Buzzer-beater carries boys’ basketball past St. Francis, Loyola up next

A last second buzzer beating three pointer from Bryan Polan ’14 lifted the boys’ varsity basketball team above St. Francis on Monday, winning the game for the Wolverines with a final score of 55-52.

In the absence of top scorer Derick Newton ’14, who is out with a shoulder injury, Polan and Clinton Hooks ’13 stepped up for the Wolverines on Monday. Hooks led the Wolverines in scoring with 15 points.

With the win the team is 12-5 on the season and 3-2 in league competition. The squad will next face arch-rival Loyola on Jan. 16 in the teams’ third matchup of the season and the first of league play.The Wolverines lost the first meeting 80-61 in the semifinals of the Torrance Tournament, but defeated the Cubs 82-72 in the second meeting to take third in the MaxPreps Holiday Classic.

Both teams will be missing key players for their first league matchup. Newton, who leads the Wolverines in points per game, suffered a shoulder injury against Chaminade on Jan. 9 and has not played for the team since. The Cubs will be without key playmaker Parker Jackson-Cartwright, who suffered a sprained ankle and foot last week.

For the second straight year, the rivalry game will take place at a neutral site, as the two teams will meet at Occidental College on Wednesday.