First published in the Feb. 10 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.
Maranatha High School’s varsity boys’ basketball team lost to visiting Northridge Heritage Christian, 57-44, in an Olympic League game on Saturday, Feb. 5.
Junior Terrance Hampton Jr. and senior Martin Zarzuela led MHS in the matinee with 15 and 13 points, respectively, while junior Paxton Pope added five points and a team-high six assists. Sophomore Russell Williams scored five points, junior Alec Smith posted four points and five rebounds, and junior Jacob Brantingham finished with two points.
In the first of two games last Saturday, Maranatha defeated Granada Hill Charter, 63-49, as Hampton Jr. posted a double-double with 17 points and 16 boards. Four total Minutemen scored in double figures as freshman Nicholas Khatchikian racked up 16 points, Williams scored 13 points and Zarzuela had 11 points. Brantingham and sophomore Noah Kim ended with four and two points, respectively.
Maranatha fell at Pasadena, 51-46, during a nonleague game last Thursday, Feb. 3. Hampton Jr. recorded a team-high 14 points and seven rebounds while Khatchikian and Kim scored eight points each. Williams added five points and a team-high eight boards while Zarzuela had seven points. Pope and freshman Chris Smith each finished with two points.
The Minutemen opened February by losing at Heritage Christian, 56-24, during a league game on Tuesday, Feb. 1, as Hampton Jr. and Williams led MHS with 10 and eight points, respectively. Zarzuela scored four points and Kim had two points.
The Minutemen earned a thrilling 61-56 overtime victory over visiting La Habra Whittier Christian in a league game Jan. 25 as Hampton led all scorers with 25 points to go along with nine boards. Zarzuela poured in a second-best 17 points while Smith posted eight points and 10 rebounds. Williams scored seven points while Brantingham and Khatchikian each finished with two points.
The Minutemen placed fourth in league with a 2-6 record (12-13 overall).
In typical dominant fashion, the Golden Knights wrapped up the regular season by winning five of their past six games, including all three February matchups.
Most recently, the Golden Knights earned a 49-34 nonleague victory at Los Angeles King/Drew last Saturday, Feb. 5. Senior captain Buckley DeJardin posted a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds while senior Jake Goldberg racked up a team-high 21 points and seven boards. Junior Jackson Mosley scored six points while junior Brandin Dantzler and senior Myron Longhurst each had two points.
St. Francis won its second game in as many days after routing host Reseda Cleveland, 67-30, during a nonleague game last Thursday, Feb. 3, as three Golden Knights recorded double figures. DeJardin collected 14 points and five rebounds, Goldberg scored 11 points and junior George Tupy registered 10 points and five boards. Mosley and junior Luke McGrath had eight and six points, respectively, while sophomore Kennedy Mitchell-Egbo, Dantzler and Longhurst each recorded four points. Senior Ben Ferguson and junior Devon Domingo finished with three points each.
The Golden Knights earned a lopsided victory against visiting Castaic, 66-42, during a nonleague game on Wednesday, Feb. 2. DeJardin shot 6-for-8 from the field with one 3-pointer to garner a team-high 18 points to go along with seven rebounds. Goldberg and Tupy each scored eight points, while the latter also added six rebounds. Longhurst posted seven points and nine boards, McGrath had six points and sophomore Ethan Childs tallied five points. Mosley and Dantzler scored four points each, while junior Jack Jacobs and Domingo finished with three points each.
SFHS lost its only game over a two-week span to Bakersfield Christian, 74-61, at the L.A. Court Report Showcase on Jan. 29. Tupy’s 19-point effort wasn’t enough as the Golden Knights had their four-game win streak snapped. Goldberg and Mosley scored 16 and 13 points, respectively.
The day before, St. Francis won a nonleague game at Calabasas Viewpoint, 63-51, on Friday, Jan. 28, as Goldberg racked up a team-high 29 points with eight boards. Dantzler registered 10 points, four rebounds and five assists, McGrath scored 11 points, and Mosley and Tupy had seven and six points, respectively.
The Golden Knights, who finished third in the Mission League standings with a 4-2 record (23-5 overall), are scheduled to visit Santa Clarita Charter of Canyon Country for the first round of CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs on Friday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.
The Lancers closed the regular season by defeating visiting Los Angeles Salesian, 53-40, during a Camino Real League game last Friday, Feb. 4, as senior Isaiah May amassed 18 points. Sophomore Derek Peterson and senior Jason Patterson contributed 13 and 12 points, respectively.
La Salle traveled to La Puente Bishop Amat and lost a league matchup, 55-49, last Wednesday, Feb. 2. The loss came on the heels of an 89-43 blowout victory over visiting Montebello Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary on Jan. 31. No individual statistics were reported to the Outlook for either game.
The Lancers edged host Salesian, 57-55, on Jan. 28 as senior John Alvarez scored the winning basket in the waning moments. Patterson and Peterson each racked up a team-high 19 points.
Earlier in the week, La Salle lost a nonleague game at Polytechnic, 58-47, on Jan. 25 as Peterson and sophomore Ryan Hajjar scored 17 and nine points, respectively.
The Lancers, who finished third in the standings with a 4-4 record (13-12 overall), are scheduled to open CIF-SS Division 2A playoffs by visiting Santa Monica for the first round on Friday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m.