Basketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals

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LA VERNE >> Only two local teams are in the Classic at Damien’s platinum division and they’ll be facing each other Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals. The game will be played at Damien High and be broadcast live on KDOC.

Sierra Canyon defeated Ribet Academy 91-58. Birmingham defeated Long Beach Poly 67-65. The two will now face off in a double-local showdown for San Fernando Valley supremacy. The Trailblazers are the No. 1 team in the area. Birmingham is ranked No. 5.

“You play in (the Classic at Damien) to play the best teams,” Birmingham coach Nick Halic said. “They are one of the top teams in the country so it should be fun.”

The Trailblazers (12-0) made it look easy Thursday night in front of Lakers superstar LeBron James, which added a nice touch to a sold-out gym. The first quarter was flooded with breakaway dunks by Amari Bailey and Kentucky commit BJ Boston. In minutes Sierra Canyon led 21-9 before taking a 46-18 lead into halftime.

Boston had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Shy Odom tallied 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Amari Bailey added 14 points. Zaire Wade scored eight and Bronny James had four.

BJ Boston with the putback slam.@brandonboston5 | @bboston_

— Tarek Fattal (@Tarek_Fattal) December 27, 2019

Birmingham (9-1) looked like the L.A. City Section Open Division favorites with the win, although it didn’t come easy, holding a 40-23 halftime lead before being outscored 27-10 in the third quarter.

Elisha Cofield led the Patriots with 18 points. James Nobles and David Elliott each had 13.

Fairfax, another thought-to-be City Section favorite, lost to St. John Bosco 64-47.

James Nobles 3ball. Birmingham leads LB Poly 20-6, 2 to go in the first quarter. @Birminghambball

— Tarek Fattal (@Tarek_Fattal) December 26, 2019


Chaminade 72, Pasadena 57: Keith Higgins led the Eagles with 25 points and KJ Simpson pitched in 18. Chaminade led at halftime 48-27.

Valencia 82, Leuzinger 67: Jake Hylwiak scored 31 points, including five 3s. Kevin Konrad tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Vikings, who will take on Rolling Hills Prep Friday at 3:30 p.m.

Santa Clarita Christian 84, Culver City 56: Josh O’Garro led the Cardinals with 34 points. Caden Starr added 21. Cardinals will face Heritage Christian on Friday.

Heritage Christian 73, Westview (Portland) 62: Skyy Clark led the Warriors with 29 points.

HC 12-1


Moorpark 82, Arroyo 27: Sophomore Samson Hall led Moorpark with 20 points.

La Canada 50, Salesian 46 (OT): Kyle Brown led La Canada with 26. Ryan Grande had 16.


Oak Park 58, Canyon Crest 53: Clark Slajchert scored 34 points.

Taft 88, Sylmar 66: Khalil Haywood had 31 points and 18 rebounds for the Toreadors. Ramel Lloyd added 19 and 12. Taft is 9-2.

Viewpoint 67, Thousand Oaks 56: Andrew Reyes led the Patriots with 18 points. Freshman Dante Ogbu added 18 points and seven rebounds in the Rancho Mirage Invitational.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News


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