Boys' basketball: Mater Dei wins Fairfax tournament
Santa Ana Mater Dei and Los Angeles Loyola figure to be the top two basketball teams in Southern California next season, so it was no surprise that the championship game of the Fairfax tournament Saturday produced an entertaining final.
Mater Dei opened a 20-point second-half lead, then withstood a barrage of three-point baskets by Loyola to come away with a 94-86 victory
Mater Dei, the defending state Division I champion, had to play much of the game without guard Katin Reinhardt, who injured an ankle. Mater Dei's size took a toll on the Cubs. Xavier Johnson scored 32 points, Mario Soto 17 and Elijah Brown 16 for Mater Dei. Parker Cartwright had 21 points for Loyola and Jacob Hazzard 17.
The game will be broadcast Sunday on Time Warner Cable's Channel 101 at 8 a.m., noon, 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
In the third-place game, Fairfax missed its first 14 shots and missed 20 free throws but still pulled out an 89-86 overtime victory over Long Beach Poly. Roschon Prince scored 43 points for Poly.
In the fifth-place game, Alemany defeated Crespi, 70-69. Max Guercy scored 16 points for Alemany.
In the consolation final, Harvard-Westlake defeated Orange Lutheran, 71-62. Derrick Newton had 18 points and Zena Edosomwan had 16 points. Gabe York scored 19 for Orange Lutheran.
-- Eric Sondheimer