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Wednesday Night Roundups: Pasadena, Temple City Roll

By Corey Kwok

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Pasadena overwhelmed Arcadia from the second quarter on and won in convincing fashion 78-31. Combined with a huge upset by Hoover mounting another big homestand at its Tornado Dome by upsetting Crescenta Valley 64-53, Pasadena now vaults into sole possession of first place in the Pacific league.

‘Dena led 19-10 after the opening stanza and finished with a flurry to lead 37-19 at halftime, before putting it well out of reach beneath a torrential 25-5 run right out the halftime break. The Dawgs stood stalwartly on defense, yielding single digits to the Apaches in each of the final three quarters.

The question was again asked – what can (Nick) Brown do for the Dawgs? Answer: deliver a near flawless stroke from off the bench to finish leading all scorers with 16 points, making seven of eight shot attempts.

Three other Pasadena players finished in double figure points. Jeffery Mcclendon went five for five on the court and made all four free throws to earn 14 points. Dre Spight was 6 of 8 for 13 points and had four each in rebounds, assists, and steals. Perris Hicks bombed away and hit two of three 3-pointers on his way to 10 points, while Brandon “Jolley B” Jolley packed inside for eight points and 10 boards. Kevin “Big Kev” Scott had two conversions off offensive boards and checked out with seven points. Raymond Jackson (5 points) contributed an outstanding line of six rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocks for Pasadena.

No players reached the 10 point mark on Arcadia’s side. The Apaches were led in scoring by Ben Bowen (8pts-2reb-2stl), Jordan Stellern (7 points, 3 of 4 on field goals), and Brian Taylor (5).

Pasadena goes to Glendale this Friday for its next Pacific league match. Arcadia:    10,   9,  9,    3 — 31

Pasadena: 19, 18, 27, 14 — 78

ARCADIA – Bowen 8, Stellern 7, Taylor 5, Apollo Custodio 5 (2/2 FG), Kevin Gill 2, Raymond Lam 2, Joseph Leonard 2

DENA – Brown 16, Mcclendon 14, Spight 13, Hicks 10, Jolley 8, Scott 7, Jackson 5, Joey Toyama 2, Hurshel Langham 2, Bobby Saberi 1  Temple City 66, San Marino 24

San Marino held a brief 4-3 lead early as the game still hatched out of the egg, but it was all Temple City from then on, and ever so fleetingly, as the Rams ended the opening stanza on a 13-4 run and stretched that to 21-4 midway through the ensuing (second) period for a commanding 30-12 halftime lead, before ballooning even farther apart in the second half to force a running clock in the fourth.

TC (17-5 overall) remained undefeated in Rio Hondo league play, and has a chance to clinch the title outright at home this Friday with a win over La Canada (14-10 overall), who is one game behind them on the RHL ladder at 6-1. Technically, with two more to play after, TC clinches a share of the RHL, but defeating LC by virtue of it being a season sweep, and in the event TC loses those two, and LC wins out (meaning both finish with identical RHL records of 8-2) would make the Rams pennant holders and help its playoff seeding as both teams are in the same division (3AA).

Temple City had a solid night pulling the trigger on and hitting the three-ball as they hit 10 of 18 attempts (55.6 %) and had two standout sharpshooters, one in each half. In the first, it was leader Eric Olivas’ who struck paydirt from afar burying four of them, including a 27-footer in the second stanza, before ending with a final tally of 17 points. The Rams were led in scoring by Felix Awujo, who hit three treys in the fourth and led all scorers with 20 points. Awujo also had five assists.

John Nghiem contributed nicely for the Rams, as well as Goren Lee (10 points total, two 3′s off the bench in first quarter) and Kasmir Khaliq. Nghiem scored seven points and secured 10 rebounds. Khaliq (6 points) got in the scorebook with three buckets in the fourth, and added 13 boards, three assists, two steals, and a block.

San Marino was hardly a Titan in tonight’s outcome, surfacing paltry figures in each quarter, and wound up having shot 10 for 45 (22.2 %) on the floor. Half of its 24 points were delivered by Jasper Hwang (12 points, 5/19 FG, 3 rebounds, 2 assists). Garette Verdugo got the Titans a team high six rebounds. Temple City: 16, 14, 15, 21 — 66

San Marino: 8,     4,   7, 5  — 24 TC – Awujo 20, Olivas 17, Goren Lee 10, Nghiem 7, Khaliq 6, Brandon Lee 4 (3 steals, 2 assists, 4 rebounds), Brian Tang 2

SM – Hwang 12, Kevin Wang 5, Verdugo 2, Jamal Etayeb 2, Brian Low 2, Nate Harding 1

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Wednesday Night Roundups: Pasadena, Temple City Roll