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Monday, January 16, 2012
L.A. North: Boys' basketball top 10

By Tim Haddock

  1. Crespi (17-1): Crespi has won five games in a row, including all four of its Mission League games. The Celts beat Alemany, 60-55, on Wednesday night. London Perrantes scored 15 points against Alemany. He averaged 14.5 points per game in wins over Alemany and Chaminade and notched 11 assists against the Eagles on Friday night.
  2. Woodland Hills Taft (14-3): Taft has won four games in a row, including its first two West Valley League games and a convincing 83-53 win over Grant in the Fairfax City tournament. Taft has won 71 league games in a row, dating to Jan. 12, 2005. The winning streak almost came to an end against El Camino Real on Wednesday night. Taft narrowly escaped, 45-44.
  3. Alemany (14-3): The Warriors lost to Crespi, 60-55, and their seven-game winning streak ended. But their week started on a winning note: Alemany beat St. Francis, 79-69, in a Mission League game. Marqueze Coleman had a big week, averaging 22 points and 8.5 rebounds per game against Crespi and St. Francis.
  4. Westlake (16-6): The Warriors pulled off a stunner, beating Calabasas, 51-50, in a Marmonte League game on Wednesday night. Westlake erased a 12-point, fourth-quarter deficit behind the hot shooting of Grant Lozoya. He scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. Westlake has won two games in a row and eight of its last nine.
  5. Providence Burbank (16-3): Providence has won eight games in a row and improved to 4-0 in the Liberty League with wins over Glendale Adventist and Holy Martyrs Armenian last week. Providence will get tested tonight in the MLK Shootout against Morningside at Price High School.
  6. Royal  (14-5): The Highlanders have won five games in a row including an impressive 62-51 win over Westlake last week. Scott Woods has been a monster in the middle for Royal. He scored 22 points, had 10 rebounds and blocked four shots against Westlake.
  7. Calabasas (16-3): The Coyotes had a tough loss, 51-50, to Westlake last week. But Calabasas bounced back with a 78-46 win over Thousand Oaks on Friday night. Calabasas has won four of its past five games.
  8. Canyon (17-1): The Cowboys have a 10-game winning streak, including a 61-47 over Foothill League rival Valencia. Clay Kasdorf is averaging 26 points in the first two league games.
  9. Harvard-Westlake (10-6): It was a bad week for the Wolverines. They lost two games, including a heartbreaker, 44-42, to Chaminade in a Mission League game. Harvard-Westlake is 3-3 in its past six games.
  10. El Camino Real (10-6): The Conquistadores took Taft to the wire, losing 45-44 on their home court last week. El Camino Real beat Reseda Cleveland soundly, 73-46, on Friday night. Julian Richardson scored a game-high 17 points against Taft and was instrumental in controlling the grinding pace of the game.

The next 10, in alphabetical order: Crescenta Valley, La Canada, Oak Park, Oaks Christian, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Renaissance Academy, Valencia, Ventura, Village Christian.