1. The Harvard-Westlake boys basketball team ended its 18-game winning streak with a 71-51 loss to Loyola. The big three for Harvard-Westlake, Zena Edosomwan, Damiene Cain and Josh Hearlihy were held to a combined 32 points. Edosomwan scored 13 points and Hearlihy scored 12. The entire team struggled at the free-throw line, making 12 of 24 attempts. Loyola was in control from the start, jumping out to a seven-point lead in the first quarter and building a 36-21 lead at halftime.
2. Loyola, meanwhile, is one of the hottest teams in the region. The Cubs have an eight-game winning streak, including one over Etiwanda in the Fairfax Showcase that ended their 21-game winning streak. Loyola’s Julian Harrell scored a game-high 24 points against Harvard-Westlake and helped his team build a 20-point lead with 14 points in the third quarter. Teammate Joe Stein scored 19.
3. The Thousand Oaks boys basketball team is in a bit of tailspin after losing two games in a row. The Lancers lost to Simi Valley and Calabasas last week. The loss to Simi Valley, 48-44, ended a five-game winning streak for Thousand Oaks. The loss to Calabasas, 64-63, knocked Thousand Oaks into second place in the Marmonte League standings with two games to play. Meanwhile, Simi Valley has a five-game winning streak and a one-game lead in the Marmonte League standings. It should be an interesting final week of Marmonte League basketball.
4. Concord De La Salle didn’t find a way to beat Woodland Hills Taft, but the boys basketball team from Northern California did find a way to frustrate one of the top teams in the nation. Taft beat De La Salle, 49-42 in overtime, in the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei High School. De La Salle used a methodical, deliberate approach on offense to slow the game down and make every one of Taft’s baskets matter. The 49 points Taft scored was its lowest output in nearly two years. The game was tied 32-32 at the end of regulation. Taft finally broke out in the overtime period, outscoring De La Salle, 17-10. Taft’s Spencer Dinwiddie scored nine points in overtime and had 16 in the game.
5. Fun Super Bowl fact, courtesy of the CIF Southern Section: Seven players on the Super Bowl-champion Green Bay Packers have California football roots. Linebacker Clay Matthews played his high school football at Agoura. Quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers played high school at Pleasant Valley in Chico. Nick Barnett played at A.B. Miller in Fontana, Desmond Bishop played at Fairfield High School, Jarrett Bush played at Will C. Wood in Vacaville, Brandon Chillar played at Carlsbad and James Jones played at Gunderson in San Jose.