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Thursday, January 5, 2012
Tight race atop Marmonte League

By Tim Haddock

The Marmonte League is shaping up to be a three-team race after the first three games of league play.

Calabasas and Westlake are tied for first with 3-0 records. Royal is surprisingly in third place with a 2-1 record.

Fourth place is up for grabs with four teams -- Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Agoura -- with 1-2 records.

Calabasas is coming off a tight, 66-64, win over Moorpark on Wednesday night. Spencer Levy led Calabasas with 20 points.

Royal downed perennial powerhouse Thousand Oaks, 52-40, behind the sharp shooting of senior J.R. Powell. He scored 15 points, hit three 3-pointers and set the school record for most 3-pointers in his career. He has 155, breaking Matt Padavick’s record of 152.

Simi Valley beat Newbury Park, 74-62. Kameel Zriek scored 24 points for Simi in the win.

Calabasas is at Agoura on Friday night. Westlake travels to Moorpark and Royal is home against its crosstown rival Simi Valley.

The Mission League got off to a spirited start as well.

Crespi beat Loyola, 75-73, in the Mission League opener and handed the Cubs their first loss of the season.

Alemany beat Chaminade, 72-53. Max Guercy scored 30 points and had five assists for Alemany, winners of five in a row.

Harvard-Westlake beat St. Francis, 64-37.

Friday night is shaping up to be a big night in the Mission League too. Alemany plays at Loyola and Crespi is home against St. Francis.