Los Angeles Preps: LACES

South: Boys' basketball roundup

January, 19, 2012
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Compton (11-7) handed Long Beach Jordan (12-6) its first Moore League loss with a 72-63 overtime win Wednesday night. Victor Robbins overcame leg cramps to lead the Tarbabes with 19 points. Long Beach Poly (14-1) returned from a successful trip to Seattle and manhandled Long Beach Wilson to the tune of 79-33. Roschon Prince had 20 points.

In Western League action, Fairfax (12-6) improved to 4-1 in league with an 80-55 home win over LACES, while Westchester (11-4) blew out Venice, 63-32.

CIF-Southern Section Division 3AAA top-ranked Damien (17-1) took sole possession of first place in the Sierra League with a 63-55 victory against Chino Hills (12-7). Chris Reyes had 24 points, including 12 straight in a clutch fourth quarter. Sharpshooting wing Jared Dizon added 21.

In a battle for first place in the Hacienda League, Bonita (15-4) beat Walnut, 55-40.

Gardena Serra (17-2) remained atop the Del Rey League by defeating Bishop Amat, 52-21. The Cavaliers held the Lancers to just nine points in the first half. Elsewhere in league, Bishop Montgomery (16-3) earned a 72-48 win at Cathedral.

Serra-Price headlines Cochran Classic

January, 13, 2012
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There's a strong lineup scheduled to play in Saturday's Johnnie Cochran Basketball Classic at LACES, including Gardena Serra (15-1) taking on Los Angeles Price (11-5) in the headliner.

Among the teams competing in the all-day event: Brentwood (12-3), Fresno Central (12-3), Dorsey (14-5), LACES (16-6), Pacific Hills (14-3) and Renaissance Academy (14-2).

The full schedule:

10:00 a.m. - Salesian vs. LACES
11:30 a.m. - Diamond Ranch vs. Beverly Hills
1:00 p.m. - Las Vegas Legacy vs. Dominguez
2:30 p.m. - Las Vegas Durango vs. Dorsey
4:00 p.m. - Renaissance Academy vs. Brentwood
5:30 p.m. - Fresno Central vs. Washington Prep
7:00 p.m. - Ribet Academy vs. Pacific Hills
8:30 p.m. - Gardena Serra vs. Price

L.A. teams take S.D. by storm

January, 8, 2012
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Four of the five boys' basketball teams that traveled south on Interstate 5 Saturday emerged with victories in the second annual San Diego vs. Los Angeles Hoops Challenge.

Woodland Hills Taft beat showcase host San Diego Lincoln, 52-48. The Toreadors (11-3) blew a 15-point lead but showed resilience. Taft junior guard Chris Yanku had 16 points, including two clutch free throws to ice it with six seconds left.

Gardena Serra (13-1) beat St. Augustine, 60-48, behind 18 points each from seniors Dakarai Tucker and Daddy Ugbede. La Verne Lutheran (12-4) defeated La Costa Canyon, 62-47. Windward (12-5) got 31 points from Nick Stover to beat Francis Parker, 71-59.

Compton Centennial beat Horizon, 57-46. Long Beach Jordan was the only L.A. representative to lose, doing so to Torrey Pines, 50-48.

Other action involving south Los Angeles County schools:

In the feature game of the second annual Under Armour Brandon Jennings Invitational in Milwaukee, Wis., L.A. Price (11-5) lost to Baltimore Patterson, 85-76. San Diego State-bound Skylar Spencer had 14 points and 12 blocks.

Dorsey (13-5) won its seventh straight game, beating Fremont, 72-46, for the Gold Division championship in the Huntington Park tournament. L.A. Franklin (12-5) needed all of Zach Hinton's 28 points to beat LACES, 62-61, in overtime for the Silver Division crown. Garfield (14-3) beat Locke 79-65 to claim the Bronze Division title.

Crenshaw (11-3) couldn't knock off streaking Etiwanda (15-1), losing 63-56 at The Great Inland Empire Shootout in Rialto.

Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPN Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter.

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