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Boys Basketball Roundup: Yekatafar’s late steal leads to Rafiezedah game-winning layup for Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills needed a late steal from Siavash Yektafar and a fast break layup by Nima Rafiezedah to escape with a 38-36 victory over Ocean League rival Morningside to advance to the consultation finals of the Westchester tournament.
“Tried to get a read on the pass the whole game and put my hand out when I saw it,” Yektafar said about the steal. “Played horrible the whole game. Knew we had to make a big play.
Morningside still had a chance to send the game into overtime but Morningside missed two jumpers in the last ten seconds.
Beverly Hills had jumped out to a 12-4 lead midway through the first quarter, when their offense suddenly stopped.
They managed only to scored five points in the second and seven more in the third, but somehow extended their halftime lead by one at24-20 heading into the final period.
Culver City’s wide receiver/defensive back Stanley Norman was named the Ocean League Player of the Year as he helped the Centaurs win the conference title this year after they started the season 1-4.
The junior nearly averaged 20 yards per catch on the season. He finished with 31 catches for 587 yards in nine regular season games, along with 44 tackles and two fumble recoveries.
Inglewood’s senior quarterback/wide receiver Zaire Andre was named the Offensive Player of the Year. Senior linebackers Remy Grundy of Culver City and Terrance Jackson of Santa Monica shared the Defensive Player of the Year award.
The league also selected Culver City’s Jahmal Wright as the coach of the year.
The All-Ocean League First and Second teams honors are listed below:
Boys Basketball Roundup: Beverly Hills can not catch up to Serra’s speed at the Westchester Tournament
Beverly Hills had a surprising 29-25 lead on Serra at halftime and pushed the lead to seven in the early moments of the second half.
Then it all went down hill from there.
The Cavaliers sped up the pace of the game and the Normans broke down on both side of the ball in a 66-53 loss in the first round of the Westchester Tournament.
Beverly Hills’ center Ronan Massana had 12 of his 18 points on the first half, but the pace forced them to rely too much on outside shooting and away from their inside presence leading to numerous fast break opportunities for Serra.
Playing the worst team in league may not have been what the doctor ordered for Culver City. Despite the 49-14 victory over Beverly Hills and officially being crowned Ocean League Champions, the Centaurs may head into the postseason a little banged up.
Already reeling from injuries they added more Friday night, several Centaur players went down throughout the game, but it was yet unclear if the injuries were serious enough to hold them out next week for the first playoff game.
“We’ll evaluate that with our coaching staff and we’ll know a little bit more about the situation,” said Culver City head coach Jahmal Wright about the unsuspected injuries.
As much has things have changed, they have stayed the same in the LA Sports Journal Westside Prep Football poll.
Culver City surprising victory over Inglewood is the only movement in the poll as the Centaurs creep back up to the number five position trading places with University.
However the top four positions remain unchanged.
Throughout the season our poll is proudly sponsored by High School Football America.
You can find out more about them at highschoolfootballamerica.com and listen to their show on KLAC 570 AM Fox Sports Radio every Friday night following the conclusion of the Major League Baseball season.
Our newest poll is below. Last week’s ranking is in parentheses.
The Los Angeles Sports Journal/High School Football America Westside Prep Football Poll
Below are today’s westside football games for October 11th.
LA City Section:
Venice 49, Hamilton 0
Fairfax 36, Palisades 35
University 30, Westchester 14