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Boys' basketball: Harvard-Westlake takes over first in Mission League

January 10, 2011 |  9:37 pm

A matchup zone defense that caused Encino Crespi to take too long to figure out helped North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake take over first place in the Mission League with a 56-47 victory over the Celts Monday night at Harvard-Westlake.

Josh Hearlihy scored 16 points and Damiene Cain had 11 for the No. 11-ranked Wolverines (14-2, 3-0), who led by as many as 19 points in the third quarter. No. 8 Crespi (14-4, 2-1) began to rally behind Justin Rubia, who scored 11 of his 17 points late in the third quarter. The Celts got as close as 52-47 with 55 seconds left.

Leading scorer Matt Mounier of Crespi made his first shot to start the game but didn't score another basket until late in the fourth quarter. He finished with five points. Harvard-Westlake faces Loyola on Friday at home. Loyola defeated Chaminade, 77-53. Alemany defeated St. Francis, 66-40, with Jordan Fuller making five three-pointers and scoring 19 points.

In a Marmonte League upset, Calabasas defeated Thousand Oaks, 56-55.

In the Western League, Will Thorton and David Nwaba scored 18 points apiece in L.A. University's 72-56 win over Hamilton.

In the Pacific League, Pasadena Muir (10-3, 3-0) defeated Burbank Burroughs, 73-49. Dion Nelson scored 20 points.

-- Eric Sondheimer