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.
2013-14 LA MIRADA SEASON PREVIEW
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.”