Los Angeles Preps: Division 1A

LA South: Regional basketball notes

February, 17, 2011
Some key performances and upsets in the first round of the CIF Southern Section boys' basketball playoffs, with a focus on teams located in south Los Angeles county:
  • Division 1A -- Walnut upset No. 10-seeded Tesoro, 57-51.
  • Division 2A -- Top-seeded Peninsula, the Bay League champion, extended its win streak to 24 games with a 62-28 victory against Fullerton Troy. Sophomore Nick Colletta's game-high 28 points were not enough for No. 4-seeded Glendora, which was blindsided by Eastside, 72-65, in overtime. No. 5-seeded Mayfair advanced with a 66-43 win against Westlake. No. 7-seeded Gahr moved on with an 84-52 victory over Indio. Mira Costa upset No. 6-seeded San Bernardino, 62-54.
  • Division 3AA -- Top-seeded Price had no problem with Ramona, winning 90-49. No. 4-seeded La Verne Lutheran got 20 points and nine boards from Arizona-bound forward Grant Jerrett to beat Claremont, 66-48.
  • Division 4AA -- No. 8-seeded Northview beat Northwood, 77-76, in double overtime. Brian Johnson had 37 for Northview. Tyler Hill scored 20 for No. 6-seeded Bishop Amat in a 59-47 win over San Luis Obispo. No. 2 Windward got 24 points from Nic Stover and 22 from Wesley Saunders in an 83-65 victory against Cathedral.

LA South: Wright-ing a new
chapter in Leuzinger history

March, 6, 2010
ANAHEIM -- Delon Wright has lived in the shadow of his big brother for a quite some time now. Far too long. Then again, it‘s hard not to when you’re related to Dorrell Wright, who was picked by the Miami Heat in the first round of the 2004 NBA draft.

Delon, however, took the first step toward finally making a name for himself Saturday by guiding Leuzinger to a 58-39 victory over Santa Monica in a Southern Section Division 1A boys’ basketball championship game at the Honda Center.

The title is the first in the 80-plus year history of the school. By bringing home the hardware, Delon can now say he has done something his sibling hasn’t.

“I’m going to call Dorrell. Yeah, we'll be talking,’’ said Delon, who finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, seven steals, four assists and four blocks. “He wished me luck before the game and wanted me to win a championship for the school.’’

Mission accomplished.

Truth be told, the game wasn’t close. The Olympians (24-6) led from start to finish. The Vikings (24-7) struggled throughout.

Leuzinger extended its lead to as many as 22 points in the third quarter, seemingly toying with the Vikings at times.

One of the lone highlights for Santa Monica was when Danilo Toskoic leaped for a rebound in the fourth quarter and finished with a follow dunk at 7:16. Too bad the game was well out of reach, with the Vikings down by 20 points at that stage.

Aqueel Quinn was feeling it early on. The senior scored six points, highlighted by a three-point play that gave the Olympians a 22-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Toskoic knocked down a three-pointer and James Montgomery had a basket, aside from that, points were hard to come by for the Vikings in the opening eight minutes.

“They jumped on us from the get go,’’ Santa Monica coach James Hecht said. “We were tentative and nervous. Once Leuzinger starting feeding off that, we were in trouble."

It was more of the same in second quarter. More tough times on the offensive end of the floor for the Santa Monica, which managed a mere nine points and ended up trailing 31-15 at halftime. The break could not come soon enough for the Vikings.

“They shocked us,’’ Montgomery said.

LA South:
Santa Monica is in some big trouble

March, 6, 2010
ANAHEIM -- This one was over before it started. At least, it appears that way.

Leuzinger jumped out to a 17-point first-quarter lead in Saturday's Southern Section Division 1A boys' basketball championship game against Santa Monica at the Honda Center. And little changed in the second quarter.

The Olympians continued to apply the pressure and the frustrated Vikings haven't come close to figuring out anything resembling an answer. As a result, they trail, 31-15, at halftime.