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Spartans stomp Vikings

Basketball: La Cañada leads wire to wire in Rio Hondo League opener.

January 06, 2012|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
(Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

PASADENA — There isn't much room for error when Rio Hondo League opponents square off against La Cañada High — the usual favorite to win league.

That made it difficult for Blair to compete with the Spartans at home in its league opener Friday without full use of three starters. It didn't help that La Cañada shot the lights out early and rebounded well all night to earn a 62-36 victory at Blair Friday.

Three Vikings starters skipped practice Thursday without notifying Blair Coach Eric Kinley and were benched for the first 13 minutes Friday.

"I think we got a win on Tuesday [over Paloma Valley, 87-74] and kids got complacent," Kinley said. "It's vacation time for them, they're out of school still and they got their feet up, but La Cañada comes serious at all times. Discipline is how you create good programs."

The Spartans (9-6) came out hot and built a 24-7 lead in the first quarter after hitting four three-pointers, Ryan Lee hitting two of them, in the opening eight minutes. It was widened to a 41-17 advantage by halftime after La Cañada out rebounded Blair, 23-8, in the first half and 43-18 in the game.

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"We did a job on the boards, but we really did a good job starting out in our offense — we made some good shots early and didn't turn it over," La Cañada Coach Tom Hofman said. "We probably played our best offensive half of the year."

Both Conner Boyd (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Tim Kim (15 points, 10 rebounds) had a double-double for La Cañada. Darrell Dansby also had 10 points, six rebounds and five blocks for the Spartans.

"Me and Tim were told in the beginning to go hard on the rebounds because this team is extremely athletic," said Boyd, who was also pleased with his team's offensive output. "I don't think we've ever scored that many points, which is nice. We could actually run our offense and get back doors and stuff like that. Overall, I think we played pretty well.

"This game, everyone was lights out because for some reason they were hot. I know they can shoot like that and I am glad they showed it tonight because this was the beginning of the season and we needed to show what we can do."

Joshua Brown carried the Vikings with a game-high 18 points, accounting for half of his team's scoring, even while playing with an injured shooting hand.

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