High school basketball: Las Lomas stays unbeaten against pesky College Park

PLEASANT HILL — Four-year varsity guard Robert Prince had a good feeling about the Las Lomas basketball team even before Nathan Robinson transferred in after three years at St. Ignatius-San Francisco.

Now the Knights have one of the best lineups in Bay Area high school basketball, and they proved it Friday night, beating a tough College Park team 66-52 in the Diablo Athletic League-Foothill Division opener for both schools.

“Me, Robinson, (Devin) Payne and (Jason) Holman have been together since the sixth grade,” Prince said. “The chemistry has always been there.”

Prince was speaking of the whole team, not just the four players he mentioned.

The Knights (15-0) looked cohesive enough, although there were bumps along the way. They darted to a 22-7 lead at the end of one quarter, but over the next 11 minutes, College Park (12-3) outscored the visitors 28-12 to take a one-point lead on a basket by forward Zach Helsing.

Back came the Knights with a vengeance. A basket by Robinson and a three-point play by Homer Kravets made it 39-35.

Danny La Fortune’s 3-pointer cut the lead to one, but Las Lomas then went on a 24-7 run that effectively ended the game.

Robinson led four Las Lomas players in double figures with 19 points. Payne had 15, Holman scored 12 on four 3-pointers and Prince added 11.

La Fortune topped College Park with 13 points.

Second-year Las Lomas coach Brian Dietschy wasn’t surprised the game was a little closer than the final score indicates.

“They’re a good team, a really good team,” Dietschy said of College Park. “We knew they would make a run.”

College Park started the third quarter by scoring the first eight points. That’s when Dietschy signaled for a time out.

“We had to get back to our game,” the coach said.

Prince credited the defense for turning things back around to Las …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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