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Boys' basketball: Taft earns respect for City Section

February 4, 2012 |  6:31 pm

Woodland Hills Taft, emerging as the favorite to win the City Section Division I championship, routed Southern Section power Los Angeles Loyola, 73-57, in the Nike Extravaganza.

Anthony January scored 26 points and had 14 rebounds. Brandon Perry had 13 points and 12 rebounds. Taft (22-3) outrebounded the Cubs, 47-28. Kris Yanku had 11 points and five assists.

"We had a game plan to try to guard their two big guys and we didn't do a good job," Loyola Coach Jamal Adams said.

Jacob Hazzard had 19 points for Loyola (20-4), which had little energy after playing a late Friday night game against Harvard-Westlake.

Taft has won 12 consecutive games under first-year Coach Jason Hart.

"It's a process," Hart said. "They're getting better. There's so much more they can do, but I'm happy with the way they played."

It was the third win of the night by City Section schools. Fairfax and Westchester also came away with victories. And in the Alemany Showcase, Sylmar defeated Campbell Hall and El Camino Real knocked off Renaissance, so a big day for City teams.

-- Eric Sondheimer

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