Titans Drop Two Rio Hondo League Games

Photos courtesy Eric Danielson Ethan Deng scored 15 points in the Titans’ loss to South Pasadena last week.
Photos courtesy Eric Danielson
Ethan Deng scored 15 points in the Titans’ loss to South Pasadena last week.

The San Marino High School varsity boys’ basketball team suffered two setbacks in Rio Hondo League play, falling to South Pasadena and La Cañada last week.
The Titans opened the week at South Pasadena last Tuesday and trailed 55-54 through three quarters. The Tigers ultimately pulled away for a big 83-77 victory that put them one game ahead of San Marino in the league standings.
Sean O’Brien led SMHS with 22 points, three rebounds and three assists, and Joey Fuerst chipped in 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Ethan Deng netted 15 points and recorded five assists, Ethan Mo had nine points, Lemuel Li finished with five points and five rebounds, and Trond Grizzell contributed five points.
San Marino then hosted first-place La Cañada in a league contest last Friday. The Titans kept up with the Spartans in the first quarter and trailed by only three points. La Cañada’s defense held SMHS at bay in the second, limiting the home squad to only nine points and building a 34-22 lead at the half. Continue reading “Titans Drop Two Rio Hondo League Games”

Titans Split League Games, Remain Hopeful of Winning Title

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Trond Grizzell is one of San Marino’s top outside shooters this season.

The San Marino High School varsity boys’ basketball team finished 1-2 last week, splitting its first two Rio Hondo League games and then suffering a 65-59 nonleague loss against visiting La Habra Whittier Christian on Saturday.
The Titans have a solid overall record of 12-6, but SMHS head coach Mihail Papadopulos knows his squad needs to continue to work to reach its potential.
“I love my team,” he said. “They’re really good guys and there’s a genuine love and brotherhood in the locker room. I know they’re going to show up and get better. We haven’t peaked yet, and it will stem from our defense. Once we clean things up defensively, we’ll be better. A lot of it is just trust. We just need to make the right play.” Continue reading “Titans Split League Games, Remain Hopeful of Winning Title”

San Marino Wins Wild Card, Falls in 1st Round

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson Ethan Deng scored a game-high 18 points and led the Titans to a 43-40 victory over Pasadena Poly in a wild card game last week.
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Ethan Deng scored a game-high 18 points and led the Titans to a 43-40 victory over Pasadena Poly in a wild card game last week.

The San Marino High School varsity boys’ basketball team’s playoff run came to end in last Friday as the Titans fell to No. 5-seeded host Hacienda Heights Wilson, 73-58, in a CIF Southern Section Division 4AA first-round game.
The Wildcats (22-7 overall record) jumped out to an 18-2 lead in the first quarter and built a 44-21 advantage at the half.

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Baldocchi Leads Titans to 74-35 Rout Over Blair

 

Photo courtesy Mihail Papadopulos San Marino seniors Eric Fu (from left), Chris Wicke, Michael Baldocchi, Cristian Mata and Jason Wee were honored prior to the Titans’ 74-35 victory over Pasadena Blair last Saturday.
Photo courtesy Mihail Papadopulos
San Marino seniors Eric Fu (from left), Chris Wicke, Michael Baldocchi, Cristian Mata and Jason Wee were honored prior to the Titans’ 74-35 victory over Pasadena Blair last Saturday.

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. Continue reading “Baldocchi Leads Titans to 74-35 Rout Over Blair”