It's only the opening week of the high school basketball season, but what a first impression Birmingham High made in winning the Redondo tournament on Saturday night with an 84-74 victory over City Section power Westchester.
The Patriots (4-0) were expected to be one of the top teams in the City but to start out by winning at Redondo and knocking off the Comets, Narbonne and Santa Margarita in the process should open some eyes.
Tournament MVP Devante Doutrive scored 23 points and all-tournament pick Deschon Winston also had 23 points. Marquis Moore led Westchester with 24 points.
"Two years ago, I was up in the stands watching all this just wanting to play," Birmingham Coach Nick Halic said. "To play and win it was excellent. We played our game. We have a way we play."
"It's a good start," Doutrive said.
The Patriots were running and not worrying about turnovers. Winston and Doutrive took turns stepping up. Also making a major contribution was Mark Boland, who had 16 points and made four threes. Sophomore Tyjae Medley hit some tough shots and junior Devonaire Doutrive made all-tournament.
In the third-place game, Matt Mitchell had 21 points and 18 rebounds to help Eastvale Roosevelt defeat Narbonne, 62-46. Jemarl Baker added 14 points.
Santa Margarita claimed fifth place with a 72-54 win over
Ryse Williams scored 26 points and Quinn Collins had 19 in Redondo’s 58-50 win over Long Beach Poly.
In the consolation final, Rancho Christian defeated Lynwood, 59-55. Solomon Davis scored 22 points and Isaiah Mobley had 17.
Mike Meadows scored 21 points in Campbell Hall's 58-53 win over St. Bernard. Dominguez defeated Harvard-Westlake, 59-57.
St. Anthony defeated Morningside 71-61. Isaiah Hawk scored 23 points for Morningside. Marquise Nelloms led St. Anthony with 16 points.
In the championship game of the Chaminade tournament, Heritage Christian (4-0) defeated Windward, 85-76. Freshman Dillon DePina scored 25 points and Jonathan Daniels had 22. Juhawan Harris-Dyson was tournament MVP. Jules Bernard had 33 points and Jalen Harris 21 for Windward.
Rancho Mirage opened with an 84-45 win over West Valley. It was Rancho Mirage's 30th consecutive regular-season win. Charles Neal scored 25 points.
In Oakland, Alemany opened its season by dropping an 82-71 decision to Capital Christian in overtime. Zach Chappell had 38 points for Capital Christian. DJ McDonald scored 31 points for Alemany.
Bishop Montgomery was beaten by Bishop O'Dowd, 70-63. Bishop Montgomery led, 17-1. David Singleton did not play. Ethan Thompson scored 29 points.
Crenshaw won the Jurupa Hills tournament with an 82-77 win over Los Osos. Chris Kendrick scored 29 points and was named tournament MVP. Ramone Wagner added 14 points.
El Camino Real defeated Calabasas, 59-47. Troy Biglow had 20 points and Eddy Egun 17. Max Cheylov scored 16 points for Calabasas.
In Illinois, Esperzanza (3-1) was beaten by Chicago Uplift, 69-54. Kenzie Okpala had 24 points and was co-tourney MVP. Brendon Harrick had 16. Okpala, headed to Stanford, earlier had games of 32, 41 and 36 points.
University won the El Monte tournament with a 78-67 win over St. Paul. Kevin Javier was named tournament MVP.
Santa Ana Mater Dei opened with an 87-54 win over Dos Pueblos. Michael Wang scored 20 points, Justice Sueing had 15 and Spencer Freedman added 10 assists.