Boys' basketball: Taft leads 45-27 at halftime
It was all Woodland Hills Taft in the first half of tonight's CIF Southern California Regional Division I first-round game. Anthony January has 14 points and the host Toreadors have a commanding 45-27 lead over Fresno Clovis West.
Taft scored the first 10 points and led 19-5 by the 2:35 mark of the first quarter. January had 10 points in the first quarter, including a slam dunk. The Eagles narrowed the deficit to 39-27 with 1:15 left in the second quarter, but Kris Yanku hit back-to-back three-pointers to close the half.
T.J. Jackson has 11 points for Clovis West, including three of his team's five three-pointers. He also missed the Eagles' only free throw attempt. Taft did not go to the foul line in the first half.
This is a rematch of last year's first-round game, which Taft won 83-45. If the third-seeded Toreadors can hold their lead they will host either Westchester or sixth-seeded Fresno Bullard on Saturday.
-- Steve Galluzzo
Photo: Taft's Brandon Perry makes a one-handed jumper in the first half against Clovis West in the first round of the CIF Southern California Regional playoffs. Credit: Steve Galluzzo / For The Times