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After losing the in the Division II semifinals, Westchester still had a chance to make a return trip to the state playoffs. However, that opportunity evaporated in a 50-47 loss to Bell in the play-in on Wednesday.
The victory put Bell into the state playoffs for the first time in school history as the LA City Section can send three teams into the tournament..
Westchester has become another Western League team that has upgraded their non-conference schedule for the 2014 season by adding private schools Harvard-Westlake and Bishop Montgomery.
The Comets host LA City Division II finalist South Gate to open the season and travel to Torrance in a week one matchup with Bishop Montgomery.
Westchester will also be the Homecoming opponent for Harvard-Westlake in a rare Saturday game in week four.
That wil be a difficult contest but there is hope for the Comets as Harvard Westlake won their first four games before Palisades upset the Wolverines last year.
Fairfax’s boys’ basketball team make its first visit to the LA City Division I semifinals in five years against El Camino Real with hopes of claiming a city championship. That has not happened for the Lions since 2007.
They will have to get by heavily favored Westchester who takes on Narbonne.
Hamilton, a fifth seed in Division III, will battle top-seed Huntington Park and will need a couple of upsets to repeat as city champions.
Games are times are below.
Six westside girls’ basketball teams are still alive in the playoffs with five having a change to earn a spot in a sectional final.
Fairfax, lead by junior Marguerite Effa, is looking to get back to the LA City Division I title game for the third straight year. Palisades will have to get past two-time city champs Narbonne for the other spot.
Westchester is hoping to upset No. 1 seed Roosevelt and return to the Division II finals, while University will be looking to do the same against Bell.
In the Southern Section, top-seed Brentwood travel to Cantwell-Sacred Heart in the IV-A semifinals and Culver City host Foothill in the II-AA quarterfinals.
Below are the today’s games and times.
Westchester will make a return visit to the LA City Section Division II semifinals with a 47-24 victory over Western League-rival Venice on Tuesday.
Ijeoma Anugwom led the Comets with 16 points in the game.
Westchester held a 23-6 advantage at halftime but Venice tried to make it a contest has the Gondoliers closed the gap to 12 points.
Westchester had little trouble handling South East in the first round of the LA City Division I playoffs with a 75-13 victory on Friday.
The Comets allowed only two points in the first quarter and had a 23-point lead.
Myles Stewart and Cameron Young lead the Comets with 14 points each.
University may have only beaten Westchester once in their three meetings this year, but their victory earlier this week put them ahead of the Comets in the Western League standings and earn the Wildcats the third seed in the Division II playoffs.
University will host Bravo Medical Magnet on Thursday.
There was little doubt that Westchester would be the top seed in the Division I playoffs when the LA City Section announced the playoff brackets today.
The Comets will host South East in the first round and could see a familiar foe in the second round as conference-rival Palisades earn the eight seed. The Dolphins will host San Pedro.
Fairfax, who finished second in the Western League, was given the nod over Marine League champion Narbonne for the third seed, and will host Birmingham.
University was seeded tenth and travels to Washington.
The first-round games are below:
Having already won the Western League title and virtually locked up the top seed in the City Division I playoffs, it is a challenge for Westchester to find motivation in the final week of the regular season.
That is why head coach was not too happy about his team’s performance in a 63-51 win over University on Wednesday night.
The Comets had a comfortable 52-37 lead over the Wildcats at the end of the third quarter, and looked to be cruising to another easy victory, before Azzam noticed that his team was not giving much effort or any for that matter in the fourth quarter.
“There was no effort defensively and offensively there was no semblance of order,” Azzam said. “I don’t even know what to say, I’m frustrated with them.”
Even though three players scored in double figures for Westchester (24-5, 11-0 Western League), including Elijah Stewart who led the team with 28 points and nine rebounds, Azzam stressed that his team needs to play better defense and be in sync offensively.
After a sluggish start and trailing by two at halftime, University quickly turn things around with a second half surge in an important 67-55 Western League victory over Westchester on Wednesday.
Precious Nwaba had 38 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter alone. It was impressive feat considering Westchester’s defensive focused entirely on her.
“Had to play hard; knew our team had to win,” said Nwaba. “They were playing a box-and-one [defense], so I had to find a way to get the ball and I did.” said Nwaba.
Westchester will honor former guard Tony Bland by retiring his jersey in a ceremony at halftime in the regular season finale against LACES on Friday.
Bland, a mens’ basketball assistant coach at USC, was a two-time high school All-American and led to Comets to a CIF State title.
He later played professionally in Europe and the NBA Development League.
Fairfax clinched a share of the Western League title and most likely the number one seed in the City Division I playoffs with a 69-42 victory over Westchester.
Marguerite Effa had a game-high 26 points and 13 rebounds including making 15 0f 16 shots from the free throw line.
Yolanda Ealy and Karina Moreno both finished in double figures for Fairfax (23-6, 10-0 Western League). Ealy had 12 points and Morena added 10.
Westchester swept the season series against Palisades in a 68-48 victory at home on Wednesday to remain unbeaten in the Western League.
The Comets (21-5, 8-0 Western League) jumped out early taking a 12-point lead after the first quarter of play and had a 39-22 advantage at halftime.
Westchester’s Elijah Stewart had 18 of his 24 points in the first half and Myles Stewart added 15 points.
Joe Robinson led the Dolphins (13-10, 6-3) with 15 points.
Four Santa Monica College football players are heading to Appalachia as they will sign to play at Division II Glenville State in West Virginia later today, according to SMC head coach Gifford Lindheim.
Among those are former Venice quarterback Alfonso Medina and Westchester wide receiver Ralph Gordon who both last played for the Corsairs in the 2012 season.
Medina, who holds the SMC single-season and career touchdowns records, had transferred to Weber State in Odgen, Utah in December 2012 before leaving the school after spring ball.
Gordon had originally planned on transferring to Houston Baptist University, an FBS school.
After last Saturday’s loss to DeMatha in the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei High School, Westchester head coach Ed Azzam just wanted to see his team share the ball more.
The Comets did not stop sharing the ball in their 101-45 shellacking of Venice on Monday evening, to stay undefeated in the Western League.
Westchester (20-5, 7-0) had five players score in double-figures, including Nick Hamilton who had 23 points. Hamilton dominated the Gondoliers in the paint, getting most of his point’s from easy lay-ups and put backs.
“Coach emphasized pass first, he felt we were being a little selfish Saturday and the last couple games,” Hamilton said. “It was a really good passing performance and we got a lot of easy lay-ups, and he also emphasized getting the ball in the paint.”
The Comets got easy second and third chance scoring opportunities from Hamilton’s performance on the glass and took a comfortable 53-17 halftime lead.