Prep sports roundup: Freshman Tajh Ariza of St. Bernard is making father proud
It was 19 years ago in Sacramento when Trevor Ariza led Westchester High to a state basketball championship.
On Friday night, he was in the Beverly Hills High gym bleachers watching his 14-year-old freshman son, Tajh, play for unbeaten St. Bernard.
Tajh is 6 feet 6 and growing. He could end up reaching 6-10, but when asked if his son is beating him yet one on one, Trevor said, “Hell no.”
Ariza scored 15 points to help St. Bernard improve to 8-0 with an 81-57 victory over Campbell Hall. St. Bernard was clinging to a 36-35 halftime lead, then pulled away in the third quarter behind a balanced attack. Campbell Hall (5-2) received 26 points from Tanner Jones, whose father, Dahntay, is a former NBA player and a Clippers assistant coach.
Sophomore Caleb Versher scored 18 points for St. Bernard.
“The press turned things around,” St. Bernard coach Tony Bland said.
Lynwood 77, Gardena Serra 66: Freshman Jason Crowe Jr. finished with 43 points for Lynwood. Freshman Kayleb Kearse had 17 points for Serra.
Fairfax 76, Blair 39: The Lions (1-2) won their first game for new coach Jamal Hartwell. David Mack scored 23 points and Isaiah Burton added 14 points.
St. John Bosco 82, Walnut 52: The Braves handed Walnut its first defeat. Kade Bonam had 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Etiwanda 49, Riverside Poly 38: Christian Harris scored 16 points to lead the Eagles. Amare Campbell was named tournament MVP.
Oxnard 89, Clovis East 48: The Yellowjackets improved to 7-0. Reese Widerburg scored 33 points.
Tesoro 43, Los Alamitos 41: Carson Brown had 22 points and 11 rebounds for 11-1 Tesoro.
Loyola 54, Garces 41: Jonas de Krassel scored 17 points and Hugh Vandeweghe added 16 points for the Cubs.
Heritage Christian 75, Westlake 53: Heritage Christian improved to 7-0. Seven Bahati scored 23 points and Giovanni Goree added 21 points.
Crenshaw 83, Fremont 51: The Cougars stayed unbeaten. King Peterson scored 26 points and AJ Robinson 23 points.
Grant 114, Chavez 28: Jayleen Jones finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds for the 2-0 Lancers.
San Diego 66, Redondo Union 63: Noah Marte made four free throws in the final 9.4 seconds to clinch the Beverly Hills tournament win for San Diego.
Thousand Oaks 80, Nipomo 41: Elias Chin scored 26 points for the 7-0 Lancers.
Saugus 63, Golden Valley 57: Max Tengan led Saugus with 12 points.
Valencia 65, Canyon 47: Kai Davis had 19 points and Mikah Ballew 18 for Valencia.
Agoura 62, Oak Park 60: Nasir Meyer had 24 points and Zane Miller 22 for the 8-2 Chargers. Isaiah Sherrard scored 19 points for Oak Park.
Newbury Park 64, Chaminade 57: Cooper Lucas scored 18 points for 9-1 Newbury Park.
St. Pius X-St. Matthias 63, Narbonne 55: The Gauchos’ winning streak came to an end with a road defeat.
St. Francis 58, Hillsdale 31: Chris Kalachian had 13 points for St. Francis.
Calabasas 69, El Camino Real 51: Gavin Murphy finished with 24 points for the Coyotes.
La Mirada 70, Mayfair 59: Julien Gomez scored 28 points for surging La Mirada, which faces St. John Bosco on Saturday for the St. John Bosco tournament championship.
Sierra Canyon 68, Utah Fremont 36: Mackenly Randolph had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Juju Watkins added 19 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Sierra Canyon (5-0).
Edison 66, Long Beach Wilson 39: Mia Cassel scored 19 points and Taylor Savage added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Edison.
Mater Dei 48, Arizona Millennium 31: In Arizona, the Monarchs (5-1) got the victory behind Caia Elisaldez, who scored 22 points.
Servite 7, Cypress 0: The Friars (3-0-2) received three goals from Joe Moyer and two from Dylan Graham and Martin Rico.
Cathedral 3, Mater Dei 3: The match ended in a tie after Mater Dei rallied from a 3-1 deficit. Aaron Espana had two goals for Cathedral.
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