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December 28, 2010 > Kennedy, Irvington earn big wins before Christmas

Kennedy, Irvington earn big wins before Christmas

By Jeff Weisinger
Photo by Mike Heightchew

In way may be the best year for the John F. Kennedy High boys basketball team, Santa may have brought them a bigger gift just a few days before Christmas, as the Titans defeated Alhambra High 63-44 to improve to 9-1 on the season Wednesday night, Dec. 22.

After finishing the first quarter tied at 18, the Titans went on a roll, holding Alhambra to just single digits in the second and third quarter, outscoring them a combined 33-16 between both quarters, and finished strong with a 12-point fourth.

The Titans saw even more Christmas cheer after their 15-point, 74-59 win over Encinal Thursday night, Dec. 23. Kennedy took an early 21-8 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, dropping 21 points again in the second to take a 42-29 halftime lead. Kennedy's victories puts them at 10-1 entering conference play.

Irvington 60, Fremont Christian 48
Meanwhile, Mission Valley Athletic League rival Irvington High School also received the early gift of a holiday win in their 60-48 victory over Fremont Christian.

Despite barely hanging on to a tight six-point lead against Fremont Christian at half, who cut that deficit to just two-points, 37-35, after the third, the Vikings got hot when they needed to, dropping 23 points in the fourth quarter to clinch the win and send Fremont Christian their fifth loss of the season.

American 57, Granada 43
Even the American High Eagles got the early Christmas gift of a win, defeating Granada 57-43 to push them over .500 (6-5). The Eagles trailed 21-20 at halftime, this after leading by a point 13-12 after the first. But American stormed out in the third quarter, outscoring Granada 19-6 in the third to push them toward the win.

Liberty 57, Washington 36
However, not everyone had a "Merry Christmas win". In fact, in the case of the Washington Huskies, they found coal in their stocking after scoring a season-low 36 in their 57-36 loss against Liberty High.

The orange and black started strong, trailing by just four point at half, 21-17. However Liberty took charge in the second half outscoring the Huskies 23-11 in the fourth to close them out for the win.

College Park 81, Mission San Jose 49
In the third place game of the Roy Ghiggeri Invitational, the Mission San Jose Warriors ended up taking fourth place overall after losing to College Park 81-49.

College Park was in charge all game, scoring 20 or more points in the first three quarters each. MSJ trailed 23-10 after the first and could never come back, especially after being outscored 26-15 in the third quarter.

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