At 6 feet 11, junior center Chance Comanche of View Park Prep is so tall that he was standing flat footed underneath the basket at Beverly Hills High on Tuesday clinging to the net trying to stop the rim from shaking.
Comanche scored 24 points in his season debut to help View Park defeat Dominguez, 84-43, in an opening game of the Beverly Hills tournament.
View Park should be one of the four best teams in the City Section this season regardless of divisions and make a real run at a state Division V championship. Besides Comanche, 6-8 Jason Carter and Taft transfer Darius Henderson made positive impressions. View Park showed off an impressive full-court press, speed, size and quickness.
View Park will play Beverly Hills on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Another strong game matches Brentwood and former Loyola assistant coach Ryan Bailey against No. 3-ranked Loyola at 3:30 p.m. Serra will play Leuzinger at 5 p.m. and San Gabriel Valley Academy will take on Cantwell-Sacred Heart at 8 p.m.
In a consolation game, Taft defeated Palisades, 56-51. Chris Sandifer scored 20 points. Aaron Johnson had 21 points for Palisades.
Stanford-bound Robert Cartwright scored 32 points in Flintridge Prep's 88-75 win over Reseda Cleveland. Jordan Leff had 27 points for Cleveland. Corona Centennial defeated Perris, 64-47. Deontae North had 21 points.
Rancho Cucamonga (4-1) defeated Paloma Valley, 110-64. Tamber Jabsheh had 26 points, making eight three-pointers. Victor Joseph added 15 points and six assists.
In the Glendora tournament, Damien received 18 points from Jeremy Hemsley in a 94-34 win over Bassett.
Sylmar defeated Royal, 88-76. Chance Cole scored 30 points for Sylmar. Nick Brandon had 23 points for Royal. Calabasas defeated Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, 67-57. Jeremy Lieberman scored 20 points and Larry Bush 16. Luca Ferrari had 20 points for Notre Dame.
Alemany (6-1) defeated Granada Hills, 65-32. Gary Chivichyan had 12 points and Shacquille Dawkins 10. Westlake (6-1) defeated Buena, 48-45. Jeremiah Gray and Isaiah Brooks each scored 13 points.
Wednesday's schedule: At Camarillo, Calabasas vs. Oaks Christian, 8 p.m.; at Oak Park, Valencia vs. Westlake at 7:30 p.m; at Moorpark, Alemany vs. Viewpoint, 8 p.m.; at Royal, Sierra Canyon vs. Royal, 6:30 p.m.
In the University tournament, Alex Copeland scored 28 points in Harvard-Westlake's 64-52 win over St. Bernard. University defeated Dorsey, 69-60, with C.J. Sinada making six three-pointers and scoring 27 points. Bell-Jeff defeated Roybal, 57-48.
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