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Sophomore Jonah Mathews big performance was the difference in Santa Monica’s 67-38 win over Morningside on Friday.
Mathews had 24 points to keep the Vikings in second place in the Ocean League standings.
Santa Monica (11-8, 3-1) next game is tomorrow in the Fairfax State Classic against Brentwood at 11 a.m.
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:
With the loss of the offensive firepower of quarterback Ryan Barbarin (graduation) along with wide receivers Sebastian LaRue (Texas A&M) and Jason King (New Mexico Highlands) , Santa Monica normally would have a tough road trying to stay on top of the league standings for the third year in a row.
Luckily for the Vikings, the rest of the conference is down making them the overwhelming favorite to win the Ocean League.
Just like last season, a three-game stretch of Mater Dei, Valencia, and Santa Clarita Hart will determine how strong the squad is.
“We found out what kind of team we were last year,” head coach Travis Clarke said. ” It look us almost the entire Morningside game the following week to be able to dig down and pull out a victory.”
Culver City should move up to the second spot after a two-year stay behind Santa Monica and Inglewood, while welcome a brand-new turf field.
Former Beverly HIlls coach Donald Paysinger takes over at Hawthorne and will try to turn around a program that has gone 11-69 since 2005 .
Back on the westside, Beverly Hills’ continues their decent down to the bottom of the conference.
This will be the last season that Inglewood and Morningside are a part of the conference as they move to the Bay League and El Segundo and Lawndale take their spots in 2014.
The predictions are the final season standings are below
Ocean League Predictions
On the final leg of their US summer tour, Beijing High School #4 was glad to be welcomed with open arms by Westchester high players in a friendly boys basketball exhibition contest.
That was true until they battle on the court.
The defending LA City Section champions showed their brand of hoops can even dominate on the international level when they scored the first 20 points of the game in an 84-57 victory.
“It was a good experience. They are developing basketball over there and it was fun for everybody,” said assistant head coach Brian Henderson who helped set up the game. “We told our players to think of it like the Goodwill Games.”
Palisades extended their winning streak to five games with a 66-27 road victory over Hamilton in Western League action.
Bianca King led the Dolphins with 24 points and eight rebounds to setup a show down against two undefeated teams in the conference when they travel to Westchester on Monday.
Kylie Bethel had 16 points and freshman Hydeia Duronslet added 10 points along with six steals for Palisades (7-14, 3-0).
In the Ocean League…
Beverly Hills 57, Morningside 27
Below are the westside high school boys’ basketball scores for Friday, January 11th:
Pacific Hills 61, Campbell Hall 52
Windward 71, Viewpoint 54
Camino Real League
Cathedral 65, St. Monica 53
Lennox Academy 52, New Roads 44
Del Rey League
Bishop Amat 53, St. Bernard 36
Santa Monica 78, Culver City 52
Beverly 57, Morningside 47
Below are the westside high school boys’ basketball scores for Wednesday, January 9th
Brentwood 71, Sierra Canyon 65
Pacific Hills 71, Windward 68
Camino Real League
St. Paul 47, St. Monica 39
Beverly Hills 64, Hawthorne 56
Santa Monica and Culver City dominated the selection as twenty-four players were named to the All-Ocean League team it was announce today.
As reported earlier this week USC-Commit Sebastian LaRue was named league MVP and teammate Jason King earned offensive player of the year while Culver City lineman Deon Young was selected as defensive player of the year.
Inglewood had eight players earn honors to the team while Beverly Hills had seven, Morningside had four, and Hawthorne had three.
The list of the team is below.
Ocean League MVP – Sebastian LaRue, Santa Monica (Sr.)
Defensive Player of the Year – Deon Young, Culver City (Sr.)
Offensive Player Of the Year – Jason King, Santa Monica (Sr.)
1st Team Offense:
Below is the schedule for the Mira Costa Basketball Tournament for Thursday, November 29th.
3:00 p.m. Banning vs. Culver City
4:30 p.m. Rolling Hills Prep vs. Carson
6:00 p.m. Morningside vs. Lawndale
7:30 p.m. Brentwood vs. Mira Costa
Westside teams Brentwood, St Bernard, Culver City, and Venice took part in the play-in games of the Inglewood City of Champions tournament. Contests were played at the Brentwood School, Inglewood High, St. Bernard and St. Mary.
Scores are below:
Brentwood 61, Cleveland 36
Sun Valley Poly 59, Viewpoint 39
At St Bernards:
St Bernard 71, Carson 35
Peninsula 58, Long Beach Wilson 46
Redondo 50, Compton 27
Keppel 54, West Torrance 43
Washington 46, Leuzinger 35
At Inglewood High:
Inglewood 50, Centennial 49
Rolling Hills Prep 63, Venice 61
Archer 41 Morningside 40
Lawndale defeats Reseda by forfeit
At St Marys:
Hawthorne 44, St Marys 40
Monroe 69, Culver City 57
Long Beach Poly 76, Mira Costa 34
Dantzler 34, Chatsworth 32
South Torrance 54, Hollywood 22
Brentwood and Culver City will take part in the eight-team Mira Costa boys basketball tournament that starts today. The two westside teams face each other in the second game starting at 4:30 p.m. in a draw that mostly features south bay teams.
Teams and schedule is below:
Pool A: Mira Costa, Banning, Brentwood, Culver City
Pool B: Carson, Rolling Hills Prep, Lawndale, Morningside
Ocean League champions Santa Monica along with second-place Inglewood will be at home during the first round while Culver City will travel to central California as the Western Division playoff brackets were announce earlier today.
Santa Monica hosts Templeton and would be on the road against the winner of Serra vs. Oxnard. If they make it to the semifinals, the Vikings would face undefeated Lompoc.
Inglewood takes on Morro Bay at Coleman Stadium and head coach Stephen Thomas is grateful that his team may not have to travel until the semifinals if they advance that far.
“”Glad to have a home game. If we win, we get to host Chaminade in the 2nd round. What fun,” said Thomas.
Culver City one-point victory over Morningside earned the Centaurs the final automatic bid and will travel to Goleta to face Dos Pueblos.
Below is a playoff pairings in the Western Division:
LA CITY SECTION:
Venice 49, Palisades 15
Fairfax 45, Westchester 0
LA University 21, Hamilton 14
LA CITY SECTION:
Fairfax 42, Hamilton 8
Palisades 36, Westchester 24
Venice 57, University 0
Tonight, a hot Venice squad will try to get their third consecutive shutout in league play when they travel to University. Santa Monica will try to avenge last year’s loss to Culver City in the playoffs and Brentwood has a tough test against Paraclete.
Below is a look at the westside high school football games today and our staff picks.
LA CITY SECTION:
Venice (5-2) at University (2-5) – 7 p.m.
Get live updates of the game on twitter: @wsbeans