ROUNDUP : Tampus Leads Saugus to Berth in Tournament Semifinals

Saugus High’s basketball opponents are learning a painful lesson early in the season: The Centurions are deep.

A case in point was Saugus’ 65-53 quarterfinal win over Loyola on Wednesday in the 50th Beverly Hills tournament.

Entering the game, senior guard Josh Hinrichs boasted a scoring average of 22.5 points, and the Cubs accordingly concentrated their defensive efforts on Hinrichs. That left an open stage for senior guard Steve Tampus, who made 12 of 20 shots from the field and scored a game-high 30 points to pace the win.

Hinrichs was held to four points.


“I think what’s happening is that teams are trying to shut out Hinrichs, but they don’t have two people to stop our guys,” Saugus Coach John Clark said.

Chris Hernandez scored 13 points and sophomore Mike Williams added 10 for Saugus (5-0), which will face Long Beach Wilson in a semifinal game Friday.

In other boys’ basketball games:

Reseda 49, Granada Hills 30--Marquis Burns scored 19 points and pulled down 13 rebounds as the Regents (2-2) opened Northwest Valley Conference play with a rout of the Highlanders (2-4). Reseda held Granada Hills to just 18 points through the first three quarters.


Cleveland 73, San Fernando 66--Shawn Bankhead scored a game-high 39 points and had 14 rebounds for Cleveland (1-5, 1-0), which won its first game of the season in a Northwest Valley Conference opener.

Sunny Hills 55, Canyon 48--Terry Mann scored a game-high 28 points for Sunny Hills (5-0) in a first-round game of the El Dorado tournament.

Joe Ferguson led Canyon (2-3) with 17 points and 13 rebounds and Brent Stout added 13 points for the Cowboys.

Montclair Prep 73, Bosco Tech 57--Kris Johnson finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds and the tournament’s most-valuable-player award after guiding the Mounties (6-1) to the championship of the Flintridge Prep tournament.


Montclair Prep took the lead with a 22-9 spurt in the third quarter.

Chris Sanger had 14 points and three blocked shots and joined Johnson on the all-tournament team.


Oxnard 66, Santa Monica 65--Art Wallace made a free throw with one second to play to break a tie and give Oxnard (6-5) a Western State Conference win at Santa Monica.


Wallace led a balanced Condor attack with 16 points. Shawn Talley added 13, Tony Ziuraitis 11 and Malik Williams 10 for the winners.


Valley 72, Long Beach City 69 (OT)--Stacie Toon hit three of four free throws to give the Monarchs the lead for good with 40 seconds left in overtime. Toon finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for Valley and teammate Luscinda Silva had 16 rebounds.



Reseda 58, Granada Hills 50--Cha-Ron Walker scored a game-high 24 points and had 30 rebounds to pace host Reseda (3-1 overall, 1-0 in conference play) to a Northwest Valley Conference win.

Kennedy 69, Chatsworth 28--Shaneya Harris scored 20 points and had 18 rebounds, and Yanera Ruiz added 13 points and eight steals to pace the Golden Cougars (2-2, 1-0) in a Northwest Valley Conference victory over host Chatsworth (2-4, 0-1).

El Camino Real 51, Taft 44--Paulette Melina scored 16 points and had 14 rebounds, and teammates Jessica Dinaberg and Kim Rounders each added 15 points for host El Camino Real (3-0, 1-0) in a Northwest Valley Conference game.

Glendale 60, Hart 47--Jenny Dalton scored a game-high 23 points and had 10 rebounds to lead visiting Glendale in a nonleague game. Tracy Young added 12 points for Glendale (5-1).



Louisville 2, Agoura 0--Varsi Amerian and Cindy Daws scored second-half goals for the Royals (5-0-2) in a nonleague match. Goalkeeper Ashley Wire made three saves to record her third shutout of the season.


Granada Hills 2, Taft 0--Angel Gomez scored two goals--one on a breakaway and one on an assist from Tim Boundy--to pace Granada Hills (1-3 in conference play) to a Northwest Valley Conference win at Taft.


Matt Bonham had five saves in goal for the Highlanders.