Los Angeles Preps: Austin McBroom

LA North: War on the Floor Showcase: Valencia 70, Campbell Hall 67

January, 16, 2011

WOODLAND HILLS – When Valencia’s Jake Kelfer launched his first 3-pointer and missed in his team’s game against Campbell Hall on Saturday night, he knew it wasn’t going to be his last. Not if his team was going to have a chance to win.

Kelfer made seven 3-pointers in leading Valencia to a 70-67 win over Campbell Hall in the War on the Floor Showcase at Pierce College.

Kelfer made three 3-pointers in the second quarter to give his team a 31-25 lead at halftime. He made three more in the third quarter as Valencia built a 10-point lead.

Valencia made 11 3-pointers in the game. Troy Hammel and Max Sommer each had two. Kelfer finished with 26 points. Hammel and Sommer each had 10 points.

But Campbell Hall battled back in the second half. Valencia was ahead, 43-33, with 3:30 to play in the third quarter.

Campbell Hall’s Skylar Jones hit a layup with a minute to play in the third quarter that cut Valencia’s lead to two, 45-43.

Valencia didn’t surrender the lead in the closing minute, scoring the last five points of the period. Kelfer hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the top of the key that banked in to push the Valencia lead from four to seven, 50-43.

Campbell Hall slowly whittled away the lead and trailed by three, 67-64, with 12.8 seconds to play in the game. Austin McBroom was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer and hit all three free throws to close the gap.

McBroom finished with a team-high 23 points. Teammate KJ Smith scored 19.

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LA North and LA South: Windward 79, Campbell Hall 67

January, 4, 2011
NORTH HOLLYWOOD -- Austin McBroom might not be the most well-known point guard in the Southland. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the 5-foot-11 senior for the Campbell Hall High boys’ basketball team is an afterthought when talk takes place about the top floor generals around.

On Tuesday night, McBroom showed glimpses of his potential and finished with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists. Ultimately, foul trouble limited his effectiveness, and as a result, the individual effort came up a tad bit short in a 79-67 loss to visiting Los Angeles Windward in an Alpha League opener for both schools.

McBroom & Co. jumped out to a 19-12 lead toward the end of the first quarter. But behind Wesley Saunders, the Wildcats (9-5) answered. The Harvard-bound senior scored 10 of his 15 first half points in the second quarter as Windward tied the score at 25-25 before the break and took a nine-point advantage at intermission.

Try as he might, McBroom attempted to keep the Vikings (11-5) somewhat close in the second half and they cut the deficit to 10 points early in the fourth quarter.

Saunders was too tough when it mattered most. He ended up with 33 points and 10 rebounds to help the Wildcats keep their distance down the stretch.

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