Glendale-area boys' basketball teams concluded their holiday tournament schedules this week, and the big winner, as expected, was La Canada.
The Spartans had a minor setback when they lost to highly regarded Morningside in their own tournament two weeks ago. But behind the play of 6-foot-11 junior center Richard Mandeville, La Canada won the Nogales tournament Monday night with a 66-62 victory over Nogales.
La Canada advanced to the championship game by defeating Pasadena, 71-69, as Mandeville scored a career-high 36 points and guard Ryan Asplund made a short jump shot at the buzzer.
Mandeville scored 14 points and had 11 rebounds against Nogales and was selected as the tournament's most valuable player.
La Canada will be involved in one of the Southern Section's most attractive matchups Tuesday night when the Spartans play host to Muir.
The game will feature Mandeville, who is considered one of the premier centers in the nation, and Jacque Vaughn of Muir, a junior point guard who is also considered one of the top five players in the country at his position.
Ribet Academy lost in the championship of its own tournament Monday night when the Fighting Frogs were defeated by Montclair Prep, 84-62.
The Hoover girls' basketball team lost in the championship of its own tournament. The Tornadoes were defeated by St. Bernard, 72-31.
COMMUNITY COLLEGES After a slow start caused primarily by the loss of several key players before the season began, the Glendale College men's basketball team has won six of its last seven games.
The Vaqueros finished third at the Palomar tournament last weekend and improved to 8-7.
"We're doing a pretty good job defensively," Glendale Coach Brian Beauchemin said, "and we're going to have to keep it up to be successful in the conference."
Glendale, which defeated Ventura in its Western State Conference opener, resumes its conference schedule Saturday when the Vaqueros travel to Moorpark.
COLLEGES The Occidental men's basketball team is finally in the midst of a home stand, and the Tigers are busy entertaining out-of-state guests.
The Tigers (3-3), who opened the season Nov. 23 with five consecutive road games, were defeated by Pacific University (Ore.), 76-69, on Monday. However, Occidental sustained an even bigger loss when senior forward Sandy Brown, who was averaging 23 points a game, suffered a knee injury early in the game against Pacific.
Occidental plays host to Webster University (Mo.) tonight, Eastern Connecticut State Wednesday and Rhode Island College on Jan. 10. The Tigers will also play Southeastern Massachusetts on Jan. 11 at La Verne College before opening play in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Jan. 15 against Whittier.
PREP ATHLETE OF WEEK Charles Garcia, Eagle Rock--Garcia, a senior forward, became Eagle Rock's career rebounding leader last week during the Eagles' 100-37 victory over Sylmar.
The 6-3, 198-pound Garcia had 12 rebounds against Sylmar to surpass the 387 total set by Michael Epps in 1988-89.
Garcia ended the week with 407 rebounds. He is averaging 14 points and eight rebounds a game for Eagle Rock, which finished third in its own tournament and resumes Northern Conference play Jan. 24 against Hollywood.
COLLEGE ATHLETE OF WEEK Alphonso Pule, Glendale--Pule, a sophomore guard for the Vaqueros, was selected to the all-tournament team last weekend at the Palomar tournament, where Glendale finished third.
Pule, a 6-0 former All-City player at Franklin High, also was selected to the all-tournament team at the Glendale tournament two weeks ago.
Pule is averaging 14 points a game. He is also establishing himself as one of the better defensive players in Southern California, Glendale Coach Brian Beauchemin said.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW Henferd Brard--Brard, a former standout at Marshall High who taught at the school and coached the boys' basketball team for the past four years, is currently playing professionally in Holland.
Brard guided the Barristers to the City Section playoffs last season. He was succeeded by Neil Kazmierczak.
MISCELLANY Morgan Conrad of Crescenta Valley High was selected third-team All-Southern Section 3-A Division. . . .The Pasadena Casting Club, a 300-member fishing and conservation organization founded in 1947, begins its annual fly-tying course on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse in the Arroyo Seco. The seven-week course will cover proper tying techniques, materials selection and preparation. Information: (714) 599-6319.