In the City Section’s West Valley League, the basketball discussion always revolves around Taft, Birmingham and El Camino Real. This season, though, don’t forget about Granada Hills, which returns five starters from last season’s Division I finalist team.
The Highlanders opened their season on Monday night with a 60-53 win over Viewpoint in a first-round game of the Heritage Christian tournament. Granada Hills led by as many as 20 points before a one-for-eight performance from the free-throw line allowed Viewpoint to close the gap.
Balance is one of the Highlanders’ strengths. Luis Alviar and Jonathan Reese each scored 13 points. Aaron Dozier had 11 and Jesse Bannout added 10. Beware of the 5-foot-11 Bannout. With a 31-inch vertical leap, he might be able to deliver some crowd-pleasing dunks this season.
Calabasas defeated Saugus 73-56. Ben Kaslow scored 17 points, Max Cheylov had 15 and Evan McKay 14. Adrian McIntyre scored 24 points for Saugus. Oaks Christian defeated Sylmar 82-59. Jordan Jones finished with 26 points. Alemany defeated Sun Valley Poly 78-47 with five players in double figures.
Crespi began the Cerritos/Gahr tournament with an 86-51 win over Fountain Valley. Brandon Williams finished with 20 points, Taj Regans 15, Russ Stong 14 and Kyle Owens 13. St. John Bosco defeated Kennedy 87-16. Alpha Okoli had 21 points.
In the Beverly Hills tournament, Brentwood stayed unbeaten with a 63-56 win over Washington. Sam Clareman scored 20 points and Finnley O’Rourke had 11 points and eight rebounds.
El Camino Real defeated LACES 92-49. Eddy Egun scored 25 points. The Conquistadores will play Long Beach Poly in Wednesday’s 5 p.m. quarterfinals. Santa Monica defeated View Park 40-31.
Santa Margarita defeated Costa Mesa 90-34 in the Corona del Mar tournament. Jordan Guest scored 18 points, Max Agbonkpolo 17 and Jake Kyman 16.
In the University tournament, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame defeated Verdugo Hills 93-29. Ziaire Williams led the way with 26 points. Palisades defeated St. Monica 70-32.