Los Angeles Preps: Father George National Jesuit Christmas Classic

Damien wins Covina tournament

December, 29, 2011
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La Verne Damien beat Riverside J.W. North 53-36 to win the 58th annual Covina Christmas tournament Thursday night. The top-seeded Spartans (13-1) got 19 points and 12 rebounds from St. Mary's-bound forward Chris Reyes, who subsequently was named the tournament's most valuable player.

Other tournament results involving south Los Angeles County schools:

Windward 71, Woodland Hills Taft 59
Loyola Marymount-bound Nick Stover had 30 points in the Holiday Classic tournament's National Division semifinal in San Diego. Windward (8-4) will meet DeMatha (Md.), the nation's 10th-ranked team, in the championship game Friday at 8:15 p.m.

Loyola 64, Tampa Jesuit 43
The nationally-ranked Loyola Cubs (10-0) advanced to the title game of the fourth annual Father George National Jesuit Christmas Classic boys' basketball tournament in North Bethesda, Md., about 15 miles north of downtown Washington D.C. Loyola will face tournament host Georgetown Prep in the championship game Friday at 5 p.m. PT.

L.A. Washington 68, Crespi 58
The Washington Generals (7-8) pulled off the surprise win in the Redondo Union Sea Hawk Beach Classic tournament semifinals, handing previously unbeaten Crespi its first loss of the season. They will play Torrance Bishop Montgomery in Friday's final.

Bishop Montgomery 70, L.A. Price 63
The other semifinal in Redondo was a scoring fest. Bishop Montgomery (11-2) added to its impressive résumé, which already includes wins over Westchester, Taft, Washington and Gardena Serra.

Loyola clutch late to remain perfect

December, 28, 2011
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Nationally-ranked Loyola eked out a 65-62 win against Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma, Wash. in the opener of the fourth annual Father George National Jesuit Christmas Classic boys' basketball tournament on Wednesday afternoon.

The Cubs improved to 9-0 behind 20 points from Jacob Hazzard and 19 from Julian Harrell. Harrell sank two free throws with 17 seconds remaining to put the Cubs up three. Bellarmine missed a long-range shot on its next possession, and Loyola advanced to the next round.

The tournament is behind held in North Bethesda, Md., about 15 miles north of downtown Washington D.C. Loyola, the No. 18 team in the POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings, will take on Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit in the semifinal on Thursday at 3:15 p.m. PT.

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