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Leave it to a westside player to ruin everyone brackets in the first day of the NCAA tournament.
That is what Windward’s Wesley Saunders did when he scored 18 points to lead Harvard to its first ever in the tournament with a 68-62 victory over New Mexico.
The No. 14 seeded Crimson has made the tournament in back-to-back seasons after only appearing once before the sophomore forward’s arrival in Cambridge.
Harvard will face Arizona on Saturday.
Westchester steamed rolled through another conference opponent to finished undefeated in the Western League with a 84-40 victory over University in the regular season finale.
The Comets took over the game when three straight baskets by Nick Hamilton in the beginning of the third quarter as they did not give up a basket in a during a dominating 31-3 run that turned a 12-point halftime lead into a running clock situation.
After strong performances against Palisades and Fairfax, their play even caught head coach Ed Azzam by surprise.
Before the game, Westchester head coach Ed Azzam joked with James Paleno, his counterpart at Palisades about which Dolphins team would show up. Was it the one that beat Fairfax by 25 on earlier this week or the squad that struggle to get by Venice.
It only took a couple of minutes to figure out it was the later.
Westchester scored the first 16 points of the game and held Palisades to only four first quarter points in a dominating 65-42 victory to remain undefeated in Western League play.
Guard Matthew Grant had 13 points as 12 different Comets scored in the game, but it was the defensive effort that most impressed their head coach.
Danya Grundy made a free throw in the final moments of the game to help Notre Dame Academy hang on to a 58-57 victory over Marymount in Sunshine League play.
The Regal Gryphons nearly saw there 13-point third quarter lead evaporate as Marymount tied the game at 57, before Grundy was sent to the free throw line with two seconds left.
The senior missed the first one but hit the crucial second attempt for the upset win.
Venice erased a nine-point deficit at the end of the third quarter and held a one-point lead over University in a bid to win their first Western League game of the year.
Then the Wildcats refocused and jumped back out to a double-digit lead minutes into the fourth as they scored 24 points in the final period of a 63-52 victory over the Gondoliers.
“Playing at Venice is always a trap game for us. Their deliberate style of play always causes us problems,” said University head coach Steve Ackerman. “This year, it was nice to have the veteran senior leadership of Breamon Richard and Victor Nwaba step up and deliver us the victory.”
USC-Commit Courtney Jaco had 23 points and Jordan Canada added 13 more as Windward dominated La Salle during the second day of the Palisades girls basketball tournament. The Wildcats will face Chaminade on Thursday night, who had three players in double digits in a 73-15 victory over Burbank.
In the game of the night, it was the youngsters that took over the contest between Taft and Palisades. Freshman Autumn Naylor 21 points for the Toreadors was enough to get hold off Kylie Mizushima 15 points and freshman Hydeia Duronslet 14 points for the host Dolphins.
Scores from day two are below:
Venice will take part in the eight-team Campbell Hall Coaches vs Cancer boy’s basketball tournament today. The Gondoliers are the only non-valley participants and will play in the opening game against Canoga Park.
Teams and schedule are below:
Pool A: Venice, Campbell Hall, Canoga Park, Arleta
Pool B: Calabasas, Chatsworth, Hoover, Poly