The good news for Dorsey is that the Dons took over sole possession of first place in the Coliseum League on Friday night, picking up a 67-61 road victory over rival Crenshaw behind 6-foot-4 Palmdale Highland transfer Tommie Groce, who scored 28 points.
The bad news is that Dorsey players might never get let out of their next practice until they make consecutive free throws. They missed 24 free throws and were four of 14 in the fourth quarter.
Dorsey (15-5, 5-0) trailed by eight points in the second quarter before tying the game at halftime, 25-25. The Dons stopped making turnovers in the third quarter and opened a 12-point lead over Crenshaw (12-6, 4-1). But Cougars kept fighting back and closed to 56-54 with just over two minutes left after consecutive threes by Brandon Crawford and Chris Kendrick.
Groce was the MVP of the game, making three dunks, hitting three threes and giving the Dons an inside presence that Crenshaw couldn't overcome. Cameron Evans added 14 points. Aaron Edison scored 13 points for Crenshaw. Whitney Jones added 12 points. Crenshaw is expected to get back one of its best players, James Preston, next month when he figures to be cleared after recovering from a torn ACL.
In the Western League, Westchester set up a Monday showdown with Fairfax by defeating University, 68-49. Keith Fisher scored 20 points.
In the East Valley League, Poly stayed unbeaten in league play with a 61-48 win over Grant. Cesar Reyes had 19 points and Francisco Mariscal added 18 points. Verdugo Hills is also unbeaten after a 53-47 win over North Hollywood. Adrian Gutierrez had 19 points.
In the West Valley League, El Camino Real defeated Chatsworth, 72-60. Brandon Russell had 17 points. Granada Hills defeated Cleveland, 68-53. Michael Mensah had 15 points. Damian Wilson had 19 points and 11 rebounds in Taft's 55-47 win over Birmingham.
In the Eastern League, Garfield defeated Roosevelt, 53-49.
In the Marine League, Shane Carney had 26 points to help Narbonne stay unbeaten in league with a 56-47 win over Gardena.