Boys' basketball: Palisades holds off Fairfax
Palisades finally got to play a home game after having its first 18 games on the road, and the Dolphins held on Wednesday for a 61-58 victory over Los Angeles Fairfax to improve to 3-0 in the Western League and inflict the third consecutive league defeat on the Lions since Brendyn Taylor was declared ineligible by the CIF.
Adam Griffin made two free throws with eight seconds leftfor a three-point lead, and a final-second three-point attempt by Landon Drew failed. Fairfax dropped to 10-6 and 2-3. Palisades is 10-9 overall and received 14 points apiece from Kahlil Johnson and Donovan Johnson. Chaunce Hill had 20 points for Fairfax.
As for Taylor, he was at the game in street clothes. He practices sixth period, then is forced to leave while waiting to see if he's going to be reinstated. He was originally approved to play by an appeals panel and played seven games until the CIF told Fairfax last week he was no longer eligible.
CIF Executive Director Marie Ishida has declined to return phone calls seeking information on the case. City Section Commissioner Barbara Fiege said she has no comment because it is a CIF matter. Taylor's father, Brian, said he has no comment on advice of his attorney.
Palisades and L.A. University (18-5, 3-1) have emerged as the prime challengers to Westchester in the Western League. University defeated LACES, 70-52. David Nwaba had 19 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks.
In the Coliseum League, Crenshaw defeated Fremont, 81-74, in overtime. Isaac Hamilton had 22 points. Kaylyn Ayers led Fremont with 23 points and 12 rebounds.
In the West Valley League, Chatsworth defeated Reseda Cleveland, 87-84, in overtime. Terrell Funches had 26 points for the Chancellors (17-6, 1-2). Jason Moore scored 21 points for Cleveland (9-8, 2-1).
-- Eric Sondheimer