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Temple City Falters Against La Canada

On Friday night TC had the crowd, the cheers, but just not enough points. Photo by Joe Torosian

by Joe Torosian

Temple City

The Temple City Rams for the first three quarters fought off every challenge the La Canada Spartans threw at them, but it was in the fourth they were caught, passed, and lost 68-62 on Friday night.
The battle for first place in the Rio Hondo League opened with the Rams taking a two point lead at the end of the first quarter and holding a 27-21 advantage at halftime. The lead, however, was precarious. The Spartans closed several times to within three, only to let TC slip away.
The Rams let the visitors hang around by shooting only 43 percent from the field and going a poor 12 of 19 from the foul line. With six minutes to play in the final period La Canada passed them at 48-47, but a Goren Lee three-pointer put the home team back up 50-48. Moments later the Spartans Ko Ko Kurdoghlian tied the game at 50 with 5:16 remaining.
Kurdoghlian led La Canada 18-12 run down the stretch and finished with a game high 26 points. Temple City was led by Lee’s 17 and Ali Elhawary’s 15.
The Spartans improved to 14-6, 4-0, the Rams fell to 10-7, 2-1 in league.

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