There were some tough times in the off season for L.A. Windward basketball players. The school had another coaching change, and rumors were fast and furious about player defections.
In the end, standouts Jules Bernard and Jalen Harris stayed and are blossoming under first-year Coach Colin Pfaff, a former college assistant.
Bernard scored 28 points and had 21 rebounds and Harris added 26 points to help Windward improve to 3-0 with a 75-57 win over Chaminade on Wednesday night.
"We're definitely making progress," Harris said.
Getting other players to contribute will be important for Windward's tough league schedule ahead against the likes of Sierra Canyon, Brentwood, Viewpoint and Crossroads.
Chaminade showed off a pair of sophomores that fans should get excited about. Dennis Flowers, a transfer from Village Christian, scored 22 points. And K.J. Martin, the son of former NBA star Kenyon Martin, had 14 points and four blocks.
In other games, Heritage Christian held off Dorsey, 83-73. Juhwan Harris-Dyson had 27 points and 14 rebounds. Brandon Crawford led Dorsey with 19 points. The Dons lost Coach Kevin Gibson to two technicals.
Wasatch defeated El Camino Real, 76-52. Troy Biglow scored 24 points for the Conquistadores. Beverly Hills defeated Calabasas, 71-62. Jack Roggin scored 24 points for Calabasas. Ron Artest had 17 points for Beverly Hills.
Simi Valley defeated Newbury Park, 61-59, aided by a 10-0 run. Bryant Farmer made the game winner. Max Edwards had 19 points and Justin Campbell 17.
The semifinals for Chaminade tournament on Friday: Heritage Christian vs. Beverly Hills at 5 p.m.; Windward vs. Wasatch, 6:30 p.m.