Los Angeles Preps: Dario CiVon
March, 3, 2011
By Tim Haddock | ESPNLosAngeles.com
ANAHEIM -- The La Canada boys' basketball team has a way of adding more drama to games than coach Tom Hofman would like to see.
The CIF Southern Section Division 3AA championship game against Price at the Anaheim Convention Center on Thursday night was no different.
La Canada beat top-seeded Price, 50-47, to win its first CIF boys basketball championship since 1992. The Spartans built a 12-point lead in the first quarter and had a 14-point lead in the third quarter before Price tied the game with two minutes to play in the fourth.
“They seem to have that will to win in the last minute and a half of games,” Hofman said. “They stayed focused at the right time and didn’t get flustered, like I did.”
La Canada needed double-overtime to beat Bishop Montgomery in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. The Spartans beat Palm Springs, 61-60, in the semifinals.
La Canada came up with some key plays on defense and made some clutch free throws in the final two minutes of the game against Price to seal the victory.
Michael McGlashan and Matt Faber each scored 14 points to lead La Canada. The Spartans made five 3-pointers in the first quarter to build a 21-9 lead.
La Canada took its biggest lead in the game in the third quarter. Dario CiVon gave La Canada a 39-25 edge on layup with two minutes to play in the third.
But Price went on a 10-0 run to end the third quarter and trim the lead to four points.
Price tied the game, 46-46, on a layup by Askia Booker with 1:54 to play in the game.