Boys' Basketball : Notre Dame Starts Slowly, Finishes Fast, 52-43

Notre Dame High beat St. John Bosco, 52-43, Friday night in a Del Rey League game but was in no mood to celebrate. After finding out they would have to finish the season without three-year starter Bruce Heicke, the Knights had to rally after intermission to overcome a poor first half.

Heicke tore ligaments in his left leg during Notre Dame's 72-61 loss to Crespi on Tuesday. Notre Dame Coach Mick Cady said Heicke will be in a cast for four weeks and miss the rest of the season.

Without Heicke, Notre Dame played a sluggish first half against the Braves and trailed, 24-22.

Brian Jones led a second-half Notre Dame rally, scoring 12 of his game-high 18 points in the last two quarters.

Cleveland 97, Hamilton 61--Six players came off the bench to help Cleveland defeat Hamilton at Hamilton and move the Cavaliers into a first-place tie with idle Fairfax in the Valley League.

Cleveland Coach Bob Braswell went to the bench early as the Cavaliers built a 47-27 halftime lead. Before the game was over, substitutes Earl Bodden (13 points), Andre Chevalier (7), Juan Harrell (4), Anton Lisberg (2), James Bunton (2) and Tim Bowen (2) had all scored.

Granada Hills 66, Chatsworth 62 (OT)--Alvin Brown scored five points in overtime and Edward Thomas made two free throws to give Granada Hills a Northwest Valley League win at Chatsworth. Granada Hills remained in sole possession of second place while Chatsworth, which lost two games this week, dropped to fourth.

San Fernando 85, Monroe 65--San Fernando routed last-place Monroe to remain the only unbeaten team in the Northwest Valley League.

Guard Tory Stephens scored a game-high 28 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for host San Fernando.

Bosco Tech 43, Crespi 41 (2 OTs)--Carlos Carrillo scored the game-winning basket with seven seconds remaining in double overtime of the Del Rey League game at Bosco Tech. With the score tied, 39-39, Crespi's Mike Tilkian missed a three-point shot with five seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

Simi Valley 93, Newbury Park 72--Don MacLean scored a game-high 36 points and Shawn DaLaittre added 28 for Simi Valley in the Marmonte League game at Newbury Park. Butch Hawking added 11 points and dished out 15 assists to lead the Pioneers to their ninth consecutive victory.

Birmingham 86, Canoga Park 74--Birmingham defeated Canoga Park for the third time this season and moved into sole possession of third place with a Northwest Valley League win at Canoga Park.

Panaka Chea, one of four Birmingham players to score in double figures, registered a career-high 21 points. Greg Maxwell chipped in with 19 and Vince Walker and Jason Moore added 13 and 11 for the Braves (8-8, 4-3).

Canoga Park (2-15, 1-6) was led by Darren Caldwell with 22 points. Jeremy Mears added 14.

Poly 58, Van Nuys 49--Poly moved into a third-place tie with Van Nuys in the East Valley Leauge with a win at home. Nick Lymberopoulos and Scott Cooper each scored 16 to lead the Parrots (10-7, 3-4). Duke Jacobs added 7 points and 10 rebounds.

Alonzo Galloway and Leonard Weems each scored 14 points to lead Van Nuys (6-8, 3-4), which pulled to within 50-49 with 1:02 to play. But Poly scored the final eight points of the game, all on foul shots.

Saugus 54, Burroughs (R) 37--The Centurions, who were stripped of all seven of their victories earlier this week because of an ineligible player, shook off the losses to win a Golden League game at Saugus.

Rick Bilek scored 13 points and had 5 assists to lead Saugus.

Burroughs is 10-6, 4-2.

North Hollywood 57, Verdugo Hills 41--Dana Jones had 6 rebounds, 6 steals and 6 blocked shots as North Hollywood recorded an East Valley League win at home. Dominic Nappi and Danny Klein led the Huskies with 13 points each.

Grant 71, Sylmar 53--The Lancers remained undefeated in the East Valley League, helped by26 points from Danny Enowitz and 18 by Sean Watkins at Sylmar.

Grant, ranked No. 6 in The Times Valley poll, is 15-2 overall, 7-0 in league play.

Taft 71, Reseda 66--Dedan Thomas made 7 of 7 free throws in the fourth quarter and scored a game-high 20 points in the Valley League game at Reseda. Thomas also handed out 11 assists. Quincy Watts added 16 points and Lamont Koonce scored 14 for Taft. Omar Wilson led Reseda with 16 points and pulled down 9 rebounds.

Calabasas 76, Agoura 71--Jon Drezner scored 28 points and Sean Obusek added 22 as the Coyotes won a Frontier League game at Calabasas.

The Coyotes improved to 10-10, 4-1 in league play, one-half game behind leader Santa Clara, which had a bye Friday.

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