PALMDALE — The Knight boys basketball team fought back from a late 10-point deficit to defeat Palmdale 66-64 in the Golden League opener for both teams on Tuesday.
“We were down and scored the last couple of hoops and got a stop at the end,” Knight coach Tom Hegre said.
Nine players scored for the Hawks (3-6, 1-0 GL) led by Amari Davis and Kylie Graham. Davis recorded 12 points, including two free throws with about five seconds left in the game, while Graham picked up 12 points and Clay Hegre added 10 points and nine rebounds.
“It was a pretty balanced effort,” Hegre said.
The Hawks have four sophomores and two juniors on their young team.
“They got some valuable experience tonight,” Hegre said.
Stanford Harmon scored 13 points and pulled down an impressive 16 rebounds for the Falcons (2-3, 0-1), who led most of the game.
“He was a monster until he fouled out and that’s kind of how Knight got back in the game,” said Palmdale coach Greg Slade, adding the Falcons were up by 10 when Harmon fouled out.
Phil Lowe and Sam Caldwell led Palmdale with 14 points apiece, while Antonio Garcia added 13 points, including four 3-pointers.
Slade said his team followed the game plan “to a T” and believed in it.
“They had victory in their hands, but we came up short in the end,” Slade said. “But I’m definitely proud of them.”
Palmdale plays Tehachapi in Paraclete’s Tom’s Famous Family Restaurants Basketball Showcase on Thursday, while Knight hosts Lancaster in a Golden League game on Friday.
Highland 87, Littlerock 52
PALMDALE — The Highland boys basketball team won its Golden League opener under first-year coach DJ Hein, 87-52 over Littlerock on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs (5-2, 1-0) had five players score in double figures, led by Hector Page and Kai Johnson, both of whom finished with 13 points against the Lobos (2-1, 0-1).
Semaj Ridley had 12 points, Shamar Green finished with 11 and Tajon Desilva had 10 points.
“Semaj played a really well rounded game,” Hein said. “He was kind of our spark plug tonight.
“It was our first home game of the year. It was nice to come away with a win, especially in the league opener.”
Highland will host Antelope Valley on Friday.
Eastside 82, AV High 34
LANCASTER — The Eastside boys basketball team picked up its first win of the season and first win for first-year head coach Cisco Munoz with an 82-34 victory over Antelope Valley in the Golden League opener for both teams on Tuesday.
“The kids went out and played hard,” Munoz said. “We went out as a team and played as a team.”
Aubrey Pender led the Lions (1-2, 1-0 GL) with 26 points, while Omarion Barber followed with 20 and Timothy Schneider added 12 points.
“The team boxed out very well,” Munoz said. “My big guys were all over the floor. … We got the win because we worked together as a team.”
Eastside will play in Paraclete’s Tom’s Famous Family Restaurants Basketball Showcase on Thursday and Saturday, facing Burroughs (Ridgecrest) on Thursday and Tehachapi on Saturday.
Desert Christian 57,
Lancaster Baptist 36
LANCASTER — The Desert Christian boys basketball team defeated Lancaster Baptist 57-36 for the Knights’ first Heritage League win on Tuesday.
“We played well as a team,” Desert Christian coach David Nurse said. “They just got done with football so they’re not in basketball shape.”
The Eagles (0-1, 0-1 HL) were playing in their first basketball game of the season after the football team lost in the CIF-Southern Section 8-man Division 2 championship game on Friday, having just a few days to switch gears to basketball.
Isaiah Diaz led the Knights (2-2, 1-1) with 16 points, while Frank Flores added 10 points and six rebounds and Jerek Stevenson put in 12 points.
Desert Christian plays host to Antelope Valley on Thursday, while Lancaster Baptist plays host to Immanuel Christian on Dec. 10.
Burroughs (Ridgecrest) 35
RIDGECREST — The Paraclete boys basketball team got off to a hot start at Burroughs (Ridgecrest) on Tuesday night, but had to hold on the other three quarters in a 53-35 non-league victory.
The Spirits (4-0) led 20-5 after the first quarter, but were up just 27-14 at halftime.
“We just couldn’t make a shot the next three quarters, but still managed to win by 18,” Paraclete coach Newton Chelette said.
Amado Coleman led the Spirits with 17 points, while Nolan Boffman scored 11 and Myles Rowley added seven.
Paraclete will host the Tom’s Famous Family Restaurants Basketball Showcase on Thursday and Saturday. The Spirits play Littlerock at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Palmdale at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Eastside 47, AV High 28
LANCASTER — The Eastside girls basketball team won its Golden League opener on Tuesday, 47-28 over Antelope Valley at Eastside High School.
Eastside point guard Dayna Torres had 11 points and several assists and Madeline Ortiz had 14 points and two 3-pointers.
“Defensively, (Torres) was a aggressive and did a lot for our team,” Eastside assistant coach Taryn Wallace said. “She had an outstanding game.
“They had really great ball movement. AV gave us a fight in the second quarter. We looked really good as a team.”
Eastside will play at Quartz Hill on Thursday.
Lancaster 48, Quartz Hill 31
LANCASTER — The Lancaster girls basketball team won its Golden League opener on Tuesday, 48-31 against Quartz Hill at Lancaster High.
Rayshanti McNeil-Price led the Eagles (4-2, 1-0) with 14 points and 11 rebounds, sophomore Mia Madison finished with 16 points and three rebounds and Vanessa Sletes had eight points and five rebounds.
The Lancaster defense forced 31 turnovers.
Golden Valley 2, Paraclete 1
LANCASTER — The Paraclete boys soccer team lost to Golden Valley 2-1 on the last play of the game at the Lancaster National Soccer Center on Tuesday.
The Spirits led 1-0 at halftime after Matthew Martel scored in the 10th minute on an assist from Matthew Hong.
Golden Valley scored in the 75th minute to tie the game and got the winning goal five minutes into extra time.
“The boys played well for 75 minutes,” Paraclete coach John Toper said. “We just needed to finish the game.”
Paraclete goalkeeper Logan Reese recorded 16 saves.
The Spirits will play in the Rosamond Tournament at Lancaster National Soccer Center with two games on Friday and two on Saturday.