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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.
Venice may have fell short of winning a city championship, but their performance was good enough to earn quarterback Alexander Diamont and wide receiver/returner DaJuan Parham co-Western League Player of the Year honors by a vote of the conference coaches.
Diamont, a three-year starter, threw for 47 touchdowns and 3,501 yards this season and Parham was dominate on special teams as he returned multiple punts for touchdown against Fairfax and Locke.
Venice players won other award categories as running back Alijah Lee was named Offensive Player of the Year while linebacker Tayon Blockman and Joey Dews were named Defensive Players of the Year.
Palisades’ Nick Lunn is the Offensive Lineman of the Year; University’s Jameel Baker and Anthony Spinner of Hamilton were Defensive Linemen of the Year.
The All-Western League First and Second teams honors are listed below:
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 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.