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The Alhambra All-Stars basketball team wins the Division Championship, making history in Alhambra. From left are Coach Jacob Torres, Michael Gonzalez, Brandon Ng, Raymond Fernandez, Lawrence Mai, Jason Duong, Adrian Araujo, Edmond Hong, Jayden Mojica, and Coach Jose Gutierrez.
In April, Around Alhambra reported that an All-Star basketball team made up of players from several Alhambra elementary schools had won first place in the SCMAF-SGV Boys A Division Tournament. There is more to the story. In March, the team was invited to compete at the next level, the SCMAF Boys A Division Open Championship. In the first round of this new competition on March 24, the boys drew a bye in the first round.
In the second round of play on Saturday, team Alhambra played the team from Cerritos and won handily by the score of 53 to 35. On Sunday, Alhambra met the team from El Segundo in round three and emerged victorious with a score of 45 to 33.
Having won that game, the Alhambra boys qualified for the championship game against the same Pasadena team they had played and beaten in the first tournament. Again the team from Pasadena fielded bigger and stronger players. Alhambra was ahead for most of the game, but in the fourth quarter Pasadena tied it up 47-47 with just 6.7 seconds left on the clock.
It was Alhambra’s ball. The inbound pass went to Lawrence Mai, who made a 2-point basket leaving 3.8 seconds left on the clock. Pasadena attempted a 3-point shot from beyond half court to win the game and missed. The clock ran out, and the Alhambra All-Star team beat Pasadena for a second time, with the final score of 49-47, making them the A Division Champions. The Alhambra boys basketball teams have never gotten this far in tournament play.
Alhambra’s eighth-grade boys continue to out play the competition and make the community proud.