Saturday Action At VSF and Hollywood Fall Leagues
Valley Sports Foundation league
We did a quick Saturday morning drive by at the Valley Sports Foundation league and caught a game at El Camino Real HS and one-plus at Granada Hills HS.
El Camino Real was playing without Jordan Warren but was able to handle Newbury Park. Neither team has much size, although Randall for NP looked big enough to cause some matchup problems in the paint. Jordan Cameron was NP’s best player but he wasn’t enough to overcome the energy of Marcus Lewis & Eric Bell and the shooting touch of Nick Kindel. ECR won the game 44-37 as Kindel scored 10 pts and Lewis notched 9. Cameron led all scorers with 12.
Over at GHHS, Chatsworth was lighting up Agoura. Specifically, Brandon Harris was torching the nets with seven (7!) three-pointers. Watch out West Valley league: Chatsworth won’t be content with moral victories; they’ll be after W’s. Kyle Faught tossed in 15 points for Agoura but Chatsworth ran away with it 71-37. Harris racked up 27 points and Bo Bennett added 6 for Chatsworth. Michael Palarca orchestrated the offensive explosion.
Other scores, stats we grabbed:
Montclair Prep won 74-62 over Santa Barbara thanks to the one-two punch of Bobby Webb (20 points) and Craig Partovich (19). Jin-Su Kim was on the bench but didn’t play because of a minor injury. For Santa Barbara it was Joseph Bregante with the hot hand as he hit 5 threes for 15 points; Andrew Gonzales helped with 14 pts.
Burbank Burroughs 50, Carpinteria 46. Daniel St. Hubert led Burroughs with 18 while Jacob got 18 for Carp.
Hollywood Fall league
9am Los Angeles 57, Cathedral 50
10am Hawthorne 59, Huntington Park 39
11am Pasadena 60, Sylmar 36
12pm Serra 37, Hollywood 34
1pm Dorsey 59, San Pedro 39
2pm Monroe 65, Venice 61
3pm Price 67, Taft 49
4pm: Claremont 43, Campbell Hall 36
Campbell Hall led 34-30 with 1:58 left but it was all Claremont after that. They hit two consecutive three-pointers to grab the lead for good. Joe Ford hit two FTs with 33 seconds left to bring CH within two at 38-36 but Claremont closed out the win with 5 free throws down the stretch.
5pm: Harvard-Westlake 48, Birmingham 41
Everybody’s wondering how good Birmingham will be this year with their two Oregon imports, brothers Jarrel & Jimmy Smith. Harvard-Westlake had no problems in the early going while they opened up a large lead. Alex Stepheson was a force in the middle as the lead grew to 20-9 and 27-11. But Birmingham stepped it up on defense and began to take big chunks out of the deficit. They closed to 35-28 with 6:30 left in the game. Then Alex Osborne nailed another of his threes (he showed a nice stroke beyond the arc) and H-W was up by double digits again. Birmingham wouldn’t give up and when Jarrel Smith got a rebound and putback of his brother’s missed jumper it was 38-32 with over 5 minutes still left. But they seemed to run out of gas after that and Harvard-Westlake pulled away for the victory.
6pm: Cleveland 75, LACES 44
LACES is an improving program but they aren’t ready for the bigtime yet, at least not against the Cavaliers on this night. Cleveland had way too much athleticism, speed, and depth for LACES as they ran off to a decisive win. Cleveland had all their big guns (Jason Hill, Andre Murray, Corey Duncan, Deandre Myles) and they were shooting bulls-eyes all game. LACES has some good players and they had their moments but this wasn’t their night.
7pm: Fremont 67, Washington Prep 56
This was a great game to finish off the day’s events. Neither team would give ground as the lead changed hands a few times and the score stayed tight for most of the game. Fremont kept attacking the rim but hurt themselves a few times when Washington retreated for easy transition baskets. Ricky Boyles was effective in the paint for Washington and Mark Hill was directing the Fremont pony express. When Fremont’s Chance Morris scored on a layup to give Fremont the lead 49-47, Washington was never able to catch up and regain the lead again.
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