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Burke, Gordon 1-2 Punch in Tartan’s 46-31 Victory over Los Osos

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Kyle Gordon passes to a team mate during Glendora's game vs. Los Osos

by Henry Montemayor


RANCHO CUCAMANGA – The Glendora High School boys’ basketball team bounced back from Friday’s loss with an important win over the Los Osos Grizzlies 46-31 Tuesday night in a Baseline League matchup.

Kyle Gordon’s double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) led the way for the Tartans who had to find ways to score as leading scorer Nick Colletta could only muster eight points, but did get five rebounds and a steal.

“It’s not only Nick (Colletta),” Glendora head coach Mike LeDuc said, “but WE as a team has to   shoot better. If we couldn’t score, then we tried to turn up the defense to limit their scoring,”

Glendora’s defense only allowed Los Osos three points in the fourth quarter, as Gordon would score nine of his 16 points in the final quarter to put the game out of reach.

Wesley Burke stepped up to the challenge, also scoring 16 along with seven rebounds, two steals and an assist.

“Wes (Burke) hit a couple of big three-pointers for us,” LeDuc said, “and our defense got us some easy baskets also.”

Jonathon Solomon led the way for the Grizzlies, with eight points, and three rebounds.  Haris Patail tallied seven points and four rebounds while Drake Madkin added six points and three rebounds.

Glendora (16-6, 3-2) begins its second round of league play as they travel to league leader Etiwanda Friday evening.  Etiwanda defeated the tartans earlier this year 56-35.  Tipoff is at 6:30pm.

Glendora (46) – Wesley Burke (16), Kyle Gordon (16), Nick Colletta (8),  Lucio Bolado (2),  Steven Hernandez (2), Christian Schneider (2)

Los Osos (31) – Jonathon Solomon (8),  Haris Patail (7), Drake Madkin (6), Levi Smith (4), Andre Robinson (2), Ryan Coleman (2), Oliver Amajoyi (2)


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January 28, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Mounties hoops off to a great start; beat Cerritos again in conference play

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Mt. SAC's Corey Allen squares off against a Cerritos defender during Wednesday night's home game at Mt. SAC

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Mt. SAC coach Criss Freeman gathers with his team to talk strategy Wednesday night against Cerritos

Ariel Carmona Jr


Both Mt. SAC’s men’s and women’s basketball team have been having success in the winter season thus far. The women’s team (21-2, 10-0) opened up the month of November as champions of the Tip off tournament and followed up that early success with a second place finish in the Ventura tournament and a third place spot in the Sequoias tourney.
More recently they swept through the Fullerton tournament over Santa Monica, Moorpark and Cerritos.

In the new year, the team has looked impressive in South Coast Conference play with convincing wins over Pasadena, Compton and Cerritos. They are also ranked No.2 in the state by the California Community College Athletic Association.

The Mounties faced off against Cerritos again on Wednesday night and the outcome didn’t look as favorable early as the Falcons took an early 11-2 lead following great outside shooting by Cerritos’ sophomore guard Adrina Rendon.

Mt. SAC at first looked tentative with their outside jumpers, but climbed back into the game thanks to Ashley Burchfield’s 8 points, and the hot three point shooting of Leticia Galarza who contributed 9 points from beyond the arc, including back to back threes. Mt. SAC led at halftime 29-27 en route to a 59-48 win, their third of the season over the rival Falcons.

After Cerritos nearly tied the game, the Mounties took over with five minutes left in the contest. They outscored the Falcons 14-6, utilizing their defense to clamp down on the Cerritos attack which through the first 23 games of the season had posted an 8-2 conference record and a mark of 18-5 overall.

“I thought we played hard for 40 minutes, I thought the team stuck to the game plan for a large part of it and when we made adjustments they were able to make it work in our favor,” said coach Brian Chrichlow.

Defensively, Chrichlow said the team knew what they had to do. “We put more pressure on the ball, which made it difficult for those girls to get wide open looks and made it difficult for the passers to make those passes. We forced them to put the ball on the ground. We knew they could shoot, but we were able to close them out. We had to stop going for steals and leaving people wide open.”

The men’s team for their part seemed to have an easier time with a 27 point win, as they defeated Cerritos 85-58. The Falcons were coming in after their first conference win four days prior, but the Mounties were true on 48 percent of their field goals in the first half, led by Sophomore Lavelle McDade and freshman Garret Nevels, who combined for 23 points in the first half of play.

Mt. SAC was up 45-27 to start the second half and led by as much as 51-35 at the 7:20 mark of the period. The Falcons struggled from the field all night, sinking a mere 31 percent while Mt. SAC shot 50 percent, including eight 3 pointers. With the win the Mounties improved to 16-5 overall and 7-0 in the conference.

“They came out and played hard, they came out and played like I expected them to come out and play,” said coach Criss Freeman. “We usually do a good job at home, there are things we need to fix if we want to get to the next level and get in the top 5 and put up one of these banners like the women have. They work hard, they are a great group of guys, you can’t ask much more from them, they come out and put the game plan I put out on the board onto the floor for the most part. They play hard, that’s what gets our wins. That goes a long way in basketball.”

Freeman says despite injuries throughout the year, Mt.SAC’s reserves come out and practice hard and he said he was happy to be able to give some of them some time on the court. “To get them as much experience is great, it feels good for their confidence to give them some extended minutes.”

Both teams are on the road again this weekend. They tip off tonight against Southwest at 5 P.M. and 7 P.M. respectively.

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January 27, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Walnut stays competitive in Hacienda with 61-57 win over Diamond Ranch

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Brandon Croom stands ready to deliver a free throw friday night as the Mustangs edged out the Panthers credit: Ariel Carmona Jr.

Ariel Carmona Jr.

The Walnut Mustangs’ varsity boys basketball team were fortunate to have Senior Brandon Croom be a more active participant in Friday night’s Hacienda League win over the host Diamond Ranch Panthers.

Croom was limited to 11 points, two rebounds and a block on Wednesday night in a loss to the league leading Bearcats, but rebounded with a phenomenal game as the Mustangs (15-7, 4-2) continue to fight with Rowland to keep pace with Bonita, edging out the Panthers in the second half of a close contest.

The Mustangs too an early 22-19 at the end of the first period and went on an 8-2 run before Diamond Ranch climbed back into the game as the halftime difference was only 3 points 35-31.

The one key sequence in the third quarter was when Croom was fouled hard going inside, resulting in a 3 point play which put the Mustangs up 43-37 at the 4:15 mark. Junior James Te’s shot was blocked on a subsequent Walnut possession, but Croom rebounded the miss to increase Walnut’s lead to 45-37 with at the 3:24 mark.

The Panthers made an attempt at a comeback in the final period when they hit on a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 50-40, but despite scoring 9 points in the final minutes, repeated misses on long ranged outside shots sealed the win for Walnut.

“We just stayed aggressive. We are very young, a game like this for us, coming down the stretch is very good for us to grow,” said Walnut Coach Josh Cameron, “After graduating 10 guys last year, started a freshmen and played sophomores, it’s good for our guys to play in a game like this.”

Cameron said the key to Walnut’s run in the 3rd quarter after a tightly contested first half was concentrating in getting the ball in the high post, because Diamond Ranch left a gap in their defense in their zone.

“In the 3rd quarter is where we were able to pull away. We just ran our stuff, got some good looks, we didn’t always make the layups we should have, if we just make layups and free throws, which we don’t do enough, the game wouldn’t have been as close as it was in the end.”

“We tried to just stay in front, rebound the best we could and take care of the ball,” said Cameron, “A credit to them, they played all hard all the way through and they battled in their home court, they fed off the crowd, and they made it interesting.”

Diamond Ranch is now 4-16 overall and 1-4 in league.

Earlier in the day, the Walnut varsity girls team lost 57-29. Coach Huckler’s team is now 5-14 overall and 1-4 in league play.

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January 21, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Mustangs Fall to Bearcats 55-40

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The Mustangs fall to the guest Bearcats during Wednesday's matchup

by Henry Montemayor

WALNUT – The Walnut High School boys’ basketball team dropped its second league contest of the year Wednesday night, falling to the Bonita Bearcats 55-40.

Ryan Ramirez scored 14 of his game-high 18 points in the second half to pull away from a stubborn Mustang team who was able to hang around until the fourth quarter, when Bonita used a 12-7 run to seal the victory.

Matt Adamo tallied 11 points and a rebound, while Garrett Horine, who had a slow start in the first half finished with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists for the Bearcats.

Trailing 29-19, the Mustangs opened the third quarter with some energy when Garrett Vita connected with Brandon Croom on an ally oop dunk. The two would hook up again on the very next possession to close the gap 23-29, which would be as close as Walnut would get, as Ramirez would heat up, scoring 10 of the 11 points in the third quarter.

“We broke down defensively tonight, communication wise and whatnot.”  Mustangs Coach Josh Cameron said.  “And with us missing some key free throws, and their hitting the big shots when they have to, that was the difference.”

Croom, despite being relegated to the bench because of foul trouble for most of the first half, finished with 11 points, two rebounds and a block.  Matt Chen chipped in with eight points, four rebounds and an assist, while Rob Harrelson tallied six points and two rebounds.

“Brandon (Croom) battled with foul trouble all game long which frustrated him,”  Cameron said.  “Because of that, he was unable to get into any kind of rhythm.”

Walnut (14-7, 3-2) looks to get back on the winning track as they visit the Diamond Ranch Panthers Friday.  Tipoff is at 6:30 pm.


BONITA (55) – Ryan Ramirez (18), Matt Adamo (11), Garrett Horine (10), Brandon Ko (7), Dane Hollar (5), Tony Digirolamo (4)

WALNUT (40) –  Brandon Croom (11), Matt Chen (8), Rob Harrelson (6), Jeff Huang (3), Garrett Vita (3), Myles Jackson (3), CJ Besong (3), James Te (3)

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January 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Braves Drops Second League Contest to Nobles, 56-50

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Alexis Baron moves the ball up court credit: Henry Montemayor

By Henry Montemayor

The Baldwin Park Braves dropped its second league contest of the year as they fell to the visiting Nogales Nobles 56-50 in a Valle Vista League contest Monday night.

Baldwin Park held the Nobles to only two points to take a 17-2 lead after one quarter.

“They have very good 3-point shooters there,” Baldwin Park coach Marc Hart said. “We did a phenomenal job stopping them in the first half.”

Baldwin Park was led by its do it all junior Alexis Baron who tallied 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a steal. Alex Delgado tallied 15 points, two rebounds, two steals, and an assist, while Drake Gullien added nine points, four rebounds and an assist.

The Braves however were only able to muster 17 points in the second and third quarters, as the Nobles were beginning to heat up, to take a slim 34-33 lead going into the final eight minutes.

James Santiago scored a game-high 25 points (including 13 in the final quarter) to lead the Nobles. He also added two rebounds, two steals and an assist, while Jalen Cosman and Chris Akins each tallied eight points, and Keith Bolden added six points as Nogales would take its first lead of the game with 7:06 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Both teams would trade baskets in the early part of the fourth quarter, but Nogales would pull away with an 11-6 run, capped by Santiago’s two free throws in the final seconds to put the game away. Gullien would score the final two points of the game as time ran out.

“We have a young team, and we made many mental mistakes,” Hart said. “Costly turnovers and costly defensive lapses in the fourth quarter is what did us in.”

Baldwin Park (10-9, 1-2) looks to go back on track as it hosts the Covina Colts Friday. Tip off time is at 6:30


NOGALES (56)-James Santiago (25), Jalen Cosman (8), Chris Akins (8), Keith Bolden (6), Jesus Orellana (5), Errol Romney (2), Bert Sheffler (2) BALDWIN Park (50)-Alexis Baron (16), Alex Delgado (15), Drake Gullien (9), Ricardo Higueros (5), Eugene Nierras (3), Edgar Lozano (2)

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January 17, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Mt. SAC Hoops in Action, Highlighted by the Women’s Team Taking the Fullerton College Tournament Championship

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By Henry Montemayor


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Mt. SAC Women's hoops in tournament action against Cerritos photo credit: Henry Montemayor

FULLERTON –Even the best of teams will face a challenge, whether it be a foe who is faster, smarter than, or is evenly matched with you.

Thursday night, the Mt. SAC women’s basketball team met their match in the Cerritos College Falcons as they scraped out a 61-58 victory in the Championship game of the Fullerton College Holiday tournament.

Mt. SAC had an easy road to the finals, winning in double-figures victories against Santa Monica 78-28 and Moorpark College 73-45.

“The girls played extra hard at times today,” said Mounties head coach Brian Crichlow. “They executed well and made free throws down the stretch, very important.”

Leading 59-58, Mt. SAC made a key defensive stop where Danielle Peacon was fouled in the ensuing play.  She  would make the free throws to seal the
victory for the Mounties 61-58, as Cerritos’ final heave to tie fell just short.

Pecon finished with a double-double, scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds.  She also had four blocks and four steals and was named to the all-tournament team along with Ashley Burchfield.  Morgan Mason added 17 points, along with two blocks and four steals to earn the tournament MVP

“I don’t really like playing a team three times in a season,” Crichlow said, “but if we continue to win against them, I’ll take them.”

Andrina Rendon led three Cerritos players in double figures, finishing with 15 points, two assists, two rebounds and seven steals to earn all-tournament honors. Marissa Rendon added 14 points and three steals, while Armelia Patterson tallied 11 points for the Falcons.

Mt. SAC (13-2, 3-0 South Coast Conference) resumes conference play as they host Pasadena City College Wednesday.  Tip-off is at 5pm.


MT SAN ANTONIO (61)- Danielle Pecon (25), Morgan Mason (17),
Arielle George (5), Leticia Galarza (4), Tatiana Parish (3), Ashley Burchfield
(3) Rachel Williams (2) Shawlina Segovia (2)

CERRITOS COLLEGE (58)-Andrina Rendon (15), Marissa Rendon (14), Armelia Patterson (11), Talor Hixon (9), Regina English (4), Angela Pena (2), Dershawna Staves (2), Diamond Roberts (1)

Darnell Taylor’s 3-pointer from the top of the key with no time remaining helped lift the Saddleback Gauchos over the Mt. SAC Mounties 66-65 Wednesday evening in a non-conference matchup.

Taylor finished with 19 points and five rebounds, including 10 of the final 12 points of the game, but his shot at the buzzer proved to be the stake in the heart of the Mounties who used a 6-0 run of its own to get into position to win the game.

Aaron Brevard added 11 points and two rebounds, while Darren Henchanova tallied nine points- all from behind the arc-along with two rebounds. Alex Worthen-Harris added seven points, including an emphatic dunk which help the Gauchos take a 53-50 lead late into the second half.

Trailing 54-57, Mt SAC’s Darnell Martin stepped up, scoring six unanswered points culminating on a put-back dunk to take the 59-57 lead.  Lavelle McDade
would score the next four points to make the score 65-63 and would make an
important stop as Saddleback threatened to score.

McDade finished with 13 points, including three 3-pointers. Garrett Nevels added 11 points, while Ashton Robinson and Corey Allen each tallied 10 points, including three 3-pointers for Robinson.  Overall, Mt. SAC converted 10 shots from behind the arc.

Mt. SAC bounced back Friday night to defeat San Diego City College to get back on the winning track.

Mt. SAC (9-5) begins conference play Wednesday as it hosts Pasadena City College.  Tip off time is 7pm.


SADDLEBACK (66) – Darnell Taylor (19), Aaron Brevard (11), Darren Henchanova (9), Alex Worthen-Harris (7), Miles Green (6), Carlton Hayes (6), Devin Golston (4),  Josiah Thropay (2), Everett Osborne (2)

MT. SAN ANTONIO (65) – Lavelle McDade (13), Garrett Nevels (11), Ashton Robinson (10), Corey Allen (10), Darnell Martin (8), Earvin Ware (5), Taj Spencer (4), Jeffery Nibo (3), Chaz Thomas (1)

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January 5, 2012 at 10:09 pm