Orange Lutheran battles, falls to St. John Bosco


BELLFLOWER — St. John Bosco swingman Isaac Hamilton knocked down Orange Lutheran early. Guard Tyler Dorsey hit the Lancers with body shots throughout. Forward Daniel Hamilton delivered the knockout blows late.

“Some teams are fortunate to have one playmaker,” Braves coach Derrick Taylor said. “I have three.”

The trio combined for 66 points, 29 rebounds and all 22 of their team’s assists, leading St. John Bosco to a 95-81 victory against No. 4 Orange Lutheran in Wednesday’s Trinity League opener at St. John Bosco High. 

“Every team is really good, every team is well-coached,” Lancers coach Chris Nordstrom said. “It’s a nightmare. You got to be ready to play.”

No. 4 Orange Lutheran’s bad dream commenced at tipoff as it fell behind 12-0 against the Braves, ranked No. 14 in the nation by MaxPreps. The Lancers, despite missing 14 free throws in the half, rallied back and trailed 40-38 at halftime.

The Lancers (13-2, 0-1) briefly tied the game in the third, only to see the Braves (9-1, 1-0) close out the quarter with a 14-4 run. Dorsey highlighted the spurt when he stole an inbounds in the Lancers’ backcourt and, while falling out of bounds, threw a no-look pass behind his back to a cutting Brian Nebo for a layup.

Dorsey, a 6-4 sophomore, finished with a game-high 26 points and 10 rebounds.

“He's going to be sensational,” Taylor said. “I think he can be an all-timer in Los Angeles. He can be every bit as good as Jordan Farmar, who I coached at Taft.”

Isaac Hamilton had 24 points and 10 rebounds and younger brother Daniel had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Orange Lutheran transfer Darien Williams, a 6-8 senior forward, scored 13 points.

The Braves hit the turbo button and spread the floor in the second half, leading to six 3-pointers and several baskets in the paint. Orange Lutheran came in allowing an average of 48.3 points a game. 

“We allowed our offense to give their defense the ability to get into transition,” Nordstrom said. “They were putting a lot of pressure on you and they’re so fast. They’re hard to deal with.”

Swingman Payton Banks led the Lancers with 25 points, 13 of which came in the fourth quarter as he struggled from the field in the first half. Guard Brian Beard had 15 points and five assists.

Orange Lutheran will be host to Servite on Friday, and St. John Bosco plays at JSerra.

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