Fil-Am high school ballers face off in state semi-finals
by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News
LOS ANGELES — It took a team effort from a fellow Fil-Am to derail a Filipino basketball prodigy in one of California’s biggest high school basketball tournaments.
At a jam-packed USC Galen Center, Bishop Montgomery High School beat Sierra Canyon 70 to 63, in the California Interscholastic Federation Semi Finals.
The game featured two Fil-Am players starting for two high profile teams — Sierra Canyon’s Remy Martin, versus Bishop Montgomery’s Fletcher Tynen.
It was a revenge game for the Knights, who lost to Sierra Canyon in the same tournament last year.
“We were a little more mature now. We played all year for this moment,” said team coach Doug Mitchell.
Bishop got off to a fast 20 to 4 start. However, Sierra’s Fil-Am point guard prodigy Martin helped spark an attempted comeback that came short.
The Arizona State University-bound finished the game with 16 points, six assists and seven rebounds — including a few dazzling drives.
“We just wanted to go back in time out,” said Martin. “We did real well to stay together and work. I think that Bishop was a better team at that point. “
Despite clawing their way back, Bishop Montgomery managed to hit several clutch three pointers.
Fil-Am junior Fletcher Tynen scored two points. The 6’6 forward pulled down six rebounds, and helped defend the inside against the highly touted Sierra Canyon team.
Tynen was a junior when Bishop beat Cathedral High School three times, during the Kobe Paras era, including the Southern Section open tournament quarter final in 2015.
Prior to the tournament, USA Today named Sierra Canyon as the number one ranked team in the country.
While the loss was disappointing, the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers will now re-group and set their focus on the State Open Tournament, which they’ve one twice in a row.
“One of our goals is gone… but we’re going to stay open, and do everything we can to do that,” said Coach Ty Nichols. “This loss needs to hurt. It needs to motivate us to come back and practice.”
Bishop Montgomery will play against Mater Dei in this week’s finals.