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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.
Beverly Hills will host the 73rd Sax Elliot Invitational Basketball Tournament today through the 14th.
Five westside team will participate start with host Beverly Hills taking on Hamilton at 2 p.m.
Brentwood, Palisades, and Venice are scheduled to take part.
The game for the first two days are below:
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:
Boys Basketball Roundup: Yekatafar’s late steal leads to Rafiezedah game-winning layup for Beverly Hills
Beverly Hills needed a late steal from Siavash Yektafar and a fast break layup by Nima Rafiezedah to escape with a 38-36 victory over Ocean League rival Morningside to advance to the consultation finals of the Westchester tournament.
“Tried to get a read on the pass the whole game and put my hand out when I saw it,” Yektafar said about the steal. “Played horrible the whole game. Knew we had to make a big play.
Morningside still had a chance to send the game into overtime but Morningside missed two jumpers in the last ten seconds.
Beverly Hills had jumped out to a 12-4 lead midway through the first quarter, when their offense suddenly stopped.
They managed only to scored five points in the second and seven more in the third, but somehow extended their halftime lead by one at24-20 heading into the final period.
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.