Washington Prep begins on positive note with basketball win over Crossroads

Washington Prep opened its season on Tuesday with a 63-59 win over Crossroads on Tuesday.
(Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

As much as Washington Prep coach Jovante King enjoyed his team’s 63-59 win over Crossroads on Tuesday in an opening game of the Harvard-Westlake tournament, he was really focused on a nonleague game scheduled for Wednesday against City Section power Taft. Last season, the Generals lost to Taft and it cost them dearly in playoff seedings.

“That’s the game of the season for us,” King said.

Washington Prep lost most of its top players from last season’s 22-8 team but has added a good group of new players. Brandon Burks, a transfer from King-Drew, scored 15 points. DeShawn Johnson had 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Joshua Lee added 10 points, including two free throws with 6.2 seconds left to clinch the victory.

St. John Bosco defeated Burbank 79-51. Lamaj Lewis finished with 18 points. Windward was impressive in a 79-51 win over Renaissance. The Wildcats opened a 49-21 halftime lead. Jaren Harris scored all 17 of his points in the first half. Dylan Andrews added 17 points and Henry Hopper had 10. Koat Keat led Renaissance with 25 points.


At Redondo, Lynwood defeated University 70-63. Christian Johnson had 18 points and Jordan Brown 17. David Cheatom led Uni with 25 points and 13 rebounds.

Saugus, playing its first game since the tragic shooting at its campus last week, defeated South East 78-55. While its gym was closed, Saugus practiced at Castaic. Nate Perez led the Centurions with 21 points. Adrian McInytre finished with 13 points. Joseph Hernandez had 21 points for South East.

Viewpoint defeated Shalhevet 54-47. Roy Numa scored 17 points and freshman Dante Ogbu had 11 points and 14 rebounds.

Providence defeated Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 84-81. A’Jahni Levias led the Pioneers with 19 points. Sophomore Ben Shtolzberg finished with 25 points and Dusty Stromer 22 for Notre Dame.


Harvard-Westlake defeated Van Nuys 81-30. Adam Hinton finished with 21 points, going five for five on threes.

Heritage Christian defeated Golden Valley 96-53. Skyy Clark scored 28 points and Dillon DePina had 23 points.