Los Angeles Preps: Marsalis Johnson

Village Chr. makes most of opening act

March, 24, 2012

SACRAMENTO -- Jon Shaw has spent the past two weeks with a broken foot after coaching Village Christian through the CIF-Southern Section and state boys' basketball playoffs.

His players broke a leg in their opening act in the Division V playoffs, knocking off St. Joseph Notre Dame, 62-51, in a physical final at Power Balance Pavilion on Saturday.

Sophomore Bryan Alberts scored a game-high 17 points in an otherwise low-scoring affair. Village Christian won its first CIF state championship in its first trip. St. Joseph was denied its fifth state title in its eighth trip to the championship game.

Shaw said his players embraced the chance to play on the biggest stage in high school basketball. But he refrained from making any predictions about what the future holds for his team, even with two talented sophomores on his roster.

“Be happy with today,” Shaw said. “Live in the moment. We are very blessed.”

Geremy Givens scored 14 points and made four 3-pointers for St. Joseph Notre Dame. He had a different opinion about how the final scene of his team’s season played out.

“I think we gave our all,” Givens said. “We didn’t get the movie ending that we wanted, but this ain’t Hollywood.”

Alberts was the scoring star for Village Christian, but it was Joe Shashaty’s 3-point shooting that put St. Joseph Notre Dame away in the second half.

He scored 12 points, took only four shots, all 3-pointers, and came up with some big plays at key moments of the game.

He hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. The first gave his team a 50-43 lead right after senior Marquis Salmon fouled out of the game.

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Village Chr. gets first state title berth

March, 17, 2012

ONTARIO -- Bryan Alberts sent Village Christian to its first CIF State championship game hitting a 3-pointer with 45 seconds left in the Southern California Regional Division V final.

His 3-pointer gave Village Christian a three-point edge in a 58-57 win over Renaissance Academy at Colony High School on Saturday.

“It’s great for us,” Alberts said. “It’s just another one of our goals.”

With the score tied 55-55, Alberts nailed his third 3-pointer of the game. Renaissance Academy’s Vince DeGuzman cut the lead to one with a tough layup with 10 seconds left.

After DeGuzman’s basket, Village Christian’s Joe Shashaty was fouled, but missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw.

Renaissance Academy put the ball in DeGuzman’s hand for the final shot, but his off-balance 3-pointer hit the front of the rim and bounced out at the buzzer.

Jessy Cantinol and DeGuzman led a feisty Renaissance Academy offense throughout the game. Cantinol scored a game-high 22 points and was 9-for-11 from the field. DeGuzman scored 10 points and was one of three players from Renaissance Academy in double figures.

Renaissance Academy had a one-point lead, 48-47, to start the fourth quarter. Marquis Salmon tied the score, 49-49, for Village Christian fighting for two tough rebounds and scoring with 7:10 to play.

Marsalis Johnson put Village Christian up by two points, 51-49, with a pair of free throws.

But Renaissance Academy battled back. Yendra Maglorie tied the score, 53-53, on his second basket of the game midway through the fourth quarter.

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L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

December, 12, 2011
  1. The Oak Park and St. Bonaventure girls basketball teams played a game for the ages in the Bishop Diego Tournament. Oak Park won the tournament beating St. Bonaventure, 98-90 in five overtimes, in the championship game. The game was the longest in Southern Section history. The two teams combined to score the third-most points in state history. Oak Park’s Leah Greenberg hit a 3-pointer to tie the score with 14 seconds left in regulation and send the game into overtime. Oak Park held St. Bonaventure scoreless in the fifth overtime period to eventually win the game. Greenberg hit five 3-pointers in the game and scored 19 points. She earned the tournament MVP award. Teammate Kelsey Haines scored 28 points and was selected to the all-tournament team. Sarah Buchnovitz scored 25 points, had 13 rebounds and five blocks against St. Bonaventure.
  2. The Crespi boys basketball team won the Canyon Classic Tournament, defeating host Canyon, 57-40, in the championship game. London Perrantes earned tournament MVP for Crespi. He scored 11 points in the game against Canyon. Perrantes is averaging 12.4 points and 6.2 assists per game in the first five games of the season. Crespi takes its undefeated record to the San Fernando Valley Invitational starting on Friday.
  3. The Sherman Oaks of Notre Dame boys basketball team won the Moorpark Tournament and handed Oaks Christian its first loss of the season. Kennedy Edwards scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds for Notre Dame in his team’s 62-58 win over Oaks Christian in the championship game. Edwards earned tournament MVP honors. Teammate Jonathan Bell scored 15 points and had seven rebounds for Notre Dame and was selected to the all-tournament team. Notre Dame is also headed to the San Fernando Valley Invitational.
  4. Buckley of Sherman Oaks won the University’s Jim Nakabara Tournament and has a six-game winning streak to open the season. Buckley beat host University, 41-38, in the championship game. Tyler Coppin-Carter, the tournament MVP, recorded four double-doubles in the tournament including 20 points and 10 rebounds in the championship game. He averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds in the tournament. Buckley will be challenged in its next game against Price on Tuesday night. Price reached the championship game of the CIF Southern Section Division 3AA playoffs and lost to La Canada last year.
  5. The Village Christian boys basketball team won the Viewpoint Tournament beating Viewpoint, 70-41, in the championship game. A pair of transfers are paying early dividends for Village Christian. Bryan Alberts scored 17 points and had seven assists against Viewpoint and earned tournament MVP. Marsalis Johnson, who was selected to the all-tournament team, scored 25 points and had nine rebounds for Village Christian. Village Christian has a six-game winning and plays Santa Clarita Christian tonight.

LA North: Village Christian lands another basketball transfer

August, 25, 2011
The Village Christian boys basketball team landed another transfer.

Andrew English is leaving Alemany and will join the Village Christian team, according to a story in the Daily News.

English is the third player to transfer to Village Christian. Bryan Alberts and Marsalis Johnson transferred from Sierra Canyon to Village Christian over the summer. Alberts and Johnson were on the Sierra Canyon team that reached the second round of the CIF state Division V-AA playoffs.

More basketball moves

Phil McCrumb has been hired as the new boys basketball coach at Antelope Valley High School. He was the girls basketball coach at Lancaster High.

Corey Hamashita takes over the Monroe boys basketball team. Monroe made it to the CIF City Section Division III playoffs and lost in the first round to Chatsworth.

The Calabasas girls basketball team has a new coach, Joe Heredia. He was an assistant at Calabasas and Canyon before landing the head coaching job for the Coyotes.