A Net Deficit For Basketball Boys

Billy Reed, rising for a layup earlier this season, scored 19 points in a loss to Temple City, but then came through with 33 in a victory over Monrovia. Photo by Ahmad M. Akkaoui

The South Pasadena boys basketball Tigers won one out of three recent games — losing at home to Temple City 53-43 on Jan. 15, beating visiting Monrovia 68-55 on Jan. 17 and losing 66-55 to Santa Clara on Jan. 20 at the MLK Showdown at Providence High in Burbank.

The Tigers, 14-6 overall (after a 9-0 start) and 2-2 in the Rio Hondo League, started the game off slow against Temple City but were losing by only two points at the end of the first quarter. They picked it up in the second quarter but couldn’t find the bottom of the net and trailed by four at the half.

The third quarter was a battle for both teams, with Temple City going on an 8-2 run to take a nine-point lead before South Pas went on a run of its own to bring the deficit down to three in the third quarter. But then the Rams ran away with the game in the fourth quarter.

Senior Tiger guard Billy Reed finished the game with 19 points and eight rebounds, while junior guard Amar Ebrahim added eight points. Senior forward Alan Quan was sidelined with an elbow bruise.

The team shot just under 33 percent from the field, including 4-for-16 in the fourth quarter.

The game against Monrovia was the opposite, as South Pas led wire to wire against the Wildcats.

Despite Monrovia’s pressure defense, the Tigers were clicking. They led by three at the end of the first quarter before leading by double digits midway through the second quarter and going up by four at halftime.

The third quarter was back and forth, with Monrovia going on a run, then South Pas, then Monrovia again. South Pas had a six-point lead at the end of the third quarter and ran away with the game in the fourth, leading by as many as 18 points before winning by 13 points.

Reed had 18 points at halftime and finished the game with 33 points and five rebounds. Quan returned and added 10 points, four rebounds and four assists, while Ebrahim added 10 points.

South Pasadena played again on Jan. 22, hosting rival San Marino. The Tigers also host Blair on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at the middle school gym.

Soccer Boys 4th In RHL

The boys soccer squad moved to 4-6-2 overall with a 1-2-1 Rio Hondo League record after losing to Temple City 2-1 at home on Jan. 15 and tying 1-1 at Monrovia on Jan. 17.

The Tigers did a good job of controlling the field in the first half against the Rams but were unable to contain them defensively. The Rams were able to score twice, in the 18th and 19th minutes, before junior forward Caleb Lee scored a goal for South Pas in the 21st minute. 

Both teams played solid defense and, despite many chances, the Tigers were unable to even the score. South Pas finished the game with six total shots.

The game against Monrovia was more strategic, and Lee was able to put his team up by a goal in the seventh minute. The Wildcats leveled the score at one a piece on a goal in the 28th minute.

The second half contained chances for either team to win, but they finished the game tied. The Tigers finished Friday’s game with seven total shots.

South Pasadena next hosted San Marino on Jan. 22 and then Blair on Jan. 24.

Soccer Girls Struggle

The girls soccer team (5-8-3, 0-3-1) lost two league games, 5-2 at first-place Temple City on Jan. 15 and 2-0 against fourth-place Monrovia on Jan. 17.

The Tigers struggled against the Rams and went into halftime down 2-0. Halfway through the second half, the deficit went from two goals to five after Temple City put away three goals in 15 minutes. Senior midfielder Jessica Lat gave her team some energy toward the end of the game with two goals within minutes of each other, but it was too late.

South Pas started the game against Monrovia strong and had some chances to score, but the Wildcats’ counterattack hurt the Tigers on two occasions, and they found themselves in a 2-0 hole at halftime that they couldn’t get out of.

The Tigers played at San Marino on Jan. 22 and have a week to prepare for their matchup against La Cañada at home on Jan. 29.

Water Polo Girls On Skid

The girls water polo team (1-8) extended their losing streak to six games after a 14-9 loss to Monrovia on Jan. 16.

The Tigers kept the game close in the first quarter and were down by only one goal, but the Wildcats changed that in the second quarter to go up 6-3 at halftime.

South Pas struggled in the third quarter and scored only one goal in comparison to Monrovia’s five, but the Tigers were able to score five in the final quarter to keep their pride at home intact.

Junior Amanda Kanaly scored five goals for the Tigers, freshman Grace Markus added two goals, and junior Emma Kucera and freshman Allison Lee scored one goal each.

The Tigers hosted Temple City on Jan. 23 and will play La Cañada in their pool on Jan. 28.