The followers carrying purple and black streamed in, chants of “Har-vard West-lake” rattling all through the Wolverines’ health club in Studio City, for a Mission League matchup the Southland had been anticipating all season.
The college students carried copies of their faculty newspaper, the Harvard-Westlake Chronicle. And throughout Sierra Canyon’s pregame introductions, the Wolverines followers held them over their faces, as if to say — within the paraphrasing of 1 scholar — they didn’t care what assortment of expertise the Trailblazers needed to provide.
Except two of their largest stars weren’t in Sierra Canyon’s beginning lineup.
Earlier Friday, Sierra Canyon coach Andre Chevalier texted head of college Jim Skrumbis that his two high scorers, senior Bronny James and junior Isaiah Elohim, had been out due to accidents.
“If you want to take the night off and go to a nice dinner …” Chevalier texted, in keeping with Skrumbis.
Friday evening was the most important recreation of the season, a sold-out away crowd forming DMV-level strains outdoors the ticket sales space that morning, anticipating a showdown between two of Los Angeles’ elite prep faculties. But with out James and Elohim, the sport supplied little intrigue past the primary quarter in a 72-52 Harvard-Westlake win.
“It’s us against Sierra Canyon, not us against Bronny and Isaiah,” senior Brady Dunlap stated.
The Wolverines made certain to not have a letdown, beginning first when guard Trent Perry dribbled right into a buzzer-beating three-pointer on the finish of the primary half to increase a result in 34-20.
Eight minutes later, Dunlap pulled up over a number of Trailblazers to financial institution in a troublesome three-pointer to finish the third quarter.
The Wolverines poured it on within the fourth quarter, Jacob Huggins ending an alley-oop and Robert Hinton following with a slam in the course of the subsequent possession.
With a few minutes remaining, the scholar part serenaded Wolverines coach David Rebibo, who turned 39 on Friday, with a rendition of “Happy Birthday.”
Sierra Canyon, which usually prides itself on its crisp defensive rotations, regarded defeated.
Dunlap made powerful photographs from the midrange and buried 4 three-pointers en route to twenty factors. Perry added 15.
“They threw a little face-guard at me,” Dunlap stated. “I give all the credit to my teammates for finding me.”
Senior Memphis commit Ashton Hardaway had six three-pointers and 20 factors for Sierra Canyon, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient. James, Sierra Canyon’s heartbeat and senior chief, was held out for a second consecutive recreation whereas resting a knee damage. Elohim, in the meantime, had a flare-up of a knee downside that sidelined him final season.
The Trailblazers regarded timid offensively for a lot of the evening with out their two high scorers, Chevalier repeatedly leaping and screaming “shoot it!” at Sierra Canyon gamers who handed up open seems to be.
“You need Bron-ny!” chanted Harvard-Westlake followers firstly of the fourth quarter.
Sierra Canyon pulled it off with out James in opposition to St. Francis on Wednesday. But the lack of James and Elohim in opposition to Harvard-Westlake proved an excessive amount of.