California wraps up 5 AA crown
TribLIVE Sports Videos
On senior night at California Tuesday, the Trojans earned the outright Section 5 AA title by drubbing Beth-Center, 83-44.
It is California's first section championship since the 2007-2008 season.
The game started out tight, with the teams tied at 6-6 with 3:45 remaining in the first period. The Trojans (18-2, 13-0) went on a 15-0 run to finish the quarter up 21-6. Senior Jared Marinos led the Trojans with nine points in the quarter, all on 3-pointers. Marinos would finish the game with 12 points.
California coach Phil Pergola went with his seniors exclusively in the first quarter.
“I think they are a special group of kids, those seniors,” Pergola said. “Three of them have been with me since I moved up here (1,000-point scorers Brian Fisher and Tanner Huffman, along with Evan Patterson) when they were going into the fourth grade.”
All six seniors scored in the game. The other two are Mike McKula and Kyle Newman.
The Trojans opened the second quarter with an 8-2 run to push the lead to 29-8. Beth-Center (9-10, 5-7) kept pace for the rest of the quarter, going into halftime down 40-18.
California's Fisher and Huffman paced a third-quarter run, pushing the lead to 57-30 going into the fourth. Fisher ended the game with 24 points and Huffman added 16.
With 3:18 left in the game and the Trojans up 69-39, Fisher and Huffman saw their last action on the California hardwood.
Pergola knew the section championship was assured.
“I think the kids worked hard all year to get to where they are,” he said. “Now, you'd like to finish up with a victory on Friday (against Charleroi).”
Beth-Center had two players in double figures, Dean Holt with 15 and Cody Durant with 14.
Naz Victoria is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.