Prep basketball roundup: Kenneth Simpson Jr. soars in Chaminade victory

Keith Higgins Jr. (left) and Kenneth Simpson Jr. are entering their junior years for Chaminade. Higgins scored 17 points and Simpson 14 on Tuesday in a 78-46 season-opening win over Shalhevet.
(Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

If there were any doubt how much stronger and higher Kenneth Simpson Jr. of Chaminade would be attacking the basket this season in his junior year, they vanished in the third quarter Tuesday night during a season-opening game against Shalhevet.

Simpson drove to the basket from the left side and didn’t care that there was a Shalhevet defender in his way. He dunked the ball in his face with his right hand, causing Chaminade fans in the bleachers to roar.

“That was a pretty good one,” coach Bryan Cantwell said.

Simpson and fellow guard Keith Higgins Jr., who also had a dunk, should be creating lots of excitement this season. Higgins finished with 16 points and Simpson 14 in a 78-46 win over Shalhevet. Center Abe Eagle scored 19 points.


Valencia’s Jake Hlywiak, one of the best three-point shooters, burned Oaks Christian for 33 points, including seven threes, in an 80-63 win over Oaks Christian at Chaminade.

In the BattleZone tournament at Corona Centennial, Paris Dawson scored 23 points to help the Huskies route San Ysidro 89-48. Rancho Christian defeated Westminster 97-29. Luke Turner had 24 points and Evan Mobley 22.

Windward stayed unbeaten with a 79-50 win over Culver City. Jake Shapiro finished with 18 points.

Oxnard (4-0) received 18 points from Stacy Johnson in a 77-52 win over Bakersfield Centennial.


Birmingham defeated Hart 81-66 with David Elliott scoring 31 points.

Pacifica Christian received 28 points from Houston Mallette in an 87-50 win over Riverside King.

Price is 5-0 after a 98-33 win over North Hollywood. Joshua Lee finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Andre Henry scored 26 points in St. Francis’ 62-48 win over Australia Maribyrong.


Ben Shtolzberg scored 27 points and Dusty Stromer 21 as Sherman Oaks Notre Dame defeated Covina 97-74.

Harvard-Westlake defeated Lynwood 73-41. Mason Hooks scored 21 points.

Newbury Park defeated Ventura 63-41. Quincy Bentley had 18 points.

In girls’ basketball at the Redondo tournament, freshman Juju Watkins had 25 points and 15 rebounds in Windward’s 70-44 win over Troy. Lynwood pulled out a 50-44 overtime win over Harvard-Westlake. Chaminade defeated Gardena Serra 50-49. Mater Dei defeated Orangwood 51-39. Brooke Demetre scored 15 points.