Monday, January 3, 2011
LA South: Five things from the weekend
By Blair Angulo
1. Long Beach Poly figures to rise in the latest Powerade Fab 50 national rankings after capping off 2010 with a tournament win at the prestigious Holiday Classic in San Diego. Boston College-bound forward Ryan Anderson scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the finale against Oakland Bishop O'Dowd. He earned tournament most valuable player honors. Joining him on the all-tournament team was Alexis Moore. The USC-bound point guard scored 19 in the clincher. Poly now sets its sights on Moore League play, which tips Wednesday at Compton.
2. See it not as a setback, but as an opportunity missed: La Verne Lutheran didn't have much success at the national Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C., losing two of three games it played. The Trojans opened with a 73-71 win over Chicago St. Rita, but fell in the next two contests -- to Prestonwood Christians (Plano, Tex.) and Greater Atlanta Christian (Norcross, Ga.) -- by a combined 25 points. A bright spot: forward Grant Jerett was named to the all-tournament team.
3. Think Los Angeles Price misses Allen Crabbe? The holiday break wasn't so festive the Knights, who lost three times at the Oaks Christian Hardwood Tournament. They may be 8-5, but five of those wins have come by seven points or less. Opponents are clearly playing Price tough, something that comes with being one of the most highly-regarded teams in the region.
4. Barring a first-round, double-overtime loss, Compton might have left La Costa Canyon with the Holiday Classic crown. Compton fell to Playa Del Rey St. Benard, 90-89, in two overtimes in the first round of American Division play, before reeling off three straight wins. The Tarbabes capped their San Diego stay with a victory over Chino Hills Ayala in the consolation round.
5. Westchester is just one of the teams still searching for its identity. The Comets had some mixed results over the break; they beat host Torrey Pines in overtime, lost to San Diego Lincoln, beat Corona del Mar, then lost to Corona Centennial. With Westchester at the forefront, the Western League promises to be one of the most competitive in the region.