There are coaches all around Southern California who would gladly pay to see a game matching Bishop Montgomery and Etiwanda, two of the best defensive basketball teams around.
Etiwanda is doing its job, finishing the regular season with a 27-1 overall record and 10-0 mark in the Baseline League after a 73-67 win over Damien on Thursday night.
Krystian Wilson scored 22 points, Kessler Edwards 18 and Elijah Harkless 15. Malik Thomas led Damien with 23 points. Bishop Montgomery and Etiwanda should be the top two seeds for the Southern Section Open Division playoffs that begin next Friday.
Cantwell-Sacred Heart must be feeling a little bit unlucky. For the second time this season, the Cardinals appeared headed to victory against No. 1-ranked Bishop Montgomery.
Earlier this season, it took a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer for Bishop Montgomery to win. On Wednesday night, the Knights trailed Cantwell-Sacred Heart by 11 points going into the fourth quarter.
But as it has done all season, Bishop Montgomery (25-0) found a way to win. UCLA-bound David Singleton took over the game, finishing with 38 points in a 67-63 victory. The Knights will enter next week’s Southern Section Open Division playoffs with a 40-game win streak.
It’s a new era in high school basketball, where guard play is more important than size. How else to explain Taft winning the West Valley League championship on Wednesday night with five guards in the starting lineup.
“It goes to show we can compete with anybody no matter their size,” All-City guard Kihei Clark said.
Taft defeated Birmingham 61-57 to improve to 24-7 and 8-1. Not even 6-foot-11 Christian Koloko could prevent the Toreadors from prevailing. Sophomore Demetrius Calip scored 24 points, including six threes. Clark added 10 points. Devonaire Doutrive scored 21 points for Birmingham, and Koloko had 16 points.
Manuel Douglas, who has guided Narbonne to seven City Section football championships in the last 10 seasons, said Wednesday he’s sticking around even though there’s some appealing job openings.
He was interested in the Long Beach Poly opening four years ago but didn’t get the job. It’s open again but Douglas isn’t interested.
For one, his wife, Jelerine, is being deployed by the U.S. Army later this month to San Antonio. She’ll be gone for a year. He’s going to have to take care of his children while also teaching and coaching.
The Rams challenged four Los Angeles Unified high school football teams this season to compete in an academic challenge. San Fernando High has won the competition and will receive a $2,500 equipment grant during a school assembly on Thursday.
Rams Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson will lead the assembly.
San Fernando, Crenshaw, Eagle Rock and Fairfax participated in the academic challenge. Each team submitted their cumulative grade-point average at the beginning of the fall semester in August. By December, San Fernando’s team had the best GPA.
On Wednesday, high school football seniors finalized their college choices, and Notre Dame came away a big winner when offensive lineman Jarrett Patterson of Mission Viejo signed with the Fighting Irish.
He was down to Notre Dame and UCLA.
Corona Centennial quarterback Tanner McKee announced Stanford as his college choice. McKee won’t be arriving until two years following a Mormon mission.
For the first half of Tuesday night’s showdown between Lynwood and host Dominguez, the Dons struggled dealing with 6-foot-10 Carl Lewis. Lynwood opened an 11-point halftime lead.
Dominguez regrouped in the second half, applied better defensive pressure and rallied for a 63-61 victory to clinch its second consecutive San Gabriel Valley League championship.
Wayne Arnold scored 25 points for the Dons (19-6, 8-1). Lewis finished with 24 points for Lynwood (11-14, 6-3), fouling out with 5:57 left. Lynwood did a good job staying close after Lewis’ exit. Tyler Bain had 21 points. The key shot of the game was by Brent Woods of Dominguez. Down by a point and 59 seconds left, Woods made a three. Arnold also made two clutch free throws with 18 seconds left.