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LA South: Five things from the weekend

2/1/2011

1. Once wasn't enough for La Verne Lutheran. Nope, the Trojans broke the century mark twice last week, beating Anza Hamilton 108-18 and Riverside Sherman Indian 101-33. Coach Eric Cooper's bunch has now four triple-digit performances this season. Some may question Lutheran for not taking it easy, but the group was clearly angry about its 15-point loss to L.A. Price in its own tournament.

2. Speaking of L.A. Price, the Knights are still perfect in 2011. Price extended its win streak to eight games and avenged an earlier loss to Alemany with a 66-61 victory at the Fairfax State Preview Classic on Saturday. Standout forward Norvel Pelle was late to the game due to traffic but still managed 20 points for the 16-5 Knights. Coach Michael Lynch couldn't ask for better momentum heading into Saturday's game against Mater Dei (20-2) at the Nike Extravaganza.

3. Fairfax hosted the State Preview Classic, but the home environment couldn't help them fend off a bad, 61-49 loss to Gardena Serra. It's been a rough three weeks for the Lions since they returned from their triumphant trip to Canada. Fairfax has dropped five of eight -- and it hasn't been very pretty. The five losses have been by an average margin of nearly 13 points. To make matters worse, Serra was a meager 10-11 when it walked into the gym Saturday.

4. For the third time in as many attempts, Long Beach Poly easily disposed of Moore League competitor Compton, 71-46, to kick off the weekend. Not much has gone right for Compton in the three games. Actually, it's gotten worse -- the Tarbabes losing by 16 on Dec. 4, by 19 on Jan. 5 and by 25 on Jan. 26. Still, highly regarded Compton is ranked No. 5 in the latest CIF-SS Division 2AA poll. That just how good Poly truly is.

5. A number of teams continued to roll: Bay League-leading Peninsula (21-2) extended its win streak to 19 games, Almont League-leading Montebello (22-2) to 15 games, Westchester (19-5) to eight games and Downey (21-2) has won 16 of 17.