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Daylen Williams gets congratulations from his father, John, after scoring the winning basket on Saturday night for Fairfax.
Daylen Williams gets congratulations from his father, John, after scoring the winning basket on Saturday night for Fairfax. (Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

Whenever John Williams' name gets mentioned, the word "legendary" always comes first. He was considered one of the best basketball players in the history of the City Section when he played for Crenshaw High in the 1980s. He went on to LSU and the NBA.

Now his son, Daylen, a promising 6-foot-6 junior, is playing for Fairfax and just starting to get noticed after being injured the last two seasons.

Daylen came through Saturday night, rebounding a missed shot in the final seconds of the championship game of the Fairfax tournament and scoring on a layup to give the Lions a 74-73 victory over Santa Ana Mater Dei.

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Catcher Kameron Ojeda from St. John Bosco went two for two on Saturday to help his team win the gold medal at the Tournament of the Stars in Cary, N.C.

Some 80 players are trying out for the USA 18U national baseball team.

Jake Moberg from Vista Murrieta threw two shutout innings in the bronze medal game, giving him four shutout innings this week.

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Fairfax and Santa Ana Mater Dei both had to rally in the second half on Friday night to advance to Saturday's 6 p.m. championship game of the Fairfax tournament.

The Lions defeated Alemany, 67-61, in Friday's semifinals in an intense game that saw several players ejected.

Kirk Smith finished with 20 points and Jamal Hartwell had 18 for the Lions. Ethan Anderson added 13 points. D.J. McDonald scored 20 points for Alemany.

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The Final Four have been finalized for the Fairfax summer basketball tournament.

Fairfax and Alemany each won quarterfinal games on Thursday, setting up a Friday semifinal schedule that will have those two teams facing off at 6 p.m., followed by Pasadena-Mater Dei at 7:30 p.m.

Alemany received 25 points from DJ McDonald in a 77-72 win over Beverly Hills. Daniel Zahabian had 24 points for Beverly Hills.

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Former All-City guard Evan Wardlow of Santa Clara said Thursday that he intends to transfer after three years on the basketball team.

He wants to play for another college during the 2018-19 season as a graduate student.

He will sit out this coming season and have 1 1/2 years of eligibility remaining if he can join another program in January.

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Athletic with a strong arm, junior Darius Perrantes is making a strong bid to emerge as the starting quarterback at St. Francis this fall.

As a sophomore last season at Crespi, he shared playing time with veteran Hamish McClure before transferring to St. Francis.

On Wednesday, St. Francis and Paraclete played in a 11-on-11 touch football scrimmage, and Perrantes showed his potential. He threw two touchdown passes to Greg Dulcich.

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Former El Camino Real infielder Alex Mejia made his major league debut Thursday by starting at second base for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mejia was the Pac-12 baseball player of the year for Arizona in 2012.

He's the latest Conquistador to reach the majors, joining the likes of Randy Wolf, Conor Jackson, Ryan McGuire, Kurt Birkins, Ryan Lavarnway and umpire Jim Wolf in representing a school that has won nine City Section baseball championships.

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Junior outfielder Cole Kitchen of El Camino Real likely will be considered one of the top three players in the City Section one day, and it could happen as soon as next spring.

This summer, Kitchen is batting .737 (14 for 19). He has 12 RBIs, including seven doubles.

Kitchen was the only sophomore named first-team All-City.

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Pasadena and Mater Dei won their quarterfinal games of the Fairfax tournament on Wednesday night, setting up a semifinal showdown at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Bryce Hamilton scored 33 points in Pasadena's 63-53 victory over Rolling Hills Prep. Alex Garcia had 20 points for Rolling Hills.

Mater Dei received 18 points from Spencer Freedman and 11 points from Bol Bol in an 83-51 win over Santa Monica.

Brandon Dieter of South Hills made a positive impression in his first pitching appearance at the Tournament of the Stars in North Carolina on Wednesday.

He threw three shutout innings as part of a tournament that's trying to sort out players for the 18U national team.

Brice Turang (Corona Santiago) and Kameron Ojeda (St. John Bosco) each had hits. Matt McLain (Beckman) had an RBI single.