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.