"We are really balanced. We have a lot of shooters and postmen that
can dominate," Spartan center Greg Gaudino said. "We have a lot of depth
too. We could pretty much control most of the game."
The junior, who is the leading scorer for La Canada, had only six
points, but contributed a game-high nine rebounds.
Gaudino will lead his team at 7:30 p.m. today at La Salle High when it
faces either La Salle or St. Bernard highs.
From the onset, the Spartans forced L.A. Marshall into taking bad
shots as they took a eight-point lead after the first quarter.
The Barristers (5-6) shot only one for 13 (7.7%) in the opening
quarter and three for 25 (12%) in the first half as they fell behind,
21-8, at halftime.
L.A. Marshall eyed Gaudino in the low-post, which freed up open jump
shots by La Canada's guards. Jordan Ballard took full advantage, as he
scored a game-high 16 points, 12 from beyond three-point territory.
La Canada (10-2) forward Mark Moore added 10 points and eight
"Right now I feel pretty good about the way we are playing," La Canada
Coach Tom Hofman said. "Overall I think we are where we want to be, maybe
a little bit more ahead. A big key is to get the control of the game. I
thought our defensive intensity was pretty good."
Osiris Bashir led L.A. Marshall with 12 points.
La Canada 11 10 16 19 -- 56 L.A. Marshall 3 5 8 15 -- 31
La Canada -- Ballard 16, Moore 10, Kim 9, Gaudino 6, Wang 4, Neyland
3, Cheney 2, Hofman 2, De Vore 2, Barnes 2.
Three-pointers: Ballard 4, Kim 3, Neyland.
L.A. Marshall -- Bashir 12, Beltran 9, Vasquez 2, Quinones 2, Bacosa
2, Young 2, Dayrit 2.