Jones powers La Salle into quarters

first_imgPASADENA – La Salle High School’s boys basketball team suffered through a poor shooting night and had, what Lancers coach Steve Goldstein called, some lapses on defense. But when the chips were down, La Salle’s defense came up with key stops. And the Lancers had their ace in the hole, Scott Jones. “I just didn’t want to go home, so I did what I could.” La Salle’s senior center did his part by attacking the basket. “Scott Jones dominated in the paint for us on the offensive end,” Goldstein said. With the win, the No. 4-seeded Lancers (22-5) advanced to the Division IV-A quarterfinals for the second consecutive year and will host Valley Christian of Cerritos on Tuesday. Yeshiva jumped out to a 10-6 lead in the opening quarter before the Lancers tied the score 12-12 after one. Ari Hendeles’ layup gave the Panthers (18-7) a 14-12 lead to open the second quarter. La Salle, however, got its offense in gear and used a 14-4 run to grab a 26-18 advantage midway through the quarter. The Panthers pulled within three, 29-26, late in the half and trailed 31-26 at the half. “We had some lapses and they had some easy looks at the basket,” Goldstein said. “It wasn’t one of our better defensive efforts, but we got some stops when we needed them.” Nursing a 46-42 lead midway through the fourth quarter, La Salle shut down Yeshiva on two consecutive possessions. Jones then hit a short banker to ignite a string of nine consecutive points to put the game away. “We knew they were a very good team. They didn’t win 18 games for nothing,” Goldstein said. Troy Baugh collected 10 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three blocks for La Salle. Matt Nuguid and Tim Ng scored nine points apiece. La Salle is looking forward to its rematch with Valley Christian (22-6). The Crusaders beat the Lancers 46-43 in the second round of the La Salle/Temple City Holiday Classic on Dec. 28. “Valley Christian is a very athletic team, so we’ll have to defend better and shoot the ball better,” Goldstein said. Said Jones: “We’ve improved, so I think we’re ready for Valley Christian.” Elliot Khodari led Yeshiva with 17 points and Danny Shandling scored 15. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4456 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Jones poured in a game-high 23 points to lift the Lancers to a 59-51 victory over visiting Yeshiva of Los Angeles in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IV-A playoffs Saturday at La Salle High. “It was tough, but we had to get through it,” said Jones, who also grabbed nine rebounds. “If we were double-teamed, people needed to hit the open shots, and we did that tonight. last_img

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