By Eric Sondheimer~LA Times
Los Altos Coach Jeff Lucas knows there’s a lot of top guard duos in Southern California, but he’s not trading his duo of son Jarod Lucas and Julian Lopez. They came through with 27 and 25 points, respectively, in taking down the No. 1 team in San Diego, Foothill Christian, on Monday night in an opening game of the Corona Centennial tournament.
Los Altos pulled out a 79-75 victory that was clinched by Lucas making consecutive free throws with 4.4 seconds left.
Lopez has greatly improved his game in the off season. Now he’s dunking, making threes, rebounding and doing things that will make Los Altos a very intriguing team in 2017-18. “He never really dunked until the summer,” Jeff Lucas said.
The improved athleticism helped Los Altos overcome Taeshon Cherry, a 6-10 transfer and USC commit who scored 15 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Derrick Carter-Hollinger led Foothills Christian with 35 points. The team played without Coach Brad Leaf, who’s watching son, T.J., in the NBA.
Jarod Lucas scores 27 in Los Altos’ upset of Foothills Christian, ranked No. 1 in San Diego
By Fred Robledo~ SGV Tribune
The Los Altos boys basketball opened the season Monday at the Battlezone at Centennial High School taking on Foothills Christian, the No. 1 ranked team in San Diego and came away with an impressive 79-75 victory.
Junior sensation Jarod Lucas, being recruited by several top schools including Oregon State, finished with 27 points and senior Julian Lopez added 25. Bryant Howing also had a big game with 21 points.
Los Altos trailed by double digits in the second half but rallied to win.
“It’s a big win for us,” Los Altos coach Jeff Lucas, also the father of Jarod, said. “They (Foothills Christian) are also ranked 18th in the state.
“We were down by 11 at halftime and trailed by 16 in the second half and we made a run. I know it’s just the first game of the season but it was special to beat a team like that.”
Everyone knows how talented Lucas is, but if the Conquerors continue to get production like this from Lopez, watch out.
“He averaged 14 points a game for us last year, but he made a big jump in the summer and he’s getting recruited all over the place,” Lucas said. “If they weren’t talking about him before, they’re talking about him now. I’ll take my two guards against anyone.”
The Conquerors take on La Sierra on Tuesday followed by Mission Bay from San Diego on Thursday and Palmdale Knight on Friday night. The final game of the BattleZone Centennial Tournament will be on Saturday at a time and location to be determined.