Two games into the basketball season, South Gate is estabilishing itself as the favorite to win City Section Division II behind sophomore David Mixon.
The Rams improved to 2-0 in the St. Monica tournament, knocking off Birmingham, 60-57. Mixon scored 22 points and junior Julio Maldonado had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Maldonado made the game-winning layup with 11 seconds left. The Rams defeated Hamilton on Monday.
Also in the St. Monica tournament, La Salle defeated University, 66-51. Jaice Gardner scored 22 points and had 13 rebounds. Crossroads defeated Santa Monica, 62-60. Jonah Mathews had 28 points for Santa Monica.
In the El Segundo tournament, Loyola defeated Rancho Dominguez, 93-37. Ben Grundy scored 22 points. Fairfax defeated View Park, 81-45. Babacar Thiombane had 25 points. Antoine Monroe, Jamal Hartwell and Jeremy Hamilton added 11 points apiece.
In the Maranatha tournament, Westlake defeated Highland, 69-66. Adam Hess had 21 points and Drew Brackens 18. Cantwell-Sacred Heart defeated Palisades, 75-45. Jacob Davison had 24 points. Maranatha defeated Firebaugh, 70-28. Trevor Stanback had 17 points and 20 rebounds. Muir defeated Oaks Christian, 64-62. Hunter Woods had 30 points for Muir.
In the Burbank tournament, Isaac Etter had 26 points and Josh Caston 20 in Village Christian's 92-35 win over Quartz Hill.
In the Westchester tournament, JW North defeated Roybal, 91-31. Campbell Hall defeated Peninsula, 48-41. Jordan Cohen had 25 points. St. Bernard defeated Bakersfield, 57-45.
La Mirada defeated Paramount, 87-69. Ian Carter had 25 points. Jonathan Guzman led Paramount with 26 points.
Villa Park (2-0) defeated Bassett, 81-36. Evan Battey had 23 points and 15 rebounds. Orange Lutheran defeated Century, 82-8. The Lancers didn't give up a single point in the second half.
In the Corona Centennial tournament, Foothills Christian defeated Etiwanda, 73-44. UCLA-bound TJ Leaf had 34 points. Centennial defeated Rancho Christian, 82-52. Centennial plays Foothills Christian on Wednesday and Chino Hills faces Eastvale Roosevelt. Semaj Shepheard scored 29 points in Cathedral's 74-35 win over Rialto. Milan Acquaah added 19 points.
Reseda Cleveland improved to 3-0 with a 88-54 win over Sherman Oaks CES. Roman Morales had 24 points and Wayne Currie 23 points.
Dante Fregoso scored 25 points in Flintridge Prep's 65-33 win over St. Pius X-St. Matthias.
Thomas Franks had 23 points in St. Bonaventure's 66-53 win over Malibu.
Beverly Hills defeated Crenshaw, 65-51. Tarbut V'Torah (2-0) defeated Calvary Chapel, 61-38. Brandon Averitt had 20 points and Isaac Abecassis added 18.
San Marino defeated AGBU, 58-36. Sophomore Chuma Azinge had 19 points.
Scores from the San Dimas tournament: Kaiser 60 Upland 48; Rowland 64 West Covina 47; Bell Gardens 62 Arcadia 56; Alta Loma 51 South Hills 48.