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St. Monica trailed by 18 points in the first half but nearly pulled out the comeback in a 52-51 loss to Palos Verdes at the El Segundo Tournament.
The Mariners (3-3) had the ball with 3.8 seconds left, but Spencer Gorman three-point attempt went long.
After scoring 17 points in the first half, St. Monica’s Kavin Dotson and Dennis Ashley got hot in the third quarter as the Mariners score 20 points in the period to cut the Palos Verdes advantage down to three.
St. Monica took a one-point lead with 1:30 remaining, but Palos Verdes made critical free throws down the stretch and Ashley missed the front end of a key one-and-one free throw opportunity.
Poor free throw shooting doomed St. Monica as they were 9-of-20 in the game
Dotson had 19 points and Ashley added 15.
At the University tournament…
University 68, Dorsey 60
Girls Basketball Roundup: St. Monica opens home tourney with victory over Crossroads; Marymount, Venice and Notre Dame Academy all win
Liyah Lewis had 21 points and Gloria Scipioni added 11 as St. Monica won the opening game of their home tournament in a 47-42 victory over Crossroads.
The Mariners had pushed the lead to double-figures midway through the second half before a Crossroads 8-0 closed the
Following a St. Monica timeout, a three-pointer by Gloria Scipioni plus a basket by Katrina Balatico pushed the Mariners lead back to seven and Crossroads never challenged again.
Scipioni had 11 points and Balatico added eight for St Monica.
Kayla Mitchell led Crossroads with 20 points.
Also at the St. Monica tournament…
Marymount 38, Sylmar 37
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:
There are some games you just want to forget. That could easily be how Windward felt after their 80-44 loss to Bishop Montgomery in the quarterfinals of the Westchester Tournament.
The surprising result left Windward head coach Miguel Villegas nearly speechless after the game.
“Not sure there is much to say. Our youth really showed tonight,” Villegas said
Bishop Montgomery did little wrong on either side of the ball and Windward had no answer for the Bishop Montgomery duo of Stephen Thompson and Justin Bibbins.
Stephen Thompson had 25 points and Bibbins had 24 more as the Knights pushed a six point first quarter lead to a 41-23 advantage at halftime.
“They are a good them. That’s a tough one-two punch to face,” Villegas said.
Freshman point guard Jalen Harris had trouble getting the ball inside to Roy Hemsley and in the hands of Roman Davis through the night. The Wildcats managed only to score six field goals in the first half and Davis had only two points in the game before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
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.
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.”