TC, Lee and the Three Bury Spartans

Goren Lee drives for two of his 27

(Temple City) – Goren Lee hit seven threes and led all scorers with 27 points to lead Temple City to a 73-47 rout of La Canada Friday night. The Rams improved to 8-0 in the Rio Hondo League with the win and with just two games remaining, clinched a share of the league title.

Eric Olivas almost equaled Lee’s output by knocking down five from beyond the arc himself and racking up 21 points. The Rams led by nine after one, stretched it to 16 by the half, and broke it wide open in the third leading 59-33 at the end of the quarter.

Temple City led by thirty at one point in the fourth quarter before settling for the 26 point win. This one was never close. The Rams jumped out of the gate 10-2 and never looked back.

Olivas got the green and gold started by hitting three from long distance in the first quarter. Lee had five in the first before really heating up in the second.

Lee scored ten points in the second quarter and Felix Awujo had five as Temple City began to separate itself from La Canada.

Brendon Hempstead had seven in the second quarter to try to keep the Spartans close but the game was slowly getting away.

The game turned into garbage time late in the third and into the fourth as the Rams opened up a 63-33 advanatage at one point. Late in the fourrth, the Ram faithful began an “undefeated” chant in reference to the Rams perfect league run.

“Those two are probably the best shooters in the league and when they got open they made their shots,” said Temple City Coach Eric Chin of Lee and Olivas. “We knew this was a big game for us and we haven’t won league in probably four or five years. We knew we had to come out with a lot of energy or La Canada was going to get us at home.”

Hempstead scored 12 points to lead La Canada and Dan Jun had 11. After Lee and Olivas, who combined for 48 of the 73, Felix Awujo scored 11 and Kasmir Khaliq added eight.

Temple City will attempt to run the table next week agaisnt Monrovia at home and Blair on the road.

LC   9  13  11  14      47

TC 18  20  21  14      73


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