Boys' basketball: It's up to the point guard at Harvard-Westlake
When opponents face North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake in basketball this season, their strategy will be simple: Dare the Wolverines' guards to make a shot or dribble the ball without making a turnover.
If the Wolverines can find a competent guard or two, they might not lose because their front line can be as good as it gets.
They have 6-foot-7 Damiene Cain, 6-8 Zena Edosomwan, 6-7 freshman Derick Newton, 6-7 Josh Hearlihy and 6-5 Danilo Dragovic.
But Coach Greg Hilliard knows his team could face lots of zone defenses unless someone steps up to make an occasional outside shot. That will be the challenge for the Wolverines in a tough Mission League where teams have exceptional guards, such as Los Angeles Loyola, Mission Hills Alemany and Encino Crespi.
Can Harvard-Westlake's bigs outplay the guards?
And one of those guards will be Los Angeles Loyola freshman Parker Cartwright.
-- Eric Sondheimer