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Things are back to normal at Crespi, which won state basketball titles in 2015 and 2016, then slipped to 10-17 last season.
The Celts’ outstanding senior guards, Brandon Williams and Taj Regans, are healthy, so beware. Crespi improved to 4-0 on Friday with a 76-69 win over Calabasas in the semifinals of the West Valley tournament. Crespi will play Chaminade in the championship game Saturday at 6 p.m. at Calabasas.
Williams, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, poured in 26 points in his third game back. Regans had 13 points. Junior Kyle Owens contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds. Max Chelylov finished with 22 points for Calabasas.
La Canada defeated Viewpoint, 59-57. Andrew Reyes had 15 points for Viewpoint. Royal defeated Sylmar, 54-47. Aaron Reyes had 18 points for Sylmar. Eddy Egun scored 27 points in El Camino Real’s 79-47 win over Simi Valley.
Freshman Kenneth Simpson had the game-winning basket in Chaminade’s 84-83 win over Oaks Christian. Jordan Jones scored 25 points for Oaks Christian.
Santa Margarita advanced to Saturday’s Redondo tournament championship game with a 64-57 win over Redondo. Jake Kyman scored 27 points. The Eagles will play Westchester, a 68-50 winner over Narbonne.
Devonaire Doutrive scored 26 points, had 14 rebounds and 10 assists in Birmingham’s 71-58 win over Gardena Serra. Jules Bernard scored 29 points in Windward’s 79-59 win over Gahr. Windward will play Birmingham for the consolation title at Redondo at 4 p.m.
Riley Battin had 26 points and 18 rebounds in Oak Park’s 71-70 win over Dominguez. Wes Slajchert added 17 points and 12 assists. Wayne Arnold scored 32 points for Dominguez.
University defeated Corona, 86-65. Daisone Hughes scores 31 points and David Cheatom had 24.
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame defeated Salesian, 77-51. Ziaire Williams had 17 points and Julian Rishwain 15.