GABRIELINO 67, EL MONTE 45
Gabrielino High School came up short in its quest to win the Mission Valley League boys basketball championship last season.
The Eagles are determined to come through this time, and they took another step Friday night.
Grant Kirchhoff scored a game-high 23 points and 19 rebounds and Gabrielino remained perfect in league play with a 67-45 victory over host El Monte.
Bryan Phan had 16 points for Gabrielino, which improved to 16-3 overall and 4-0 in league play. The Eagles are at South El Monte on Wednesday. South El Monte was 3-0 going into a league game vs. Arroyo on Friday.
Jacob Moran and Joe Chavez scored 10 points each for the Lions, who slipped to 13-8 and 2-2.
Gabrielino put this one away after outscoring El Monte, 41-13, in the second and third quarters.
Gabrielino coach John Carney: “It’s nice to get another win on the road against a league team. We didn’t’ play as well as we would have liked. But we got the win, and we’re moving on.”
El Monte coach Eric Tabatabai: “They keep coming and it’s very fast-paced. When our guys got a little tired, we made some turnovers that resulted into easy layups. You have to play the whole game. The middle of the game was definitely costly.”
Gabrielino’s Grant Kirchhoff: “It’s a great victory for us,” Kirchhoff said. “We’re kind of on the road to winning league, so this was one stepping stone.”
– Stephen Ramirez, @SteveRRamirez on Twitter
DAMIEN 66, SOUTH HILLS 49
Damien got a spark from its defense in the second quarter and came from behind to beat an upset minded South Hills team, 66-49, Friday night.
The win keeps the Spartans, (18-3, 4-0)the Tribune’s top-ranked team, on top of the Sierra League standings as they head for their matchup with Chino Hills next Wednesday that will be for first place.
Trailing by eight points, the Spartans went on a 15-0 run in the last 3:18 of the second quarter to take a 25-18 lead at the half and take control of the game.
The Huskies (10-11, 1-3) started the second quarter on a 10-2 run, including 3-pointers by Jacob Estrada and Josiah Sotomayor that gave them an 18-10 lead with 4:20 to go in the half before Damien put the blitz on.
The Spartans had three players in double figures, led by Jeremy Hemsley with 22 points. Malik Fitts had 14 points and Tyler Ginyard had 12. Jacob Estrada had 15 points to lead the Huskies and Chris Martin had 11.
Damien coach Matt Dunn: “I thought we played really hard. We just didn’t make shots. Even though we weren’t shooting well we were rebounding and playing defense and eventually our defense got us going.”
– John Honell
ETIWANDA 66, GLENDORA 24
No typo, Etiwanda holds Glendora to what must be an all-time low, although I can’t remember the last time the Tartans didn’t score in the 30s. Thomas Rico led Glendora with eight points. The Tartans are just counting the days they get shipped to the Palomares League.