MLC Rises to Top to Capture 2016 FIYA Basketball Division 1 Championship

Pandas Use Height to Win Canoga Park School's First FIYA Championship

On the floor of the Los Angeles Clippers in Staples Center on Monday March 28, FIYA held its Division 1 Girls Basketball Championship.  Two undefeated teams -- Palms Middle School of Los Angeles and Multicultural Learning Center of Canoga Park -- battled it out.  Palms, the defending FIYA champions from 2015, used their speed and accurate shooting to create a slight margin in the first half.  Yet, the Pandas of MLC used their height to create problems for Palms and to control the boards and score points underneath.  After taking a slight lead in the second half, the Panthers found a second level and opened up a five point with a few minutes remaining in the game.  MLC was able to hit a few key free throws and another put back basket to tie the game and send it into overtime.  Trailing by 1 point with two seconds left in overtime, Palms missed the front end of a single bonus free throw and once again MLC controlled the rebound and the 2016 FIYA Championship was theirs by the score of 36 to 35.  Congratulations to both teams for a wonderful season.  Click on Sports, Basketball and Girls Playoffs for pictures from the Division 1 Girls Basketball Championship at Staples Center.