LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — It started as an ordinary summer league boys' basketball game in Flintridge Prep's two-day tournament.
It turned into an intense contest that had the feel of a postseason showdown.
Flintridge Prep and St. Francis took turns griping about calls, taking leads, dealing out hard fouls, hitting clutch shots and trying to one-up each other.
St. Francis' Emerson Castaneda poured in a career-high 31 points, but was contained by a stifling Rebel defense in the final few minutes, allowing Flintridge Prep to come away with a 57-54 victory that sent the Golden Knights home frustrated and left the Rebels pleased.
"There was a good feel to this game," Rebel Coach Garrett Ohara said. "The kids know each other. The schools are really close to each other and the guys are friends with each other.
"Every single time we play St. Francis it's a good battle."
The Rebels seemed like they were going to turn the game into a runaway contest early in the first half.