGUE
South Hills 61. St. Lucys 38

Samantha Perez was the top performer for the Huskies (11-7, 3-0) with 19 points and 10 boards and Imani Payton chipped in with 11 points and eight steals as South Hills remained perfect in league play.South Hills built an early 32-21 halftime lead and was never seriously threatened in the second half. High scorer for St. Lucy’s (7-10, 0-4) was Alyssa Lim with 11 points and Mary Serafin also chipped in with 11 points
VALLE VISTA LEAGUE
Wilson 68, Baldwin Park 45

In a first place battle in the Valle Vista League the Wildcats (13-6, 5-0) held off a third-quarter rally by the Braves. Kaelyn Kawamoto was the games high scorer with 23 points for Wilson. Kelli Calton chipped in with 16 points, 15 boards, seven blocks , four assists and four steals. Kelli Iwamoto contributed 12 points and seven assists.
Baldwin Park (8-10, 4-2) got 11 points from Jasmin Molina.

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  • areafan

    I enjoy going around the area watchng local talent I know a couple Lp parents that have done nothing but brag, I was expecting to see some ballsrs out there. Was I sorely mistakin. The Lobos owned tgem in every aspect of the game. Lobos seemed to much for them too handle. ven wit the subs playing the last 6 minutes of the game the Lobos coach or players never worried and still came out out 12 points anead in the end. Id love to see Workman in amuch better league with much better competition. It was like beating oon a j.v. team. You kinda started to feel bad for Lp`s #23 who needs to grow and add about 30 lb.s if hes gonna take this sport serious. He was a good little passer and had a couple nice steals but clearly not strong enough to hang in their with the top team.lp`s brightspot was #11 who was tneir main scorer but again if these kids are serious they need to gain weight/muscle they’ll never make it.and lp`bigs who are also small really need to get back to the drawing board. It seemed as though they sometimes had no idea what they were doing.