No Area Boys’ Basketball Team Was More Successful in the Postseason than SMA

Senior Peter Ford was one of 10 athletes in the division who was named All-CIF

Senior Peter Ford was one of 10 athletes in the division who was named All-CIF

Junior Charlie Boles was one of 10 athletes in the division who was named All-CIF

Junior Charlie Boles was one of 10 athletes in the division who was named All-CIF

No area boys’ basketball team was more successful in the postseason than St. Monica Academy. The Crusaders advanced to the CIF State Division V Tournament, and two players, Peter Ford and Charlie Boles, were named to the CIF Div V-A first team.  Only the top 10 athletes in the Division were recognized with All-CIF honors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Glendale News Press published a story on the All-CIF awards here.  This is an excerpt of their coverage:

Ford, a 6-foot-4 center, averaged 18.6 points and nine rebounds per game in the postseason for the Crusaders.

“Peter is a great shooter, first and foremost,” St. Monica Academy coach Peter Grimm said. “His ability to shoot the three-ball allows him to be a great penetrator. Because you have to get out on him and guard and get in his face, that gives him an opportunity to get around people and get to the basket. He’s the best pure shooter that we’ve ever had at the school.”

A junior forward, Boles averaged 12 points and six rebounds during the postseason.

“Charlie is an absolute workhorse and he has more energy, especially during games, than three players combined,” Grimm said. “He pretty much played every minute of every game unless he was hurt or in foul trouble. He always guarded the other team’s best player and he’s a great defensive and offensive rebounder and was a throw-back player.”

 

The league champion Crusaders (14-0 in league) entered the playoffs as the 4th seed overall in Div 5A and defeated their first three postseason opponents. They received an at-large berth in the state tournament after their historic playoff run ended in the section semifinals against #1-seeded Duarte High School (student body 852 compared to SMA’s 109).

St. Monica’s girls and boys basketball teams have garnered many league championships and playoff appearances in SMA’s 9 years in CIF, but this was the first time a basketball team advanced to the semifinals or to the state tournament.