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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.
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.”
Culver City seemed unstoppable at first with their high-powered offense giving reason for head coach Jahmal Wright to crack a smile from his usual stern facial expressions.
However over the final 24 minutes, the Ocean League Champions looked overmatched after their offense became stagnant and the defense eventually broke down in a 45-28 loss to St. Francis in the first round of the Western Division playoffs.
“We tried to match them blow for blow and punch for punch, and they outpunched us in the end,” Wright said about his team
St. Francis scored 38 of the final 45 points of the contest.
The selection committee did no favors to Ocean League champions Culver City in the Western (Division IV) Playoffs as the brackets were released earlier today.
The Centaurs (6-4) will open at home versus St. Francis (8-2), who’s only two loss of the year came in Mission League play against the top two seeds in the Division, Serra (10-0) and Chaminade (8-2).
For Santa Monica, they got a break as they will not face either Serra or Chaminade in the quarterfinals, making a run into the semifinals a realistic hope.
They will be at SMC hosting Channel Islands (5-5) on Friday and if victorious will battle Cathedral (7-3) or Los Padres League champs Lompoc (9-1) in the second round.
Morningside, the third-place team in the Ocean League, travels to West Hills and faces second-seed Chaminade.
Below are the matchups:
It’s probably the most dramatic ending in football, yet no one will remember the kicker’s name that made the field goal. With first place on the line in this Ocean League rivalry, Culver City outlasted Santa Monica 17-14 on the leg of Nico Melendez after he sailed a 21-yard field goal through the goal posts.
“We practice for situations like this all the time,” a relieved Culver City coach Jahmal Wright said. “To his credit I was a little worried if it was going to sneak through their, but it did.”
He had every right to be worried, Melendez hadn’t been kicking well all night booting his punts very shallow often setting up the Vikings with good field position. But Melendez made the final kick that mattered putting the Centaurs in the front seat of their league.
“Our guys play with heart. Fire and desire that’s what Centaurs are,” said Wright.
The scores for Friday, September 27th westside high school football games are below.
LA City Section:
Fairfax 34, Taft 33
Westchester 25, Hollywood 6
Palisades 27, Granada Hills 7
University 51, Gardena 33
Santa Monica has everything you can ask them to.
The Vikings grinded out a tough season-opening road victory against Redondo on Denicio Gonzalez-Drake last minute field goal and easily beat non-conference rival Palisades.
That is enough to earn Santa Monica the top spot in the Los Angeles Sports Journal/High School Football America Westside Prep Football Poll.
It could be a short stay as things do not get any easier when they face a huge test this week when Mater Dei comes into town.
Venice nearly pulled off a 28-point miracle comeback against Oaks Christian but their 49-39 loss is the second of the season and it is not enough to prevent the Gondoliers from falling into the second spot.
Culver City has the biggest jump from the sixth position to third with their victory over Peninsula along with every team ahead of them (Fairfax, Palisades, and University) losing last week.
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Our newest poll is below. Last week’s ranking is in parentheses.
The Los Angeles Sports Journal/High School Football America Westside Prep Football Poll