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Looking cool, calm and confident, Robert McRae made two free throws with 2.3 seconds left to give Fairfax a 58-57 victory over Santa Clarita Christian on Saturday night at Sierra Canyon.

“I practice that shot over and over,” McRae said.

Santa Clarita Christian had taken the lead with 15 seconds left on a dunk by Kaleb Lowery after a missed shot.

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Bru McCoy, The Times’ player of the year, from Santa Ana Mater Dei, announced Saturday he’s headed to USC.

The wide receiver-linebacker adds to the Trojans’ talent at the receiver position. Also announcing for the Trojans was Orange Lutheran receiver Kyle Ford.

St. John Bosco cornerback Chris Steele committed to Florida.

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Adelanto 79, Vasquez 39

Animo Bunche 79, New West Charter 74

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Junior scores 21 points in win over SO Notre Dame

Crespi lost most of its top players to graduation, but coach Russell White has his team at 18-3 and is celebrating a 64-63 double overtime win over Chaminade on Friday night in its Mission League opener.

Kyle Owens, the only starter back, had 26 points and 12 rebounds. Ellis Kahn made six threes and finished with 24 points. Weston Crump, Keith Higgins Jr. and Abe Eagle each scored 15 points for Chaminade.

Loyola defeated Alemany 62-55 for its 10th consecutive victory. Neil Owens led the Cubs with 13 points. Brandon Whitney led Alemany with 19 points.

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Antelope Valley 76, Victor Valley 69

Artesia 58, Oxford Academy 48

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Adelanto 73, Ridgecrest Burroughs 63

Anaheim Canyon 68, Westminster 47

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Coach Gary McKnight watches as his Santa Ana Mater Dei team takes on Palm Springs on Jan. 2.
Coach Gary McKnight watches as his Santa Ana Mater Dei team takes on Palm Springs on Jan. 2. (Eric Sondheimer)

Much of the attention in the first two months of the basketball season has focused on Sierra Canyon and Rancho Christian as the teams to beat in the Southern Section, but don’t count out defending Open Division champion Santa Ana Mater Dei.

The Monarchs are 16-1 with a starting lineup of all underclassmen, and their front line measures 6-9, 6-9 and 6-8. In other words, don’t count out coach Gary McKnight, who found a way to beat Sierra Canyon last season.

“It’s a great group of kids,” he said. “They’re really jelling as a team.”

Loyola’s soccer team is ranked No. 1 in the United Soccer Coaches national poll.

San Luis Obispo is No. 10.

In the girls rankings, JSerra is No. 1. Los Alamitos is No. 3 and Upland No. 5.

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Sophomore guards Kenneth Simpson Jr. (left) and Keith Higgins Jr. have led Chaminade to a 15-3 record going into its Mission League opener.
Sophomore guards Kenneth Simpson Jr. (left) and Keith Higgins Jr. have led Chaminade to a 15-3 record going into its Mission League opener. (Eric Sondheimer)

Mission League basketball action begins on Friday with three outstanding openers: Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at Harvard-Westlake, Crespi at Chaminade, Alemany at Loyola.

All could be overtime games. There’s that much parity in the league. St. Francis, at 16-2, has a bye.

There’s a big change this season. Teams are playing each other only once. There will be a tournament at the end of the season, with the top four teams playing for the right to play in a championship game and the bottom three teams playing in a round robin format.

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Jordan Brinson of Westchester was named Beach Ball Classic MVP on Monday. Last season he was trying to score against Kirk Smith of Fairfax.
Jordan Brinson of Westchester was named Beach Ball Classic MVP on Monday. Last season he was trying to score against Kirk Smith of Fairfax. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

New Year’s Eve in Myrtle Beach, S.C., proved to be quite a moment for the Westchester High basketball team on Monday night.

The Comets (13-1) held on for a 42-41 win over Ky. Scott County in the championship game of the Beach Ball Classic.

Jordan Brinson, who scored 19 points, was named tournament MVP. Kaelen Allen made two free throws in the final 30 seconds to give Westchester the lead. Then the Comets played good enough defense to pull out the victory.