Birmingham is making progress with fourth consecutive victory

Birmingham players gather to listen to coach Nick Halic.
(Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

Don’t look now but defending City Section champion Birmingham is starting to gain some momentum after picking up its fourth consecutive victory on Monday with a 78-55 win over Crossroads in the one-day event at South Pasadena.

The Patriots improved to 9-5 and received 18 points and six blocks from Larry Olayinka. After losing to Venice in their second game back from a COVID-19 pause, they have recorded wins over Heritage Christian, Canyon Country Canyon, Oxnard and top 25 team Crossroads, indicating the Patriots are ready for a wide-open City Section Open Division tournament next month.

Foothill 67, Los Altos 57: The Knights are 18-1 after a win at St. John Bosco. Jacob Horton had 15 points.


Arcadia 51, El Camino Real 40: Shant Chenorhavorian scored 20 points for Arcadia.

Orangewood Academy 59, Bishop Alemany 54: Daniel Semonovitch had 21 points for Orangewood.

Eastvale Roosevelt 46, La Mirada 45: Trevor Manning led Roosevelt with 14 points.

A look at The Times’ boys’ basketball top-25 rankings for the Southland. Corona Centennial and Sierra Canyon are Nos. 1 and 2; Riverside Poly is No. 3.

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Pacifica Christian 60, Dominguez 55: Pacifica Christian came away with the win at St. John Bosco.

Oak Park 45, Simi Valley 36: Isaiah Sherrard contributed 21 points and nine rebounds for Oak Park (15-4, 3-0). Simi Valley dropped to 17-2 and 2-1 in league.

Loyola 49, Chaminade 40: The Cubs improved to 19-4 and 3-2 in the Mission League.

Windward 66, Fairfax 61: Freshman Gavin Hightower made six three-pointers and finished with 32 points for Windward.

St. Anthony 80, Beverly Hills 61: The Saints continued their strong play behind Jaayden Bush.

Santa Margarita 69, Servite 59: Tyler Small scored 29 points for Servite in a Trinity League defeat. The Eagles improved to 14-1. Rockwell Reynolds scored 18 points and had 14 rebounds.

Crean Lutheran 69, Sheldon 50: The Saints improved to 15-1. Darrell Morris finished with 25 points.

Brooke Kalama took over the Roybal boys’ basketball program after legendary coach Danny O’Fallon died of cancer. Her success should not be a surprise.

Jan. 16, 2022


Long Beach Poly 86, Long Beach Millikan 64: Chris Watson contributed 27 points in the Jackrabbits’ Moore League win.

Damien 87, Upland 52: Spivey Word finished with 24 points for Damien.

Riverside Poly 61, Fairmont Prep 56: Chance Stephens scored 25 points for 20-1 Poly.

St. Francis 65, Gardena Serra 58: Buckley DeJardin contributed 20 points and Jake Goldberg 19 for the Golden Knights.

Girls’ basketball

Sierra Canyon 71, Anchorage Christian 46: In Las Vegas, Juju Watkins scored 25 points and MacKenly Randolph had 21 points and 17 rebounds for the 17-1 Trailblazers.

Camarillo 76, Royal 21: Gabriela Jaquez finished with 36 points and Emily Lim had 17 points for 19-0 Camarillo.

Mater Dei 63, Esperanza 53: Jenessa Cotton had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Monarchs.

Etiwanda 83, Orangewood Academy 47: The No. 1-ranked Eagles stayed unbeaten.