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.