Spartans Top Knights

They’re situated about two blocks from each other, and are natural rivals. La Canada High faced St. Francis in the third-place game of the La Salle/Temple City Holiday Basketball Classic in Pasadena last Thursday, with the Spartans holding on for a 51-46 victory behind Dario CiVon’s hoop and just over one minute left in the fourth quarter.

The basket by the senior guard, who tallied 16 points, gave the Spartans (12-1) a 48-46 advantage, and when CiVon scored 42 seconds later, the lead swelled to four points.

The Golden Knights (7-6) ran into a scoring drought late in the fourth quarter.

St. Francis’ last points came on a three-pointer by Emerson Castaneda (15 points) with 2:30 left, and pushed the Golden Knights’ lead to two points.

Senior forward Matt Faber paced longtime hoop power La Canada with 15 rebounds, as the Spartans had a 35-33 edge after three quarters.

Crescenta Valley is another perennially strong team, but when it met Muir’s challenge, the Falcons weren’t on the same level, falling 76-60, in the fifth-place match of the La Salle/Temple City tourney on Thursday.

The Mustangs (7-3) were led by guard Dion Nelson’s game-high 27 points, and have their own reputation to uphold.

This squad was in front by 20 points early in the fourth quarter, but the Falcons (8-5) went on an 18-7 run, and closed within nine points.

Muir made a critical spurt in the third quarter, outscoring the Falcons, 19-7, which included an 11-0 stretch, and resulted in a 19-point lead heading into the final quarter.

Crescenta Valley center Christian Misi scored a team-best 19 points, with 10 points coming in the opening quarter.

Adding punch for the Falcons were Davis Dragovich, who scored 15 points, and Dylan Kilgour, who had 11 points.

In other boys’ action, Jess Cantinol pulled down 10 caroms and scored 23 points during Renaissance Academy’s 67-51 win over West Covina in a consolation match of the Nogales Tournament.

Ed Burrows had seven steals, seven assists and eight points for the Wildcats (8-6).

Aden Ziraki tallied a career-high 28 points for Hoover, which edged Gabrielino, 58-54, in a consolation game of the La Salle/Temple City tourney.

In girls’ play, Glendale’s Serah Mirzaeian poured in 23 points, and Stella Ghazarian had nine points, as the Nitros (8-4) defeated Lakeside, 50-37, in the championship game of the Don Lugo Tournament.

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