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No. 3 Sierra Canyon avoids upset in holding off Camarillo 57-55

Duane Washington soars for a dunk for Sierra Canyon. He finished with 17 points. (Eric Sondheimer)
Duane Washington soars for a dunk for Sierra Canyon. He finished with 17 points. (Eric Sondheimer)

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.

Washington and Martin each finished with 17 points. Jonathan Daniels had a terrific game for Camarillo, scoring 18 points. His three-pointer tied the game at 55-55 after the Scorpions were down by nine points at halftime. Jaquez added 17 points.

Sierra Canyon won’t be at its best until Harvard-Westlake transfer Cassius Stanley becomes eligible Jan. 1. We’ll see by then if the Trailblazers learn some lessons from Thursday’s thriller.

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