Friday, December 16, 2011
Damien, Northview tourney final
By Blair Angulo
GLENDORA -- The final for the Pride of the Foothills Classic boys basketball tournament is set.
La Verne Damien and Northview will square off in Saturday night's title game at Glendora High School. Damien (8-1) came back to beat Chino Don Lugo, 85-80, Friday night behind 25 points and 11 rebounds from St. Mary's-bound forward Chris Reyes. Northview (10-1) upset tournament host Glendora (8-2), 55-42, which was without junior standout Nick Colletta (back injury). Tartans coach Mike Leduc said he hopes to have Colletta, who averaged 24 points per game last season, back in the starting lineup by the end of the month.
Don Lugo, with only four bench players, got tired and blew a 12-point lead. Damien erased a late 10-point deficit, going on a 26-11 run in the final six minutes to close it out.
"Offensively, we valued every possession," Damien coach Matt Dunn said. "We persevered."
The championship game will tip off Saturday at 7:30 p.m.