Prep basketball roundup: Fairfax, Birmingham earn rivalry wins
The search for teams is underway to challenge Narbonne for City Section basketball supremacy this season, and two teams came forward Friday night to pick up victories in rivalry matches.
Fairfax (12-9, 7-0), starting to show improvement after Darius Carr’s transfer became eligible, completed a Western League sweep of rivals Westchester 67-56. Carr scored 28 points and David Mack added 13.
Birmingham (14-6, 4-0), another young side, came away with an 81-77 overtime win over Taft in a key West Valley League game. Naseef Lubowa finished with 22 points and rookie Caleb Newton had 18.
With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the competition grows to see which teams are seeded behind Narbonne in the City Section Open Division playoffs.
Narbonne 73, Rancho Dominguez 50: Marcus Adams Jr. scored 29 points as the Gauchos took control of the Marine League race.
Crenshaw 66, Dorsey 45: The Cougars improved to 19-2. Jeremiah Blackmon scored 22 points and AJ Robinson added 13.
Etiwanda 57 years old, Damien 53 years old: The Eagles used a frantic rally in the fourth quarter to take first place in the Base League. Amare Campbell scored 19 points.
Dominguez 59, Downey 58: On the night Dominguez retired the jerseys of Tyson Chandler and Tayshaun Prince, the Dons rallied for the upset. Isaac Sowell had 23 points and 21 rounds, and Eric Banks Jr. scored 15 points.
Venice 51, LACES 41: Kenyon Alexander had 17 points for Venice.
Saint John Bosco 73, Servitus 45: The Braves improved to 21-3 overall and 6-0 in the Trinity League.
Mater Dei 62, JSerra 53: First-year student Brennon Martinson helped the Monarchs tie their Trinity League record at 3-3 by scoring 26 points. Sophomore Owen Verna contributed 18 points. Aidan Fowler had 20 points for JSerra.
Orange Lutheran 54, Santa Margarita 52: Zion Paleo scored 21 points for Orange Lutheran.
Saint Anthony 63, Saint Paul 53: Tyler Small led St. Anthony with 20 points.
Saugus 69, Hart 58: Justin Perez led the Centurions with 24 points.
West Ranch 75, Valencia 62: Mikah Ballew had 24 points for Valencia.
Agoura 55, Westlake 47: The Chargers took the Marmonte League victory.
Oaks Christian 63, Newbury Park 59: Isayah Garcia scored 28 points for Oaks Christian.
Simi Valley 61, Moorpark 43: Ryder Mjoen had 25 points for Simi Valley. Kyle Hoffer took two charging fouls, giving him 22 this season.
Park Oak 65, Royal 55: Isaiah Sherrard scored 22 points for Oak Park.
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 93, Chaminade 66: Dusty Stromer had 24 points, Caleb Foster 22 and Mercy Miller 18 for the Knights.
Harvard-Westlake 72, Sierra Canyon 52: The Wolverines went undefeated in the Mission League with a rout of Sierra Canyon, which lacked Bronny James and Isaiah Elohim. Brady Dunlap had 20 points.
Loyola 51, Crespi 48: Hugh Vandeweghe finished with 14 points for Loyola.
Saint Francis 52, Bishop Alemany 37: Luke McGrath led a balanced offense with 12 points for St. Francis.
Oxnard 76, Pacifica 27: The Yellowjackets are 20-2, 8-0 in the league.
Calabasas 58, Thousand Oaks 55: The Coyotes handed Thousand Oaks their first league loss behind Gavin Murphy, who scored 26 points. Trent MacLean led Thousand Oaks with 20 points and 16 rebounds.
Foothill 73, Brea 32: Carlo Billings scored 19 points for 22-2 Foothill.
Santa Monica 64, Peninsula 44: Jayden Xu had 15 points for Santa Monica.
Norco 69, Corona Santiago 51: Diego Saucedo finished with 26 points for Norco.
St. Pie X-St. Matthias 85, Salesian 57: Tyrone Riley scored 28 points and Douglas Langford 19 for 20-4 St. Pius X.
Bishop Montgomery 80, Gardena Serra 50: The Knights went undefeated in the Del Rey League. Christian Jones scored a career-high 27 points.
Walnut 67, Diamond Bar 59: Malik Khouzam finished with 22 points and Joby Barnes 18 for Walnut.
Granada Hills 63, Cleveland 43: Marianne Boco had 18 points for the first-place Highlanders (17-4, 4-0) in a West Valley League game.
San Pedro 62, Carson 38: Noelani Raigans scored 23 points for San Pedro, going 6-0 in the Marine League.