Grant claims City Section Division I boys’ basketball title
For the second 12 months in a row, Van Nuys Grant received the City Section Division I boys’ basketball title, and as soon as once more the Lancers did it by upsetting a No. 1 seed from the Western League.
The second-seeded Lancers (21-10) used the new capturing of senior ahead Dashaun Gains and hard protection within the paint to triumph 63-53 over Venice, which was denied its first part title since 1948.
Gains poured in 29 factors for Grant, which led 32-27 at halftime, 44-42 after three quarters and step by step elevated its benefit all through a frenzied fourth quarter, answering each Venice run with certainly one of its personal Saturday afternoon at Pasadena City College.
Grant coach Tarek Abdelsameia was as blissful as he was final winter when he led the Lancers to a 53-48 victory over Westchester as a No. 3 seed for this system’s first part crown.
Senior guard Byron Mendez had 12 factors, senior ahead Jaylen Jones and junior guard Anthony Minnoy every added six, and heart Dilyn Martin had 5, together with a three-pointer that gave Grant a 10-point lead with 1:34 remaining.
Tyler Hunt, who led the Gondoliers to the Division III state finals final season after they misplaced within the City Open Division quarterfinals, netted 20 factors, however the junior guard didn’t get sufficient assist from his teammates.
Junior guard Aidan Donald contributed seven factors and Kenyon Alexander added six, however the Gondoliers missed quite a few layups. Twice within the fourth quarter, that they had 4 cracks at a basket however got here away empty.