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Nike Extravaganza Saturday Results

February, 4, 2012
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Mater Dei, L.B. Poly look like state's top two teams in Saturday wins, but Loyola falls hard to Woodland Hills Taft

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Westchester (Los Angles) 45 , Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 42

Since his team wasn't running the sets he wanted and with the game in the balance, Westchester head coach Ed Azzam had simple instructions for his team.

"I told them to go try and steal the ball," Azzam said of his team's effective full-court press late in the game. "We're going to get a steal, or they were going to make a three or lay-up."

With 4:26 remaining in the game, Westchester took a lead it would not relinquish on a steal that led to a pair of free throws by senior Je’ron Primus. He came back, stole the inbounds pass and converted a conventional 3-point play. For Primus, who led the Comets in scoring with 15 points, it was his eighth consecutive point and gave the Comets just enough cushion after they picked up the defensive intensity.

Westchester (19-5) played solid defense for the last 34 seconds of the game as Capistrano Valley (21-3) could not capitalize with a solid look on its last possession. The only shot the Cougars were able to put up was a off-balance, desperation 3-pointer from 22 feet out.

"We had a foul to give and it was the best defensive possession we had the whole game," Azzam said. "You got to give the kids credit for that one."

The flow of the game picked up in the second quarter as the teams went into halftime tied 18-18. Capo Valley had a three point lead (31-28) entering the fourth quarter.

Jonny Bates led Capo Valley with 17 points. Capistrano Valley came into the game with two losses, its most recent being a 47-43 setback to Crenshaw (Los Angeles). The other was at the hands of state No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana), 91-55.

Westchester has won six games in a row, including an upset win over state No. 17 La Verne Lutheran last week. The Comets' last loss came against rival Fairfax (Los Angeles) on January 25.

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