A year ago, Jonah Mathews was a freshman guard learning from his brother, Jordan, who would lead Santa Monica to the Southern Section Division 1A championship.
Now Jordan is playing in the Pac-12 for California, but he left behind a younger brother with big-time skills.
Jonah scored 41 points on Wednesday night, making six three-pointers, in Santa Monica’s 85-73 victory over Harvard-Westlake in the Santa Monica tournament.
“He’s special, and the best thing is his best basketball is ahead of him,” Coach James Hecht said.
Derick Newton had 26 points and Alex Copeland 22 for Harvard-Westlake. Inglewood defeated Crossroads, 57-40, with Terrell Gomez scoring 18 points.
In the Wild West Shootout, Trevor Treinen and Louis Jeugo combined to make nine three-pointers in Servite’s 61-39 win over Nevada Incline. Treinen had 18 points and Juego 10.
At Westchester, Julian Richardson scored 17 points and Maleke Haynes and Kelton Conway had 13 points apiece in El Camino Real’s 66-48 victory over West Valley League rival Taft. The Conquistadores will face a tough semifinal challenge from Bishop Montgomery, which routed Windward, 80-44. Stevie Thompson had 25 points and Justin Bibbins 24.
At Mission Viejo, Stanley Johnson scored 31 points in Mater Dei’s 77-48 win over Trabuco Hills.
In the Serrano tournament, Rancho Cucamonga (2-0) got 20 points from Victor Joseph and 14 points and 10 rebounds from Daylan Lawrence in an 81-36 win over Barstow.
In the San Fernando Valley Invitational, Max Heidegger scored 17 points in Crespi’s 78-39 win over Birmingham. Christian Marquez led Westlake with 16 points in a 71-51 win over Grant. Clark Nelson added 15 points.
Alemany defeated Knight 62-46. Shacquille Dawkins led five players in double figures with 11 points and seven assists. Royal defeated Monroe, 76-37. Aaron Haney had 15 points. Canyon defeated Granada Hills, 62-58, in overtime.
At Blair, Cesar Reyes had 15 points and 10 assists in Sun Valley Poly’s 70-32 win over Blair. Francisco Mariscal added 14 points. La Salle defeated Venice, 68-62. Jason Dalcour had 16 points.
At Maranatha, Sylmar defeated St. Anthony, 57-56, to improve to 2-0. Dion Bright and Malcolm Wadlow had 15 points apiece. Chino Hills defeated Pasadena, 73-63. Ajon Efferson had 33 points for Pasadena. Chino Hills and Sylmar play on Friday.
Michael Alvarez made all eight of his shots from three-point range and had 25 points in Oak Park’s 72-62 win over Hawthorne in the St. Monica tournament. University defeated St. Monica, 74-66. Darnell Bettis finished with 22 points.
In the Simi Valley tournament, Kyle Hamilton had 10 points and 11 rebounds in Simi Valley’s 56-53 win over Cleveland. Sierra Canyon defeated Sun Valley, 121-30. Devearl Ramsey, Cody Riley and Robbie Feinberg each had 15 points. Amaad Wainwright scored 43 points but Burroughs lost to Valencia, 97-87.
In the Ocean View tournament, South Gate advanced to the consolation final with a 59-45 win over Lynwood. Gerardo Zavala had 19 points, 13 rebounds and four steals.
Namon Wright scored 40 points but Pacific Hills was beaten by Compton, 87-58.