Muir High is the home to arguably the greatest all-around athlete this country has ever produced — Jackie Robinson, a four-sport letterman at UCLA, who later turned his attention to Major League Baseball where he helped lead the Brooklyn Dodgers to six World Series appearances and one title.
The Mustangs have always had top-level talent in basketball, football, and track, so it’s not surprising this season’s boys’ hoop edition is holding that tradition firm after last Friday night’s 41-39 win over host Hoover in a Pacific League match.
The Tornadoes’ Kyle Bernardo (game-high 17 points with five steals) had a chance to seal it with a three-pointer as the buzzer sounded, but his attempt was off target.
Hoover (7-8 and 1-1 in league) had an opportunity to steal the victory seconds earlier, but Jashley Francisco also missed.
Muir (13-1 and 2-0) was in for a battle, eye-catching given that it advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division V-AA championship game a season ago.
In what was a tight opening half, each team scored 22 points, leading to what would transpire over the second half.
Dion Nelson paced the Mustangs with eight points, Taturs Mayberry chipped in with 12 rebounds, and Andre Frazier added a game-best six blocks.
On the same night visiting Crescenta Valley held off stubborn Burbank in a Pacific League encounter, 67-55.
The Falcons (13-2 and 2-0) found the three-point shot to their liking, sinking nine as Cole Currie was the show-stopper.
The junior finished with a game-best 28 points, making four from beyond the three-point stripe. Crescenta Valley senior Dylan Kilgour (15 points) also converted three from long distance.
Burbank (8-7 and 0-2) played well, but still trailed by seven points heading into the fourth quarter. The final eight minutes were a nightmare for the Bulldogs, who made one shot across the first five minutes, and sank three of 14 during the eight-minute period.
St. Francis continued to have its problems; this time the foe was Crespi in a Mission League clash.
The Golden Knights fell to the Celts 71-50, despite Tei Vanderford’s 20 points and Emerson Castaneda’s 16 points.
St. Francis (6-9 and 0-2) was in front by one point at the intermission, but then struggled in the second half.