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Bulldogs climb Mt. Carmel

December 31, 2011

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Pasadena in the Mt. Carmel Tournament: The Bulldogs (7-5) captured the tournament championship Friday night by defeating host Mt. Carmel of San Diego, 54-43, and now head into Pacific League play next week.

"It was a good win and a good tournament for us to play in," Pasadena Coach Tim Tucker said. "We like playing against the best competition in state and this is excellent preparation for Pacific League play and a long run in CIF."

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Bulldogs senior guard Blake Hamilton scored a team-high 12 points and was named the tournament most valuable player after averaging 14 point per game.

"The competition was pretty good out here, but our coaches prepare the same way every game, regardless of who we played," Hamilton said. "Now, we're ready for Pacific League play."

Ajon Efferson scored 11 points and was named to the all-tournament team as was junior forward Brandon Jolly, who scored eight points. John Hayward also scored 10 points and Perris Hicks added eight points.

Pasadena went 4-0 in the tournament and knocked off Downey (54-47), Otay Ranch (69-42) and The Bishops (80-39) en route to the title.

Marshall Fundamental in the San Pedro Tournament: The Eagles (7-8) captured the consolation championship by defeating South East, 71-59, on Friday afternoon at San Pedro High.

Sophomore guard Kaylin Banks scored a game-high 28 points and was named to the all-tournament team.

Marshall picked up wins in the tournament versus Community Harvest (71-67) and New Millennium (61-44) while losing to South Torrance.

San Marino in the Phoenix Cactus Jam Tournament: The Titans (8-5) finished their tournament run 1-2, but notched a 65-61 victory over Estrella Foothills of Goodyear, Ariz. in the seventh-place game Friday afternoon.

San Marino was missing two players with the stomach flu, while four others played despite illness.

In spite of that, Titans senior guard Jordon Dang scored a career-high 22 points, while hitting four of six three-pointers. Andrew Martinez added 12 points, while Kyle Ezhold and Jaspar Hwang scored 11 points apiece.

San Marino previously dropped contests to Eastlake of Sammamish, Wash., 73-60, and 56-25 to Scottsdale Christian Academy of Phoenix on Tuesday evening.

La Salle 42, La Cañada 40: The Spartans fell to the Lancers for the second time this year in consolation bracket play of the La Salle/Temple City Holiday Classic on Thursday night.

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