Los Alamitos~The CIF Southern Section playoff pairings were announced today and the La Mirada Boys will hit the road, the long road-85 miles to be exact.
In a Division IIIAA game this Wednesday, the Matadores (13-14, 7-5) will play Granite Hills High School, located in the city of Apple Valley on the outskirts of Victorville. The school, part of the Apple Valley Unified School District opened in 1999.
The Cougars (15-11, 7-5) compete in the Desert Sky League.
Matadore head coach Larry Kaupang is scheduled to be on the "La Mirada Blog Radio Show w/ Tony Aiello", to talk about the match-up, and the season thus far, The show will air Monday, February 15th at 7:00 p.m. on www.adviceradio.com, and available on podcast thereafter.
La Mirada~It was a game full of drama but somebody had to lose, as the Cerritos Dons beat La Mirada last night in 3 OT's, 77-75.
Earlier, Norwalk beat Artesia, 66-54, keeping the Pioneers one game behind the Matadores for the final spot.
Lakewood~Mayfair High beat Artesia tonight in a cross-town rivalry game, 83-71.
The loss by Artesia gives La Mirada sole possesion of the fourth and final Suburban League playoff spot with two games to go.
La Mirada will travel to Cerritos, this Tuesday, February 9th and then wrap up the regular season against Norwalk the following Friday, February 12th, at home.
Since its loss to La Mirada on January 22nd, Norwalk has won four in a row, including a one-point thriller over first place Mayfair.
La Mirada~In front of its largest crowd of the season, the La Mirada boys basketball team had an incredible victory Wednesday night.
With its playoff lives on the line, the Mats were down 51-45 with a little under three minute left in the game.
The Matadores (13-13, 6-4), then reeled off the last 10 points of the game in beating arch rival and co-Suburban League champ, Mayfair 55-51, handing the Monsoons only their second loss of the year.
Conner Gillett scored 24, Michael Davis added nine and Josh Siemens had eight, including two key free-throws and a short jumper at the end, to ice the game for the Mats.
Lakewood~Whew! It's a good thing basketball games only have four quarters.
Despite being outscored 33-21 in the second half, and being ahead by as many as 16 points, the La Mirada boys basketball team barely hung on Monday night, beating Artesia 52-48- keeping their playoff hopes alive.
Conner Gillett iced the game with two important free-throws with 0.8 seconds left in the game-despite missing two seconds earlier.
At the start of the fourth quarter La Mirada led 40-29, but despite leading the entire game, the momentum seemed to be shifting to Artesia.
What an understatement.
Lakewood~After winning the first two games in league, the Matadores seemed to be off to a good start.
So much for that.
After winning its first two against John Glenn and Bellflower, the new-look Mats have looked a little troubled lately.
Last night, Conner Gillett scored 28 poiints, but the turnover-prone Mats could not keep up with the Monsoons of Mayfair, losing 72-59. This followed a difficult loss to Artesia at home two nights earlier.
Bellflower~The La Mirada Boys Basketball team improved to 2-0 in league by beating Bellflower tonight, 61-52, at Bellflower.
La Mirada outscored the Bucaneers 20-6 in the third quarter and never looked back. Isaac Luatua scored 19 points for the Mats who improved to 8-9 overall.
Next up for the Boys in Blue will be a home game vs. Artesia Monday January 11th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Las Vegas~After winning its first two games, the La Mirada boys basketball team lost this evening, bowing to Coronado in the third round, 56-55 in a heart-break thriller, at the 2009 Prep Championships in Las Vegas.
Josh Siemens had 15 points and Isaac Luatua added 13 in the frustruating defeat.
Luatua, who helped lead La Mirada to a CIF Football Championship (on both sides of the ball), just two weeks ago, has become a major player in the Mats basketball plans. The 6' 3" 290 lb. junior uses his wide body and soft shooting touch to his advantage.