Boys’ basketball falters against strong La Cañada Squad

By Ryan Nakamura

Staff  Writer

Photos by Tucker Judkins

The boys varsity basketball fell to school rival La Cañada away last Wednesday, January 20 by a score of 81-48.


South Pas kept the score close at tipoff with two threes coming from both senior Ray Arismendez and senior Alex Nakagawa. La Cañada struck back with two threes of their own to keep the scoreboard close between the teams. Junior Lucas Fox tallied up a jump shot of his own for South Pas but it wasn’t enough to stop the Spartans’ six consecutive three pointers later on. With the La Cañada crowd cheering on the home team, the Spartans took the lead in a decisive 27-18 quarter.


La Cañada showed no hesitation coming back into the second quarter, with a total of nine three pointers in a row before missing their first three. The struggling Tigers faced tight man-to-man defense against the taller Spartans and couldn’t reach the rim throughout the end of a 52-25 first half.


From here the game turned into an overpowering show of force from the Spartans. A three pointer by sophomore Danny Rios capped off the game in a dismal score of 81-48. The first half proved to be the Tiger’s downfall with more than half of the Spartans points coming from the their red hot shooting in the first quarter. Although South Pas never gave up in the end, the deficit proved too huge to make any difference.

South Pasadena looks to break its five game losing streak against Temple City on Friday, January 20. The Tiger’s RHL record now stands at 0-3.