It’s still early in the season, but the Crescenta Valley High boys’ basketball team is still undefeated after last Friday night’s 79-67 victory over Hart in the championship game of the Falcon Hoop Tournament Classic.
Crescenta Valley (4-0) was in complete control for three quarters, and led by 16 points early in the final quarter before the Indians closed within four points.
Lewis Stallworth’s three-pointer and successful free throw, along with another trey and a hoop and converted foul shot trimmed Crescenta Valley’s lead to 65-60 with just under three minutes left.
Hart (4-1) made another dent when Ben Johnson swished a three-pointer that got the Indians within 69-65 and 1:42 left.
Dylan Kilgour paced Crescenta Valley with 20 points, while power forward Christian Misi added 16 points. Center Rudy Avila and small forward Davis Dragovich each poured in 13, and Cole Currie had 11.
Hart was led by Austin Maly’s game-best 23 points, while Stallworth and Johnson each tallied 13 points.
In the third-place tilt of the Falcon Classic between St. Francis and Simi Valley, a three-pointer by the Golden Knights’ Emerson Castaneda (21 points) missed at the buzzer as the Pioneers escaped with a 70-67 triumph.
The Golden Knights led 57-52 with 4:45 left in the fourth quarter, only to see Simi Valley forge a 61-57 advantage with 2:50 showing as D.J. Saul dropped in a pair of three-pointers.
When Ian Frederich canned a trey, the Pioneers moved in front, 64-59, with 2:30 remaining.
Crescenta Valley played with little vigor in Wednesday’s pool-play contest against Simi Valley, but once the Falcons put their collective talent together, the close game turned into a 75-53 rout.
Misi was the offensive star for the Falcons with a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds.
Avila, who is 6-foot-7, had 13 points with seven boards, and the 6-4 Dragovich, chimed in with 18 points (all in the opening half), while adding 12 caroms.
Crescenta Valley was reckless in the opening two minutes, turning the ball over four of five possessions, and fell behind 11-0.
Like any good team, the Falcons settled down and began to play together and with purpose.
The Falcons led 41-28 at the intermission, and 55-41 heading into the final quarter.