Glendora to the finals: Brea Olinda put a scare into Glendora High’s basketball team on Friday night, but the Tartans still found a way to win.
A.J. Bigornia scored 29 points, including his 3-point basket with 1:22 remaining in overtime, that carried Glendora to a 64-62 win in the semifinals of the Tip-Off Classic at Northview High.
The Tartans will play Thousand Oaks, a 75-52 winner over Ontario’s Colony High in tonight’s championship game. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Northview.
By Stephen Ramirez
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BALDWIN PARK — Glendora High School has won some big boys basketball games in recent years.
The experienced gained from those wins played a part for the Tartans on Thursday.
Thomas Rico scored 17 points and Brandon Brothers had 14 and Glendora outscored Walnut, 9-2, down the stretch to secure a 54-47 victory over the Mustangs in a Sierra Vista-Baldwin Park Winter Tip-Off Tournament quarterfinal at Baldwin Park High School.
Kyle Bracy had 10 points for the Tartans, who improved to 3-0. Glendora will face Brea Olinda, 47-37 winner over Keppel, in Friday’s semifinals, scheduled for 6 p.m. at Northview High School. The other half of the bracket pits the winners of Colony-Claremont and Diamond Ranch-Thousand Oaks at 7:30 p.m. at Northview. The title game is slated for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Northview.
Walnut, getting 19 points from Zuri Williams and 13 from Rob Harrelson, slipped to 2-1.
Bracy and Joseph Alvarez, with the score tied at 45 with just over three minutes to play, combined on two free throws for a 47-45 advantage before Brothers pushed it to 48-45 on a layup with 1:51 left to play and A.J. Bigornia followed with a 3-pointer for a 51-45 lead at 1:06.
Alvarez got a key rebound and two free throws for a 53-45 lead with 19 seconds left. Walnut’s Ben Lunblade, after a Alvarez free throw, made a putback at the buzzer to account for the 54-47 final.
Glendora coach Mike LeDuc: “I think it (experience) does help. But you have to remember, we haven’t played a game that meant anything since July. The first two games we (had big leads), so it’s our first challenging game. Well, you have to get back into the sink of these type of games, games where you have to make good decisions and good execution.”
Walnut coach Josh Cameron: “It’s a tied game with two minutes and our big kid (Richard Rycraw) fouls out. We gave up some offensive rebounds that led to some fouls. They ran a great screen play that led to an open shot, they hit the big shot and got them the lead. Credit it to them, they made some big shots down the stretch and we didn’t it. That was the ball game.”
Thursday’s quarterfinal results
Glendora 54, Walnut 47
Brea Olinda 47, Keppel 37
Colony 63, Claremont 56, OT
Thousand Oaks 63, Diamond Ranch 44
Northview High School
Glendora 64, Brea Olinda 62, OT
Thousand Oaks 75, Colony 52
Glendora 47, Thousand Oaks 42