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LC Boys' Varsity Cagers Win La Salle Tournament on Final Second Basket

January 05, 2006

The Malik brothers proved to be too much for Monterey Park Mark Keppel in the Pasadena La Salle/Temple City Holiday Classic Tournament championship game last Friday night at La Salle High.

Adam Malik passed to his brother Abe who made a layup in the waning seconds of the overtime period to give the Spartans a 64-62 victory over the pesky Aztecs and the tournament title.

It was La Cañada's fourth win in a row. The Spartans, who improved to 12-2, will not play again until next Wednesday when they will begin Rio Hondo League play with a 7 p.m. game at Monrovia.

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For his efforts during the tournament, Abe Malik was named the tournament MVP. His teammate, Rhett Anderson, was also named to the all-tournament team.

Keppel started out with a 21-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Spartans closed the gap to 29-28 at the half and went ahead, 42-40, after three quarters. Keppel came back to tie the score, 55-55, at the end of regulation.

Almost all the scoring was accomplished by three players. Abe Malik topped the Spartans with 22 points, including three 3-point baskets. His brother Adam was next with 21 points, including three 3-pointers, and Anderson finished with 19 points. The final two points were scored by Eric Scott.

Adam Malik also had 10 rebounds, two blocked shots and five assists. Anderson had 10 rebounds, two blocked shots, one steal and one assist. Abe Malik came through with seven rebounds and two assists.

Darren Ho added four rebounds and four assists. Scott followed with three rebounds and one assist. Peter Dominguez had two rebounds, one steal and one assist. Garrison Grimes added one rebound and two assists and Jackson Ridd contributed one blocked shot.

In the tournament semifinal contest last Thursday, La Cañada eased by Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, 75-69.

The Spartans led 19-18 at the end of the first quarter, 40-34 at the half and 57-46 after three quarters.

Four players did all the scoring. Abe Malik had 28 points, including five 3-pointers. Adam Malik came next with 17 points, including one 3-pointer. Anderson followed with 16 points and Ho had 14 points, including two 3-pointers.

Anderson added six rebounds, one blocked shot, two steals and three assists. Abe Malik came through with six rebounds, one steal and six assists. Adam Malik chipped in four rebounds, one blocked shot, three steals and three assists.

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