Boys' basketball: Washington turns up the pressure and triumphs
It was City Section vs. Southern Section, and the representative from the City, No. 17-ranked Los Angeles Washington, relied on pressure man-to-man defense to force turnovers and came away with an 80-69 victory over No. 23 Mission Hills Alemany in a quarterfinal game of the Westchester tournament.
Washington (2-0) took four charging fouls and never backed down from the Warriors (1-1). All-City guard Michaelyn Scott scored 17 points and Ralph Harvey had 14. Washington will play No. 2-ranked Woodland Hills Taft (2-0) in a semifinal game Friday. Taft defeated Community Charter, 71-40.
No. 1 Long Beach Poly cruised to a 68-27 victory over Compton Centennial in the Redondo tournament. Ryan Anderson had 21 points and Roschon Prince 13. Santa Monica defeated Santee, 84-34, with Jordan Mathews scoring 24 points.
No. 3 Santa Ana Mater Dei defeated La Habra, 95-69, in the Loara tournament. Katin Reinhardt made 11 of 17 shots and finished with 24 points. Xavier Johnson had 21 and Jordan Strawberry 15. Mater Dei will play Villa Park in Thursday's semifinals.
No. 5 Corona Centennial struggled with foul trouble but still beat Reseda Cleveland, 73-65, in the Pasadena tournament. Dominique Dunning had 25 points and 10 rebounds. Michael Caffey added 20 points.
In the Burbank tournament, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (2-0) received 16 points from Antwon Johnson and 14 points and 14 rebounds from David Brownlee to defeat Simi Valley Royal, 60-55. Crenshaw (2-0) defeated Burbank Burroughs, 78-40.
In the Campbell Hall tournament, David Nwaba had 39 points, 20 rebounds and six blocks to help L.A. University defeat Blair, 80-54.
In the Simi Valley tournament, Valencia defeated Oakland McClymonds, 62-48. Simi Valley defeated Dos Pueblos, 43-42, with Jonathan Davis scoring 18 points. Chatsworth defeated Besant Hill, 74-41. Rio Mesa defeated Verdugo Hills, 59-48, with Joe Soto scoring 27 points.
-- Eric Sondheimer