With victories over St. Bernard and Verbum Dei last week, the Cavaliers are in the driver’s seat in the Camino Real League, a game ahead of St. Bernard and St. Anthony, but nearly every team is a roadblock. Serra has beaten St. Anthony once, but the Saints cannot be taken lightly. Swing man Van Anderson may be the league’s best athlete, Darrel Walker is a noted slam dunker and monstrous Jaime Cardriche (6-7,300) is one of the league’s few centers who out-muscles Serra’s Mark Sutherlin-noticeably. However, Serra’s overall quickness has helped the Cavs to first place and the back court of Darryl May, Zarak Cannady and Gregory George is one of the best. Up front, the 6-5 Sutherlin is coming off a big week and forward Keith Malone may be the best junior around.
7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Anthony.
Carson vs. Gardena
Carson, coming off Wednesday’s emotional game with Banning, needs to keep winning to stay in the Pacific League race with leader Manual Arts. Gardena is in Davy Jones’ locker in the Pacific but has beaten Banning for its one league victory. Forward Kelvin Tyles is capable of big games. Carson juniors Anthony January and Issy Washington are leading the way for the Colts, and senior Earl Martin is doing a steady job on the boards.
4 p.m. Friday at Gardena.
Leuzinger vs. Centennial
Centennial’s upset of Morningside last week gives Leuzinger another shot to get back in the Pioneer League race. The Olympians played without flu-stricken 6-10 Casey Crawford last week but will need a good game from him and forward Shelvie Washington against Centennial, which boasts 6-8 Kenzie Scott and 6-8 sophomore Tim Moore, who had a big night against Morningside after sitting out with a broken hand. Leuzinger Coach Jeff Kritzer has pointed to this game as one of the real tests of his team’s mettle.
7:30 p.m. Friday at Centennial.
Torrance vs. Inglewood
These teams are going in opposite directions but Torrance’s tall front line still provides a challenge for the first-place Sentinels. Torrance’s big men, led by Ted Meyer and Helmut Stiebel, can be excellent, but Inglewood’s quick back court-Stacy Anderson and Brian Browning-and pressure means problems for the Tartar’s back court. Eric Jordan leads Inglewood up front.
7:30 p.m. Friday at Inglewood.
West Torrance vs. Palos Verdes
The last time around Palos Verdes managed to shut down David Aaron, the area’s leading scorer, but West still pulled out the win and is comfortably in second place in the Bay League. Palos Verdes has hung close in most games but entered Wednesday’s game against South Torrance tied for last place with Rolling Hills. West center Paul Neu had a good game in their last meeting and Jim Bonstein and Jack Hollis are perfect complements for Aaron.
7:30 p.m. Friday at Palos Verdes.