Maranatha High’s Jeremy Major can score effectively from anywhere on the basketball floor. Averaging slightly more than 28 points per game, the junior shooting guard dropped in a game-best 31 points against St. Francis during last Friday’s third-place contest of the La Salle/Temple City Holiday Classic, leading the Minutemen to a 60-56 triumph.
Major was also a deft passer in the fourth quarter. After St. Francis guard Emerson Castaneda scored to make it 47-47, Major easily found Jorge Castello, who scored to give the Minutemen (11-3) a two-point edge with just under three minutes left.
A short while later, Major hit Michael DeMeester, who put the ball in the hole with 2:20 showing for a four-point Maranatha lead.
The Golden Knights (5-7) had their hands full guarding Major, who also spotted Andrew Elffers, who canned a three-pointer to make it 54-47 with 1:42 left.
In the same tourney, La Canada had its long-range shooting eye up to par against Hoover on the same evening.
The Spartans drained nine three-pointers, had an easy time with the Tornadoes, and pulled away for a 65-33 victory.
La Canada (7-6) was led by Darrell Dansby, who finished with a game-best 21 points, followed by Jay Srinivasan (20 points).
Dansby converted three from three-point range, and Srinivasan dropped six from beyond the three-point arc.
The Tornadoes (6-7) have now lost three consecutive games, after winning five straight.
In other action on Friday, Crescenta Valley waltzed past Galena (Nevada), 64-49, in the third-place match of the Desert Heat Classic in Palm Springs behind Christian Misi’s 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Tade Keshishyan added 14 points and Davis Dragovich 13 points with seven assists and six boards for the Falcons (11-2).
Glendale’s Sev Pogosyan tallied 21 points for the Nitros (5-7) in the Hart Tournament.
The Nitros went 2-2 in the tourney, and Pogosyan was named to the all-tournament squad.
Flintridge Prep and Rancho Buena Vista were locked in a shoot-out during the 15th-place game of the Torrey Pines Tournament.
Kory Hamane had 23 points and five steals for the Rebels (5-5), while Robert Cartwright scored 16 points with nine caroms, Kareem Ismail 12 points with 14 rebounds, and Jedrick Eugenio with 10 points.