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LA North: Simi Valley 48, No. 17 Thousand Oaks 44

February, 1, 2011
SIMI VALLEY -- Each time the Simi Valley High boys' basketball team needed a big play Tuesday night, regardless of whether it was a bucket, rebound, assist, steal or block, the Pioneers turned to Jonathan Davis. And more often than not, he delivered.

For example, in the waning moments of the fourth quarter against Thousand Oaks, the senior converted a layup with 1:40 left to essentially seal a 48-44 victory and move Simi Valley into a first-place tie with the Lancers atop the Marmonte League standings.

“We need Jonathan to go, because when he does, we're a tough team to beat,'' Pioneers coach Christian Aurand said. “When we needed a basket late, he'd blow by the double-team heading for him and racked it. You've got to love having a player like that on your side.''

With three more games remaining in the regular season, Simi Valley (17-6, 9-2) can clinch a share of the league championship if it wins out the rest of the way. No. 17 in the ESPNLosAngeles.com top 20 rankings, Thousand Oaks (20-3, 9-2) is in the same position.

“In our league, it's all about being able to steal a game on the other teams court. Tonight, we ran into a tough team, unfortunately,'' Lancers coach Rich Endres said.

The Lancers also ran into a tough individual: Davis, of course. The 6-foot-8 forward, who is heading to George Washington, finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Can't forget to mention that he added two blocks and two assists in more than 30 minutes of action.

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