Ed Azzam, the winningest basketball coach in City Section history and in his 38th season, talked with excitement on Tuesday night about his two sophomore guards, Jeremiah Turley and Jordan Brinson. Both came through in Westchester's 77-72 overtime win over No. 5-ranked Long Beach Poly in the quarterfinals of the Redondo tournament.
Turley's three-pointer with 6.8 seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime. And Brinson contributed 24 points. Turley is a transfer from Warren. Brinson played on varsity last season as a freshman.
"I'm impressed," Azzam said. "They're not afraid. The guards are playing big and the defense is coming. They play hard and play with confidence."
Luis Rodriguez had 19 points and Marquis Moore also contributed for the Comets. Zafir Williams had 26 points for Poly, which gave the Comets the opening they needed when Darryl Polk missed the front end of a one-and-one with 14.5 seconds left in regulation. That's when Turley drilled his three-pointer.
"I've been working on it since I was 4," Turley said of his shooting touch.
Westchester will play Eastvale Roosevelt, a 62-50 winner over Oak Park, in Friday's semifinals at 8 p.m. Matt Mitchell scored 26 points and Jemarl Baker 17. Oak Park received 30 points and 11 rebounds from Riley Battin.
Narbonne became the second City Section school to reach the semifinals with a 64-57 overtime win over Redondo. Kendal Frey scored 25 points, Jeremy Galang 13 and Psalm Maduakor had 12. Narbonne led, 29-9, and 39-22 at halftime. Redondo tied it at the buzzer in regulation on a three by Ryse Williams.
Marvin Bragg scored 33 points in Gahr's 64-57 win over Harvard-Westlake. Freshmen Mason Hooks and Johnny Juzang scored 20 and 19 points, respectively, for Harvard-Westlake.
St. Bernard defeated Fremont, 56-47. Mook Harris had 16 points. Amar Ross led Fremont with 16 points. St. Anthony defeated Campbell Hall, 78-53, despite 23 points from Johnny Garnett.
University advanced to semifinals of El Monte tournament with 93-51 win over Hoover. Jude Agbasi scored 16 points and Gabe Okmin and Kevin Javier had 15 each.
Jalen Harris scored 20 points in Windward's 81-40 win over Moorpark.
Jonathan Daniels scored 20 points in Heritage Christian's 83-59 win over Shavalet.
Crenshaw defeated Sultana, 77-45. Kevin Ebierikwe had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Chris Kendrick added 15 points.
Simi Valley was beaten by Wasatch, 84-55. Jacob Grebeta scored 20 points for Simi Valley. Chaminade defeated Agoura, 54-36. Dennis Flowers and KJ Martin ahd 13 points apiece.
Oaks Christian defeated Buckley, 71-41. Jordan Berens had 21 points and Jordan Jones 15. El Camino Real defeated Newbury Park, 63-50. Troy Biglow had 16 points. Calabasas defeated Bernstein, 96-66. Zach Favaedi had 16 points.