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BOYS' BASKETBALL

EXPRESS LEAGUE

Tarbut V’Torah 49, Samueli 35

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Playing a smothering man-to-man defense that has been a hallmark of the Dave Kleckner coaching era, Etiwanda keeps on winning.

The Eagles improved to 17-1 overall and 2-0 in the Baseline League with a 67-53 victory over host Chino Hills on Thursday night.

Etiwanda held the once high-flying Huskies to 18 points in the first half. That’s how many points Chino Hills used to score in four minutes during the Ball brother days.

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Six pitchers and catchers from Southern California will be participating in this weekend’s “Dream Series” at Tempe Diablo Stadium in connection with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The event is designed to encourage amateur players of color to continue their baseball careers in the positions of pitcher and catcher. They will be receiving instruction from former MLB players.

Among the players participating are Aaron Eden from Westchester, Julian Tristan from Northwood, Jalen Parks from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Nick Bacura from Mira Costa, Jacob Schanks from Corona Santiago and Tyler Smith from Windward.

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On Jan. 1, Los Angeles Cathedral became a whole different basketball team. That’s because players who were sitting out the first month of the season became eligible.

On Wednesday night, in a Del Rey League opener, Cathedral stunned St. Bernard 65-64. Orlando Robinson, a 6-foot-9 transfer from Las Vegas, scored 29 points.

Guilherme Pedra, a 6-6 sophomore from Brazil, had 11 points.

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Charles Mincy said Thursday he and the administration at Dorsey have parted ways and he no longer will be the football coach after two seasons at his alma mater.

“The principal decided he wanted to open the job up,” Mincy said.

Mincy, a former NFL player, guided Dorsey to the City Section Division I championship game in 2016 before losing to Narbonne. The Dons lost in a revamped Division I final to San Fernando this past season.

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There are lots of one-day basketball tournaments set for Saturday and Monday.

On Saturday at Fairfax, the Harvey Kitani Invitational features a showdown game between Sierra Canyon and Fairfax at 7:30 p.m. Fairfax has a tough back-to-back challenge, having to take on Westchester on Friday night.

Fremont is the site for a one-day tournament on Saturday honoring former assistant coach Maurice Mckinzy, who died last year. Crenshaw plays Narbonne in the featured game at 5:30 p.m. Fremont plays Washington at 4 p.m. South Gate faces Carson at 1 p.m.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

ACADEMY LEAGUE

Crean Lutheran 80, Whitney 39

There have been 5,350 names submitted to the Southern Section as sports transfer students through the first six months of the 2017-18 school year.

That’s a rise of 210 students from the previous six months of 2016-17 when there were 5,140 names submitted.

The Southern Section is on pace to exceed 7,000 transfers.

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Conquistadores win West Valley League opener

Hold off those City Section Open Division seeding predictions. They’re hardly a done deal, as El Camino Real demonstrated on Wednesday night with a 67-59 road upset over Taft in a West Valley League basketball opener.

Standout guard Eddy Egun scored 21 points, but the key for the Conquistadores was Egun receiving scoring help. With Taft lacking size, Monsoor Azizi muscled his way inside for 17 points. And Kennedy transfer Jahville Collins scored 16 points, including a spurt of baskets in the fourth quarter that helped El Camino Real turn a nine-point first-half deficit into a decisive lead.

Kihei Clark scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter for Taft.

Defending City champion Birmingham opened league play with a 74-64 win over Granada Hills. Devonaire Doutrive had 25 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Christian Koloko added 10 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks. Jesse Bannout scored 26 points for Granada Hills. Chatsworth defeated Cleveland 69-63.

In the Western League, Westchester set up a Friday showdown with Fairfax by defeating University 69-38. Zellie Hudson had 16 points for the Comets. Daisone Hughes scored 16 points for Uni. Westchester is 16-3 and 2-0.

In the Marine League, Kendal Frey scored 16 points in Narbonne’s 51-47 win over Gardena. Washington defeated King-Drew 57-51.

It was a wild Wednesday night in Southern Section high school basketball. No gym was louder than at St. John Bosco, where students charged the court to celebrate a 60-51 Trinity League victory over Santa Ana Mater Dei.

It was Mater Dei’s first league loss since falling to Orange Lutheran during the 2010-11 season and ended a 69-game league winning streak.

For third-year coach Matt Dunn, the victory was a huge reward. He left a state championship team at Damien to take over the Braves program.

“I really like our team,” he said. “Our guys play hard and care about each other.”

St. John Bosco is 14-2 and 2-0 in league. Josh Adoh had 17 points, Fernando Gomez and Chris James 14 points apiece. Jalen Manson added 13. Spencer Freedman, the reigning Trinity League MVP, was limited to seven points.

“We did a really nice job of challenging him,” Dunn said. “They have great size and we rebounded well.”

 Mater Dei dropped to 11-5 and 1-1.