East County Sports

Knights prep for Massachusetts trip with league win



By James McHugh

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RANCHO SAN DIEGO (1-14-16) – Foothills Christian took care of business Wednesday night (Jan. 13) moving to 2-0 in Coastal League play and 10-3 overall after topping Santa Fe Christian 81-47.


The Knights got their usual double-double for UCLA bound senior TJ LEAF who poured home 28-points on 12-17 shooting from the floor, including 4-5 from three point range. Leaf finished the night with 13 rebounds as the Knights significantly limited the Eagles’ shot attempts.


Sophomore JORDAN STARR also turned in a solid performance with 12-points and 10 rebounds on the night. Starr added five assists, three blocks and two steals to the mix as well.


The Knights now turn their focus to the HoopHall Showcase this Saturday (Jan. 16) in Springfield Massachusetts. The event features teams from all over the nation including Chino Hills, Christ the King, St. Anthony, Monte Verde, Oak Hill Academy and Mater Dei.


The Knights face No. 22 nationally ranked Sacred Heart of Waterbury Connecticut. The Hearts have won 40-straight games dating back nearly 700 days. The Hearts are led by senior guard Mustapha Heron who is bound for Auburn next fall and Tyrn Flowers who recently committed to UMASS. Sacred Heart is ranked No. 1 in the state of Connecticut.


Foothills Christian: TJ Leaf 28 (13 reb, 6 ast, 5 blk, 3 stl), Jordan Starr 12 (10 reb, 5 ast, 3 blk, 2 stl), Luis Salgado 11 (2 ast, 1 reb, 1 blk, 1 stl), Nikko Paranada 8 (5 ast, 3 stl, 2 reb, 1 blk), Jordan Van Ommering 7 (3 stl, 1 blk), Omajae Smith 6 (5 reb, 3 stl, 1 ast), Kale Baldado 5 (2 stl, 1 reb), T.J. Lowery 2 (2 blk, 1 reb, 1 stl), Daniel Hoffman 2 (1 blk), Jaren Nafarrete (1 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl), Daniel Hoffman (1 blk).

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