A year ago, Sierra Canyon debuted Marvin Bagley III. He was more than just a dunker. Now he’s starring at Duke.
On Thursday night, the No. 3-ranked Trailblazers had some great first-half dunks from two of their newest players, Duane Washington and Kenyon Martin Jr. They’ll look good on YouTube, but the Trailblazers had better learn quickly that simply entertaining with dunks won’t be enough to beat very good teams.
They were able to survive Camarillo 57-55 even though the Scorpions had Sierra Canyon right where they wanted them. Twice Camarillo’s star player, Jaime Jaquez, had opportunities to put his team ahead in the final 35 seconds. But shots in which he was closely guarded didn’t connect.
No. 1 Bishop Montgomery doesn’t just play good defense. The Knights’ ability to play help defense, fight through screens and box out is like watching a coaches’ clinic.
The Knights put on quite a defensive show on Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the Westchester tournament in a 67-26 victory over Narbonne. It was 34-9 at halftime. The Gauchos missed shot after shot.
Nick Schrader, playing for the injured Gianni Hunt, made offensive contributions. Josh Vazquez hit a couple of threes. David Singleton was as good as ever, finishing with 20 points. Bishop Montgomery (2-0) will play Harvard-Westlake on Friday in a 6:30 p.m. semifinal.
Whether Narbonne or Crenshaw loses in Friday’s City Section Open Division football championship game at El Camino College, the players don’t need to turn in their uniforms.
When the City Section created the Open Division this season, it changed the way it selects its three guaranteed state bowl game teams.
The Open Division champion and runner-up will be part of the regional state bowl games next week. The third bowl berth will go to the Division II champion, which will be either Huntington Park or Cleveland.
Bol Bol is gone from Mater Dei, having moved to Nevada, but don’t shed a tear for the Monarchs. Spencer Freedman, the MVP of the Trinity League and bound for Harvard, is more than capable of picking up the slack.
He scored 28 points on Monday as the Monarchs defeated Foothill 76-39 in the Mission Viejo tournament.
D.J. Davis scored 27 points and Jaylen Clark 25 in Corona Centennial’s 92-79 win over Knight. Kessler Edwards scored 19 points in Etiwanda’s 78-21 win over La Sierra.
Big changes are happening in Chino Hills basketball. There’s no more cherry picking. There’s no more firing up threes right past half court. There’s no more running and gunning.
But there’s a lot more Onyeka Okongwu getting the ball inside, and that means trouble for opponents. The 6-foot-9 junior scored a career-high 38 points as the Huskies defeated Temescal Canyon 83-48 in an opening game of the Corona Centennial tournament on Monday night.
It was the debut of first-year Coach Dennis Latimore, who had his team run more plays in one game than they might have done all last season. The focus is on getting the ball to Okongwu, who said he will “do whatever it takes” to help his team win. And right now, Latimore thinks Okongwu is the key.
Los Altos Coach Jeff Lucas knows there’s a lot of top guard duos in Southern California, but he’s not trading his duo of son Jarod Lucas and Julian Lopez. They came through with 27 and 25 points, respectively, in taking down the No. 1 team in San Diego, Foothill Christian, on Monday night in an opening game of the Corona Centennial tournament.
Los Altos pulled out a 79-75 victory that was clinched by Lucas making consecutive free throws with 4.4 seconds left.
Lopez has greatly improved his game in the off season. Now he’s dunking, making threes, rebounding and doing things that will make Los Altos a very intriguing team in 2017-18. “He never really dunked until the summer,” Jeff Lucas said.