By Tim Peterson
(Pasadena) – Pasadena overcame a slow start but pulled away late to beat Arcadia 68-51 Friday night in a Pacific League contest at Marshall High.
The Bulldogs only led 13-9 after one but did manage to open up a 12 point lead at the half. Bryce Hamilton threw down a couple of dunks as the Bulldogs went on a 6-0 run to open up a 10 point lead to start the second quarter and a 35-23 halftime advantage.
Arcadia wouldn’t go away however as the Apaches outscored Pasadena 17-12 in the third to get back within seven through three. Jason Cardenas heated up in the third for the Apaches knocking down three from beyond the arc to keep Arcadia close.
Pasadena finally put it away in the final frame. Darius Brown II buried three treys in the fourth quarter and Tavian Percy had five points in the quarter as the Bulldogs finally shook the Apaches off.
Bryce Hamilton, who is committed to UNLV, finished with 14 points and six rebounds, doing most of his damage in the paint. Brown led the Bulldogs with 17 including five three pointers. Brown, who missed the league opener against Crescenta Valley with an injury and was a game time decision, also had eight assists. Amari Moore had 10 and Percy scored nine for Pasadena, which was able to bounce back from the league opening loss to CV. Darius Mason led the team in rebounds with 10 and added six points.
For Arcadia Cardenas hit seven three point bombs and led all scorers with 23. Jay Yoon had 14 and Chris Garcia battled down low for eight hard earned points.
With the victory Pasadena improved to 8-6 overall and 1-1 in the Pacific. Arcadia is 4-3 and 1-1.