The Beverly Hills tournament resumed action Wednesday, and the host school had to play a doubleheader because of cancellations due to the wildfires in the area.
Early in the day, the Normans defeated Brentwood 59-50 behind 17 points from Marcel Stevens. Sam Clareman scored 23 points for Brentwood.
But in the evening, City Section title contender Fairfax pulled away for a 62-53 victory. Shawn Booker led a balanced attack with 16 points. Jamal Hartwell had 15, Ethan Anderson 13 and Robert McRae 13.
University coach Steve Ackerman said Wednesday that he has canceled his basketball tournament after the LAUSD announced that the school will be closed Thursday and Friday because of issues involving the wildfires.
One of the best boys’ soccer tournaments of the season begins on Thursday. The West Coast Showcase will take place at Downey, Paramount, Warren and Bell Gardens. Championship games will be played on Saturday at Downey.
The field features 16 teams that played in the playoffs last season, six state participants, three section champions and a defending regional champion.
Teams are from Arizona, Central California and Southern California.
Justin Simpson and his older brother, Aaron, used to be ball boys for Long Beach Poly when their father, Sean, was an assistant football coach for two championship teams.
Last weekend, Justin, a receiver and three-year starter at shortstop for the El Modena baseball team, got to celebrate his own football championship, helping his team defeat Don Lugo 35-7 in the Southern Section Division 7 final.
Now El Modena is in the CIF state regional bowl playoffs. The team hosts Steele Canyon on Saturday.