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Boys' basketball: Crespi hands Loyola first defeat on Perrantes basket

January 4, 2012 |  8:54 pm

London Perrantes, the junior guard for Encino Crespi, wasn't about to pass the ball to anyone. With the score tied and 14 seconds left, Perrantes got the ball on the inbound pass. Unbeaten Loyola let him control the ball until the final shot.

And Perrantes drove to the basket and scored on a short shot with 2.9 seconds left, giving Crespi the 75-73 upset victory over No. 2-ranked Loyola at Crespi in a Mission League opener.

It was Loyola's first defeat after starting the season 11-0. Crespi improved to 14-1.

Perrantes finished with 17 points. Christian Johnson and Michael Avery had 14 points apiece. Michael Milligan Jr. had 16 rebounds. Julian Harrell had 21 points and Parker Cartwright 15 for Loyola.

The Cubs opened a 10-point lead in the second quarter but had trouble stopping Crespi on defense all night.

Alemany opened Mission League play with a 72-53 win over Chaminade. Max Guercy scored 30 points. Harvard-Westlake defeated St. Francis, 64-37. Derick Newton scored 24 points and Zena Edosomwan had 16 points, 19 rebounds and eight blocks. Harvard-Westlake has been playing without Josh Hearlihy, who suffered a knee injury last month.

-- Eric Sondheimer