By Tim Peterson
(Monrovia) – Arcadia overcame a slow first quarter, warmed up in the second half and went on to beat Monrovia 67-51 Tuesday night on the Wildcats home floor.
Jason Cardenas led all scorers with 29 points for the Apaches including 22 in the second half. Cardenas came out on fire in the third quarter burying three bombs from beyond the arc as Arcadia outscored Monrovia 24-14 in the third quarter to break open a close game.
Cardenas had 11 in the third overall, and added 11 more in the fourth hitting seven of eight from the free throw line and a pair of buckets from the field to help Arcadia put it away.
Both teams came out of the gate slow. The first quarter resembled a football score as the Apaches led 8-7 after one. Jay Yoon tossed in six points for Arcadia in the second quarter and Cardenas added five as the Apaches carried a 24-23 lead into the half. Christian De Guzman had five points and Tyrell Aiden had four to keep the Wildcats in the hunt.
Arcadia then opened it up in the third quarter and never looked back. Yoon followed up Cardenas in the scorebook with 18 and Justin Chu added 8.
For Monrovia De Guzman led the way with 14 points, Hare added 12 and Aiden finished with nine.
For Arcadia it was the season opener as they kicked off the 2017-’18 campaign with a victory. Monrovia fell to 5-5 with the defeat.