“When the season began, our first priority was playoffs and to make as good a run as we could, and we really didn’t talk about State,” Spartans coach Tom Hofman said. “Now that we’re here, we need to just make the most out of it.” La Canada will host Hanford West (21-10) today in a 7 p.m. contest. The Huskies lost to Tehachapi in the Central Section Division III finals. A victory would send the Spartans to Saturday’s regional semifinals, where they would host either Corona del Mar or Mission Bay. Hofman just hopes his team has something left in the tank. “I’m worried about being a little flat,” Hofman said. “We expanded a lot of emotional energy in the championship game.” The Spartans (28-3) perhaps have been the most talked about team after upsetting Price in the Division III-AA semifinals, and nearly overcoming heavy odds against highly touted Campbell Hall before falling in the championship game, 60-57 in overtime. La Canada’s playoff run didn’t go unnoticed as they enter today’s opening round of the Southern California regional playoffs as the No. 2 seed behind Lakewood Artesia High. Spartans forward Adam Malik scored 31 points in the loss to Campbell Hall and is averaging 29.2 points in his last four playoff contests. In its first trip to the State tournament, Hanford West will attempt to counter with quickness, athleticism and outside shooting. “We shoot the 3s pretty good and that’s our MO,” Hanford West coach Tom Caudillo said. Caudillo is banking on 6-foot senior guard Mohamed Fara to have a big game for the Huskies. Fara is averaging around 20 points a game this season and is the Huskies’ all-time leading scorer with just more than 1,200 points in three years. Center Scooter Coleman provides an inside presence for the Huskies. Coleman, a 6-foot-4 junior, is averaging 10 points, 12 rebounds and around three blocks per contest. La Canada’s defense is averaging just 45.3 points – a number that hasn’t gone unnoticed. “I know that they’re known for their defense and they’ve been holding teams to under 50 points pretty much all year and that’s a big concern,” Caudillo said. “We would definitely like to keep the tempo up and we need to shoot the ball well.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4456 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The CIF-Southern Section playoffs are always filled with feel-good stories. One can’t talk about this year’s playoffs without mentioning the La Canada High School boys basketball team.