When it comes to candidates who might lead the Southland in basketball scoring this season, don’t count out 6-foot-1 point guard Clark Slajchert of Oak Park.
He averaged 30 points last season as a junior and began his senior season on Monday by contributing 39 points and eight assists in Oak Park’s 69-41 win over West Ranch in an opening game of the Burbank Providence tournament.
Headed next season to Penn, Slajchert wants to improve his point guard skills and make fewer turnovers but he still figures to score often.
Clark Slajchert averaged 30 points last season for Oak Park. Penn signee is up to 21 points. Oak Park 36, West Ranch 26. pic.twitter.com/6agUIedkZf— eric sondheimer (@latsondheimer) November 19, 2019
“He can score whenever we need him to score,” coach Aaron Shaw said.
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame began the post-Ziaire Williams era with a 99-28 win over Santa Monica Pacifica Christian. The Knights are planning to shoot lots of threes this season. They made 19. Sophomore Ben Shtolzberg scored 27 points, including five threes, Ryan Engs had 15 points and freshman Dusty Stromer had 14 points.
Brentwood cruised to an 85-43 win over Knight. Brayden Thomas, a 6-foot-10 center, scored 21 points, Cameron MacDonald had 16 points and Freedom Rhames made five threes.
John Belardi three gives Loyola 26-25 halftime lead over pesky Granada Hills. pic.twitter.com/WdhUEuBFAT— eric sondheimer (@latsondheimer) November 19, 2019
Loyola held a one-point halftime lead before taking charge in the second half to defeat Granada Hills 61-51. Colby Brooks scored 13 points for Loyola. Sophomore Khalil Forrester had 11 points for Granada Hills.
In the Redondo tournament, Bryan Mex scored 21 points and Isaiah Johnson 18 to help Bishop Montgomery defeated Crenshaw 66-62. KJ Bradley scored 31 points for Crenshaw. Peninsula defeated Narbonne 53-48. Redondo defeated South East 60-50.
In other games, Oxnard received 25 points from Andrew Ramirez and 23 points from Stacy Johnson in a 98-60 win over Lompoc.
Kyle MacLean, back from injury, scored 23 points in Westlake’s 79-53 win over Chatsworth. Will Mazzuca added 19 points.
Skyy Clark scored 30 points in Heritage Christian’s 90-31 win over San Fernando.
Crespi defeated Newbury Park 67-60. KC Anuluoha finished with 22 points and freshman Mike Price had 20.
El Camino Real defeated Van Nuys 75-62. Amyr Henry had 23 points.
Kunal Bagga scored 19 points in Servite’s 79-54 win over Grand Terrace.