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If you wanted excitement and intrigue, the Loyola vs Brentwood game Wednesday evening at the Beverly Hills tournament was where you could find it.
Last year these teams went down to the wire the match was everything expected and more, as the Loyola barely held on for a 58-52 victory over Brentwood in the quarterfinals
Tra Holder gave the Eagles a 51-50 lead after making a pair of three-pointers, afterwards looking at the crowd in a superstar manner. This was just what head coach Ryan Bailey was looking for, the student teaching the teacher moment. Bailey was a former Loyola assistant and was mentored by Loyola coach Jamal Adams.
But things did not turn out that way.
University had blown two double-figure lead in the game, but all of that was forgotten when Christopher Tafoya jumper with 30 seconds left help them beat St. Bernard 60-59 in the opening day of the Jim Nakabara Classic.
Terrence Powell tip in gave St. Bernard a late lead until Tafoya drilled a wide-open jumper near the free throw line for the game-winning shot.
That basket was the only one Tafoya made in the second half. He finished with 12 points.
Beverly Hills will host the 73rd Sax Elliot Invitational Basketball Tournament today through the 14th.
Five westside team will participate start with host Beverly Hills taking on Hamilton at 2 p.m.
Brentwood, Palisades, and Venice are scheduled to take part.
The game for the first two days are below:
Boys Basketball: Westchester No. 1 in westside basketball poll; Fairfax, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, and Windward round out top five
Westchester’s second-place finish at their home tournament put the Comets on top of our initial westside boys basketball poll.
The Comets have early season wins over Long Beach Poly, Serra and St. John Bosco.
Fairfax’s third-place finish at the Santa Monica tournament earned the Lions the number two spot. Brentwood is third as their only loss on the year was to Fairfax.
The full westside top ten is below:
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.
Fairfax nearly lost control of the game after Lindsey Drew fouled out midway through the fourth quarter, but was able to hold on to a 67-61 victory over Brentwood Thursday night in the Santa Monica tournament.
Drew’s defensive assignment was to contain Arizona-State signee Tra Holder, and he did just that, locking him down defensively and holding the guard to a miserable one for ten shooting through the first 28 minutes.
Drew finished with 10 points and had two blocks.
Since Holder couldn’t dominate the game from a scoring aspect in the first half, he tried setting up his teammates, but the Eagles were only able to hit the back of the rim for most of the game, which led to a 25-19 halftime deficit.
“That’s what we do is shoot jumpers and if they’re going in we can win a lot of games,” Brentwood head coach Ryan Bailey said.
After keeping everyone in suspense for the last few months, including her own family and teammates, Windward center Kristen Simon made a dramatic announcement early yesterday morning on Instagram when she selected to play college basketball at USC next year.
The move came on the first day that seniors could signing their National Letter of Intent to colleges.
Simon had kept quiet about her debate between Cal and USC before saying she was going to be a Trojan at 9 a.m. along with tweeting a picture with teammate Jordin Canada who will play at UCLA next year.
“USC felt like family. It was a pretty close decision that is why it took so long. There were days I was leaning toward Cal and others it was USC,” Simon said.” [It's an] up and coming program with a lot to prove and want to put them on the map like we did at Windward.”
The move even caught Canada by surprise.
“Personally, I thought she was going to Cal,” Canada said.