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CHS boys basketball nets a close win over Ayala

Boosted by a monster 28-point third quarter, the Wolfpack pulled off a narrow 64-61 win over Ayala Tuesday night in Chino Hills. The game was the Palomares League opener for both teams.

Claremont put the first points on the board, but it was the Bulldogs’ game as they led 21-15 after the first period, and 37-30 at the half. Claremont came out of the locker room fired up for the second half with those 28 points and the Bulldogs lagged, tacking on a mere 5. In the final quarter Ayala woke up, tacking on an additional 19 points to the Pack’s 11, but Claremont’s lead was just too great.

Player of the game goes to senior Frank Gower, with 18 points and three rebounds. In the first four minutes of the first quarter, he scored all of the Pack’s baskets. Junior Isaiah Love had a good night with 13 points, followed by junior Marcus Sheppard with 11. Sebastian DePrez had a game high nine rebounds.

With the win Claremont advances to 10-8 overall and 1-0 in league. The Pack will be in action Friday night at home against Alta Loma.

 

Girls basketball can’t keep up with Ayala

The Claremont High School Wolfpack showed some good hustle Tuesday night, but were unable to compete with a talented Ayala team that led all night on their way to a 77-55 final.

Claremont played well, particularly on defense, but the girls were hampered by turnovers and poor shooting. During the second quarter, the Pack rallied and cut a 15-point lead down to just 5 at the halftime whistle, but the girls fell behind again in the second half.

The contest was Claremont’s first league game, so they fall to 0-1 in league and 9-7 overall. The girls will also be in action Friday at CHS, so go support the Pack.

 

Both soccer teams lose to Alta Loma

The boys and the girls varsity soccer teams both lost to Alta Loma on Tuesday night by a score of 1-0. This was the second league game for both teams.

With the loss, the girls are now 1-1 in Palomares League, having defeated Ayala, 2-1 in overtime on December 19. A possible good omen for league play, Claremont defeated both Glendora and Bonita in the Claremont Holiday Classic Tournament last month.

The girls, 9-2-1 overall, hosted Glendora after press time on Thursday. The boys, 4-4 overall and 0-2 in league, traveled to Glendora on Thursday.

—Steven Felschundneff

steven@claremont-courier.com

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