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Longtime Westchester boys basketball head coach reached an important career milestone with his 800th victory in a 74-67 victory over Alemany at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic in Palm Springs yesterday.
The Comets followed it up with Azzam’s 801st victory in a 56-51 win over Issaquah of Washington later in the day.
Azzam is just two victories short of tying the LA City Section record of 803 wins by Crenshaw coach Willie West.
Westchester is the defending tournament champion and plays in the quarterfinals today at 5:30 p.m.
Pacific Hills’ guard Namon Wright has been offered a scholarship by San Diego State, the senior announced on his twitter page.
Wright helped lead the Bruins to the Division IV State title last month and has had a visit by new UCLA head coach Steve Alford.
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Boys Basketball: A second half without Mathews was too much for Santa Monica to overcome in state title game
Sacramento – When Santa Monica’s leading scorer Jordan Mathews landed awkwardly on his back in the midway through the first quarter, it was a terrible sign of things to come.
With the senior guard injured and spending most of the game on the bench, the Vikings struggled offensively in a 73-57 loss to Pleasant Grove in the CIF Boys Basketball Division I State Championship Game.
Mathews hit his tailbone on the ground after being fouled on a three-point attempt and the affect was immediate as he missed two of the his three free throw attempts.
“I came down and got up too quick. Felt if I got up too quick then it would go away. I hurt right above my butt and it expanded down to my leg and I could not run,” said Mathews about the fall.
The Vikings held an early 10-9 lead after a put back by Mathews, but it would be that last time that Santa Monica would hold an advantage as Mathews was severely slowed down by the injury.
Its been a long time since Santa Monica last played for a state title.
How long you might ask?
Let’s just say the city has experienced a couple of major events during that time such as the Great Depression, the building of the Santa Monica Freeway, and even rent control.
Needless to say a lot has changed in 85 years when the Vikings lost a 26-12 contest to Stockton back in 1928.
Do not expect to see that low of a scoring game, but Santa Monica has understood during their playoff run that they have a chance to make history.
“Our goal is not to lose, were not going to allow that to happen as a team, said senior Jordan Mathews after rallying back in a quarterfinal victory over Palisades, “We want to put up a gold banner in here. ”
That reference to the gold banner is how the schools honor their state champions teams. Currently only two blue banners from 1928 and 1987 hang in North Gym acknowleding the two sectional titles.
Every kid dreams about hitting the game-winning shot that sends their team to the championship game.
Saturday at Citizens Business Bank Arena, Santa Monica’s Jordan Matthews did just that.
There was only two seconds left on the clock when Matthews’ jumper sunk the hopes of a Loyola comeback in Santa Monica’s 53-50 victory in the Southern California Division I Regional Finals.
Like many others moments, Matthews put the team on his back when it counted the most.
“Big-time players make big-time shots, and we wanted the ball in Jordan’s hands,” Santa Monica Coach James Hecht said.
With the game tied at 50 and just under 30 seconds left, everyone knew who the ball was going to. Mathews waited patiently to run time off the clock, then dribbled past a screen and stepped back to knock down the clutch three-point shot.
None of this seems to matter to Loyola Marymount mens’ basketball team in their surprising showing in the West Coast Conference tournament this week in Las Vegas.
A couple of former westside high school players are contributing to the Lions miracle run out in the desert as they battle for an NCAA berth.
Windward School guard Nick Stover scored 11 points yesterday and his fellow teammate from Pacific Hills junior forward Alex Osborne grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds in a 60-58 win over Santa Clara. This comes after LMU (11-22) had already posted upset victories over Portland and San Francisco.
The duo will need more of that kind of play as they are set to take on Gonzaga (29-2), the No. 1 team in the nation, tonight in the WCC tournament semifinals.
Stover, a freshman forward, is scoring 3.5 points per game on the year, while Osborne is averaging 5.2 points and just under five rebounds a game.
Tip-off is at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.
After writing about Westchester’s 60-58 victory over Bullard on the benefit of a bad call that waived the game-tying basket, many Comet fans at the game responded that it was offensive interference and would not have counted anyway.
Was the ball above the rim when it was tipped in?
What does the video say?
It’s close, but we will let you make the call.
Who says high school sports is not interesting.
Video courtesy of Fresno’s KSEE-TV.
Bianca King had 16 points along with seven rebounds and Kylie Bethel added 13 points as Palisades defeated No. 2 seed Carson 51-46 in the LA City Division I State Play-In Game.
The Dolphins, seeded sixth, will qualify for the state playoffs if the winner of the City Championship game between Fairfax and Narbonne is picked to play in the Open Division.
Haley Hutt grabbed 10 rebounds and Kylie Mizushima had seven assists for Palisades (15-20).
Freshman Hydeia Duroselt finished with eight points and five rebounds.
It did not matter.
Tanita was double-teamed, forced to dribble to the corner and nearly lost control of the ball.
However, the senior guard regained her composure and drilled a fadeaway jumper with two seconds left to give the Centaurs a 42-40 victory and send them to the Division 2A finals at the Anaheim Arena against Murrieta Valley on Friday.
Culver City led top-seed Orange Lutheran throughout the first three quarters but trailed 37-34 with five minutes remaining.
The Lancers (24-6) could not extend their advantage at the free throw line as they made only one of eight attempts down the stretch giving the Centaurs a chance to rally.
Tanita had 16 points and Kelsey Ueda finsihed with 12 points for Culver City. Shannon Yahn added eight points before fouling out with under a minute left.
After being knocked out in the semifinals last year by Norco, the Centaurs will play in their first CIF finals since winning the 1A title back in the 1978-79 season.
Culver City (24-5) is on a nine-game wining streak and have won 17 of their last 18 contests.
Jordan Matthews had a game-high 32 points for Santa Monica to help the Vikings defeat Aliso Niguel 75-63 in the Division 1A quarterfinals on Friday night.
Trevis Jackson added 17 points as Santa Monica (23-6) broke through to the semifinal round after being knockout in last year’s quarterfinals by Etiwanda and will face Dana Hills who upset No. 3 seed West Ranch 61-59.
This is the furthest that the Vikings have advanced in the playoffs since they won the Division 1A championship back in 2010 with a 58-39 win against Leuzinger.
No. 1 seed Pacific Hills made two late free throws in the final seconds for a 52-51 victory over Cantwell-Sacred Heart and Leland King scored 14 points to lead No. 2 seed Brentwood to an 54-46 win over Santa Maria St. Joseph setting up an Alpha League matchup in the Division 4A finals.
It should not come as any surprise as both Pacific Hills and Brentwood have been ranked in the state top 20 by multiple media outlets throughout the year and finished in a three-way tie along with Windward for the Alpha League title.
The game will be the rubber match as the teams split the season series. Pacific Hills won 75-71 at Pilibos High School on January 16th and Brentwood avenged the loss by taking the rematch at home 81-71 on January 28th.
Time Warner will cover tonight’s University vs San Pedro Division I girls basketball game on their Channel 101. It will be televised tomorrow night at 8 p.m. and replayed throughout the week.
This is the second time a Western League girls basketball game as been covered by Time Warner. They broadcast Fairfax vs Westchester earlier this month.
It was no surprise that Windward had little trouble in their opening round game against Costa Mesa, but the Wildcats crossed the triple-digit mark in a 100-21 to begin the Division 4AA playoffs.
Jordin Canada nearly had a triple-double with 26 points, nine steals and eight assists. Courtney Jaco also scored 26 along with eight rebounds and Kristen Simon had 17 points and 11 rebounds as top seeded Windward was never challenged in the game.
St. Monica’s second-half defense gets them past St. Matthias
St. Monica shut out St. Matthias for the first 11 minutes of the second half in a 52-18 blowout victory in the Division 4A opening round.
Below is the schedule of the Los Angeles City Section first round boys’ basketball playoffs involving westside teams. All games to start at 7 p.m.
Fremont at Westchester
Dorsey at Fairfax
San Pedro at Palisades
Cleveland at University
Banning at Venice
Franklin at Hamilton
When Will Rosenthal’s three-pointer late in the second quarter gave Malibu a one-point lead, it seemed that No. 2 seed Brentwood could be sent home in a major upset in the opening round of the Division 4A playoffs.
Then the Eagles woke up from the shock with a late first half run and a dominating third quarter on their way to a 72-45 victory.
Brentwood defense got back to basics by shutting down the Malibu after halftime by allowing only a single basket in the third quarter.
Junior guard Tra Holder had eight points during that span most of it coming from transition baskets and offensive rebounds and Leland King scored 20 of his game-high 26 points in the second half as the Eagles pushed a five-point halftime advantage into a runaway lead.