Boys' basketball: Loyola shows it will have plenty of balance
Los Angeles Loyola and Santa Monica should be two of the best basketball teams in Divisions 1AA and 1A, respectively, and they played in a competitive scrimmage on Tuesday at Loyola.
Loyola displayed the balance on offense that will be helpful during a tough Mission League. Point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, looking healthy and confident, was a distributor and also had 13 points. Center Thomas Welsh became comfortable later in the scrimmage and had 15 points during the first four quarters.
Loyola received three-point shooting from Trey Mason and reserve Thomas Lapham, each of whom had four three-pointers.
Santa Monica relied heavily on California-bound Jordan Mathews, who had 29 points. Point guard Trevis Jackson also had his moments of success. Santa Monica will have to develop other offensive options to help Mathews.
Scoring was not kept in the scrimmage, but Loyola held a 10-point advantage through four quarters.
-- Eric Sondheimer