JJ Friedman ’12 scores big

Gabe Freeman

Sports Editor

JJ Friedman ’12 made Milken history in stunning fashion, as he posted two consecutive 40-point performances.

On Tuesday, January 17,  Friedman led the varsity boys basketball team to an impressive 80-53 victory over Pacifica Christian with an incredible 47-point explosion. He followed that performance on Thursday with a quiet 41 points, leading the Wildcats to an 87-53 blowout victory over Faith Baptist.

To add to his sensational week, the game on Tuesday was Friedman’s first career triple double, as he grabbed 10 boards and added 10 blocks.

To put things in perspective, Friedman totaled 88 points combined in the two games, which is even more impressive because he sat out much of the fourth quarter in both games.

“After a fun weekend hanging out with friends, I felt I could just take my mind off everything and I felt rejuvenated. I was able to just come out and play and I felt great,” Friedman said.

The personal accomplishment is remarkable, but the best news for the Wildcats is they are playing their best basketball at the most important time of the season.  The team is now 3-0 in the Heritage League, which they fell short of winning last season.

In addition to Friedman’s dazzling performance, the team has received big contributions from other players, like Adam Treisman ’13.  Treisman scored 12 and 20 points in the past two games and has been a spark for the team.

As the team heads down the stretch of the season, they hope they can maintain this high level of play and ultimately go far in CIF.  Friedman is thrilled with the success so far, but he attributes it all to his teammates.

“I couldn’t score and play well without my teammates passing to me and looking for me. I’m really blessed to have a team like this,” Friedman said.

JJ Friedman '12
Friedman scores on a fast break.

Video highlights of Friedman against Pacifica Christian, from the Santa Monica Mirror