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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Crespi wins SFV basketball tourney

By Tim Haddock

The Crespi and Alemany boys' basketball teams met in the championship game of the San Fernando Valley Invitational for the second year in a row. For the second year in a row, Crespi won the tournament.

Crespi beat its Mission League rival, 64-59, behind clutch free throws and 18 points from Michael Avery. He was a perfect 11-for-11 from the free-throw line and made eight free throws in the fourth quarter.

Crespi became the first team to win the San Fernando Invitational twice in a row in the seven-year history of the tournament.

Avery was selected to the all-tournament team. London Perrantes was tournament MVP and scored 17 points in the championship game.

In the Maui Tournament in Hawaii, Oaks Christian advanced to the semifinals with a 76-66 win over Redondo. Chass Bryan had another big game with 29 points.

In the National Prep Classic in Santa Maria, Providence of Burbank is in the semifinals of the Classic Division after a 68-41 win over Nipomo. Freshman Marcus LoVett continues to score at will, pouring in  28 points. He has 119 points, averaging 39.6 points per game, in the tournament. He scored 57 points against St. Joseph in the first round.