Monday, January 24, 2011
LA South: Five things from the weekend
By Blair Angulo
1. What you've heard about Los Angeles Price forward Norvel Pelle is true -- he can fly with the best of them. During a spectacular sequence Saturday night in the California Elite Showcase at the University of La Verne, Pelle blocked Arizona-bound forward Grant Jerrett not once or twice, but three times before slamming one home at the other end. Pelle's 20 points paced Price to a 79-65 over fellow small school La Verne Lutheran. Pelle is taking his talents to St. John's next fall.
2. Speaking of big men, Damien's Chris Reyes might be someone to keep an eye on. The junior had 22 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks Friday in a win at Chino Hills Ayala, with 18 of his points coming after the break. Damien coach Matt Dunn acknowledged that Reyes needed better concentration to start and he got it from his big guy. The Spartans (18-2) could have had a monster weekend, but they lost to undefeated Mission Viejo, 56-51, on Saturday despite 25 from Reyes.
3. Scoring machine Cezar Guerrero injured himself early in the second half of St. John Bosco's 61-55 home loss to JSerra on Friday and did not return. The star guard had scored 17 points at the time of his exit, yet the Braves still trailed by nine. He had 41 points and nailed the game-winner at Orange Lutheran three nights earlier. It was another setback for Bosco, which hasn't been able to put wins together during Trinity League play. JSerra was winless in league heading into Friday.
4. Three-star quarterback Joseph Gray (Los Angeles, Calif./Dorsey) switched his commitment from Washington to San Jose State on Friday. The senior prospect thrived in the Dons' spread offense last season, passing for 3,030 yards and 31 touchdowns. He had verbally committed to the Huskies in October, but wavered when he took an official visit to San Jose last week. Washington has commitments from two other Dorsey standouts -- linebacker Matthew Lyons and receiver Marvin Hall. National signing day is Feb. 2.
5. Compton's basketball team has taken care of business the last two weeks, meaning it heads into Wednesday's Moore League showdown at Long Beach Poly with a semblance of momentum. Top-ranked Poly has ripped Compton twice already by a combined 35 points. The Tarbabes' average of 80 points the last four games offers some optimism.