Matt Faber, a senior starting forward for the offensive powerhouse La Cañada High boys' basketball team, doesn't care about finishing the game with the most points — he'd much rather have the most rebounds when he walks off the court.
Faber's been a beast on the boards this season. He currently leads the Spartans, and the entire Rio Hondo League, in rebounding, as he's pulled down 236 boards in the regular season – 120 more than teammate Sean Mintie's 116, the team's second-highest rebound number.
The way he's accepted his role has allowed his team to excel this season. His rebounds have provided balance and second opportunities for La Cañada's high-powered offense.
"For me, getting rebounds is more important than having the most points because without the rebounds, the other team has more chances to score, and it's a lot more difficult to win that way. I'm fine with letting Mike [McGlashan] or Dario [CiVon] carry the team in scoring," said Faber, a 17-year-old.