First published in the Feb. 11 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.
The South Pasadena High School varsity boys’ basketball team finished in a three-way tie for the Rio Hondo League championship after splitting its final two league games of the regular season.
The Tigers dropped a heartbreaking overtime game at San Marino in overtime, 77-71, last Friday. A South Pas victory would have clinched the outright league title.
Senior Sage Wayans poured in a team-high 20 points while Tiger classmates Jonathan Guy and Dillon Akers finished with 15 points apiece.
The victory created chaos across the Rio Hondo League as La Cañada’s win over San Marino the following day caused a three-way tie for first place — the league’s first boys’ basketball tri-championship since 1997. It was also the Tigers’ first league title in seven years since being co-champs with La Cañada in the 2014-15 season.
The Tigers (18-8 overall record) traveled to Indian Springs High in San Bernardino for a CIF-SS Division 3A first-round playoff game on Friday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. If South Pasadena won, it played either Palmdale Highland or Brea Olinda in the second round yesterday.
TIGERS 61, TEMPLE CITY 50
The Tigers collected a league victory at Temple City last Wednesday, Feb. 2, as Wayans registered 23 points. Akers and senior Ezekiel Pannell recorded 16 and 12 points, respectively.
TIGERS 80, PATHWAYS 51
South Pasadena concluded the regular season by competing in the South Gate High School Showcase against Los Angeles University Pathways Public Service Academy, 80-51, last Saturday, Feb. 5.
Freshman Miles Nowe scored up 16 points, freshman James Dowd collected 10 points and senior Jaequon Santos scored seven points.