Other then Margeaux Gupilan, the Aztecs received solid contributions from Amanda Gupilan, Shelley Gupilan and Kylie Yoshimura, who scored 10 points a piece. Chu led the Moors in scoring with 12 points while teammate Megan Teramoto also finished in double digits with 10 points. The Keppel boys basketball team took one giant step towards claiming its second consecutive Almont League title by besting host Alhambra 65-58 in overtime Tuesday. The victory sets up an Almont League showdown between Schurr (14-8, 7-2) and host Keppel (17-8, 7-2) Friday at 5:15 p.m for the league title. The Aztecs’ Noel Madrigal did his best to propel Keppel to Friday’s championship game by scoring a team-high 18 points, six of which came in overtime. Madrigal opened up the scoring in overtime with a 3-pointer with 3:31 in overtime and then responded to two successful Alhambra free throws with another three points two minutes later to put the Aztecs up 58-54 with 1:40 left. Besides Madrigal, fellow Aztecs Kevin Koda (12 points), Michael Ono (11 points) and Moses Lim (10 points) chipped in admirable performances. The Aztecs’ win spoiled a great performance from Alhambra’s Aeric Allen, who scored 16 of his team-high 18 points in the second half and overtime, including two free throws with three seconds left in the fourth to force the extra session. In Bryan Gonzalez’s final home game, the Moors’ leading scorer finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gupilan scored five of her 17 points in the third quarter just as the Moors (12-13, 5-4) came within a possession of taking the lead. Once down by 10 points in the second quarter, Alhambra pulled to within 23-22 on a Tiffany Chu 20-footer with 7:01 left in the third quarter. However, Keppel (20-7, 9-0) answered with a run of its own. The Aztecs closed out the third quarter on a 14-2 run that culminated on a Gupilan layup with 39 seconds left, giving Keppel a 13-point lead heading into the fourth. “We were a bit sluggish early on,” Ha said. “That happens sometimes on the road. We tried to force the ball into (sophomore center) Shelley (Gupilan) too much. But in the second half we started to get more girls involved with open shots.” Although the Moors did pull back within nine points on an Amber Gerardo putback with 2:15 left in the game, Alhambra never got any closer. A good portion of those concerns were laid to rest Tuesday night at Alhambra High School, as the visiting Aztecs utilized a game-high 17 points from freshman Margeaux Gupilan to down their archrivals 47-35 and clinch another league title. “Margeaux has worked really hard to make herself a good player,” Keppel first-year coach Tan Ha said. “She’s had her good games and bad games, but has improved throughout the entire season.” • Photo Gallery: Keppel vs Alhambra ALHAMBRA – There were several questions heading into the 2006-2007 girls basketball season regarding defending Almont League champion Keppel High School.
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