The City Section began league play on Wednesday, and North Hollywood came away with a 58-52 win over Grant in the East Valley League. Sean Fernandez, the son of first-year Coach Jose Fernandez, scored 21 points for the Huskies. Poly (6-0) defeated Monroe, 87-62.
In the Coliseum League, Crenshaw defeated Manual Arts, 78-58. View Park defeated West Adams, 82-36. Chance Comanche had 24 points.
In the Ventura County Classic, Jamani Spencer scored 18 points in Sierra Canyon's 69-39 win over Royal. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame defeated Camarillo, 78-68. Elijah Ellen had 26 points and 11 rebounds. Luca Ferrari added 20 points and Cameron Glassen 18. Valencia defeated Westlake, 71-57. Isaiah Brooks led Westlake with 15 points.
Viewpoint came close to knocking off another Mission League team before falling to Alemany, 72-70. Christian Juzang made five threes and finished with 22 points. Tim Howell added 14 points. Calabasas defeated Oaks Christian, 62-57, with Conner Longmire scoring 18 points.
There were so many intriguing story lines for Wednesday’s Beverly Hills tournament game between Loyola and Brentwood.
There was former Loyola assistant Ryan Bailey taking on his mentor, Loyola Coach Jamal Adams.
There was Arizona State-bound point guard Tra Holder of Brentwood facing off against Arizona-bound Parker Jackson-Cartwright. There was 7-foot UCLA signee Thomas Welsh of Loyola taking on 6-7 Maxwell Kupchak, the son of the Lakers general manager.
It created for an intense, tight battle, with No. 3-ranked Loyola (6-0) barely prevailing, 58-52. Bailey and Adams hugged afterward, probably both relieved that the matchup was over.
“Outside of my family, there’s no one I’m closer to,” Adams said of Bailey. “I can easily say they’re my second favorite basketball team in the world. Just not today.”
Said Bailey: "My guys fought hard."
Holder, who scored 26 points, made consecutive three-pointers in the fourth quarter to give Brentwood a...
John Brazil can remove the interim label from the Sylmar football coaching position. The former offensive coordinator who took over running the program when Chris Richards was fired as coach midway through this past season has been named the head coach.
Sylmar finished 8-4 this season. Brazil said he expects most of his top young players to stay in the program.
Isaiah Gabie, a sophomore receiver-defensive back at Arleta, has been selected the East Valley League MVP.
The offensive MVP was quarterback Mark Powell of Verdugo Hills. The offensive line MVP was Cesar Garcia Gonzalez of Grant. The league defensive MVPs were linebacker Deandre Brewer of Arleta and Kamilo Tongamoa of Poly. The league MVP defensive linemen were Alex Trujillo of Arleta and Adam Theard of North Hollywood.
First-team all-league offense: OL_Scott Beaty, Verdugo Hills, So.; Joshua Fong, Poly, Sr.; Manny Peralta, Poly, Sr.; Will Romauldo, Poly, Sr.; TE_Anthony Reyes, Chavez, Jr.; QB_Jonathon Porter, Arleta, Jr.; Gabriel Martinez, Arleta, Jr.; Daleshawn Jackson, Grant, Sr.; WR_Ziv Elmaleh, Grant, Ser.; Carter Otte, Verdugo Hills, Jr.; Erick Martinez, Poly, Sr.; Isaiah Amaechi, Monroe, Sr.; Sherman Cromartie, Grant, Sr.; RB_Christopher Gentry, Grant, Sr.; Deshonte Jones, Poly, Sr.; David Moreno, North Hollywood, Sr.