It took more than two-and-a-half hours to get there, but the long drive to Los Olivos, about 45 minutes north of Santa Barbara, didn’t deter South Pasadena High’s basketball team one bit.
Tiger players took the long journey in stride, just happy to be in the CIF Division 4A first round playoff game as they easily dispatched Dunn High, a team unbeaten in league play this season, 77-48, and now looks forward to a much shorter trip Friday night when it faces Whittier on the road.
Going into Wednesday’s contest, South Pasadena appeared to be the underdog against a team that compiled a perfect 6-0 record in the Condor league while the Tigers slipped into the postseason as an at-large berth after finishing third in the Rio Hondo League behind La Canada (10-0) and Temple City (8-2) with a 4-6 mark, 19-20 overall.
As the Tigers are preparing to play Whittier at 7 p.m. Friday, in a Valentine’s Day special, Dunn is done for the season, ending it at 11-3.
“The team played great last night!,” exclaimed a joyful SPHS Athletic Director Anthony Chan. “Billy Reed was taking it to the paint and Alan Quan lit up the 3-point line with six of eight on 3-point attempts.”
A large turnout of South Pasadena fans made the trek to Los Olivos, enjoying the views of scenic Santa Barbara County to get there. “Some of our girls’ volleyball players came out as well as many of the parents to support us,” said Chan. “We almost filled up half of their gym at Dunn High School! I want to commend the players, Coach Ernest Baskerville and his staff for continuing to build and add to the culture of South Pasadena Athletics.”
The SPHS girls’ basketball team plays in a CIF 3A playoff game tonight at 7 p.m. at Royal High School. South Pasadena finished second to unbeaten La Cañada with a 6-2 record in Rio Hondo League, 14-12 on the season.
“It’s an exciting time to be a Tiger!” said Chan.