By Nick Michael
Assoc. News Editor
Photos by Tucker Judkins
The varsity boys’ basketball team fell to the Blair Vikings on Friday, January 15th, in its second league game of the season. Although the Tigers were able to keep the game close in the first half, the Vikings controlled the rest of the game, and came out on top by a score of 79-55.
From the start of the game, South Pasadena was at a physical disadvantage; the Viking starters were all taller than their Tiger counterparts. Blair went on a 14-2 run to start the game, and didn’t allow a South Pasadena basket for the first four minutes. In the second quarter, the Tigers started to heat up. Junior Lucas Fox found his touch, sinking two three-pointers and scoring nine points in the quarter. Sophomore Jaylen Park added five points, and by halftime, South Pasadena had climbed back to tie the score at 25-25.
The beginning of the second half seemed promising for the Tigers. Fox yet again carried the offense, scoring the team’s first eight points of the half. Midway through the third quarter, South Pasadena held a 36-34 lead. However, from then on, Blair took over the game. The Vikings went on a 13-0 and never looked back. Their guards sank three-pointer after three-pointer, and foiled the Tiger offense with several steals. For the remainder of the game, the Tigers were completely overmatched, and the final score ended in a 79-55 loss.
The team’s league record currently stands at 0-2. The boys have now lost four games in a row, and their overall record has dropped to 8-11. Their next game will take place on Wednesday, January 20th, away against La Cañada High School.