A.P. Calderon scores 21 as Cal High tops El Rancho
WHITTIER -The Condors (15-7, 3-0) were led by junior guard A.P. Calderon with 21 points in Cal High’s 66-38 win over El Rancho on Wednesday.
That was followed by eight points from senior Damian Espana and three players with seven each – Damien Martinez, Alberto Cedano and Mateo Martinez.
Highlighting their long-range accuracy was six different players connecting for at least one 3-pointer and 12 of the 15 players scored for the Condors.
El Rancho (7-15, 0-3) was led by sophomore forward Matt Partida with a game-high four 3-pointers (12 points). Senior guard Sammy Cuevas added seven points for the Dons.
Cal jumped out to a 24-13 first-quarter lead and never looked back. They led by 20 at the half, 36-16.
“We stifled them with our defense and sped them up and made them uncomfortable,” Cal coach Joel Simonds said.
Simonds, in his third year, was especially proud of Damien Martinez’ defense.
“He gives us a security blanket, reading the defense and getting in the passing lane.”
La Serna 60, Santa Fe 52
The Lancers (13-9, 2-0) remain undefeated, along with Cal at the top of the Del Rio League, with a 60-52 win over host Santa Fe Wednesday.
La Serna was led by senior guard Jacob Arreola with a team-high 15 points. He was followed by junior guard Peter De Guzman with 13 points (three 3-pointers) and junior forward Joaquin Altamirano with 10.
Santa Fe was led by a game-high 24 points (3 3-pointers) from junior forward Kamren Williams and senior forward Alejandro Zambrano with 10 points. Junior guard Darwin Villa added eight points. The Chiefs, who took a 29-25 point halftime lead, connected with seven 3-pointers in the game.
“They started off pretty hot,” La Serna coach Marino Angulo said. “Kamren (Williams) played great [Wednesday] and he shot great from 3-point land and was able to get to the basket and finish.
“We were able to take control in the fourth quarter.”
The Lancers actually took control in the second half as they scored 18 and 17 points (35 points), respectively in the third and fourth quarters and held the Chiefs to 23 points in the second half.