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Narbonne serves notice in City Section with basketball victory over Fairfax

Narbonne coach Anthony Hilliard with King Drew coach Lloyd Webster.
Narbonne coach Anthony Hilliard, right, with King/Drew coach Lloyd Webster. Hilliard’s team knocked off Fairfax on Monday in the Serra tournament.
(Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

City Section basketball got a little more unpredictable Monday night after Narbonne defeated Fairfax 51-46 to advance to the semifinals of the Serra tournament.

Narbonne is always considered a title contender but loses some games early as coach Anthony Hilliard tries to put together team chemistry. The Gauchos are 7-5 but are still not at full strength because of COVID-19 protocols.

“It’s been kind of rough,” Hilliard said. “We just play hard no matter who we play against. We got a lot of young guys. Sometimes it’s good to play good teams early on and get a few losses and you understand how to win.”

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Hilliard singled out senior Felipo Leafa and the Gill brothers, Christian and Andrew. Narbonne will play Serra on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the semifinals. Fairfax dropped to 3-3. Leafa and Christian Gill each scored 14 points.

Gardena Serra 69, Mayfair 60: The Cavaliers advanced to the semifinals of their own tournament. Jeremy Dent-Smith had 21 points.

Palos Verdes 67, Eagle Rock 56: Jake Koyama scored 35 points for 8-1 Palos Verdes.

Sierra Canyon 66, Iolani 49: In Hawaii, Sierra Canyon (11-1) trailed by two points at halftime before rolling in the second half. Ramel Lloyd had 20 points and Kijani Wright added 14 points and 15 rebounds.

JSerra 73, Fountain Valley 64: Robert Diaz scored 24 points.

Viewpoint 75, Buckley 28: Giovanni Goree finished with 33 points for Viewpoint.

Wisburn Da Vinci 64, Dorsey 45: Jayce Johnson led the way with 24 points.

Sagemont 83, Saugus 62: Nathan Perez had 26 points for Saugus.

Mater Dei 66, Blanche 49: In Florida, the Monarchs improved to 8-2 with Kaden Minter scoring 16 points.

Granada Hills 71, Marshall 33: Dylan Vo finished with 24 points.

Crenshaw 57, Corona del Mar 49: The Cougars won in the San Pedro tournament.

Crean Lutheran 67, Baton Rouge (La.) Liberty 41: Sophomore Vyctorius Miller had 30 points for unbeaten Crean Lutheran (5-0) in Las Vegas.

Servite 60, Modena 28: The Friars are 8-1. Tyler Small had 25 points.

Bishop Montgomery 76, Capital Christian 41: Xavier Edmonds scored 18 points in the Mission Prep tournament.

Heritage Christian 62, Mission Hills 54: Malik Moore contributed 23 points for 10-1 Heritage Christian.

Colony 75, West Torrance 48: The Titans improved to 8-0. Jaden Henley had 22 points.

Grant 75, Reseda 49: Jeremiah Windham led Grant with 22 points.

Graham somehow found a way to have the stamina and fortitude to never take plays off.

Girls’ basketball

Windward 54, Tenn. Westview 43: Kelise Jackson had 21 points and Skye Belker added 10 points in Arizona.

Utah Fremont 69, Mater Dei 51: In Arizona, the Monarchs were beaten by one of the top teams from Utah.


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