was little indication before last week that
The Matadors followed a 91-88 win over Cerritos Gahr on Monday with an astounding 67-65 victory against defending Division III state champion Artesia, holders of the current No. 1 state and CIF-Southern Section rankings.
Artesia had a chance to tie after all-CIF senior James Hardin was fouled on a 3-point attempt with three seconds left in the game. Hardin, who averages 19 points per game could make 1-of-3 free throws.
Williams finished with 14 points and senior Taylor Siemens had 18 points to lead the Matadors.
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Robbins led the Matadors against Gahr with 28 points. Williams had 23 points with 11 rebounds, and Siemens nearly reached a triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.
Two 6-foot-5 senior's, Keith McGill and Stephen Kaupang stepped up defensively in both upsets by averaging nine rebounds.
La Mirada entered its game with Artesia following a 71-61 loss to Suburban League rival Lakewood Mayfair (14-5), who Artesia defeated 66-62. All three schools are 5-1 in league.
Matadors travel to Artesia for a rematch on Jan. 31 and finish the regular
season Feb. 9 against
will play seven games in nine days, including a Jan. 30 trip to