Ajon Efferson helps Pasadena defeat Loyola

There was no Parker Jackson-Cartwright on Monday night at the Fairfax tournament. The heavily recruited junior point guard from Los Angeles Loyola sat in a chair resting his ankles after playing at a camp in Chicago over the weekend.

In Jackson-Cartwright's absence, another promising junior point guard, Ajon Efferson, put on a first-half show for Pasadena, scoring 16 points. In the second half, it was Burbank transfer Andre Spight making major contributions.
Efferson finished with 18 points and Spight had 21 points in Pasadena's 66-57 victory over Loyola. The Bulldogs will face Fairfax in Wednesday's quarterfinals at 7 p.m.

Efferson got a City Section championship ring playing as a freshman at Woodland Hills Taft. He returned to his neighborhood school, Pasadena, last season, and Coach Tim Tucker is going to have far fewer nights of frustration just knowing Efferson will be running things on the court. He has a 4.0 grade-point average.

"He's still learning," Tucker said. "He's come a long ways. We need him to be more a quarterback."

Pasadena has been winning games this summer in impressive fashion. On Sunday, the Bulldogs won the War on the Floor tournament, defeating Alemany in the championship game. They have been winning without one of their top players, Brandon Jolley.

--Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times