Arcadia kept chipping away and trailed only 54-50 with 4:37 left, but Dancer hit a pair of free throws and Pinkney banked in a 10-footer to stretch the lead to 58-50. From there, Pasadena hit free throws to close it out and finished 23 of 28 from the line. For Tucker, though, it was Dancer’s night, and his six points early in the first quarter got the Bulldogs going after a slow start. “I can’t say enough about Dancer,” Tucker said. “We told him he had to have a big night and stay aggressive. I think him and Tory Phillips (14 points) took over the points that Kyle would normally make. “And every time we needed a big basket, someone came through. It wasn’t just one person. It wasn’t a great game from my standpoint, but it was a solid game.” In the girls game, Pasadena’s Brittany Spears scored 20 points and Monica Radberry had 12 to lead the Bulldogs to a 69-27 victory over Arcadia. Jonte Newman had 10 points and Amber Mays scored seven points to go with five assists for Pasadena. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But Pasadena had plenty of players step up, and it answered every Apaches run for a 71-59 victory to improve to 15-2 and 2-0 in league. “Sometimes to win games like this without a guy like Kyle sends a big message,” Bulldogs coach Tim Tucker said. “We knew Arcadia (12-7, 0-1) was going to be tough. We practiced playing without Kyle this week, and I thought we came prepared to play.” ARCADIA – Visiting Arcadia High School for Friday’s Pacific League boys basketball game figured to be one of the more difficult road challenges for Pasadena. Reigning Pacific League Most Valuable Player Kyle Austin also couldn’t play because he was serving a mandatory one-game suspension for receiving a double technical in Tuesday’s win over Crescenta Valley, and his absence made the challenge even more difficult for the Bulldogs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaBulldogs senior Kevin Dancer set the tone in Austin’s absence with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Gary Pinkney scored 12 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to hold off the Apaches. “Without Kyle we can still be a great team,” Dancer said. “We don’t have to settle and focus on one player. We’re a great team without Kyle. We’re better with him of course, but we wanted to prove to ourselves that we could get it done with whoever is on the floor.” Arcadia’s Nigel Ajeri had 19 points and Brent Lagace had 18 to lead the Apaches, who jumped out to a 15-10 lead early in the second quarter. But Pasadena’s Trevon Harmon brought the Bulldogs back with a pair of 3-pointers, and the Bulldogs scored 28 points in the quarter to take a 38-25 lead into halftime. Lagace hit a 3-pointer as time expired to end the third quarter and bring the Apaches to within seven, 47-40.