Harvard-Westlake boys’ basketball defeats West Ranch

Brady Dunlap raised his fist within the air. It was the ultimate seconds of Harvard-Westlake’s 59-50 victory over Santa Clarita West Ranch earlier than a sold-out gymnasium in Studio City on Friday night time.

The Wolverines gained’t be going to the Southern Section Open Division championship sport due to an odd stumble earlier within the week, however the lesson discovered may assist him and his teammates get a much bigger prize — a state title.

“There’s no explanation,” the senior mentioned of the Wolverines’ six-point loss on Tuesday to Bellflower St. John Bosco that may permit the Braves to face Corona Centennial for the Open Division title on Feb. 25 on the Honda Center. “It was an embarrassing effort. We know it and we’re going to wear it on our sleeves the rest of the way. Even though we lost, that loss helped us today, because we were ahead late and held it and didn’t lose focus.”

West Ranch (29-2) got here in needing solely a win over Harvard-Westlake to advance. Except little or no went proper for the Wildcats. Their star participant, Andrew Meadow, was restricted to 5 factors and went scoreless within the second half. Jazz Gardner, the tallest participant on the ground at 7 toes, was just about a nonfactor besides when he was fouled and made free throws. He had eight factors. The participant maintaining West Ranch alive was James Evans, who completed with 15 factors and made three three-pointers within the third quarter.

Except there was no approach Dunlap, who lives within the Santa Clarita Valley and attended Newhall Hart as a freshman, was going to lose to gamers he grew up with and college students within the bleachers who’re his mates.

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He completed with 18 factors and 7 rebounds, to help Trent Perry and Jacob Huggins, every of whom contributed 12 factors.

“Those are my boys,” Dunlap mentioned. “It’s always fun to go against friends.”

St. John Bosco picked up a 60-47 win over Playa del Rey St. Bernard behind Jack Turner’s 20 factors. The Braves, Harvard-Westlake and West Ranch all completed 2-1 in pool play, however St. John Bosco advances to the ultimate due to the tiebreaker, having crushed the upper seed, No. 2 Harvard-Westlake. The Braves got here again after dropping their playoff opener to West Ranch.

“It’s an incredible accomplishment, especially when you lose the first one,” St. John Bosco coach Matt Dunn mentioned. “It will be an awesome experience for our young group playing in the final.”

Top-seeded Corona Centennial took care of enterprise in defeated Torrance Bishop Montgomery 73-55 to complete 3-0 in its pool. Jared McCain was introduced his McDonald’s All-American jersey and had 11 factors. Aaron McBride led the way in which with 20 factors.

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame defeated Chatsworth Sierra Canyon for the third time this season 70-53. Caleb Foster completed with 23 factors.

All eight Open Division groups have computerized berths for the state playoffs that shall be introduced on Feb. 26. Centennial, St. John Bosco, Harvard-Westlake and West Ranch are anticipated to be the Southern California Regional Open Division playoffs.

Harvard-Westlake (30-2) will get every week off to organize.

“We competed, played real hard, shared the ball, had tons of productivity. We had our normal spirit,” Harvard-Westlake coach David Rebibo mentioned.

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Grant 72, Granada Hills 62: The defending City Section Division I champion Lancers earned a spot within the championship sport. Dilyn Martin scored 18 factors. They will face Venice, a 52-40 winner over LACES.

Boys’ soccer

Birmingham 6, Hamilton 0: Diego Ceja scored the primary three objectives for the No. 1-seeded Patriots, who superior to the City Section semifinals. They will play No. 20 seed Taft, a 2-1 upset winner over Fremont.

El Camino Real 3, Cleveland 2: The Royals superior to Wednesday’s semifinals after opening a 3-0 lead, then holding on. Anthony Villa scored two objectives. El Camino Real will play host to Palisades, a 1-0 upset winner over No. 2 Chavez.

Carson 5, Santee 1: The Colts superior to the City Section Division II semifinals.

Girls’ soccer

Harvard-Westlake 3, Etiwanda 2: Alex Astalos scored on a penalty kick within the 62nd minute to interrupt a 1-1 tie and Kaia Santamarco-King broke a 2-2 tie with one other aim within the Division II semifinal.

Hart 3, Westlake 0: The Indians superior to a Division II ultimate towards Harvard-Westlake.


Chaminade 7, Castaic 4: Home runs by Degan Hensley, Greg Rangel and Matt Churchill powered the Eagles.

Long Beach Millikan 6, Dana Hills 1: Cameron Hegamin had two hits and two RBIs for Millikan.

Narbonne 7, Long Beach Wilson 4: Vandross Callahan and Juan Caballero every had two hits and two RBI for Narbonne.

La Mirada 6, Anaheim Canyon 2: Eric Jeon completed with three hits, together with a house run, and two RBIs for La Mirada.

North Hollywood 8, San Fernando 5: Cristian Calderon and Ryan Lopez had two hits every for North Hollywood.

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Fullerton 6, San Clemente 2: Kyle Kim picked up the win and acquired two hits to steer Fullerton.

Santa Monica 5, Paramount 0: Sean Bowker and David Montes mixed on a two-hitter.