The San Marino High School varsity boys’ basketball team kept its postseason hopes alive with a 74-35 victory over visiting Pasadena Blair in a Rio Hondo League game last Saturday.
The five seniors on the team were honored prior to the game, and one of them finished as the top scorer for the Titans. Michael Baldocchi turned in a stellar performance, draining five 3-pointers in the third quarter and exploding for 20 points along with four rebounds, four steals and a block.
“We just wanted to enjoy this group tonight,” said SMHS head coach Mihail Papadopulos. “They have worked so hard over the years, allowed us to coach them with passion and deserved to be celebrated. We now look toward our final week of the regular season and look forward to finishing strong.”
Ethan Deng chipped in 15 points and two steals and Sean O’Brien finished with seven points and two rebounds. Brian Zhang also scored seven points and recorded a block, Eric Fu netted seven points and grabbed six rebounds, Chris Wicke tallied six points, four rebounds and three steals, Brendan Faberberg finished with four points, three steals and two rebounds, Lemuel Li had three points and two rebounds, Cristian Mata finished with two points and three rebounds, Neven Husson scored two points and Jason Wee contributed a point, a rebound and two steals.
San Marino (14-11 overall record) was in a must-win situation following two consecutive league losses. The local squad opened the week with a 50-48 loss at South Pasadena on Tuesday, Jan. 22, and followed that with a 49-42 loss against Temple City two days later.
The Titans played a tough game against the Rams and were within two points of their rival, 40-38, in the fourth quarter. However, San Marin suffered a rough two-minute stretch, allowing Temple City to pull away for the victory.
Deng led San Marino with 21 points and O’Brien netted 10 points. Ethan Mo had five opints, and Mata and Baldocchi contributed three points each.
San Marino hosted La Cañada in a league game on Tuesday and will close out the regular season on the road against Monrovia tonight at 7.