San Marino High School’s varsity girls and boys basketball teams made it to the championship games of their respective pre-season tournaments before falling in the championship games.
The Lady Titans won three straight games over Knight (39-29), Pasadena (27-26) and Albert Einstein (44-18) to earn the privilege of playing Ribet on the final. The Fighting Frogs, however, claimed the championship with a 56-38 win.
But San Marino had plenty to talk about. Kathleen Liu found Joyce Liang with a crafty bounce pass to Joyce Liang for a buzzer-beating, game-winning layup to beat PHS. Liang finished the game with 10 points for the Lady Titans.
Liu scored 19 a night earlier in the win over Knight.
San Marino displayed balanced scoring in the championship game as Cheyenne Trac (7 points), Christine Hancock (6 points), Sevyana Nikoui-Smith (4 points), Liang (9 points) and Liu (6 points) led the way.
The Lady Titans also received quality minutes from Nikki Wong, Emma Tam, Audrey Bain and freshman Kylie Bonavich for first-year head Coach Annie Yee.
San Marino is currently participating in the Pasadena Polytechnic Invitational.
The varsity boys currently sport a 4-1 record and made the finals of the Providence Tournament with a 58-36 win over AGBU, a 75-46 victory over Pilibos, a 46-33 victory over the hosts before dropping the championship game to Flintridge Prep by a score of 71-56.
Sophomore Chuma Azinge has established himself as a top scorer to join the inside presence of Kenyon-bound Alex Cate, Zach Spaulding and the Shoushi Brothers – Brian and Gio.
Eric Tse, Owen Koch and Rece Kunisaki have bolstered the backcourt. Azinge scored a season-high 27 points in the victory over Pilibos.
Head Coach Mihail Papadopulos is pleased with the team’s development and is still waiting for two of his players to finish the football season.