Boys Basketball Historic Playoff Run Ends in Semifinals

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3/6/18 UPDATE: SMA Boys Basketball will play Duarte High School in the first round of the CIF State Tournament. See Glendale News Press on the rematch here.

St. Monica Academy vs. Duarte
Wed. March 7 at 7:00 PM
at Duarte High School

Adult $9.00 – Student/Child/Senior (65+) $5.00
Children under 5 are free

3/1/18 UPDATE: SMA Boys Basketball team received an at-large berth in the CIF STATE DIV V TOURNAMENT! This will be the program’s first appearance at a state tournament. Playoff pairings will be revealed on Sunday, March 4.

SMA’s terrific Boys Basketball season ended Friday night in the CIF SS Div 5A Semifinals against #1 seeded Duarte High School (student body 852 compared to SMA’s 109).

The league champions (14-0 in league) entered the playoffs as the 4th seed overall in Div 5A.

They defeated Westmark of Encino in the first round of CIF on February 14 and advanced to the quarterfinals.  On February 20, SMA played Tarbut V’Torah and came away with the program’s first quarterfinal victory.

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.  Congratulations to SMA’s Boys Basketball team on a fantastic season and historic playoff run!




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Below are excerpts of the Glendale News Press’s story of the game.  Go here for the complete article.


Sensational season ends in semis for St. Monica Academy boys’ basketball

FEB 23, 2018 | 9:10 PM

DUARTE — As analogies go, St. Monica Academy boys’ basketball coach Peter Grimm saw Friday evening’s CIF Southern Section Division V-A semifinal match-up between his squad and top-seeded Duarte High as a hard court version of the biblical David versus Goliath.

While Grimm may have been correct in terms of school sizes and odds, the coach’s team did not duplicate the same mammoth upset.

Fourth-seeded St. Monica Academy saw its greatest run in school history end via an 87-47 loss that likely capped the Crusaders’ season with a 21-5 record and the program’s first advancement to the semifinal round.

“Goliath was certainly very good and very tough, but I’d like to focus on David,” Grimm said. “These boys played with the spirit that our school has, which is to work hard, never give up and play for each other. We’ve been preaching that since the beginning.”