It's the second half of league play, and there were signs last week that freshman Cassius Stanley of Harvard-Westlake had learned plenty of lessons from his first six games in the Mission League.
Encino Crespi, holding a 21-game winning streak, found out Wednesday night just how much Stanley has begun to grow as a player. Stanley scored 28 points and led the Wolverines to a 74-66 road upset of the first-place Celts (21-2, 7-1). Harvard-Westlake (16-5) has won four consecutive league games under first-year Coach David Rebibo, and it's a freshman leading the way.
"He's growing up," Rebibo said. "He's listening. He's moving without the ball. He's finding ways to make plays for his teammates. He's maturing every game."
Crespi doesn't usually lose close games, but Harvard-Westlake came through in the fourth quarter despite 28 points from De'Atnthony Melton.
"We played really hard, really tough and really together," Rebibo siad. "We consistently found the open man. I thought we did a good job rebounding and we found a way to win."