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The last time Santa Monica and Palisades faced each other it was in an epic overtime thriller in the Division I state playoffs.
This game was just as close with the Vikings hanging on to a 63-55 victory on the first day of the Santa Monica Tournament.
Neither team looked like the squads that made deep runs in the state tournament last year.
Palisades offense seemed disorganized and lacked any ball movement while Santa Monica countered with poor transition defense.
There were nine lead changes in the first half, but a three-pointer by Santa Monica’s Jonah Mathews midway through the second quarter gave the Vikings the 21-19 advantage.
It was a lead they would not surrender.
Boys Basketball Roundup: Westchester gets big win despite sloppy offense; St. Monica, Culver City and University all victorious
If there was any doubt how good Westchester is this year, the Comets provided how much talent they have in a 72-60 victory over Long Beach Poly to advance to the face host Redondo in the semifinals of the Pacific Shores Tournament.
While Westchester (2-0) led throughout most of the game, that did not mean head coach Ed Azzam was pleased by his team’s performance.
Their offense looked confused at times and the normally patient Azzam seemed annoyed by his squad’s inability to follow instructions.
“They are trying to listen. We are getting three out of the five [players on the court] to do it,” Azzam said. “Not upset; not pleased. Listening is just not one of our strengths.”
Boys Basketball: Video – Pacific Hills’ Andre Ferguson hits a game-winning shot to beat Peninsula at the Redondo Tournament
Pacific Hills’ final play was not designed to go the Andre Ferguson.
However, when Peninsula overloaded the right side, guard Namon Wright found a open Ferguson who hit the game-winning jumper as the Bruins pick up their first win in a 65-62 victory over Peninsula at the Redondo Tournament.
Ferguson had 20 points on the night
Palisades’ girls basketball team struggled early last year, but they looked like an entirely different squad by opening their season with a 56-22 victory over Santa Monica in the first round of the Palisades Invitational Tournament on Monday.
The Dolphins began the game with 17 consecutive points until the Vikings finally got the board on a pair of free throws by Carissa Cueva with two seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Palisades’ full court press continued to frustrate Santa Monica the entire night as 13 minutes came off the clock before Erica Tejada made the first field goal for the Vikings. It was one of only two Vikings field goals in the first half as the Dolphins held a 34-8 at the break.
Getting off on the right foot is a big change for Palisades from last season. In 2012, they began the year 4-15 before turning things around in league and were one playoff win away from making the Division I State playoffs.
Girls Volleyball Roundup: Palisades swept in championship game; LACES and Pacifica Christian win titles
Palisades beat Granada Hills in a five-set match early in the year, yet it was a very different team that showed up to Roybal Learning Center for the LA City Section Division I title game.
The Dolphins made numerous unforced errors that the Highlanders were able to take advantage of as Palisades was swept in a 25-21, 26-24, 25-13 loss on Saturday.
Palisades struggled to keep their serve in play throughout the night. They had four serving errors in the first set and three in the second, which was the difference between winning and losing.
Head coach Carlos Gray agreed with the description of his team’s when asked after the match.
“It’s exactly right, that would be the correct assessment of the situation,” Gray said. “Had too many errors. We played with lots of energy, but it is tough for a first-year head coach. I did not want to be the guy that broke the streak, but I am still proud of the team,”
That streak was three straight city titles as Palisades won the Division I title last year and Division II titles in 2010 and 2011. Overall the Dolphins have won 28 city titles in 41 years.
After dropping the first set, the Dolphins trailed 7-3 in the second before rallying back to tie at 22-all on a Jennifer Krems tip.
Palisades’ unforced errors popped back up when Delany Arth had a double touch and a Brittany Schoellkopf spike went long giving Granada Hills two set points. The Dolphins were able to eliminate both of them with Krems’ kill and a rare passing miscue by Granada Hills.
Football Playoff Preview: Santa Monica and Venice will have to stop strong running attacks in order to advance to the semifinals.
Two westside football teams take to the field tonight and have to battle against a good ground game in order to advance to the semifinals.
The preview of the games are below.
LA CITY SECTION DIVISION I QUARTERFINALS: San Pedro (8-3) at Venice (9-2)
This familiar matchup has always been a battle between speed and strength. Last year Venice needed a late drive in the final minute to get past San Pedro in the playoffs. Don’t expect the Gondoliers to rely on such a heroic effort to win this game.
Venice quarterback Alexander Diamont has led a nearly unstoppable offense that is averaging nearly 46 points a game on the season and the defense has only allowed sevens points in the last six games, including an easy 62-0 win over Locke in the first round.
Dajuan Parham is force on special teams and has returned four punts for touchdown in the last three games.
In season’s past San Pedro running attack has always been difficult for the Gondoliers to stop and this year is no exception. The Pirates have average more than six yards a carry lead by senior Pete Palacios and junior Chris Alvidrez. Turnovers were a problem last week as San Pedro committed six of them yet still managed to hang on to a 31-23 victory over Fairfax.
If the Pirates struggle again will turnovers, it will be a long night for them.
SOUTHERN SECTION DIVISION IV QUARTERFINALS: Santa Monica (7-4) at Lompoc (10-1)
When a team struggles to throw the ball as much as Santa Monica has all season, you do not figure to find them with a good shot off advancing to the semifinals. That should tell you the phenomenal job that head coach Travis Clark has done with his squad.
Football Roundup: Palisades rally falls short against Garfield; Santa Monica and Venice pitch shutouts
Trailing by a touchdown in the fourth quarter, Palisades had two chances to try to tie the game against Garfield but quarterback Taylor Mensik inability to pick up a yard on fourth down and a late interception doomed the Dolphins in a 27-20 loss in the first round of the LA City Division I playoffs.
“We were one play short. Could not find one more play [in a one-point loss] against Fairfax and we could not find it here,” Palisdes head coach Tim Hyde said.
Palisades had momentum in the beginning of the fourth quarter when running back Joey Velez one-yard touchdown run cut the Garfield lead to seven and the Dolphins defense stopped a scoring drive when Lofton Mason recover a TyJon Delancy fumble at their own four-yard line.
A 41-yard completion from Mensik to Quincy Cowherd moved the ball near midfield gave the Dolphins fans hope, however Garfield’s Emiliano Aguiar sack on next play for a second-and-20 at their own 37-yard line.
Menisk’s 13-yard completion to Velez and a 6-yard run by the quarterback set up a fourth-and one from the Bulldogs 44-yard line and Hyde decided to gamble and go for it.