Tuesday, December 27, 2011
La Verne Lutheran stumbles
By Blair Angulo
South Los Angeles County will be well represented in the quarterfinals of the 22nd annual Holiday Classic but, surprisingly, highly regarded La Verne Lutheran won't be a part of it.
Playa del Rey St. Bernard, Los Angeles Windward and Lakewood Mayfair advanced Tuesday, moving on in the National Division bracket of the week-long tournament hosted by San Diego's Torrey Pines High School. La Verne Lutheran, one of the state's top teams, was held to only 30 points in a loss to Newark (Calif.) Memorial.
Newark (Calif.) Memorial 45, La Verne Lutheran 30 The Trojans (7-2) couldn't decipher Memorial's pressure defense, and Arizona-bound forward Grant Jerrett never got going.
San Jose Archbishop Mitty 61, Compton 47 The Tarbabes (6-5) trailed by double digits early before bouncing back to tie it at the half, but they ran out of steam against Mitty, the No. 16 team in the POWERADE ESPNHS Fab 50 national rankings. Victor Robbins was a bright spot with 21 points.
St. Bernard 68, Houston St. Thomas 61 Guard Lance Booker's 16 points and clutch perimeter shooting paced the St. Bernard Vikings (6-5).
Torrey Pines 67, Dominguez 55 Forward Arnold Anderson had 20 points but it wasn't enough for the struggling Dons (3-7).
Windward 66, Seattle O'Dea 62 Coach Miguel Villegas might have found his next standout in freshman Mason Shepherd, who had team highs of 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Wildcats (6-4).
Mayfair 51, Sacramento Sheldon 43 The Monsoons (7-3) forced 19 turnovers and used a strong fourth-quarter run to pull away for good.
Wednesday's quarterfinals schedule:
Newark Memorial vs. St. Bernard, 3:50 p.m.
Torrey Pines vs. Woodland Hills Taft, 5:25 p.m.
Mayfair vs. DeMatha (Md.), 7 p.m.
Windward vs. Archbishop Mitty, 8:35 p.m.
Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPN Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter.