Boys' basketball: Granada Hills upsets El Camino Real on Michael Kalu's three

Eric Sondheimer
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On the final night of regular season City Section basketball action, Granada Hills' Michael Kalu came through with the shot of the night. He made a three-point shot with four seconds left to give the Highladners a 53-52 victory over defending Division I champion El Camino Real. It ended the Conquistadores' 33-game win streak in West Valley League play.

"It's a miracle we actually executed a play at the end," Granada Hills Coach Don Loperena said. "It's so great seeing these guys improve."

Granada Hills (18-12, 7-3) received 16 points from Travis Fukumoto. Brandon Russell had 17 points for El Camino Real (19-7, 9-1). The loss could impact the Open Division playoff seedings when decided on Saturday. El Camino Real was considered a likely No. 2 seed.

Taft finished second in the West Valley League with a 79-55 win over Chatsworth. Damian Wilson and Darrius Henderson each had 14 points and Travis Patrick 12.

Fairfax won a share of the Western League title with a 60-38 win over Palisades. Donald Gipson scored 16 points and Lindsey Drew had 13 points and 11 rebounds. University defeated LACES, 76-73. Cushan Allen scored 21 points and Gabe Okmin 20. Nick Brooks added 18 points.

North Hollywood upset East Valley League champion Poly, 77-72. Sean Fernandez scored 29 points. Cesar Reyes had 23 points for Poly and Jose Esqueda 21. Verdugo Hills defeated Arleta, 72-60. Adrian Gutierrez scored 24 points.

Sylmar won the Valley Mission League championship with a 67-45 win over Kennedy.

In the Coliseum League, Crenshaw defeated Manual Arts, 67-42.

In the Northern League, Marshall won its third league title in the last five years with a 56-29 win over Eagle Rock.

In a Gold Coast League consolation game, Campbell Hall defeated Brentwood, 70-56. Aaron Holiday scored 23 points.

 

 

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