First published in the Dec. 8 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.
The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team won the Burroughs tournament in Burbank after defeating tournament host, 63-51, on Saturday.
Tournament MVP Samuel Guerrero, a senior, averaged 14.2 points per game, while junior Anders Petersen was selected to the all-tournament team after averaging 4.2 points and 1.2 steals per game.
In the championship game, the Spartans were led by junior Jack Reynolds, who posted 11 points, two assists, two rebounds and one steal. Sophomore Josh Proctor finished with 10 points, seven boards and one assist, senior Jacob Pastor registered 10 points, one assist and one rebound, and senior Evan Mulcahey produced nine points, four blocks and four rebounds. Sophomore Josh Pastor tallied eight points, two steals and one board, Guerrero recorded eight points, two rebounds and one steal, and Petersen had seven points, five boards, two assists and one steal. Meanwhile, junior Matthew Plocher collected one assist and one steal.
LCHS defeated Pilibos High of Los Angeles, 51-45, last Thursday to advance to the tournament championship game. Jacob Pastor racked up 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals, Guerrero registered 12 points, two boards and two assists, and Petersen poured in 10 points with three steals, three rebounds and one assist. Mulcahey tallied six points, five boards and one block, while Plocher recorded five points, two assists, two steals and one rebound. Josh Pastor finished with four points, two boards and one steal, while Proctor had two points, three rebounds, two steals and two assists.
The Spartans dominated Arleta, 72-47, on the second day of the tournament last Wednesday. Guerrero amassed 20 points, including three 3-pointers, with five rebounds, four assists and one steal, Jacob Pastor racked up 17 points, five steals, three assists, one block and one board, and Proctor registered a double-double with 15 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and one block. Mulcahey sank a pair of 3-pointers with three boards, one block and one steal, senior Danny Evans finished with five points and three rebounds, and Josh Pastor tallied three points, three boards and two assists. Plocher drained a 3-pointer and added one steal, junior Jaidon Gupta drained a 3-pointer, and senior Finn Cook had two boards and one steal. Senior Trent Carey collected three rebounds, senior Enzo Andraos, junior Jensen Karlich and junior Spencer Moravec each had one board, and junior Dhilon Gupta finished with one assist.
La Cañada previously opened tournament action with a 66-43 victory over Morningside High of Inglewood. Guerrero amassed 17 points, including four threes, four assists and one rebound, Jacob Pastor racked up 13 points, six assists, three steals and one board, and Mulcahey poured in 10 points with five rebounds, three blocks and one assist. Plocher drained three 3-pointers with five boards, two steals and two assists, while Josh Pastor tallied eight points, four assists, two steals and one rebound. Proctor registered six points, six boards, one steal and one assist, while Evans sank a 3-pointer. Petersen had one rebound and one steal, Moravec collected two boards, Karlich finished with one assist and Carey had one rebound.
LCHS (6-2 overall) will host St. Francis in a “Battle of Foothill Boulevard” nonleague game on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m.
The Wolves defeated host St. Bonaventure High in Ventura, 58-52, in a nonleague game on Saturday.
Senior Geoffrey Stetson led the Wolves with 13 points, while seniors Theo Kuo and Andrew Jordan each scored nine points. Senior Caleb Bowne sank three 3-pointers, while junior Steven Ng registered eight points. Junior Henry Morrison finished with seven points, while senior Marvin Furuta drained a 3-pointer.
Flintridge Prep (6-3 overall) will open Prep League action by hosting Palos Verdes Chadwick on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m., followed by a nonleague matchup with visiting Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary of Montebello on Saturday, Dec. 10.
The Golden Knights have been idle since sweeping the San Gabriel Thanksgiving tournament on Saturday, Nov. 26.
SFHS (7-1 overall) is competing in the Burlingame High tournament in Palo Alto this week before visiting La Cañada for a nonleague game on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m.