Defense leads Ayala to 1st section crown

first_imgThe top-seeded Bulldogs led 11-9 entering the second quarter, but extended their lead to 10 within four minutes. The lead grew to 19 by halftime, and the Bulldogs led 44-19 with three minutes to go in the third quarter. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was the first CIF title for Ayala (30-3) and the second for Sims, who coached Pasadena Muir to a championship in 1990. “It’s a tremendous accomplishment to reach the top of your profession athletically,” Sims said. “It’s great for the (Inland) Valley, because most of the schools that were winning were on the other side of the 605 for so many years.” Both sides of the freeway got to see how good Ayala’s defense can be. No. 12 seed Temescal Canyon ended up just being another team snared by the Bulldogs’ pressure. The Titans (23-7) managed to shoot just 15 percent in the first half and committed 19 turnovers in the opening two quarters. For the game, they shot 25 percent and had 29 turnovers. “We took them out of what they wanted to do,” Sims said. “Twenty-five points in a championship final? That’s defense.” After a tight first quarter, this one turned into another Ayala rout. center_img LONG BEACH – Ayala girls basketball coach Mel Sims wears many rings – symbols of past championships and awards. But none of them glisten as a reminder of a Bulldogs’ CIF title. That’s about to change, thanks to Ayala’s 52-25 victory against Lake Elsinore Temescal Canyon in the CIF-Southern Section Division II-A finals on Saturday night at the Walter Pyramid. last_img