Falcons make big statement in showcase vs. Parker

Win should help Torrey Pines climb in MaxPreps rankings


With one week of league play remaining before the playoff meeting, Saturday’s seven-game Battle of the Bay served as a seedings showcase.

And No. 3 Torrey Pines made a statement at Mission Bay High, beating No. 8 Francis Parker 74-57.

Currently seeded No. 5 by MaxPreps in the eight-team Open Division field, the defending champion Falcons (19-5) figure to jump up as high as No. 3, barring anything crazy.

“We want to win it all again,” said Otto Landrum, Torrey Pines’ 6-foot-9 center, who is committed to Boston University. “We want to make to the finals four years in a row.

“We’ve had some really big wins on the road, but we play really well at home, shoot really well at home.

“And I think we have the best student section in the county. That’s why we push ourselves in practice, push ourselves in games.”

Landrum finished the night with 15 points, 13 rebounds and blocked three shots.

Senior guard Logan Huston had a career night for the Falcons with 33 points — 28 in the second half.

“Finally cracked the 30 mark,” said Huston, who averages 13.2 points a game.

“Francis Parker is a really good team, very athletic. But we had a size advantage, and the way they play defense, I thought I might have a good night. I thought I could spin off the pick-and-rolls and get to the hole.”

Torrey Pines led 38-37 midway through the third quarter, then went on a 23-5 run to open a 19-point advantage.

“Honestly, last week we were a little off in practice,” Huston said. “With the playoffs coming, we decided to bring some energy and see what happens.”

Francis Parker, which plays with five guards, has to bring energy, and the Lancers did.

But they couldn’t match the 6-9 Landrum, plus 6-6 Eden Penn and 6-5 Zachary Jackson.

“The big kid (Landrum) isn’t just big, he plays with a fire in his belly,” said Parker coach Jim Tomey. “We have to make shots, we have to guard and we have to rebound to play with them.”

Torrey Pines held a 39-17 rebounding edge.

“Right now, we’re on the bubble (sitting No. 9) in the Open Division,” Tomey said. “That’s where we want to be.”

Camden McCormick led Parker with 28 points and had seven rebounds.

JJ Bartelloni had 14 points for Torrey Pines while Penn had eight rebounds and Jackson seven.

In other games:

No. 7 Mission Bay 69, Mater Dei Catholic 51: Gelo Gil led Mission Bay with 23 points and Thomas Metcalf added 18 as the Bucs used a big third-quarter run to pull away. KJ Gonzalez and Kris Gonzalez each had 15 for Mater Dei Catholic.

No. 4 Mission Hills 64, San Diego 48: Caleb Hofmeister finished with a game-high 20 points, including six 3-pointers — four in a row in the second quarter — to lead Mission Hills. Jayden White added 17 for the Grizzlies and Justin White had 13. Kyle Neff led all rebounders with eight. Jayden Wade and Baron Noble each had 10 points for San Diego.

No. 9 Cathedral Catholic 58, La Jolla Country Day 44: Shea Fitzgerald of Cathedral led all scorers with 19 points, while Jaden Label added 14 points and 13 rebounds. Anthony Arfullo led LJCD with 13. LJCD was outrebounded 42-21 and scored just three points in a 15-minute stretch from the first quarter to the third.

No. 10 Carlsbad 64, Santa Fe Christian 48: Carlsbad led 40-20 at the half and substituted freely in the second half. Jake Hall led Carlsbad with 13 while Tony Duckett had 12 and Mason Bowers 11. Daniel Greathouse led SFC with 12 and Brycen Mackenzie added 11.