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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:05

Competing in Division 3AA, Mats look to be one of top teams in area

La Mirada~It’s the signal of the start of another boys basketball season at La Mirada High as the annual Alumni Basketball Game was played this past Thursday featuring the stars of yesterday and the stars of today in front of around 300 fans at La Mirada High Gymnasium.

The Matadores beat the alumni 77-65, but the score didn’t matter.

The alumni games are always entertaining affairs as the teams play a little loose and the crowd gets its first glimpse at the new squad for the upcoming season.

The alumni players that participated in this year’s contest were La Mirada assistant coach Charlie Torres (class of 2002), Jet Soto (2009), Miles Aiello (2010), Connor Gillette (2010), Matadore JV head coach Mike Estrada (2010), Nicco Quinones (2011), Sean Nakahara and Cody Mahaffey (2012) and from 2013, Kane Fetui, Sean Porter, Charlie Reid and Tyler Payne.


The 2013-14 campaign will be the third at the helm for head coach Bryce Jones and his assistants are Charlie Torres (4th season) and Shea Frazee (3rd).

The Matadores lost in the opening round in last year’s CIF-SS Division 3AAA playoffs, 74-50 to Compton.

The first thing you notice about the Matadores this year is the addition of Kendall Lauderdale and Lucio Bolado.

Laudederdale, the 6’8” junior transfer from Orange Lutheran and Division 1 prospect is a strong player who faces up on the basket well, is good inside and can also hit a jump shot and is expected to make an immediate impact.

Bolado is a senior transfer from La Verne Lutheran. He possesses ball-handling skills that bring instant success to any high school program. His play in preseason has earned him a spot in the starting line-up as point guard.

Starting point last year Senior Deion Golffin is currently out with a broken foot. He told the La Mirada Blog he expects to be back, “when league starts.”

The Matadores open league play January 8th in Lakewood against Mayfair High School.

Along with Lauderdale and Bolado, rounding out the starting five for coach Jones are returners Vittorio Reynoso-Avila (soph.) and forward Dezmon Murphy (jr.). Murphy looks bigger, stronger and focused in preseason.

Senior forward James Eubanks may seem some starts and sophomore guard Anthony Newman is also expected to get significant playing time and a few starts sprinkled in as well after leading the Matadore freshman team in scoring last season.

If there is a concern on the team it may be the inexperienced pine, “The bench may become a factor at times whether it’s an injury or foul trouble,” said Jones, “They need to continue to develop and provide energy and prove they can take care of the ball in pressure situations.”

Players expected to make significant contributions are seniors Bryson Laverde and Jacob Ortiz; juniors Diego Bardales, Kai Labasan, Jacob Marcano and Cole Sanders along with sophomore Justin Trias.

December is tournament month for the Matadores as they gear up for league play.

The Mats will be competing in the Buena Park Tournament December 2nd through the 7th and the North Orange County Tournament December 17th through the 21st. They wrap up tournament play at the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic in San Diego December 26th through the 30th.

There are also two non-league games scheduled for the Matadores in December, December 11th at Brea Olinda and the final tune-up before league play, January 3rd at Sonora.


The Matadores opened the 2013-14 season with a resounding victory over Santa Fe, 66-36 Monday night in the opening round of the tournament at Buena Park High School.

Kendall Lauderdale led all scorers with 23 followed by Vittorio Reynoso-Avila putting in 16.

The next game is against Kennedy High this afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

UPDATE: The Matadores beat Kennedy 73-32 last night, Anthony Newman led all scorers with 21, Lucio Bolado had 7 assists and four steals. Mats will play La Habra in the semis of the Coyote Classic tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.




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