Note From The Editor #1: Although the 2015-16 High School Boys basketball season has recently ended, we pause and take this excellent opportunity to inform our viewers and followers that the age-old rivalry between Garfield and Roosevelt ended in a split for both programs. Here’s our brief recap of the two encounters. On January 25th, the Roosevelt “Rough Riders” went into Garfield’s gymnasium and came away with a surprising victory by the score of (41-36). It was a very low-scoring game due to the tenacious defenses shown by both teams. The final numbers are proof enough. Then, on February 12th, the tables were turned for the rematch when the Garfield “Bulldogs” traveled to Roosevelt and came away with a badly needed road win plus a decent finish in the Eastern League standings. Before another “packed house,” the Bulldogs prevailed by the score of (59-48).
Subsequently, all that was left in the Eastern League race was the determination as to who would advance to the L.A. City Section playoffs and the post-season. In the end, Head Coach Ricardo Rivas (Garfield) successfully made his seventh consecutive trip to the tournament with the breakdown as follows: 4 times in Division II, 2 times in Division I and once in Division III. Coach Rivas has also taken his Bulldogs to three State Tournament games, in 2010/Harvard-Westlake, 2011/Inglewood, and 2013/Compton. And upon closer review, Roosevelt Head Coach, Mario Perez, made his fourth consecutive appearance in the Division II playoffs, giving him a 1,000 % average…for achieving a perfect 4-4….four straight years of making the playoffs while concluding just his fourth year as the “Riders” Head Coach. Great to see that both Teams and both Coaches were nicely rewarded for putting in all of the extra work!
Our posting features a photo gallery from Game 1 plus a great highlight video from Game 2. We hope you take some time to view our presentation and see both teams battle it out for the “East L.A. Classic” – indoor style. We’ve included links to their respective Maxpreps.Com pages. For Roosevelt, click here. And for Garfield, click here. Rico Cabrera, Sr./Managing Editor, EastLASportsScene.Com
Note From The Editor #2: As a Bonus to our posting, and, in addition to Garfield’s and Roosevelt’s playoff appearances, we offer you more L.A. City Section 2016 playoff results on the schools and teams we followed during football season. To see the official tournament bracket for Divisions 2 & 3, click here.
Division II Playoff Results: Garfield drew the Animo South “Panthers” (17-8), representing the Crosstown League, and played all out in this huge “War on the Floor,” losing by just two in overtime, (80-78). The “Bulldogs” finished the season with an (11-10) overall record and a (7-5) record in the Eastern Leaue. Roosevelt drew the Marshall “Barristers” (19-7) from the Northern League. The “Riders” struggled on offense for most of the clash and lost by the score of (53-38). They concluded their season with an overall record of (12-17) and a (5-7) record in Eastern League play.
Other Results in Division II;
Venice (73) South Gate (66) Semi Final game. The Rams defeated Hollywood (76-47) and Marshall (62-49) in the first and second rounds of play respectively.
Results in Division III:
Lincoln (80) Robert F. Kennedy (75) Championship Game. The Tigers defeated Downtown Magnet (55-46) in Round 1, then Wilson (L.A.) in Round 2, and Vaughn/San Fernando (62-45) in the Semi-Finals of the tournament. We take this special moment to give a hearty congrats to the Lincoln “Tigers” Boys Varsity team for bringing a City Championship Trophy and the most coveted Division III Championship Banner to their campus gymnasium. Bigtime Congrats are in order for Fernand Pierre-Louis on winning a Championship in his first year as Head Coach. He took over the reigns from Jaime Oseguera who guided the Tigers to Division III playoff runs in 2014 and 2015.
Wilson (69) Canoga Park (43) The Mighty Mules dominated Canoga Park in their 1st Round game. They then lost to eventual champion, Lincoln in their 2nd round match-up by a final score of (74-42). Another outstanding year of Head Coaching by Joey Faraon must be acknowledged as he has taken his team to the playoffs for three consecutive years in Division II (2014) and in Division III (2015 & 2016).
Vaughn HS (51) Torres (42). The Toros reached the playoffs for the second year in a row and are on target to go deeper in the coming years. An enormous congrats to second year Head Coach, Sal Chavoya on reaching the Divison III playoffs for the last two consecutive years.
Once again, EastLASportsScene.Com offers its most warranted Congratulations to all of these teams, players, coaching staffs, team managers, student-bodies, proud parents, and enthusiastic community members who supported them throughout the entire season, and then followed them through their wel-deserved playoff runs.
Credits: Maxpreps.Com; Cristian Caridad, Garfield High School; and Erik Sarni, Videographer, EastLASportsScene.Com.
Photo Gallery: Hover over selected photo and click once for an enhanced image.
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