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Even with Harvard-Westlake’s Derrick Newton out, St. Bernard had difficulty defending the paint and rebounding in their 64-52 loss Tuesday night in the Jim Nakabara Classic at University High.
St. Bernard head coach Mitch Runco wasn’t pleased with his team’s defensive performance.
“I thought this was as bad a defense as we’ve played all year,” Runco said.
The Wolverines’ Alex Copeland gashed a weak Viking interior, frequently dashing by defenders on his way to an easy lay-up. So Runco tried doubling the junior guard, which proved to be of no effect, as he passed to open teammates for jump shots. Copeland stepped up in Newton’s absence and finished with 28 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
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.
University’s “Jim Nakabara Classic” eight-team tournament begins today at will run through Saturday December 14th.
Windward, St. Bernard are among the westside schools participating in the tournament.
The schedule is 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:
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.
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
The scores for Friday, September 27th westside high school football games are below.
LA City Section:
Fairfax 34, Taft 33
Westchester 25, Hollywood 6
Palisades 27, Granada Hills 7
University 51, Gardena 33