Kobe Paras, Cathedral High open year with win

LOS ANGELES – Basketball never stops in Los Angeles, especially for Kobe Paras and the Cathedral High School Phantoms.

In less than three weeks, the Phantoms have played 10 games, most of them on back-to-back nights.

After winning the San Fernando Valley Invitational, the team lost in the semi-finals of last week’s Las Vegas Prep tournament.

They kicked off the New Year on Monday with the Huntington Park tournament, where they beat Millikan High School of Long Beach, 78-62.

Paras was off to a slow start in the first quarter offensively, missing several shots. But he showed off his skills on defense and ball handling.

Paras managed to score 10 points in the game, and completed a crowd-pleasing alley-oop dunk. Just like his other games, Filipino fans flocked to see the UCLA-bound teenager.

Though playing three tournaments in a row can be exhausting, the non-stop action also gives Paras plenty of experience, while his top-ranked teammates such as Brazilian Lucas Seiwart and Mila Accquah gain more chances to shine.

One of the most hotly anticipated games of the tournament will be on Wednesday when Cathedral plays against Maranatha, which boasts of one of the top high school players of the country in Tyler Dorsey.

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