LOS ANGELES -- El Camino Real’s Julian Richardson made only one 3-pointer in the fourth quarter of the CIF City Section Division 2 boys championship game against Garfield on Friday night.
But his 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter proved to be the difference in El Camino Real’s 62-53 win over Garfield at the Roybal Learning Center.
“Julian can shoot from anywhere,” El Camino Real coach Dave Rebibo said. “These were tough, hard-minded kids who battled.”
Garfield took the lead for the first time in the game, 47-46, on a 3-pointer by Richard Castro. The score was tied three times early in the fourth quarter before El Camino Real started pulling away in the closing minutes.
Richardson finished with a game-high 27 points. While Richardson’s shot gave El Camino Real the lead for good, Maleke Haynes provided the dagger that put the game away.
He hit a 3-pointer, his only field goal of the game, with 1:30 left to play and gave his team a 55-49 lead.
“He just made a huge play,” Rebibo said. “That really kinda sealed the deal for us.”
Richardson was 1-for-5 from 3-point territory and scored only five points. His timely 3-pointer, combined with Garfield’s poor free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter, assured El Camino Real of victory.
Garfield was 3-for-11 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. Even though Garfield had trouble making its free throws, the Bulldogs were down only two points in the final two minutes of the game.
Joe Joaquin and Francisco Aguilar each scored 15 points to lead Garfield.
Michael Thomas had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds for El Camino Real.
“El Camino’s a stomping ground now,” Rebibo said. “It’s a team to be reckoned with.”