Westchester Continues to Dominate


Finally, a weakness was detected on Westchester High’s boys’ basketball team.

The top-seeded Comets missed two dunks in a 104-54 dismantling of Sunset Six League champion Van Nuys Grant on Wednesday night in a City Championship quarterfinal playoff game at Westchester.

For the record:

12:00 a.m. Feb. 25, 2001 For the Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday February 25, 2001 Home Edition Sports Part D Page 13 Sports Desk 1 inches; 22 words Type of Material: Correction
Boys’ basketball--A caption in some of Thursday’s editions incorrectly identified a Westchester player. David Warsaw was the player in the photograph.

Don’t expect Westchester Coach Ed Azzam to hold dunk practice today. By the end of the first quarter, 10 Westchester players had scored to open a 20-point lead.

By halftime, the Comets (26-1) led 51-23.

Dominating performances are not new for the Comets, the defending City champions. Last week, they defeated Marshall, 110-40.


Azzam, in his 21st season as coach, said this season’s team could be his best.

“The depth is what makes this team different than any we’ve had,” he said. “We go into the second unit and it doesn’t drop off.”

DeWayne Anderson, who scored 20 points for Grant (20-7), marveled at the Comets’ ability to bring in player after player.

“What makes them so great is their balance,” he said. “Any five guys on that team could start. They had height, quickness, shooters, rebounding.”

David Warshaw and Hassan Adams finished with 15 points apiece for Westchester. Brandon Bowman had 13 points and Scott Cutley and John Clemmons added 10 each.

The game was tied, 6-6, before Westchester scored 16 consecutive points. The Comets’ 1-2-1-1 full-court press devastated the Lancers.

“It’s the best team any of my teams have played against, and we’ve played the Crenshaws and Westchesters,” Grant Coach Howard Levine said. “That is a dynamic team. They have so many weapons.”