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Boys' basketball: The Hamilton brothers make everyone proud

March 18, 2012 | 10:43 am

Sitting on a podium and answering questions after a crushing defeat is no easy task, but it’s part of the sports tradition, and for sportswriters, seeing how athletes respond in a moment of adversity reveals plenty about a person’s character.

The Hamilton brothers from Bellflower St. John Bosco, Isaac and Daniel, wanted to be anywhere but in the media room Saturday in Ontario after a 62-61 defeat to Mission Hills Alemany in the Division III Southern California Regional final.

But the way they handled themselves should make their parents and classmates proud. Daniel, a sophomore, said he wanted to apologize to Coach Derrick Taylor, blaming himself for trying to block the final shot of KJ Moffett with 1.5 seconds left along the baseline instead of taking a charging foul.

“That means he’s learning,” Taylor said. “In the future, he’ll do the right thing.”

Isaac, a junior who scored 32 points, looked disappointed and emotionally drained, but he calmly answered questions, reinforcing his growing reputation as one of the best college prospects for 2013.

“They’re sensational kids,” Taylor said.

They’re classy kids, too.

-- Eric Sondheimer

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